As we all know Apple CEO Pens 6 Points Blazing Assault On Adobe Flash and about 2 weeks ago, Google announced YouTube Enhance Videos Embed Capability To Support Flash and HTML 5 Players. No matter where you sit in the HTML5 or Flash, Flash has always been the standard for showing video on the web for the most part, however, as more and more mobile or web enabled devices gain traction in the market there will be increased demand for web developers designing sites using video, to build their sites accordingly.
The <video> element in HTML5 is a long-awaited and probably one of the most talked about feature. We can easily embed videos into web pages without any plugins, using the <video> element. Here are 23+ useful HTML5 video players/libraries which allow you to easily embed video into web pages and ensure backwards compatibility.
Akamai has released a new Open Video Player for HTML5 <video> developer toolkit, aimed at simplifying the task of creating flexible HTML5-based video player applications for delivery of HTTP content.
At first Ambilight looks like an average video player, the kind that loads standard HTML5 video. As the video plays, you very quickly notice what’s happening at the edges. The plugin automatically grabs the average colour in each area, and spreads it across the bounds of the video. This is not a new concept, as there have been hardware ambilights as well as Flash versions of the same. What makes this one special, is that it’s written entirely using HTML5
CwVideo is a toolkit to use and control HTML5-video with the latest realease of MooTools – and two extensions of the Fx.Slider class: CwVideo.Volumeslider (creates a volume slider) and CwVideo.Timeline (timeline slider with several features to simplify creating your own video controls).
This plugin enables HTML5 native playback for users with compatible browsers while offering an elegant degradation to other users through very lightweight Flash players. For HTML5 playback, it auto-detects and offers different alternatives, or degrades to Flash, and (failing even that) to download links.
This WordPress plugin is similar to the Video for Everybody plugin but there are a few differences. While Video for Everybody encourages encoding video in both Theora and H.264, if you just want to use one H.264 file, this plugin will force Firefox to fallback on Flash and play the H.264 video that way.
FlareVideo is an open source, jQuery-powered HTML5 video player. The player supports fullscreen mode and has a fallback mechanism into a Flash-driven player.
- HTML5 video with Flash fallback
- Easy CSS/HTML/JS customization and theming
- Full screen support
- Completely open source and free for commercial use
This HTML5 video player is fairly straight forward and offers all of the basic controls you’d expect a video player to have. The player controls are visible when the video is paused or when the user’s cursor is over the video. Compatibility: Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari
Developed by Rasmus Andersson, lead creative & designer at Spotify. Psd sources are available for the progress bar and icons, so you can customize the player to your needs.
jme is an HTML5 audio / video development kit with Flash Fallback, which focuses on flexibility, intuitive DOM-API and semantic code.
The jQuery UI Video widget enhances your HTML5 <video>
The JW Player for HTML5 is a fully skinnable and configurable player based on the new <video> tag found in HTML5. The JW Player is currently one of the most popular open source video solutions on the web and the new version offers seamless fallback support for JW Player for Flash.
This is important for developers or designers who want to make sure that no matter what browser is being used (even IE6), video will be watchable.
JW Player for HTML5 uses jQuery and supports playback of H.264, Theora and FLV video. It also supports existing JW Player and PNG skins.
Kaltura have developed a full HTML5 Video Library (it is being used by Wikipedia) that works in ALL major browsers, including IE, by using a unique ‘fallback’ mechanism – not only for the format of the video that is played, but also for the actual video player version that is used.
A base component of the Kaltura library bridges the gap between the few browsers that don’t support HTML5, by falling back to its underlining Flash player.
It has been developed with HTML, CSS and jQuery, and with built in support for the jQuery Themeroller, styling is amazingly easy and flexible which will maintain a unified look and feel across all operating systems and browsers. And finally it provides automatic transcoding into all supported formats (OGG, H.264, MOV, FLV etc.).
Kaltura Video Player Demo:
jQueryUI Themed Player Demo:
This is a MooTools custom controls library for the HTML 5 video element. It features: playlist and subtitles support, settings panel for enabling or disabling various options such as looping, captions and auto-hiding of controls bar.
OIPlayer is a HTML5 audio and video player with fallback to Java and Flash. OIPlayer ‘attaches’ itself to all video and/or audio tags it encounters. Besides the general configuration of the plugin itself, it uses for each individual tag the attributes the respective tag has like poster, width, controls, autoplay etc.
The mediafront platform is an open source (GPLv3) front end media solution for the web. Through its integration with popular content management systems, it employs an innovative and intuitive interface that allows any website administrator to completely customize the front end media experience for their users without writing any code!
With the onset of HTML5, there is a dramatic paradigm shift in the wake for online media content delivery. For well over 6 years, this industry has been dominated by the proprietary Adobe Flash Player, which has been used to deliver high quality media to audiences far and wide. This reign is coming to a dramatic end as new Open Standard technology takes its place. Yes, HTML5 is here, and we present to you the Open Standard Media (OSM) Player!
Projekktor is a free JS wrapper for the new HTML5 video and audio elements. It solves cross browser and compatibility issues, adds some eye candy to the native players and provides powerful non standard features. It is not necessarily required in order to provide native media but be aware: You will never want to miss this pleasing touch of comfortableness again.
Its compatible with IE6, IE7, IE8, Firefox, Safari, Chrome and even works very well with the iPhone and iPad.
SublimeVideo is an HTML5 video player that will allow you to easily embed videos in any page, blog or site using the latest modern web standards.
- Free & Open Source
- Lightweight. NO IMAGES USED
- 100% skinnable using CSS
- Library independent
- Easy to use
- Easy to understand & extend
- Consistent look between browsers
- Full Window Mode
- Volume Control
- Forced fallback to Flash (even when there is an unsupported source)
Video for Everybody is simply a chunk of HTML code that embeds a video into a website using the HTML5
It works by playing the HTML5 video, only if the browser supports it. If it doesn’t, it will fallback on Quicktime, and if there is no Quicktime installed it will fallback to Flash. Finally, if all else fails, a placeholder image is shown and the user can download the video using the links provided.
Some screenshot from http://www.net-kit.com/20-html5-video-players/, thanks!