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FLV  and iPad

Mar 17, 2013 11:54 AM

I am told that iPad does not support FLV.   My website has a link to YouTube video in FLV format.

Does the video have to be converted to say MPEG4, a format accepted by iPad?  If yes, what action do I have to take on my page to allow for this, please



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    Mar 18, 2013 9:11 AM   in reply to Karlhevera

    The best thing you can do is use something like Open Source Media Framework (OSMF) which has the Strobe player ( ) or FlowPlayer ( ), etc to handle the video. There's free versions of both, and commercial. Then encode your video in MPEG4 (H264) and configure the player to detect the device and provide the appropriate video (MP4 99% of the time) with fallback to flash FLV when needed (really old browsers). Then you have all your bases covered.


    You can of course do the detection yourself and create either the HTML5 <video> code or revert to a Flash alternate player where needed. JavaScript libraries such as Modernizr can help you easily detect support for MP4 video. You don't want to detect the browser or device, you want to just sniff for MP4 support. If no MP4 support, use the FLV. You can find Modernizr here:

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    Mar 18, 2013 1:41 PM   in reply to Karlhevera

    If your video is posted to YouTube, you shouldn't have to do a thing, because YouTube already detects the device and displays either a Flash player (FLV) or an HTML 5 player.

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