JW Player 5.3, HTML5, and You

Common misunderstandings about HTML5, Flash, and the JW Player

The release of JW Player 5.3 introduced some important new changes to our player, and its embedding mechanisms. Both the JW Player for Flash and the JW Player for HTML5 are now completely incorporated into JW Player 5.3. As always, we've received great feedback from our community which has helped us compile this list of common misunderstandings about the Flash Player, the HTML5 Player, and Flash/HTML5 in general. With this post, I hope to help you get started with the JW Player 5.3 for Flash and HTML5.

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1) The 5.3 player.swf file does not contain the HTML5 Player

Introducing the JW Player for Flash and HTML5

For several years, the JW Player has been a leader in the web video world.  Until recently, this has almost entirely meant Flash video.  However, with the major browser vendors all committing to bringing video rendering capabilities directly into the browser, the landscape has begun to shift.  Additionally, the absence of Flash on certain critical platforms, such as the iOS devices, is pushing many web video publishers to search for alternatives.

Is HTML5 the Answer to All of Our Problems? 

It certainly addresses some major points:

FOMS: Funny Name, Serious Talk about HTML5, Bitrate Switching, WebM, and WebSRT

Last week, in the midst of our normal support requests and software development, we found a way to squeeze in a little extra time to attend the Open Video Conference and associated meetings here in New York. Everyone here at LongTail is a strong believer in open media formats, but it is rare to see so many people who are as committed to it as we are - assembled in one place.

JW Player 5.3 Beta Integrates HTML5 Support

Given the overwhelmingly popular response to the HTML5 Beta, we have decided to incorporate the HTML5 player functionality into the 5.3 release of the player. This means you can create one block of embed code that will work across all devices that support HTML5 or Flash, including the iPhone and iPad! For browsers with both Flash and HTML5 support, the choice is yours -- simply configure the player's failover behavior.

UPDATE: The 5.3 release candidate (RC1) is now available.

UPDATE 2: The official 5.3 release is now available on our main Players page.

Podcast on HTML5: LongTail’s Jeroen Wijering Live

For those of you interested in learning more about HTML5 video and where it’s going, Jeroen Wijering, the creator of the JW Player, is speaking today on Dan Benjamin’s podcast, The Conversation, Wednesday, July 14th at 1:00 PM ET.    

We expect a fantastic and informative discussion with leading experts on HTML5 video – its advantages, its drawbacks and its future.  

You can listen to the podcast, LIVE, here.

For those of you that missed the live podcast, check-out the recorded version here.

Enjoy!

The LongTail Team

Introducing the JW Player for HTML5

Today, we're pleased to announce the beta release of the JW Player for HTML5. The JW Player for HTML5 leverages new technology within modern web browsers to playback video without the need for plugins or addons. This has the potential to improve both user experience and performance, especially as browsers begin to take advantage of the hardware-based video decoding available on most devices.

That having been said, no browser on the market today has the extensive playback capability of the JW Player for Flash. For that reason, we've built in a seamless fallback for those viewers who can't take advantage of these improvements.

HTML5 Video: Not Quite There Yet

Online video is an exciting field to work in.  As creator of the JW Player, I'm privileged to be at the forefront of the industry.  Every week, our team receives thousands of emails from web developers regarding various bug reports, product feature requests and general thoughts about the online video space. In these emails, we've seen a growing interest in HTML5, since its video implementation allows web developers to independently control video content.