Adobe announces the HTML5 Video Player widget

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.  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.

The HTML5 Video Player widget, now available through the Adobe Widget Browser, works with or without Dreamweaver CS5. Code generated from the widget plays video in the best possible player for the requested platform using a range of video codecs. Based on the Kaltura open source library, the HTML5 Video Player widget is fully cross-browser compatible with support for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and Opera. Moreover, the player is completely customizable with industry standard CSS techniques.

You can run the Adobe Widget Browser directly from within Dreamweaver and, once you’ve set it up, insert the generated code and files for the HTML5 Video Player widget with point-and-click simplicity. But if you’re not a Dreamweaver user (shame on you), you can also download the Widget Browser independently. (You’ll need to install Adobe AIR first.)

If you’re new to the Widget Browser, you can get up to speed quickly with this video from Lynda.com.

58 Responses to Adobe announces the HTML5 Video Player widget

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  23. Matthew says:

    Well, HTML5 already provides failback support, to which Flash Player can be used. Adobe’s HTML5 Video Player is unnecessary.

    • Irfan says:

      Hi,
      i am new to this field.
      can anyone let me know what Exactly “Is strobe media fallback?”
      i searched a lot , but was not satisfied .
      Reply’s are appreciated.
      Hope that i will get my answer soon.

    • TC says:

      Adobe’s solution is NOT unnecessary. This is a “fall forward” solution that in my research has revealed many advantages over the current level of HTML5 support out there.

      For example, I would rather video be played using HTML5 on iOS and Android and then have all other desktop browsers use flash. Why?

      First, desktop browsers implement full screen better in flash players than their “native” HTML 5 players. Chrome will not even do full screen with the tag at this time. Others do full screen, but the controls aren’t consistent. Firefox is a right click on the video window and then select full screen. There are other reasons as well.

      My concern with this widget is that since a browser like Chrome does support the tag, is there a way I can force it to fail forward anyway. If not, Chrome users will not be able to go full screen even with this widget because HTML5 IS “supported” in that case.

  24. Andrew Khan says:

    A Question: Does the HTML5 Video Player widget work on the iPad?

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  27. immysl says:

    Good news to HTML5 fans! Way to go Adobe. :D

  28. Tahir Alvi says:

    Very good news for the flex developer family that this is built in the Flex.

  29. Couto says:

    So… are you guys admitting that HTML5 is better than Flash?

    or do you have any other reason for this widget?

  30. Anthony says:

    “But if you’re not a Dreamweaver user (shame on you),”… Have you even looked at Dreamweaver, why would I use that over a dedicated IDE like Eclipse or Netbeans?

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  32. I’d like to know if there’s any work/movement to re-use Strobe Media Playback skin assets with the HTML5 Video Player widget. Would really be helpful to be able to repurpose external skin assets.

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  35. Jorge says:

    I’m so happy to start incorporating this player on my websites.
    Congratulations for Kaltura!

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  37. zhangta says:

    Flash to HTML5

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  44. Gaurav Goel says:

    How about a new tool to publish Flash Animations / Application to HTML 5 – CSS / JS?

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  47. Greg says:

    People spend a lot of money on video player softwares.
    I use an application called “flowplayer” – and I love it!
    Is this Dreamweaver widget similar to that??

  48. I found more html5 players

    http://www.designscripting.com/2011/03/top-7-html5-video-player-free-html5-player/

    Hope adobe’s player will be the best…

    -sara

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  51. hussam ali says:

    my youtube video it’s not play

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  53. dave malit says:

    im happy to use html5

  54. hamza king says:

    my flash player not working

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