HTML 5 Video Versus Flash Video Players

HTML 5 has become one of the key buzz words in the web design industry. This technology is hyped to become the standard that all our internet browsers adhere to in the future.

In this article we will look at HTML5 video player support. HTML 5 has a 'video' element. This allows developers to add a video player to their pages with just 1 line of code. Playing the videos will be handled by the browser itself and not by third party plugins.

HTML 5 video is already supported in the next generation browsers, including Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera & IE 9.

Flash Player has done a commendable job for the last few years and has emerged as the chosen video player technology for most major sites. Flash has spanned a gap and provided a cross-platform solution for playing video in web browsers. With HTML 5 the browsers will start to take over this core video playing function.

For many web users Flash player will remain a requirement for playing video. Until all web users are on next generation web browsers Flash support will remain essential, but the transition to HTML 5 video is starting now.

HTML 5 video will be supported in all the next generation browsers, including IE 9 and, as web designers, we have to start adapting to it now.

Apple have announced that they will no longer be aiming to support Flash on their mobile device browsers which will have a huge impact when you take into account that Apple owns 25% of the mobile browser market. The mobile browser market is due for huge expansion over the next few years and it would seem seem intelligent to recommend that we should immediately start delivering video through HTML5 in addition to Flash video format for people on legacy browsers.

The adaptation to HTML 5 is quite a quick fix and a few lines of code with a short JavaScript check, to see if the browser supports the new technology, can can immediately enable our video content to play on Apple mobile devices, including iPad, iPod and iPhone.

Source by Holland Risley

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