Native Support for Audio and Video in WordPress 3.6

In a recent post by Scott Taylor, he wrote about how there will be native support for audio and video in WordPress 3.6. This is a huge win for the publishing community around WordPress, as it will help drive further adoption of sharing video.

It’s already pretty easy to upload your video to YouTube and embed it, but what if you don’t want to use YouTube? Maybe you want the video branding to feel like your own, rather than give credit to YouTube for hosting the video.

This is where native support comes in.

Scott dives into some examples and how to implement them.

For the following scenarios:

  • I have an old post that has a video in the Media Library attached to it, and I want to use the new shortcode: [video]
  • I have the URL for a video, from the Media Library or external, that I want to play:
    [video src="video-source.mp4"]
  • I have a source URL and fallbacks for other HTML5-supported filetypes:
    [video width="600" height="480" mp4="source.mp4" ogv="source.ogv" webm="source.webm"]

Same goes for audio:

  • I have an old post that has an audio file in the Media Library attached to it, and I want to use the new shortcode: [audio]
  • I have the URL for an MP3, from the Media Library or external, that I want to play: [audio src="audio-source.mp3"]
  • I have a source URL and fallbacks for other HTML5-supported filetypes:
    [audio mp3="source.mp3" ogg="source.ogg" wav="source.wav"]

I tested out this functionality on my WordPress bleeding edge blog and found it to be super straight forward. It added the [ video ] tags with reference to my mp4 file and when I viewed the post, it showed the video player just as I expected.

I’m really excited about this functionality.

Will you take advantage of this native support, or will you keep using your existing platform like YouTube?