Future of HTML5 Video

A key element in the future of web video is the rise of HTML5.

Last month YouTube and Vimeo each announced the debut of HTML5-based videos. In YouTube’s case, the new player is only available via their test site “TestTube” while interested Vimeo users must opt-in to the beta test by clicking links below each video.

So what are the key benefits of a HTML5?

  • The player loads right away — no more spinning butterfly thingy.
  • You can jump anywhere in the video, without having to wait for it to buffer.
  • Smoother, less jumpy playback (we hope).
  • No more downloading plugins to watch video, viewers would have to download the latest version of their browser.

That said, there are some temporary drawbacks.

  • It currently only works for about 25% of you: you must be running the latest versions of Safari, Chrome, or IE with Chrome Frame installed.
  • You’ll need a script to auto-detect what browser a viewer is using and deliver your video in the appropriate format.

SublimeVideo’s new HTML5-based player showcases the future of web video in all its speedy, sleek, and plugin-free glory.

Be sure to watch it in full screen.

2 Responses to “Future of HTML5 Video”

  • Another benefit of html 5 video is that it does not rely on flash, therefore opening up the possibility of native, in browser video for mobile safari that runs on the iTouch, iPhone and iPad. It also requires far less system resources than flash video.

    In addition to browser support, which is growing daily, there will be some issues with source video. They will need to be converted to a format usable with html 5. This can be accomplished both client, or ideally, server side.

  • One huge step forward for HTML5 as Google throws it weight behind open-source VP8 video codec for HTML5. Full story: http://newteevee.com/2010/04/12/google-to-open-source-vp8-for-html5-video/

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