Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Facebook Videos On iPad

ReadWriteWeb noticed that Facebook hasn’t actually implemented HTML5, but it’s transcoding the videos to .MP4 thus making them compatible with the iPad:

  • “In our tests this morning, it appears that Facebook isn’t actually using HTML5 to display the videos. Instead, what appears to be going on is that Facebook.com is detecting that you’ve arrived to the website via the Safari web browser on the iPad. When you then attempt to play a video on the iPad, it doesn’t play inline (something that would have been a clear confirmation of an HTML5 implementation). Instead, Facebook is linking out to the actual video, transcoded to MP4, a video format that plays on Apple devices."
  • "RWW confirmed this by uploading a video file to Facebook in WMV format (a non-iPad compatible video format) and then attempting to play it on the iPad. It played as an MP4 file.”

Don't use facebook much anyway...just enough to keep me from getting annoyed!

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