Inline video test

Just a quick test of Ogg-friendly video embedding with mv_embed in my WordPress blog…

Here’s Elephant Mud Bath.ogg from Wikimedia Commons:


  • Seems to work nice in Firefox 3.0 with Java
  • Seems to sort of work in Safari 3.2 with Xiph Quicktime components (have to play, then pause, then play again

Haven’t tested other browsers or FF 3.1 yet.


  • Still have to edit some settings in mv_embed.js manually to make it work (fix path, disable MediaWiki-dependent script loader)
  • Currently have to manually make/pick a thumbnail image
  • Seeking doesn’t currently seem to work (needs server support for oggz_chop?)
  • WordPress’s wysiwyg editor eats the entire <video> tag if I switch out of HTML mode! It leaves the <script> at least. :P
  • Integrating support into the upload/insert tool would be awesome of course, beating manual writing of the HTML. :)

8 thoughts on “Inline video test”

  1. Fails in Firefox 3.1 nightly, gives a string of JavaScript error popups:

    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.1b3pre) Gecko/20090214 Shiretoko/3.1b3pre

  2. At least as far as FF goes, I know that the next version (what they were calling 3.1 and now call 3.5) has much greater support for Ogg embeds, ostensibly through HTML5.

  3. Seems to work fine in firefox very hard to make the properties box dissapear if you don’t make a selection

  4. C++ Runtime error (R6034) upon hitting play, but works after that using Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/2009011913 Firefox/3.0.6

  5. Steven, for quick background — mv_embed is a JS library which takes your HTML5 video tags and wraps a player around them for browsers without native support.

    In theory. :)

    It’s a subset of the Metavid work which Michael Dale and others have been working on, which can be embedded in other sites.

    Of course this is out of live SVN, so something might be a little borked atm. :)

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