Background videos, and videos that autoplay on websites are becoming more and more popular (and perhaps will soon be the new normal). It is also common to only display the video on larger screens, and to hide the video on small screens. An Anti-pattern emerges However, in my experience of looking at hundreds of websites … Continue reading Hiding Videos on the Mobile Web
You have probably seen it while browsing your favourite social media feed - where a video plays silently, but there are captions running across the bottom, indicating that something interesting is happening. Personally, I am more likely to stop and watch a video in my social feeds if there are captions (while the video plays silently). … Continue reading Video Accessibility: Adding Captions
Video on the web is now reaching far beyond just linking to YouTube. Thousands of pages are embedding video as an integral part of the website experience: both increasing the interest and engagement of their site to users, but also the size and time to load of the webpage. This is a delicate balance that … Continue reading State of the Web: Video Playback Metrics
Every few months, I like to take a deep dive into the HTTP Archive to understand how the web is using various technologies. In 2018, I wrote about Images, video and Base64 encoding. In today's post, I want to take a look at how the web is using Animated GIFs. (and thats a hard G in GIF, … Continue reading State of the Web: Animated GIFs
In previous posts on video streaming, I’ve looked at how video adaptive streaming works and some of the performance impacts on video on the mobile web. In this post, I’d like to combine these two ideas by looking at how websites are streaming video, and see if websites are following the best practices I have proposed. … Continue reading Mobile Web and Video Streaming: What trends do we see?