October 29, 2010
Photoshop.com, Dreamweaver add HTML5 video playback
I’ve seen some requests for Adobe TV to add HTML5 video playback support. That’s indeed in the works, though I don’t have a schedule to share.
In the meantime, Adobe’s photo- and video-sharing site, Photoshop.com, has added HTML5 video support. Here’s a random video* you can check out on play on any device that supports Flash or H.264-encoded HTML5 video.
Elsewhere, the Dreamweaver team has released the HTML5 Video Player widget. The widget leverages both browser support & Flash Player as needed to ensure playback:
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. [Update: technical details here.]
I have to say, all this absurd zero-sum “Flash vs. HTML5 video” stuff makes me laugh (which is better than making me angry, as it used to do). [Background: H.264 isn’t an alternative to Flash] Flash is a big reason that H.264 is ascendant, because by serving H.264 video, publishers can reach 98% of desktop machines through Flash, and reach non-Flash-enabled devices via HTML5. Do you think we’d see that uptake if the content were viewable by only the <15% that use Chrome or Safari? “Flash remains the dominant player within desktop environments,” and now viewers & publishers have more choices about how to use video online. That’s all good. (Er, I mean, it’s all bad and Flash is doomed; sorry, I went off script there for a minute.)
At the end of the day, you want to watch what you want, on whatever device you want. Through its publishing tools, servers, and players, Adobe’s working to get you what you want.
*In case you’re curious, Photoshop.com PM Jordan Davis was decorating his baby son’s room & experimenting with time lapse creation.