03-18-2010 07:04 PM - edited 03-18-2010 07:08 PM
I've also been looking for some documentation on embedding video in webpages for playback on a BB device.
I've read pages that state the BB generally supports mov and mp4 files in h.264, and then other pages which suggest that the web browser only supports mp4 h.263 files.
So first question is what formats and codecs are supported in web pages.
Many thanks, jimlongo
03-19-2010 02:48 PM
I suppose browser sniffing would be an option, i'm really just trying to find out the best way to embed video for the web, that a blackberry user will also be able to see.
03-19-2010 07:07 PM - edited 03-19-2010 07:10 PM
If you read through this thread you'll find a lot of information about the issue, but here are some specific points for you:
1. The Blackberry Browser does not support playing video from the web over HTTP. The best you can do is get the Blackberry to attempt to play the video, take an error, allow you to download the video to the Blackberry's local storage and then play it from there.
2. The Blackberry browser supports the <OBJECT /> tag in a limited way (see earlier in this thread for examples). There is a universally accepted, cross-browser compatible method for embedding real-time media into a web page that consists of nesting an <EMBED /> tag inside an <OBJECT /> tag so that a single page of HTML can be used for all browsers. This method is supported by all modern browsers EXCEPT, of course, the Blackberry browser.
3. Given point 2 above, the only way to even attempt to support the Blackberry is to identify Blackberry browsers by their HTTP User-Agent header and dynamically construct an HTML page just for them. Personally, I use PHP and do a case-insensitive string search for "blackberry" on $_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'].
4. Don't bother to do 3 above, because even if you get the Blackberry browser to support the <OBJECT /> tag as described in 2 it will still fail to play the video as described in 1.
5. Do not waste any time trying to figure out the magical combination of media file format, video codec, audio codec, bit rate, etc. None of them will work because of 1 above.
6. Ignore any mis-information you may receive from RIM about how the Blackberry can play video from the web over HTTP. It cannot. It can only play it over RTSP, which you do not have and neither do 99.999% of the web sites out there.
7. Buy an iPhone - it does everything you are trying to do. Try to migrate all your users to iPhone if possible.
As always, I wait in hope and joyful expectation that someone from RIM will respond and tell me how wrong I am and how easy it is to get a Blackberry to play a video from the web over HTTP.
03-19-2010 07:16 PM
ha ha , I get your point.
I've determined the best solution is to host the movie on Youtube.
Now all I have to do is get the embedded URL from youtube to show up on the BB, that doesn't seem to be happening. For instance when i paste the supplied Youtube embed code into a webpage it just doesn't show up on a BB, although the device will play the direct Youtube URL just fine. ????
So it won't show this link in a webpage
<object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/yRkovnss7sg&hl=en_US&fs=1
But it will show this URL
That's with this phone on the Bell network
smartphone (3G, CDMA)
v22.214.171.1249 (Platform 126.96.36.199)
03-19-2010 07:21 PM
What I don't understand is why the folks at RIM don't have an easy way to deploy video on the web for their devices.
I mean my clients want to see video from their website available to users on their "smart" phones. Seems to me it would be in BB's best interests to expediate this.
03-20-2010 08:15 AM
This bug has been resolved quite some time ago. The issue is that a limited number of wireless carriers have picked up later builds to distribute to their users.
For instance, version 188.8.131.528 is nearly 5 months old. SaskTel just officially released 184.108.40.2067 for the Storm 2 (9550) which is nearly 200 builds newer.
We have the RTM version of the BlackBerry Widget SDK and Web Plug-in tools about to be released in a couple of weeks. They have simulators in them that are from the newer builds where you will be able to try out. However this unfortunately doesn't help you much until these builds with the fix in them make it into the wild.
03-20-2010 04:47 PM - edited 03-20-2010 04:58 PM
Thanks for at least finally explaining the actual problem. Couple thoughts:
1. Apparently neither of the two wireless carriers mentioned so far in this thread (Verizon and Bell) have upgraded to the build that apparently fixes the problem (which build is that, by the way?). I assume Verizon and probably Bell as well are two of your larger customers. Given that their failure to upgrade is reflecting badly on RIM and costing you business, I certainly hope someone at RIM is actively making these carriers aware of this problem.
2. 220.127.116.118? 18.104.22.1687? Dude, these builds are three places to the right of the first decimal point! I mean, come on, they're not major releases, they're not minor releases, they're not patch releases, what the heck are they? They must be like one step above an individual engineer's workspace, and it sounds like you're putting out like one a day or something! No wonder Verizon hasn't upgraded. If their policy was to upgrade every time you guys put out a new 5.0.0.xxx build they'd be upgrading every day! Did you guys ever think about packaging up like a 5.0.1 or, heaven forbid, even a 5.1? Maybe that would get Verizon's attention.
And I'm sure Verizon is not the only carrier out there who is not at the latest build. Meanwhile, Blackberry looks like a joke compared to iPhone. If I were you guys I would be pounding on Verizon and all your other carriers to upgrade immediately.
Having said that, it's comforting to know that the 6 people in Saskatchewan who have Storm 2's are able to play videos from the web. Unfortunately the rest of us are still waiting...
03-20-2010 05:11 PM - edited 03-20-2010 05:15 PM
Thanks for your response Tim.
So the bug is that the object tag just doesn't show up in the browser?
I look forward to the day I can simply deploy media on a webpage and have it play everywhere. in the meantime I guess I'll have to have a special link for BB users to follow to see the video.
It would be nice if support for web designers had a clear grid of what models/sw support what protocols, and recommendations as to how to target BB users.