Benevolent dictator of Drupal, Dries Buytaert, announced that he has tipped his tows into Adobe Flex technology. A bit surprising given Drupal's open source approach. It looks like Adobe is tipping their tows into open source because they contributed to Drupal as well. Adobe also announced and released their beta Flash player nicknamed moviestar that supports advanced MPEG-4 audio and video (the systems part (.mp4 files), the High Efficiency AAC and Advanced Video Coding AVC Part 10 to be more precisely). Meaning that within a year more then 90 percent of the browsers will be able to play video content based on a open standard. Something only Quicktime could do. The Quicktime player is ok but the implementation on Windows was always beyond standards with regards to performance. Maybe Adobe's move will force Apple to improve their Windows implementation. Fullscreen functionality that came with version 7.2 is already a step into the good direction. May the best win!
I've made a small test to embed a MPEG-4 file but no succes. The file is loaded but does not play with the beta player installed. For your reference, this is the code I used:
id="fullscreen" align="middle" height="224" width="384">
<param name="allowFullScreen" value="true">
<param name="movie" value="test.mp4">
<param name="bgcolor" value="#333333">
<embed src="test.mp4" allowfullscreen="true"
bgcolor="#333333" name="fullscreen" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"
align="middle" height="224" width="384">
The file test.mp4 is in the same directory as the html page. Maybe the mime type is not ok ?