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.