HTML5 video players are video players which you can watch streaming videos on without the need to install any additional add-on or plug-ins like Adobe Flash Player or Java on your HTML5 compatible web browsers like Firefox 4-5+, Google Chrome 12, Internet Explorer 9, Opera 10.6, Apple Safari, etc.
Also, you might be able to play videos on smart cell phones and tablets like the iPhone, iPad, and iPad Touch which do not support flash, but support HTML5 in their phone’s web browser.
For Internet Explorer 6-8 you need to use Chrome Frame to playback HTML5 content. You can download Chrome Frame at code.google.com/chrome/chromeframe/ .
The advantage of HTML5 video player is they seem to be more reliable then Adobe Flash Player, and work on devices which don’t support Flash, but has a HTML5 browser like Apple iPhone or iPad. Plus, most of the latest versions of Linux. HTML5 also does not require a plug-in to download and install to display HTML5 apps on an HTML5 compatible browser.
You can also use HTML5 browsers like Google Chrome 12, FireFox 5 to play Angry Birds for free (no purchase required) and no added Plug-in like Java, or Adobe Flash at chrome.angrybirds.com . Angry Birds is a full featured game with sound, 2D video animation where you use a slingshot to launch Angry Birds at pigs to knock them out to advance in the level. Angry Birds became popular as a smart mobile phone game which latter got released to Game Consoles, and now for Web Browsers to play on the PC for free.
Also, when you right click the HTML5 video with the right button on the mouse, you don’t get a large confusing context menu like the Adobe Flash right click menu which blocks the video and is hard to understand. After turning on HTML5 video and using HTML5 video there are no settings to adjust like other browser plug-ins, so there is no learning curves when using HTML5 since it works be default if your browser supports HTML5.
You can now view streaming videos online without the Adobe Flash Player plug-in for web browser. This is useful if your school, work place, or friends computer does not have Adobe Flash player installed, or their version of Adobe Flash Player is broken.
If they are using Windows Vista, or 7, you can also use an Administrator account and Windows Update to update their version of Internet Explorer to Internet Explorer 9 which supports HTML5 video. If they are using Google Chrome, it should already support HTML5 since Google Chrome automatically updates to the latest version which is 12 which supports HTML 4. FireFox requires you to download the latest version from Firefox.com to upgrade to the latest version number or FireFox while Opera usually installs the latest version when a new version is released, and you agree to let Opera update to the latest version.
You can install Chrome Frame ( code.google.com/chrome/chromeframe/ ) in Internet Explorer 6-8 to playback HTML5 video on YouTube and possibly other HTML5 enabled video sharing site, but Chrome Frame + Internet Explorer 6-8 won’t be as smooth as a true HTML5 browser since Internet Explorer 6-8 seems to suffer from web browser crashes, and slow downs more then Internet Explorer 9, Chrome 12, FireFox 5, and Opera.
If your friend does not have a HTML5 enabled browser and won’t let you install a HTML5 browser on his computer, you can use a the portable version of Firefox 5, Google Chrome, Opera, and run either FireFox 5, Chrome or Opera from a USB Flash drive, SD card, External hard drive or other external storage device.
The portable version for Firefox 5, Google Chrome and Opera Web Browser which also support HTML5 Apps and Videos on websites are also available from the links listed below.
Google Chrome (Seems to work best at playing back HTML5 videos in my experience)
In my Experience HTML5 videos and Apps seems to work best in Google Chrome 12+ Web Browser compared to FireFox 5, Opera and Internet Explorer 9 because Google Chrome is a fast, sleek, very stable, and Google quickly fixes errors, bugs, vulnerabilities, and improve performance on Google Chrome web browser, so the users can have the best web browsing experience possible.
Alternatively, you can use a virtual machine like VMWare, VirtualBox, Qemu, Virtual PC 2007 to boot into the Ubuntu 11.04 liveCD ISO or pre-built Ubuntu vdi or VMDK image to run Firefox 5 on Ubuntu 11.04 to use to play HTML5 video and Apps.
Virtual PC 2007, VmWare Player, and Qemu are also free alternative virtual machine software for Windows.
You can also boot your computer from a Linux LiveCD like Ubuntu 11.04 or a LiveFlash drive with a HTML5 web browser with Firefox 4 or 5, Google Chrome, etc preinstalled on it to watch videos in HTML5 mode. I notice HTML5 video crashes, freeze less in full screen mode compared to Adobe Flash Player in Ubuntu Linux and other Linux operating systems which is one of the advantages of HTML5 instead of using the Adobe Flash Player plug-in. You also do not have to constantly update a plug-in to watch HTML5 videos on the web like the Adobe Flash Player plug-in which requires you to update it when a new version is released to watch videos and use flash apps in a safe and secure manner.
