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Player only supports a few browsers now, Firefox not included

The top video destination online is YouTube by a large margin – other video watching sites like Hulu are much further behind YouTube in the number of users. YouTube is constantly working to improve its service to keep its edge and help bring in more advertisers.

YouTube already showcased HTML5-based video player demo, but the video site reports that users have been asking it to do more with HTML5. To give the viewers what they want, YouTube has announced a new experimental HTML5 supported video player.

YouTube engineers wrote on the official YouTube blog, "HTML5 is a new web standard that is gaining popularity rapidly and adds many new features to your web experience. Most notably for YouTube users, HTML5 includes support for video and audio playback. This means that users with an HTML5 compatible browser, and support for the proper audio and video codecs can watch a video without needing to download a browser plugin."

There are a few caveats to the experimental player right now. The biggest is that there are a relative few browsers that support HTML5 at this time. YouTube lists Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer running ChromeFrame as being compatible. The capabilities will be expanded later to include new capabilities. The new video player can be used by visiting TestTube if your browser is compatible. Other issues include the lack of support for videos with ads, captions, or annotations.

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RE: Death to flash!
By Reclaimer77 on 1/21/2010 12:36:09 PM , Rating: 2
That's because flash wasn't originally written to use the video card for post processing. "HD" didn't exist when Flash was written.

Fear not, a new version will come out very soon that will no longer load down our CPU's and will finally let our uber video cards do the lions share of the work. They are working on it as we speak.

RE: Death to flash!
By Yawgm0th on 1/21/2010 12:57:19 PM , Rating: 3
Maybe Adobe should work on its many products ridiculous overhead, bugs, and security flaws.

I'd rather be able to view PDFs in my browser without feeling like I'm on 28k dial-up with a 486 than watch HD flash video.

I welcome with open arms any replacements to any of Adobe's products, especially Flash.

RE: Death to flash!
By finalfan on 1/21/2010 1:39:58 PM , Rating: 2
Try this youtube video, it's an old one without ads so it can be viewed in Chrome using html5.Don't be afraid to try even you are in office, it's a video about Windows 98.

What I want to say here is, the html5 viewer actually uses more CPU power than the flash version on my machine.

Myth sometimes is created by unnecessary blind hatred.

RE: Death to flash!
By Sunday Ironfoot on 1/21/2010 1:52:05 PM , Rating: 2
What I want to say here is, the html5 viewer actually uses more CPU power than the flash version on my machine.

It's an early implementation of HTML5, so probably isn't perfect just yet. I'd imagine it will improve (ie. get faster) once the browser vendors put some serious resources behind it, like they did with JavaScript which got a hell of a lot faster.

RE: Death to flash!
By Fox5 on 1/21/2010 2:23:59 PM , Rating: 2
Works way better for me than flash does, and I can smoothly jump around to different parts of the video.

But I'm on Linux, running chromium.

RE: Death to flash!
By Reclaimer77 on 1/21/2010 2:57:36 PM , Rating: 1
Maybe Adobe should work on its many products ridiculous overhead, bugs, and security flaws.

Right. Good idea, I'm sure now that you said that they'll get right now it...

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