YouTube: Not ready to replace Adobe Flash with HTML5 for video delivery
Google owned video sharing service YouTube remains the most popular destination on the web for watching user created videos in addition to original stuff from media companies around the world.
So, they have a huge responsibility when it comes to setting the unofficial standards for video delivery on the web.
YouTube has been largely powered by Adobe Flash technology for their video delivery mechanism.
However, they have been supporting HTML5 based video delivery for a while now.
The company has now stated why they (and the web generally) is not prepared to replace Adobe Flash with HTML5 when it comes to delivery of videos on the web.
Here are some of the reasons they talk about…
It is largely complicated for them to offer each of the videos through multiple video formats. They officially support H.264 codec which is supported by Adobe Flash Player. But it is not supported by Mozilla Firefox if delivered through HTML5. They are of course offering some videos through WebM which is an open source technology offered by Google.
HTML5 is in early stages now and it does not provide all the features that Adobe Flash provides when it comes to video delivery. One good example is making it easy for the user to get to the part of the video they want when they launch the video.
HTML5 does not offer robust content protection when it comes to delivery of web based videos.
Embedding is another problem. Adobe Flash makes it easy for them to offer embedding solutions.
Camera and Microphone support… YouTube allows you to record videos right within the web browser using Adobe Flash technology. HTML5 cannot do it yet.
Fullscreen video support. Some browsers have added support for it. Others have not.