In the last decade, plugins such as Flash and Silverlight have enabled a rich consumption of video in browsers, powering popular services such as YouTube and Netflix. But now this approach has shifted towards HTML5 over the last few years.
Almost two years ago, the W3C published the final recommendation of the HTML5 spec, which came with a new set of HTML elements and APIs, especially for video. These elements extend the web and enhance the possibilities for developers without the need for plugins such as Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight or Java.
Let’s look at some of the new HTML5 elements and what they improve for video:
<video> Enables out-of-the-box playback of video, this finally makes plugin-free multimedia on the web a reality. In fact, browser vendors seem to agree on a single format — MPEG-4/H.264, which is universally supported in modern browsers, with a notable exception of Opera Mini.
<audio> Enables playback of audio content on a web page. As with video, the decision of which container formats and codecs to support is left to browser vendors.
<track> Can be used for timed text tracks, such as subtitles and captions in a video.
Most of the new elements have been known about and used for a while because they are implemented in all modern browsers.
We welcome the new standard and look forward to the time when we don’t need a Flash player or plugin, when multimedia can be viewed on virtually any device with a single implementation.
How MSEs Work:
With our newly modified production team and the new elements of HTML5, we can create enhanced features for streaming videos for your company to get your message through to your viewers is a much easier and effective way.