By Nicki Nelson
Last fall in Planet eLearn, we looked at some strategies for using video in eLearning. As with so many things in the education and training field, technology is continuing to change at a rapid pace and we frequently receive questions from clients about what this means for video. In particular, our customers are interested in how the rise of mobile devices and the corresponding decline in Flash usage will affect video standards.
To help answer these questions, we’ve put together the following update to help you analyze how best to use video in your trainings and courses. Read on to learn about current best practices for maximizing your videos’ compatibility with the latest browser technology.
Being Cross-Device Compatible
If you’ve been using Flash video for years and want to make these assets available to learners using iPads or iPhones, you face a challenge. You’ll need to create a strategy to transition this content and make it cross-device compatible.
As there is no single video format that works in all browsers, our multimedia team has developed a multi-format delivery approach as the solution to maximizing video compatibility across devices, operating systems, and platform. We start by using HTML5’s <video> tag, with fallbacks to Flash for older browsers.
Just remember that having a video strategy around maximizing compatibility and taking advantage of HTML5 makes sense in today’s mobile world. But following a few simple rules can help you maximize accessibility to your video assets.
If you would like more information about how Monarch Media can help you add video to your next eLearning project, please make an inquiry.