JW Player 4.7 Released

We've released two player updates this week which bring bug fixes to the v4 and v5 players. JW Player version 4.7 is purely focused on bugs, and marks the end of life for the v4 product line. The 4.7 release fixes a number of bugs collected in the months since the release of 4.6, addressing streaming server support, bitrate switching and general stability.

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.


The LongTail Team

Amazon CloudFront Brings Streaming to the Masses

When Amazon introduced RTMP streaming for CloudFront, it was big news for the Flash platform in general, and here at LongTail it has been no exception. Overnight, RTMP became a hot topic on our forums, where before we had only heard from veterans in the Flash video space. It's not hard to understand why, since RTMP has been expensive and difficult to configure for most folks. In addition to RTMP streaming in general, we're fielding a lot of questions on CloudFront's support of RTMP. What does it support? How do I set it up? Is it right for my site? This post will attempt to answer these questions, as well as provide some background on video streaming on the Flash platform.

An Overview of Audio and Video Transcoding

This post will try to peel away some of the layers of confusion surrounding media conversion by describing how media are stored, why you might want to convert from one format to another, and tools you can use to do it.

JW Player 5.2 Introduces New Skinning Features

We're pleased to announce the release of the JW Player for Flash Version 5.2.  One of the JW Player's strongest features is its flexible skinning model.  Our focus for JW5.2 has been on improving on its XML/PNG skinning abilities.

We've also fixed over 30 discrete bugs, and added a number of performance and feature enhancements.

Promoting Your Products with Video

Many of our customers use video as a means of showcasing their products.  Whether a website’s purpose is to sell t-shirts or network routers, video creates an interactive and engaging experience for users to learn about the benefits of the product.   Combine video with the reach of the world wide web, and you have an effective viral marketing campaign.  But beyond describing the virtues of what you’re selling, you’ll actually want to sell it.

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.