For those of you who are new to the web video industry, let me get right to the point. Flash video is out. Web developers and software engineers pay little attention to web flash video when creating new web video players, except for having a light weight auto flash fallback, just in case some people have an old browser that does not support HTML5.
HTML5 is in favor, and both website developers and software engineers, together with browser and operating systems combined, are all focused on HTML5 video now and in the future. Sure, next will be HTML6, but we certainly are not going back to Adobe Flash Video. Heck, even Adobe itself is moving aggressively to HTML5 video.
What does this mean for you?
- If your video player’s engine is Flash, then you want to carefully consider switching to a HTML5 Video Player with Fluid Design.
- There are some players that are HTML5, but still do not support responsive/fluid design, so you want to make sure your video player has both (see Responsive & HTML5 MemberPlayer)
Watch this video to see the difference between HTML5 Video vs Flash Video.
Even the huge video sharing sites Youtube and Vimeo are now HTML5 Supported Players. Some of the top premium HTML5 Video Players are my very own MemberPlayer, which I recently developed and launched and open source projects FlowPlayer, JWPlayer, Kultura, and Video.JS.
How to determine if your web video player is Flash or HTML5? Follow these steps (as shown in my video above):
- Install Firefox Add-on – Flash OnOff
- Turn Off Flash using the Addon (see video above)
- Visit a webpage that has a video and click the play button. If you get a message that says, ‘Must download Adobe Flash Player,’ to watch the video, then you can be certain that it is not HTML5 video. If the video plays, then it is HTML5 video supported.
If your video gets the message like on the one below, like it does when you visit EasyVideoSuite with flash disabled, then you know that it is Flash technology, that is on its way out. You’d think that a player that sells for $300 would at least be HTML5.
There are other reasons why you do not want to use a Flash Player engine. Namely…
- Flash is not supported on Apple devices.
- Browsers, Google, etc, are all moving rapidly to full html5 video support
- Flash is heavy in resources. It is heavy on your CPU and consumes a lot of battery.
Not only do you want a HTML5 Player, but you want one that has a Fluid & Responsive Design for mobile devices, like MemberPlayer.
Well, how do you know if your video player is fluid with responsive design?
Good question. This one is easy. Simply reduce your browser window and you will find out a few things:
- If your website is fluid design, it will also reduce or expand as your browser has different sizes. FireFox has a Web Developer Responsive Design view if you go to Firefox> Web Development > Responsive Design View.
- If your video is NOT responsive design, the video will stick out and will not reduce or expand with your browser window in different responsive design views. If your video IS responsive & fluid design, it will reduce or expand with your webpage view in different sizes.
- My Covert Player is HTML5, but it is NOT responsive design except for single video option. I build this player when responsive design was in its infancy. I added responsive design to it after-the-fact, and to single video only. It took me a long time to add this feature to single video, but did so for my customers. Hence, single video is responsive design, but not the CNN style, playlist styles, etc.. With MemberPlayer, it is Fluid Design from the ground up from start to finish, with all playing styles included.
If there are any questions at all, please feel free to make a comment below, and please share my page on social media.
Thank you, Mark