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Video on the Web

Philippe Le Hégaret

W3C Architecture Domain Leader,
Co-Chair of the W3C Workshop on Video on the Web

What's on the Internet tonight?

The Internet is becoming consumers' primary entertainment source […]

— Saul Berman, IBM Media & Entertainment Strategy and Change

Marjorie "Marge" Simpson using the Web (© Fox Broadcasting Company)
© Fox Broadcasting Company

Video Forecast

Cisco's Global Consumer Internet Traffic Forecast

Cisco's Global Consumer Internet Traffic Forecast
Source: Cisco, 2007

Increase in Video Online Content

User Generated Video Uploads per day

User-Generated Video Uploads per Day
Source: IDC, 2007

So, what does all this tell us?

W3C Workshop


W3C Video on the Web Workshop

12-13 December 2007, San Jose, California and Brussels, Belgium

Hosted by Cisco Systems

W3C Video Workshop Telepresence
Photo credit: Chris Lilley

W3C Workshop Participants

Accenture, Adobe Systems, Annodex Association, Apple, CBS Interactive, CableLabs, Canon, Capgemini, CWI, Cisco Systems, Dailymotion, Hitachi, Hot Potato, IBBT, IJS, MTV Networks, Meraka Institute, Motorola, Move Networks, Mozilla Foundation, Nemours Foundation, Nokia Corporation, RealNetworks, Samsung Electronics, Sony, Sun Microsystems, Thomson, Turner Broadcasting System, University Of California at Santa Cruz, University of Wollongong, VRT medialab, Via Licensing, Walt Disney Internet Group, Web3D Consortium, Wright State University, YouTube, thePlatform

Steve Bratt makes a point in Black and White
Photo credit: Robert Freund

Workshop Laundry list

HTML 5 <video>

<video src=''

var vid = document.getElementById("vid");;
vid.muted = true;
vid.addCueRange("ranges", 10, 20, false,
                enterCallBack, exitCallBack);

Codecs and formats

Video Container format

HTML 5 Requirements for a Video codec

None of the codecs fit the requirements for HTML 5…



See also Multimedia Semantics Incubator Group.

Content protection

Media Fragments

Linking into video content

Can I have a URI to the third item in the news report, please?

Media Fragments: Spatial

Beth, the audience, Belgium, her pitch, and herself
Photo credit: Robert Freund,50,200,100)

Media Fragments: Temporal

Temporal addressing

Next steps: Video on the Web Activity

See draft of Activity proposal

Media Fragments Working Group

Address temporal and spatial media fragments on the Web using Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI),50,200,100)

Media Annotations Working Group (1/2)

simple lingua-franca ontology


Media Annotations Working Group (2/2)

Client side read-only media annotations API

var vid = document.getElementById("vid");

See demo

Guidelines for Media Content on the Web

Potential items on the list:




Video on the Web is not just what you see

— it's what you can search, discover, create, distribute and manage.