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November 21, 2011

YouTube's HTML5 Player Gets Better

YouTube's HTML5 player has improved a lot lately and it's almost ready to replace the Flash player. You can enable annotations and captions, the contextual menu lets you copy the embedding code and the video's URL, YouTube now offers 480p and 1080p options for WebM videos and there's native full-screen support if you use a Firefox nightly build or Chrome's dev channel.




I've also noticed that sometimes embedded videos use the HTML5 player even if you've already installed Flash and you haven't enabled the HTML5 trial.

12 comments:

  1. Wow, Google and Youtube has done a lot of updating this past week. I'm impressed! :) Google fresh, the new Youtube homepage and the new player. They are ending 2011 with a bang, a bunch of new stuff to start the next year with happy fans. :)

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  2. the Html5 player save my RAM but exhaust my CPU...(Core 2 duo)

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  3. I am using HTML5 version for youtube videos for a while now and I can say that I haven't noticed any difference between flash player. Of course it looks different but the main thing is that it does the same thing while keeping the same resource usage but at least there are no plugin (Adobe Flash) needed that can crash anytime

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  4. Still hasn't fixed the biggest problem, which is the videos not getting marked as watched on the subscriptions page.

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  5. I've found that the HTML5 player tends to be much faster than th flash player especially in areas with slow wifi

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  6. I like the HTML5 player because it does not run the plugin container with Firefox.

    However, I always get this annoying flickering at the bottom of the video, but maybe that's a Firefox or driver bug.

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  7. Time to re-enable the trial then :D
    I used it for ages, but I kept running into problems with it =/ I was almost under the impression that the project had been dropped, although that would be ridiculous.
    Nice to see it updated :)

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  8. YouTube's HTML5 full-screen actually started working in Firefox Aurora, which is *almost* the same as Chrome's dev channel.

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  9. i usually use 240p on youtube to save on internet use (i dont care about quality, just the information) but html5 doesnt use 240p, so it would be good if there was an option to choose between html5 and normal. sometimes html5 wont even load the video. and the html5 videos in my subscription box wont go away. basically, html5 is worse imo. just my opinion so dont reply to this like "but blah blah blah"

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  10. For the ones who don't know the difference between Flash player and HTML5. To use the flash player it's required a lot of CPU and RAM and it's somehow insecure (The reason why Apple didn't want the flash player to be made for iDevices)
    HTML5 is simpler, can be used in an old computer and it's really more secure than flash player!(;

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  11. My display driver crashes when running HTML5 content, it's not reliable. HTML5 lacks security.

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