Techie Tip of the Week – Convert video into different formats (for mobile, web, etc.)

One of the biggest problems with video and the Web today is that each web browser supports different video formats. So if you create a video, and only upload one video type, chances are many people trying to watch your video will be unable to do so.

As of now, here are the browsers and their native support of video:

  • Mozilla Firefox: OGG, WebM, Flash
  • Opera: OGG, WebM, Flash
  • Chrome: OGG, WebM, Flash
  • Safari: MP4 (H.264), Flash
  • iPhone/iPad Safari: MP4 (H.264)
  • Android: MP4(H.264), Flash

So, to make sure you’ve covered all the bases, it would be best to make a copy of your video in the WebM format, one that uses the MP4/H.264 format, one that uses the OGG format, and another that uses the Flash format.

Fortunately, there are tools that can help easily convert your video into multiple formats.

Here are 3 of them:

  • Miro Video Converter – Free, open source tool for both Macintosh and Windows
  • Handbrake – Another free, open-source tool for both Macintosh and Windows
  • FireOGG – Free, open-source plug-in for the Firefox browser to create video in the OGG format

For more tips like this, come to our video class and our forthcoming HTML5 class!

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