You'll only have to create one media file.
The file formats listed below enable Pickle Player to playback media files on all modern browsers and devices.
- MP3 or ACC
To create MP3 files, we recommend, dbPowerAmp or iTunes. Supported file extensions include: MP3, AAC, M4A
- MP4 (using the H.264 codec)
We recommend using Quicktime. to create proper "web-ready" MP4 videos. Export as "iPhone" -- which automatically sets the video codec to H.264 and creates a file size that is a good balance between file size and quality.
Supported file extensions include:
MPV, MPEG, MPG, M4V, M4P, MPG4, MP4, MPE, MOV, QT
The source video must use the H.264 codec in order to playback properly across all platforms and devices.
NOTE: Other file formats may playback within Pickle, but using other file formats may prevent the media file from playing back on all devices.
What about OGG, WebM and HTML5's "fallback file formats" feature?
Encoding multiple files for a single audio or video asset is so 1998. (Remember the good old days, when you had to encode a Real Audio/Video, a Quicktime and a Window Media files in order to make everyone happy?)
Well, this is one thing from the past that HTML5 has revived from the grave...
The situation here is to make things easy for webmasters. While these alternative codecs (OGG and WebM) hold great promise, the problem is they are not supported by all browsers and devices.
MP3 and MP4 offer the widest support across the board... with one caveat: Firefox. Mozilla is the last "hold out" for MP3 and MP4.
But that's OK for two reasons: 1) Firefox is not a mobile browser, so we don't have to worry about Firefox on mobile devices. 2) Flash comes standard with Firefox, and Flash can play MP3 and MP4 files. So for Firefox users, Pickle Player uses Flash to playback audio and video.
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