I have been thinking about the good things that can come from HTML5 when it comes to video and new media. While there is a whole political fight going on now for HTML5 standards and looming license issues for H.264 content in 2014 lets talk about the freedom that comes with HTML5 in particular to video creators.
Today when I create the video for Geek News Central I edit and encode the file into High Definition .mp4 file that gets uploaded to Blip.TV and encoded into Flash. But that is a two step process with the implementation of HTML5 visitors to this website in the coming weeks that are either using Chrome or Safari will be able to watch all of my video’s in my original HD format.
If all browsers had HTML5 functions built today, I could eliminate Blip.TV from my publishing pipeline. For time constrained media creators who are not afraid to host their own media, HTML5 opens a lot of opportunities. You look at what we have started over at TechPodcasts.tv this will eventually be a site that will be displaying videos in their native formats versus having to copy in a stream embed.
With hosting prices dropping and my desire to completely control the user experience on this website I am very excited to what the future holds. All we need now is to keep the pressure on the Mozilla Foundation and Microsoft to support a variety of web media types for HTML5 and at the same time find a way to avoid the 2014 license issue with H.264 content/