You can use Remote Desktop to access your home computer to access your web browser which has HTML5 support to watch HTML5 videos away from home.
By using these HTML5 video sharing sites to upload and share your videos, it means you’ll have more viewers from people who refuse to use or can’t install Adobe Flash Player Plug-in to watch videos on YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, and other HTML5 enabled video sharing sites you upload to. It also means you don’t have to worry about Adobe Flash Player plug-in slowing down your browser, or crashing it when you are watching videos. I notice the HTML5 video players and apps seem to crash less, and have fewer problems in my experience.
Video sites which support HTML5 video playback
You need to click a link to agree to turn on HTML5 video instead of using the default flash video on most of the sites I listed below.
If you want to view videos in Full Screen Mode, you need to hit the Full Screen button on the browser, and press the F11 key on the top row of your keyboard to make the video use your entire monitor space.
To exit full screen mode you need to click F11 again, and then click ESC key on your keyboard, or the Full Screen/Shrink button on the video player again.
Click on the Join HTML5 trial at the bottom of the page to turn on YouTube HTML5 video player. YouTube videos from YouTube partners with ads will still use the YouTube Flash Video player because YouTube ads do not support HTML5 yet.
Click on the Green “Turn On HTML5 player Beta” to start using the HTML5 video player on Dailymotion to playback video in HTML5 mode.
I get this message “Unable to play this video in HTML5 player due to incompatible format – Click here to view the video into Flash player.” a lot for all videos I tried in HTML5 mode when viewing videos with Google Chrome, Firefox 5, Opera 11.50 with Ubuntu 10.04 and Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit in Dailymotion with its HTML5 player. With Internet Explorer 9, when viewing in HTML5 mode. I get no message, and just a black player with no playing video on the player.
HTML5 seems to be have disabled HTML5 player on it sites. It seems only YouTube, and Vimeo are currently supporting HTML5 video to work, or my computer does not have the right codecs to playback HTML5 video on Dailymotion.com. I remember a few months back when Internet Explorer 9 was released HTML5 video streaming work on Dailymotion.com, and now it does not for me.
Click on the Switch to HTML5 player on the far bottom right of the video under the video suggestions playlist in Google Chrome, Opera, and other HTML5 enabled browsers.
For some reason, the HTML5 video player option is not available in Vimeo videos in Firefox 5.01 which is the latest version for Firefox, and when I use Internet Explorer 9 and Opera 11.50 which both support HTML5 . Vimeo still uses the default flash video player instead of the new HTML5 video player after I click the switch to the HTML5 video player link.
HTML5 option seems to be missing for Blip.TV, and they are using the Flash Player, but I think in the future when they fixed all the bugs with their HTML5 player. They will let users have an option to use the HTML5 player.
YouTube and Vimeo seems to support HTML5 video best. However, if you are watching YouTube videos with ads in it like videos from YouTube Partners, you still need to have the Adobe Flash Player to play the video.
Dailymotion and Blip still seems to only work with the Adobe Flash Player plug-in. The Dailymotion HTML5 player seems to be broken on my PC, so I can’t playback any video in HTML5 mode when I switch to the HTML5 video player in Dailymotion. While there is no HTML5 option for watching videos on Blip.tv, or it is very hard for newbie blip.tv viewers like myself.
Google Chrome also seems to be the best browser for watching HTML5 videos on the web because websites usually detected Chrome as an HTML5 browser and uses the HTML5 player when switch to HTML5 mode while Firefox 5, Opera 11.50, and Internet Explorer 9 is not detected as a HTML5 browser, or it still uses the Adobe Flash plug-in even when switch to HTML5 mode on Vimeo.com.
How to switch back to the Adobe Flash video player for YouTube and other HTML5 enabled video sharing websites if you rather use the Adobe Flash Video Player for watching video?
If you want to turn off the HTML5 player for any of these video sharing website listed below, you need to click the “Switch back to flash, leave HTML trial or Turn off HTML5 video player” from the links I listed above.
You can also empty your “Entire” browsing history like cookies, and cache” by using the erase history program wizard found on your HTML5 browser settings which will erase all your cookies, and history which will switch you back to the Adobe Flash Player Video player instead of the HTML5 video player.