So, someone asked me this question today, and I am very curious about the answer. This person wants to put up a video on a website, and wants it to be viewable on both the iPad and on PCs. They don't mind providing two links, but they seemed to lean slightly more to the idea of having one link. Plus, I am very curious to the answer.
Also, they were telling me how when they go to YouTube to view a video, they can view it regardless of accessing the video from their iPad or a computer. I told them that this is because YouTube has multiple versions / formats of a video and shows you the format best suitable for your device. Was that answer correct? And being that one video on YouTube can be accessed / viewed regardless of device, I am not sure if this person has any kind of opposition to posting the video on YouTube.
Assuming they do though, I have these questions:
1) If I were to put a direct link to a video on a website for people to view (using whatever default player is available on their device to play videos) or download, and I want that one video to be viewable regardless of the device accessing it, what's the best video format / extension to use--flv, mp4, etc.?
2) If I wanted to go a step further and use my own embedded video player, what's the best one to use, best in the sense that it can be viewed on as many platforms as possible, especially the iPad and personal computers? I see the jw player used on lots of sites. I don't have an iPad though, so I can't test it.