Browser Problem With Video Element

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I have produced several different video file types of the same short video
in order to get the video to play "natively" in the most popular browsers
without informing the user that they are required to install a plugin.

The video element in the HTML 5 markup is thusly:

  <video controls preload id="ballet-vid" poster="still.png">
    <source src="DonQuixote-Ballet-Sample.mpg" type="video/mpeg">
    <source src="DonQuixote-Ballet-Sample.mp4" type="video/mp4">
    <source src="DonQuixote-Ballet-Sample.webm" type="video/webm">
    <object data="DonQuixote-Ballet-Sample.mpg" type="video/mpeg">
      <embed src="DonQuixote-Ballet-Sample.mpg" type="video/mpeg">

to play the following files (size information also included), all the 13
minute video clip.

DonQuixote-Ballet-Sample.mpg   794,686 KB
DonQuixote-Ballet-Sample.mp4   141,281 KB
DonQuixote-Ballet-Sample.webm  313,825 KB

I have tested this in Windows with Firefox 17, Chrome 23, and Internet
Explorer 9.  In a VM, I have tested it in FF in Ubuntu/Linux, and FF and IE8
in Windows XP.

The problem is Internet Explorer 8 in Windows XP.  

It complains about an "unsafe ActiveX" control when this browser is set in
the default security mode, which seems to suggest that Microsoft strongly
fears that its browser is quite incapable of handling video data.

Is this a wrong impression?  Is there something to do to the video element

Or am I in the humiliating position of having to tell users who use IE 8 in
Win XP in the default security that they should upgrade to a better
system/browser?  Advising users to reduce their application/system security
does not seem to be very productive.

Re: Browser Problem With Video Element

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The security mode warning has nothing to do with IE's ability to
handle video data. It's more to do with whether the video player
and content could potentially pose a "drive-by download" security

That said: are you testing with your page loaded on an actual
server, or locally using the "File > Open" option?  I've had a lot
of difficulty with the security settings in IE when trying to test
pages locally.

Also, does IE 8 even support the video element? I ended up using
object on my pages, but then I also needed to support IE 7.

Re: Browser Problem With Video Element

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I don't know of any browser that uses mpeg for html5 video, perhaps remove =

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Missing a ogv version of the video?

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<param name=3D"src" value=3D"DonQuixote-Ballet-Sample.mpg" type=3D"video/mp=

That should resolve the waring in IE 6 - 8

Think about adding:

<param name=3D"autostart" value=3D"0">

Does not appear to have the video to auto play, so perhaps not the object.

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I would drop the embed element, replace it with a div with a list of links =
download the video.

  Can&#39;t play the video. Perhaps you can download it.
      <a href=3D"DonQuixote-Ballet-Sample.mp4">Sample MP4</a>
      <a href=3D"DonQuixote-Ballet-Sample.mpeg">Sample MPEG</a>
      <a href=3D"DonQuixote-Ballet-Sample.webm">Sample WEBM</a>
      <a href=3D"DonQuixote-Ballet-Sample.ogv">Sample OGV</a>

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I would not use the object at all and go straight to the list.


BootNic                                                Tue Dec 4, 2012 03:3=
4 am
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