This is now official: W3C will be looking at the impact and challenges of video on the Web in the upcoming months. Video has exploded and is changing our experience with the Web and we can only expect this trend to increase. It is easier for individuals to produce videos than music, so expect a lot more content out there. A lot of cameras can produce videos, and the offering for camcorders keeps expanding, especially in the high definition range. Sure, the bandwidth isn’t there, with some exception in Japan and Europe, but we’ll get there, it’s only a matter of time.
I’ve been spending a good amount of my time for the past 6 weeks learning about video (Flash video, H.264, Theora, Matrosky, IPTV, RTP, SMIL video element, WCAG 2.0, etc.), mostly to get a good picture of the field. Every week sees something new in this area so I don’t expect to know everything, far from it in fact.
W3C is going to do a workshop on Video on the Web in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’m currently working on the details (scope, final location, etc.). So, if you have a strong opinion about what should happen at that workshop (or what shouldn’t), don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d love to hear from you!