Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Google Makes HTML5 Player Default for YouTube

 

Google's YouTube video network makes the HTML5 player as standard. It's been about four and a half years after the introduction of HTML5 video player and now it finally takes Flash Player's place. 
Fast forward to early-2015 and YouTube finally announces that HTML5 is the default player. Flash might as well be considered officially dead on YouTube. It's a huge step forward for those of us waiting for the day when sites we visit are no longer asking or forcing us to install Flash.
I may be exaggerating about Flash being dead now, as, to default to the HTML5 player on YouTube, your browser has to be Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, Safari 8 or a beta version of Mozilla Firefox, according to YouTube's blog post.
But, nonetheless, everyone's free to join the HTML5 party on YouTube, as long as they are willing to use a browser that works.
YouTube says it made some efforts to switch to HTML5 from Flash. This involved working with browser developers to introduce and enable more features, and fine tune the experience so that, among other things, buffering is kept to a minimum.
Now, content is played with minimal wait times, high resolutions and frame rates are supported, and so is the real-time streaming that allows for, say, live presentations. Even embedded videos are HTML5 now.