You may want to read this guide if:
- You work with a browser-based video player and have encountered an issue or anticipate encountering issues.
- You've stared at a MEDIA_ERR_DECODE in your browser console and thought "maybe I should find a different profession." This guide may not fix it, but may provide some commiseration.
- You, like all of us, often forget about what tools are available for debugging browser-based video playback.
- You want a collection of handy snippets of code to copy and paste into the browser.
You may want to lightly skim this guide if:
- You want to learn about how video plays back in a browser. There are already great online resources for this, which this guide will link to. Some general topics will be covered, and a short guide is provided, but the primary goal of this guide is to help with debugging.
You may not want to read this guide if:
- You don't want to run, or look at, any code or command line utilities.
- You want to dive into the code of a video player. There are multiple video players out there. The topics and tools covered in this guide are generic enough for any browser-based video player.