HTML and CSS Reference
ONE OFTHE most important features added to
HTML5 is video. If you've used YouTube, you're
aware of the power of video on the Web. Like-
wise, Adobe Flash users have embedded video in
their programs for years. So, video on the Web
isn't exactly new. However, the new features of
HTML5 make it possible to access video directly
from an HTML5 Web page, and that's something
that HTML has never been able to do in previous
builds without a link to a Flash .swf i le or some
other binary i le that streams video independent
of the tags placed in an HTML i le.
streaming video; instead, it's a type of progressive
download. As the video is downloaded from the
Web server, it's displayed by the Web page, so it
can be slow. In fact, most videos created by Flash
hobbyists are very likely to be this kind of video.
Streaming video, at this point, requires a stream-
ing video server like Adobe Flash Media Server.
However, you can expect to see developments in
true streaming as HTML5 video becomes more
If you've read Chapter 10, you'll i nd many of the
video tags familiar. h is chapter looks at many of
the same tags, like <source> , but with an eye to
loading and playing video.
An important caveat to add here is that the video
that is displayed by your Web page is not true