Getting video content on a website has always been a challenge, since video files are large and many mobile devices simply require it. Video.js to supports that video content, such iOS (iPhone, iPad), Android, Windows Phone 7, Blackberry, and others. To ensure that everyone, or at least most people can watch your video you have to create a video that works on the web and mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and other handheld devices.
The hard truth is that if you want to cover every device, you need to encode several formats and create complicated workarounds to get them to play,depending on the device. In this tutorial we do not go deeper into this wasp nest, we are going to show you how to encode a video in such a way that it plays successfully on the most common denominator, including Apple devices.
Which application to use for conversions?
I did tests with several converters and two of them came out pretty good: HandBrake and iFunia Media Converter for Mac. In this article, I will discuss iFunia Media Converter for Mac because it is very convenient and easy to deal with, while producing decent output. Apart from that, it supports FLV video, MP4/F4V video, and H.264 HD video output profiles with HTML 5 and WebM supported.
Ok, now that we know which application to use, let’s download and install it. When ready, read on to jump right into practice.
How to encode a video for web, iPhone, iPad, & other handheld devices
Step 1. Add media files
Click the “Add Files” button to add media files to the Media converter for Mac. This Mac Media Converter supports drag-drop and batch conversion, so you can import and convert several multimedia files at a time.
Step 2. Select MPEG4 output format
Thanks to its support of a single video format – MP4, we can convert the the media files to MPEG4 format which supported by most portable devices. Here we can use the “Output Format” to control the output format. Select MPEG4(MP4) output format for each video file and specify a directory on your computer to save the output files.
Step 3. Start conversion
Click “Start” to begin the video conversion on Mac. The convert progress bar shows you how much of the encoding is completed. Before the conversion, you can also edit videos by trimming, cropping, watermarking and adding special effects, etc.
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