DASH Adaptive Streaming for HTML 5 Video

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Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) is an adaptive streaming protocol. This means that it allows for a video stream to switch between bit rates on the basis of network performance, in order to keep a video playing.

Browser Support

Firefox 21 includes an implementation of DASH for HTML5 WebM video which is turned off by default. It can be enabled via "about:config" and the "media.dash.enabled" preference.

Firefox 22 will likely include support for DASH for HTML5 WebM video enabled by default.

Future versions of Firefox will likely include support for more than just WebM video. Specifically, support for h.264 video will be added.

Using DASH - Server Side

First you'll need to convert your WebM video to a DASH manifest with the accompanying video files in various bit rates. [INCLUDE FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS ON COVERTING VIDEO HERE]

Put the manifest and the associated video files on your web server or CDN. DASH works via HTTP, so as long as your HTTP server supports byte range requests then you're all set.

Using DASH - Client Side

You'll want to modify your web page to point to the DASH manifest first, instead of directly to a particular video file:

<video>
  <source src="movie.mpd">
  <source src="movie.webm">
  Your browser does not support the video tag.
</video>

That's it! If DASH is supported by the browser, your video will now stream adaptively.

WebM DASH Specification at The WebM Project

DASH Industry Forum

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<p>Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) is an adaptive streaming protocol. This means that it allows for a video stream to switch between bit rates on the basis of network performance, in order to keep a video playing.</p>
<h2 id="Browser_Support">Browser Support</h2>
<p>Firefox 21 includes an implementation of DASH for HTML5 WebM video which is turned off by default. It can be enabled via "about:config" and the "media.dash.enabled" preference.</p>
<p>Firefox 22 will likely include support for DASH for HTML5 WebM video enabled by default.</p>
<p>Future versions of Firefox will likely include support for more than just WebM video. Specifically, support for h.264 video will be added.</p>
<h2 id="Using_DASH_-_Server_Side">Using DASH - Server Side</h2>
<p>First you'll need to convert your WebM video to a DASH manifest with the accompanying video files in various bit rates. [INCLUDE FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS ON COVERTING VIDEO HERE]</p>
<p>Put the manifest and the associated video files on your web server or CDN. DASH works via HTTP, so as long as your HTTP server supports byte range requests then you're all set.</p>
<h2 id="Using_DASH_-_Client_Side">Using DASH - Client Side</h2>
<p>You'll want to modify your web page to point to the DASH manifest first, instead of directly to a particular video file:</p>
<pre class="brush: html">
&lt;video&gt;
  &lt;source src="movie.<span class="ZmSearchResult" id="DWT648"><span class="ZmSearchResult" id="DWT650">mpd</span></span>"&gt;
  &lt;source src="movie.webm"&gt;
  Your browser does not support the video tag.
&lt;/video&gt;</pre>
<p>That's it! If DASH is supported by the browser, your video will now stream adaptively.</p>
<h2 id="Links">Links</h2>
<p><a href="http://wiki.webmproject.org/adaptive-streaming/webm-dash-specification" title="http://wiki.webmproject.org/adaptive-streaming/webm-dash-specification">WebM DASH Specification at The WebM Project</a></p>
<p><a href="http://dashif.org/" title="http://dashif.org/">DASH Industry Forum</a></p>
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