I use Vimeo to host all the videos that I have on this site. Originally, Vimeo used only a Flash-comptible player that wouldn’t play on iDevices. Here’s an example of that player, which will appear on your computer, but not your iPad or iPhone.
Now, Vimeo has a new embed code that is HTML5 compatible and will play on my iPad. As you can see in the screenshot below, you can use the older code if you’d like, though I’m not sure why you would want to, since the new code is shorter and obviously more functional.
Here’s an example of the player produced via the new embed code. It will look identical to the first player on a computer, but will also appear on an iPad.
If your video needs are modest – simple video playback in a window, and you’re looking for an easy way to support the iPad and other iDevices, this is definitely it.
Note that YouTube also gives you the same capability as shown below. When choosing your embed code, click the highlighted checkbox and the embedded video file will play on your iPad and iPhone.
Here’s the video file that I’m embedding from YouTube via this technique.
For all the hoopla about HTML5, neither Vimeo or YouTube used HTML5 as their primary player on the computers that I tested. Rather, they defaulted to Flash, instead of using HTML5. So if you want a player that uses HTML5 when available and falls back to Flash only when it’s not, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
Finally, note that most fee-based online video platforms, like Sorenson 360, also provide this capability. You can read about the Sorenson 360 embed code here.