I saw from Google Plus this morning that someone had successfully made a video work in Hotmail. Although I can’t find the actual plus post now!
This was on Video-Commerce.org, using a Sky Atlantic email advertising Game of Thrones.
So I went back to my resources which were: Campaign Monitor, Video for Everybody and the linked Video Generator for Everybody.
My first test went quite well!
I simply took the code provided by the Video Generator for Everybody pasted it into the “add HTML” box in Thunderbird and sent it to my Hotmail account.
When it first got there I was treating it like a flash player and hovering over it but got no response. As I was expecting player controls to appear on blur and they didn’t so I thought it was broken.
Then I right clicked it, got a player menu, hit play – and it worked!
So you have to right click to play by the looks of things, it’s probably a safety precaution to stop horrid spammy stuff playing instantly. The right click menu has more on it, so maybe there is more we can do with the video tag to make the control appear etc. Also a browser view link could easily take you to the browser version with more control and of course you can easily ask ask people to do it – I’m sure they’ll be delighted to.
Needs some more testing!
I won’t be able to test it until Thursday! aarrrhhh I have my Mum’s retirement party this afternoon and I’m in London for most of Wednesday, so it’ll have to wait til Thursday, unless someone beats me to it of course!