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October 26, 2010

YouTube's HTML5 Player Trial

YouTube might default to the the HTML5 player even if you haven't enabled the experimental feature. If you're using a supported browser (the latest versions of Chrome, Safari, Opera, IE9 beta, Firefox 4 beta), YouTube could test the new player.

"You are in a trial for HTML5 video on YouTube. Some users of supported browsers are automatically entered in to the trial. If you wish to leave the trial, use the link at the bottom. HTML5 is a new browser technology that allows us to show videos without the Flash plugin," explains YouTube.


If you right-click on the video, you'll see a menu that offers two options: "save video as" and "about HTML5". You might assume that "save video as" lets you download the video, but it actually sends you to this video.

16 comments:

  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ is blocked in India. Duh.

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  2. @KoD That's okay, you just get Rick rolled.

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  3. youtube is rickrolling! :D

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  4. Unfortunately the rick roll isn't even an HTML5 video.

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  5. Click "Save Video As" and what do I see?

    <>

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  6. Ok that failed, was meant to be:

    This video contains content from Vevo, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.

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  7. I had this trail set up on me but after a while, I notice that HTML5/WebM videos were loading slower than Flash and there was some jumpiness when moving the video forward. I deleted my YouTube cookie and went back to Flash.

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  8. This Chrome extension claims to force YouTube to play videos in HTML5.

    https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/clbpnceimfklokcaoajgigdoeoanimeh?hl=en

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  9. @Arpit: Or you can just enter their HTML5 experiment.

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  10. Did they get rid of the Full Screen format? That's lame.

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  11. how can I download HTML5 video's?

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  12. They don't have full screen support yet. All you have to do is make the youtube html5 window full screen and then make your browser window full screen.

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  13. the picture quality is poor

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  14. My audio stopped working. There was no indication that I had been entered in a trial. I had to dick around quite a bit to figure out that I had been HAD! This is piss-poor development work, if you have to snare people into debugging your software! I thought YouTube was big-time, but I guess NOT.
    The problem-report features didn't even have a choice for audio problems.

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