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3. Multimedia Hacking > Hack 29. Choose the Right Codecs for Your Video Files

Hack 29. Choose the Right Codecs for Your Video Files

Unfortunately for the Web, one video file type still doesn’t “rule them all.” In this world of different browsers supporting different codecs, be sure your videos can be viewed on all your target browsers.

A video codec is basically an algorithm for a video compression format. Raw video would be much too large in terms of file size to transport over the Web, so it must be compressed for delivery. And browsers must support the codec of your encoded file to be able to play the file. Now here comes the sad part. Today’s modern HTML5 browsers each support a subset of codecs, so there is no one video codec that can be used to play your video on every browser.


  

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