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Fact file5.8 Embedded Video


With more people having access to broadband, websites that play music and videos have become much more popular as more people can enjoy them without having to put up with long download times.

static example of embedded videoWebsites such as YouTube or BBC iPlayer are based entirely around providing access to a library of video files. These videos can be placed directly into the page. This is known as embedding. Embedding is different from simply providing a hyperlink to the video file for a user to download the video. Many sites also contain embedded advertising videos.

An embedded multimedia file has its own user controls for playing, pausing and forwarding or rewinding the media clip. It is important that these controls are included for sounds and videos since there is nothing more annoying than a webpage  that automatically plays a loud video with no way of turning it off. A user may be browsing in a library or shared place where they need to be quiet. If no controls are included they may simply close the browser down, never getting to see the rest of your site content.

There are many different file formats for video. Your choice should be influenced by the comparative file size and download times of the alternative formats. Compression is a key factor for including video on a website since the files can become very large. File types include Flash Video, Real Video and QuickTime, although there are many other formats.

Often it is simpler to upload the video to a site such as YouTube or Vimeo, and then embed it onto your website. YouTube provides a short html "embed" code which can then be cut and pasted into your web page.

Refer again to the guide How to insert sound and video from Section 3 for more help on adding video to your pages.

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