Yesterday, somebody mentioned that the HTML5 video tag with Ogg Theora/Vorbis can be played back in Safari if you have XiphQT installed (btw: the 0.1.9 release of XiphQT is upcoming). So, today I thought I should give it a quick test. It indeed works straight through the QuickTime framework, so the player looks like a QuickTime player. So, by now, Firefox 3.5, Chrome, Safari with XiphQT, and experimental builds of Opera support Ogg Theora/Vorbis inside the HTML5 video tag. Now we just need somebody to write some ActiveX controls for the Xiph DirectShow Filters and it might even work in IE.
While doing my testing, I needed to go to some sites that actually use Ogg Theora/Vorbis in HTML5 video tags. Here is a list that I came up with in no particular order:
- Chris Double’s Tinyvid
- Dailymotion’s Open Video Demo (restricted to Firefox 3.5)
- Michael Dale and Aphid’s Metavid
- Archive.org’s videos
- Wikipedia’s videos
- the FOMS workshop videos
I’m sure there’s a lot more out there – feel free to post links in the comments.