For as long as we can remember, there has been a battle when it comes to the presentation of online video. In one corner we have Quicktime, which Apple pushes with each of their operating systems and gadgets. On the other, we have Flash, which is just about anywhere and everywhere. These two main technologies, however, are starting to show their age.
Quicktime has very limited capabilities and Flash has many troubles with security. Today, we have the opportunity to use HTML5. This fairly new hypertext language includes the new video tag, which easily integrates video onto a Web page – it supports many different media formats, it’s amazingly fast, and it’s very flexible across a variety of browsers and devices.
Why we need HTML5 Video
Big names like YouTube and Netflix have begun to roll out HTML5 video players. This new adoption and higher broadband has makes for a really great experience compared to the old Web (which was dreadful due to 56k dial up).
It’s safe to assume that this new standard will become commonplace once the end user gets a feel for the technology. It’s sort of like opening Pandora’s Box – once it’s open, you can’t go back.
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· HTML5 Rocks – HTML5 Rocks is a community website for all things HTML5. Here you will find tutorials, resources, discussions, and the ability to contribute to projects via GitHub. If you want to be a part of building HTML5 into the standard, there is no better place to participate.
· HTML5 Uploader – This one was included in JQuery Plugins of 2011 list, here on MoreTechTips, and is worth adding to the list simply because it’s a great plugin for soliciting online video from your community. The simplicity of the Jquery plugin is the real draw requiring just a few tweaks to Dropbox and the script. Once running, you should have no problem rolling in new HTML5 videos to your projects – sourced by the community.
The HTML5 revolution has already started. Each new day we are seeing more websites and projects adopt HTML5 for their video player needs. In the end, it’s the end user that truly benefits due to its flexibility in design/development, fast speeds, and customization.
What are your thoughts about HTML5 video?