New HTML5 Video Player and Thoughts

May 27, 2010

LongTail Video, creator of a very popular Flash video player (which I’ve used on a couple of sites), has released a beta version of their new JW Player for HTML5. This player is written in JavaScript, using jQuery, and will fall back upon the JW Player for Flash if the JavaScript version can’t run in the user’s browser. For information on using and customizing the player, see that Web page. The first official release of the player is expected this summer.

Just as interesting, I think, are the thoughts that the creator of the JW Player has on HTML5 video. Initially, you’ll learn about some of the issues regarding video codecs and streaming limitations. But if you read through the comments, you’ll learn a lot more about what’s going into the discussion on just this one (quite important) aspect of HTML5.