Not Yet Time For Regime Change, Adobe Flash Will Continue On YouTube

youtube-html5 Wed Jun 30, Google weighed the question of whether HTML5 is ready to replace Adobe Flash, The engineers at the YouTube(Google-owned), however, still prefer Flash. Google has confirmed that Adobe Flash will continue to "play a critical role" on YouTube, saying the fledgling HTML5 video tag doesn’t meet the site’s needs.

A Tuesday blog post from YouTube software engineer John Harding.

"It’s important to understand what a site like YouTube needs from the browser in order to provide a good experience for viewers as well as content creators. We need to do more than just point the browser at a video file like the image tag does – there’s a lot more to it than just retrieving and displaying a video."

From this post, John transmitted that HTML5 has it’s points, but it’s just not as capable as flash now. In another words, HTML5 still lacks many of the features needed for video presentation. However Flash provides all these features.


The primary problem with HTML5 video, Harding says, is that browser makers have yet to agree on a standard codec.

"Users upload 24 hours of video every minute to YouTube, so it’s important to minimize the number of video formats we support,"

In fact, for more than a year, Google has publicly backed HTML5 and other web standards as the future of computing applications. Since January, the company has offered an "experimental" HTML5 player on the site.

And it’s now encoding videos with its newly open sourced WebM codec, designed to be a royalty-free means of encoding video for use with the HTML5 video tag.  The WebM project(based on VP8 codec) is dedicated to developing a high-quality, open video format for the web that is freely available to everyone.


The WebM launch is supported by Mozilla, Opera, Adobe, Google and more than forty other publishers but no Apple and Microsoft, both are the members of the H.264 patent pool.

Safari, Chrome, and the the IE9 Platform Preview support H.264, Mozilla, Opera, and Chrome are getting support for Google’s new royalty-free WebM codec.

"We need all browsers to support a standard video format,"

Harding said.

"We are looking for a royalty-free video format for HTML5. WebM seems a good candidate,"

said Philippe Le Hegaret, who leads work for Web standards including HTML5, CSS, and SVG for the World Wide Web Consortium, in an interview last week. That means WebM has a chance to become that format.


There are also some others listed by Harding:

  • YouTube also needs finer controls for video playback, features that will become increasingly important as the service moves into offering video of live events and full-length commercial movies.
  • Flash also provides additional capabilities that will serve YouTube in the future, such as the ability to securely embed content on another site and the ability to support two-way video chats from Web cams.
  • HTML5 doesn’t support full-screen video yet. There’s work under way, but it can’t yet match Flash’s ability to show things like playback controls on top.
  • Flash is required for supporting Webcams and microphones for those recording video from their computers. Again, there’s Webcam work under way with HTML, but it’s not done yet today much less supported in browsers.

I think the smart readers has known a little, the war will not end soon.

  • Microsoft has a bigger stake because they have dominant browser,
  • Google has a bigger stake because they’ve Youtube,
  • Apple has a bigger stake because they’ve the subscribers,
  • Mozilla has a huge stake due to its open standard followers,
  • Adobe has the most web developers who can create rich media content.

But for developers, the requirment is very clear: We want to do write-once deploy anywhere. It’ll be a disaster if there is no agreement between these players.


There needs to be a consensus between all the players because a fragmentation of the technologies used helps no one. And web video should not be beholden to a single company.

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2 Responses to “Not Yet Time For Regime Change, Adobe Flash Will Continue On YouTube”

  1. SEM Sensei says:

    Steve Jobs and Apple are definitely causing a problem with their obstinate refusal to support Flash on the iPhone and iPad. Either vast numbers of users of those devices will be left out in the cold, or more likely we will stall in a war of competing standards, neither of which can win a decisive share of the market. See as to why Jobs is wrong and Apple should back down (but won’t).

    SEM Sensei

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