My company needs to produce a QR code that, when scanned on an iphone, ipod, or android phone, plays a short video (currently we have it in mp4 format).
When generating the QR code, we tried putting the URL directly to the mp4 file in and quickly realized that didnt work, as the scanning program doesnt know what to do with an mp4 file.
We then tried creating a vanity URL which redirects to the mp4 file. Then we put this vanity URL into the QR code generator, thinking that the scanning program would simply load a URL (the vanity URL), and then the browser would get redirected to the mp4 file, and the browser would know what to do with this file and play it. This doesnt appear to be the case though. On my iPhone 4 the URL begins to load in the scanning program, then the program closes and the video begins to load in the iPhone's video player. So far so good. Then the video play closes and I get a simply black screen except for the status bar at the top. I cant do anything except quit whatever "app" im in and go back to my home screen. On my co-workers android phone he gets pretty much the same results.
I wanted to use video for a project at my University and found the main problem was with the default codec for the Iphone and Android. It took two weeks of research and the best I could do was the following (scan the code):
After running this service for free since 2009, covering all costs personally and spending many nights and weekends developing it I'm now having to ask for donations to keep the service going. Any amount would help. Thanks. Ian Dec 2016