In previous years all the video you have ever watched online has been channeled through a third party plugin such as QuickTime, Flash, or RealPlayer. With these plugins integrating into the various web browsers almost invisibly the viewer didn’t really need to know or care about how they were seeing the video. Problems arise however when the user suddenly tries to view a video on a platform that is not supported.
With an ever growing audience viewing video content on portable devices the problem of ensuring video can be seen on any device with any browser is of growing concern to web developers. Compounding the problem is a lack of support for many of the plugins on many of the portable browser versions such as iOS, Android, and Windows Phones – with a lack of support for Flash on all the major platforms being a major issue for many users and developers especially.
The HTML5 video specification has been trying to change all that but it is still an uphill battle. Modern browsers in conjunction with new specifications in HTML5 have made adding video to a web page a much simpler affair than it used to be. No longer do web developers need to rely on third party plug-ins, add-ons, or even embedded code copied from other sites. A video on your page should be just one simple video tag away… at least in theory.
Read more at easyhtml5video.com