Originally Posted by Tofino
i'm sorry if this is off topic, but is it not possible to embed youtube h.264 files in the articles instead of the flash versions? i mean - this is appleinsider - are there that many IE6 visitors to warrant torturing the rest of us?
do i have click-to-flash configured wrong? it goes to h.264 automagically if i go to the youtube page for the embedded videos...
Short answer ... No.
You can do it if you have the fully qualified path to the mp4 file, but youtube doesn't expose that. But if you did have the movie itself, you could just drop it in a <video> tag which will work for Chrome, Safari, or IE with Google Frame. Only Webkit browsers will work AFAIK.
There are ways to extract the flv file from the Flash version of the YouTube video. Then you need a converter to convert it to a H.264 mp4 which can be embedded. That takes a lot of time and effort.
You can also use the <embed> or <object> tag with a mime type to play a mov, mpg, wmv or avi movie inline as long as the browser has a plugin for the type of movie.
The last resort is to just put the path in a hyperlink and let the users default video player handle it in its own window like an iPhone does.
Or you could just use Flash like everyone else.
Others may know some clever workarounds, I'm not always up to speed with the latest techniques.