Story Behind Adobe HTML5 Video Player Widget!

Adobe Flashes HTML5 Video Widget

Some very good and mind blowing updates are going around the world of web. Web browsers are upgrading in high speed, developers are cracking some new technical things, many websites are also getting updated to show the users, “What’s next?”

All the above changes somewhere points to one technology which we are going to experience in future. Yes, it is HTML5.

What is HTML5?

The very first question which comes into your mind when you heard about it . HTML 5 is a new version of HTML / XHTML which specifically focuses on the wants and needs of web app developers. W3C has implemented many new features to reduce your coding time.

Tech Link: HTML5 : What? Why? How? and When?

Reason behind Browser Upgradation

As you can see in above link, there are many new tags getting added in HTML5 and many old browsers were not supporting them. This made all the browsers got upgraded.

Is HTML5 a threat for Adobe Flash?

Adobe Flash Player

Its very tough to answer this question. Many developers says, it is! When you can embed a video file which using some tool like Adobe Flash why there is a need for that tool? Many users had to download Adobe Flash software you see the videos before. But now it is getting integrated in web browsers itself.

The HTML5 Video Player widget enables web developers to generate code to add a HTML5-based player to their sites. This player will be the default and will load in browsers which come will full support for HTML5 as well as the codec of choice, another issue with HTML5 video.

However, if, for some reason, the browser can’t playback HTML5 video, a classic Flash-based player is loaded.

Adobe HTML5 Video Player Widget

With the rise of HTML5, Adobe’s Flash has been positioned as the antagonist of the open standard. Increasingly, HTML5 is used to serve online videos though the matter is far from resolved. Adobe has now released a widget which enables web developers to add HTML5 video support to their sites which falls back to Flash Player for browsers that don’t support HTML5.

Adobe writes on its Dreamweaver blog

HTML5 has received a tremendous amount of buzz, much of it driven by the potential for plugin-free video. However, the limited browser support for the HTML5 <video> tag has forced web designers to scramble for a solution that would work across platforms as well as browsers.

Adobe announced HTML5 Video Player Widget,

“To help customers overcome these challenges, Adobe has released an easy-to-use, totally CSS-customizable solution that shifts gracefully from the HTML5 <video> tag to the Flash Player when the tag is not supported. The shift takes place regardless of the screen—from phone to monitor to TV”

Who wants this?!

1. Apple Users:

The message Adobe is trying to send is clear, the company doesn’t perceive HTML5 as a threat. Whether or not that’s true doesn’t really matter, Adobe needs to win over web developers if it wants to maintain its position.

We must say, Apple product users were really missing Flash feature in their iPhone and Mac. Most of iPhone 4 users went down waiting for Flash support. Apple is becoming increasingly weary of Flash, with the recently released Adobe MacBook Air shipping without Flash bundled.

2. Window XP user:

Microsoft gave a big blow to Windows XP users from all sides. First they said Internet Explorer 9 won’t support Windows XP which was the mainly updated for HTML5 and some other features. And later Microsoft said, We are closing sales of Windows XP on October 22(oops! that is today!).

Well these thing must have surely hurt Windows XP users. Addition of this Adobe HTML5 Video Player widget will surely make them feel some what relaxed and can make something out of IE8 for HTML5.

Conclusion: As we see the recent Browser war, we can find almost all browsers are getting upgrading to be the best. Not to forget, Chrome beats other browsers in HTML5 which we performed recently. Hope Firefox 4, Opera 10.70 and Internet Explorer 9 wake up soon before they left out from their users.

The HTML5 Video Player widget, now available through the Adobe Widget Browser, works with or without Dreamweaver CS5.

Whats your say on this move by Adobe? Are they scared because of HTML5 or a smart move by them to keep Flash Player alive? Hit comment box now and share what you feel 🙂

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    Justin Germino
    October 23, 2010 Reply

    Excellent writeup and pretty informative, I think Windows 7 is worthy of Windows XP users upgrading, it is far better than Vista and if they won't get any more browser upgrades past IE8, then its time to upgrade.

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      Vinay Gowda
      October 27, 2010 Reply

      Well even I do feel Windows 7 is far better than XP Justin. Its time for XP users to get upgraded to Windows 7. Thanks for sharing you thoughts buddy :)

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    Mani Viswanathan
    October 23, 2010 Reply

    Something useful done by Adobe. (That too a freebie :P)

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      Vinay Gowda
      October 27, 2010 Reply

      No other go for them Mani :P

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    Sathish @ TechieMani
    October 24, 2010 Reply

    IMO Adobe has done this to keep their Flash Player alive. May be they are scared of HTML5 too. But I am not sure about it.

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      Vinay Gowda
      October 27, 2010 Reply

      LOLZ! Maybe they are buddy. But clever move by Adobe. What you say? Thanks for sharing your views :)

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    October 24, 2010 Reply

    as far the threat to adobe flash player, I agree that there is a great threat to them because people need more flexibility and ADOBEHTML5 is what people need.

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      Vinay Gowda
      October 27, 2010 Reply

      Well said Sania :) I totally agree with you.

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    Amr Boghdady
    November 27, 2010 Reply

    I doubt there will be any danger on Adobe Flash anytime soon Webmasters will never take the risk of using the new HTML video tags until a few years, when they are sure that the majority of their users have already upgraded their browsers So Adobe Flash is still safe for the next few years

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    December 31, 2010 Reply

    Ultimately, open standards will beat plug-in based tools such as Flash but I think Flash player has at least another 5 years before HTMl5 supported browsers increase in market share enough for them to be a viable commerical alternative to developers. Besides, in a few years time who knows what Flash will be capable of.

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