Making video responsive

Flexible videos are somewhat more complex than images. The HTML5 <video> maintains its aspect ratio just like images and therefore we can apply the same CSS principle to make it responsive:

   video {
      max-width: 100%;
      height: auto !important;

Until relatively recently, there have been issues with HTML5 video—this is mainly due to split support for the codecs required to run HTML video. The CSS required to make a HTML5 video is very straightforward, but using it directly presents a few challenges:

  • Hosting video is bandwidth intensive and expensive
  • Streaming requires complex hardware support in addition to video
  • It is not easy to maintain a consistent look and feel across different formats and platforms

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