HTML5 Video with Flash Fallback

Using Flash Flowplayer as a fallback for when native HTML video is not supported. This way the true native video players are displayed when possible.

Use Miro Video Converter to convert codecs. Note that Ogg (Theora) is optional as WebM, MP4 (H.264), and Flash cover all major browsers.

View a demo here.

html5 video with flash fallback in chrome

<!doctype html>
<meta charset="UTF-8">
<title>HTML5 Video with Flash Fallback Example</title>
body, html
	background-color: black;
	margin: 0;
	padding: 0;
	margin: 0 auto;
	width: 854px;
<script src="//"></script>
//this just vertically centers the video on the page
$(document).ready(function(e) { 
	if ($('#video').height() < $(window).height())
    $('#video').css('margin-top',($(window).height()-$('#video').height())/2 + 'px');

<div id="video">
  <video width="854" height="480" poster="splash-screen.jpg" controls >
    <source src="media/big_buck_bunny.appleuniversal.mp4" type="video/mp4">
    <source src="media/big_buck_bunny.webmsd.webm" type="video/webm">
    <source src="media/big_buck_bunny.oggtheora.ogv" type="video/ogg">
    <script src="flowplayer/flowplayer-3.2.12.min.js"></script>
    <a id="flash-player" style="width:854px;height:480px;display:block"></a> 
    flowplayer("flash-player", "flowplayer/flowplayer-3.2.16.swf", {
		clip: {
			url: 'media/big_buck_bunny.appleuniversal.mp4',
			autoPlay: false, 
			autoBuffering: true,
			scaling: 'fit'
		canvas: {
			backgroundColor: "#000000",
			backgroundGradient: "none"

To ensure the server transmits the video files with the correct Content-Type upload a .htaccess file:

AddType video/ogg .ogv
AddType video/mp4 .mp4
AddType video/webm .webm

- Download Flash Flowplayer
- Flowplayer Clips Configuration
- Create .htaccess file on Windows
- Adobe Media Encoder (doesn’t support WebM or Ogg yet)

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  • Venkatesh Naidu

    Could you plz tell me ,How to add forward and backward buttons to above flowplayer?