HTML5 introduces <audio> and <video> tags to play media files within the HTML documents. HTML5 video is the new standard way to show video on the web without using any plugins, but it has the limitation of supporting different video format for different web browsers and operating systems.

Video Formats and Browser Support

Browser MP4 WebM Ogg
Internet Explorer 9+ Yes  No No
Chrome Yes Yes Yes
Firefox No
Firefox 21 running on Windows 7, Windows 8,
Windows Vista, and Android now supports MP4
Yes Yes
Safari Yes No No
Opera No Yes Yes
iOS Safari 3.2 Yes No No

Embedding Video Player

<video poster="movie.jpg" controls>
<source src="movie.webm" type='video/webm; codecs="vp8.0, vorbis"'>
<source src="movie.ogg" type='video/ogg; codecs="theora, vorbis"'>
<source src="movie.mp4" type='video/mp4; codecs="avc1.4D401E, mp4a.40.2"'>
<p>This is fallback content</p>

How to Create HTML5 Video files

There are some free software available which can convert any video format to HTML5 video format. You can download Miro Video Converter to convert almost any video to MP4, WebM (vp8), Ogg Theora, or for Android, iPhone, and iPad.

HTML5 Video Players

1. Projekktor: The Free Web Video Player

Projekktor: The Free Web Video Player

Projekktor is a self-hosted, open source video (and audio) player for the web, written in Javascript, released under GPLv3. It simplifies the way you implement and work with web video by solving tons of cross browser- and compatibility- issues, adding eye candy and by providing extremely powerful non standard features. With other words: We try to create the best truely free web media player – period.

2. MediaElement.js

Media Element

HTML5 <audio> or <video> player with Flash and Silverlight shims that mimics the HTML5 MediaElement API, enabling a consistent UI in all browsers.

3. Kaltura HTML5 Video Player

Kaltura HTML5 Video Player

HTML5 Enables Web Pages to playback and manipulate video and audio across platforms and devices - powering amazing rich-media applications that work everywhere. is an online community of web developers and the home of the Kaltura open source video player Javascript library.

4. Codo Player

Codo Player

Codo Player solves the problem of various browser/platform video support mismatches in order to reach maximum possible audience. Offering support for HTML5 / FLASH and even YOUTUBE platforms and providing unified setup, api and user interface.

5. Video.js


Video.js is a JavaScript and CSS library that makes it easier to work with and build on HTML5 video. This is also known as an HTML5 Video Player. Video.js provides a common controls skin built in HTML/CSS, fixes cross-browser inconsistencies, adds additional features like fullscreen and subtitles, manages the fallback to Flash or other playback technologies when HTML5 video isn't supported, and also provides a consistent JavaScript API for interacting with the video..

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