One of the most significant issues holding back wide deployment of HTML5-compatible video was the disparity of support between browsers. Back in 2011, we opined on the best approach to deliver video online which, at that time, was using Flash.

Oh how things have changed.

About a year later, we furthered our thoughts on web-delivered video noting how the HTML5 movement had made solid progress.

And so now, again about a year later, we find that with Cisco’s recent contribution of their h.264 codec to the open-source community, Mozilla now has a way to integrate that codec support into their browsers (in a away they are comfortable with).

So the overall outcome? All major browsers now support MP4/h.264 video.

Huzzah! (?)

Finally no more reason for web video to be output to multiple versions (again)…unless you find dogmatic or perceptive reasons to… Otherwise, one MP4/h.264 source file should suffice for all current browsers across all (or at least most) devices.

See this page on the JWPlayer (formerly ‘Longtail Video’) website, specifically #2 “Media Formats”). Below is a screenshot of that section, for posterity, as that page is updated regularly by the good folks maintaining that site.