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26 items tagged “video”

Evolution of <img>: Gif without the GIF (via) Safari Technology Preview lets you use <img src=“movie.mp4”>, for high quality animated gifs in 1/14th of the file size. # 4th December 2017, 7:28 pm

Blowing up HTML5 video and mapping it into 3D space. The canvas drawImage() method can take an HTML video element as its source, making all kinds of interesting effects possible. The author notes that performance was dramatically improved by copying the video frame in to a separate canvas element and then copying regions out of that element rather than grabbing regions from the video directly. # 21st April 2010, 9:30 am

Video on the Web—Dive Into HTML5. Everything a web developer needs to know about video containers, video codecs, adio containers, audio codecs, h.264, theora, vorbis, licensing, encoding, batch encoding and the html5 video element. # 24th March 2010, 12:50 am

HTML5 video markup, compatibility and playback. Everything you need to know about embedding HTML5 video on a page, complete with multiple codecs to cover the various supporting browsers and a fallback to Flash. # 11th February 2010, 5:49 pm

SublimeVideo—HTML5 Video Player. Still a fair way to go (no Firefox support yet, and they plan to add a Flash fallback for IE) but in Safari this is pretty extraordinary. Smooth video, beautiful UI, full window mode and full screen mode in the latest WebKit nightlies. I’d go as far as saying that this is the nicest online video implementation I’ve seen (at least on the Mac). # 2nd February 2010, 9:50 am

Armadillo Cam—Armadillo Running and Sniffing Small Shrub. From the awesome Museum of Animal Perspectives. # 28th August 2009, 10:38 am

Unlike progressive downloads, HTTP Live Streaming actually does stream content in real time, although there can be a latency of as much as 30 seconds. [...] the content to be broadcast is encoded into an MPEG transport stream and chopped into segments that are around ten seconds long. Rather than getting a continuous stream of new data over RTSP, the new protocol simply asks for the first couple clips, then asks for additional clips as needed. This works great through firewalls, and doesn’t require any special servers because any standard web server can deliver the chopped up video segments.

Prince McLean # 9th July 2009, 12:52 pm

Video for Everybody! Reminiscent of the early days of Web Standards, Kroc Camen has created a fiendishly clever chunk of HTML which can play a video on any browser, starting with HTML5 video then falling back on Flash and eventually just an HTML message telling the user where they can download the file. No JavaScript to be seen, but conditional comments abound. Requires you to encode as both Ogg and H.264, but Kroc includes details instructions for doing that using Handbrake. # 2nd July 2009, 7:33 pm

Codecs for <audio> and <video>. HTML 5 will not be requiring support for specific audio and video codecs—Ian Hickson explains why, in great detail. Short version: Apple won’t implement Theora due to lack of hardware support and an “uncertain patent landscape”, while open source browsers (Chromium and Mozilla) can’t support H.264 due to the cost of the licenses. # 2nd July 2009, 10:16 am

Firefox 3.5 for developers. It’s out today, and the feature list is huge. Highlights include HTML 5 drag ’n’ drop, audio and video elements, offline resources, downloadable fonts, text-shadow, CSS transforms with -moz-transform, localStorage, geolocation, web workers, trackpad swipe events, native JSON, cross-site HTTP requests, text API for canvas, defer attribute for the script element and TraceMonkey for better JS performance! # 30th June 2009, 6:08 pm

Google container data center tour (on YouTube). 45,000 servers in 45 shipping containers, along with some serious looking plumbing. # 26th April 2009, 10:14 pm

Zeppelin 101 in 5 mins (via) Ribot videoed my five minute lightning talk on Zeppelins at last night’s Skillswap Brighton. # 30th October 2008, 5:05 pm

Videos from FOWA 2008. The Carsonified team have a scarily fast turnaround on the videos from this year’s Future of Web Apps. Most of yesterday’s talks are already available to watch online, as a full talk or the edited highlight reel. # 10th October 2008, 4:03 pm

OSCON in 37 minutes. 45 OSCON talks summarised by their presenters in just 37 minutes, compiled by Gregg Pollack. I get to rant about OpenID for a minute at 27:22. # 29th July 2008, 11:59 pm

Video speech matching on TheyWorkForYou.com. Launched this morning at BarCamp London by Matthew Somerville—TheyWorkForYou now has video from BBC Parliament but they need your help matching it exactly to their transcripts from Hansard. Neat example of a game that helps process large amounts of data. # 1st June 2008, 1:52 pm

Video on Flickr! There’s a 90 second length limit, because “... Flickr is all about sharing photos that you yourself have taken. Video will be no different and so what quickly bubbled up was the idea of long photos, of capturing slices of life to share.” # 9th April 2008, 1:16 pm

The Dark Side Of The Moon (via) Robert O’Callahan believes that Moonlight is a strategic mistake, because it gives credibility to Microsoft’s entry to a new market which they will use to “keep the competition on a treadmill”; Moonlight can also never be entirely free due to the need for a proprietary codec (VC-1) available only as a binary blob. # 4th January 2008, 12:41 pm

HTML5 Media Support in WebKit. WebKit continues to lead the pack when it comes to trying out new HTML5 proposals. The new audio and video elements make embedding media easy, and provide a neat listener API for hooking in to “playback ended” events. # 12th November 2007, 11:21 pm

Hello Revver.com 2.0. Revver, one of the more established video startups, have launched their new version which is powered by Django. # 2nd November 2007, 7:03 am

Videos tagged ’hd’ on Vimeo. Vimeo are now hosting HD videos. Worth playing full screen—I had no idea Flash video was capable of that kind of quality. The speed of loading is pretty astonishing; I get no delay at all, making this essentially TV quality video on demand. # 14th October 2007, 10:18 am

H.264 support coming to the Flash player. It looks like this is a response to the higher video quality offered by Silverlight. I wonder if YouTube knew about this when they started transcoding their videos to H.264 for the Apple TV and iPhone. # 21st August 2007, 8:28 am

Binary marble adding machine. Watch the video. # 29th June 2007, 12:44 am

So that was Oxford Geek Night 2. Nat’s writeup, including video of the local news coverage (in which I look like a total dork). # 13th April 2007, 1:33 am

Viddler.com. Online video sharing site with annotation tools, including the ability to link to a point in a video, tag specific moments and even attach time-specific comments. Reminds me of the BBC’s audio annotation project. # 19th March 2007, 4:12 pm

Google Video: How do I enter transcripts? Neat feature of Google Video I hadn’t seen before: you can upload timestamped transcripts of your videos. Anyone seen a video that uses these? # 12th March 2007, 10:44 pm