January 09, 2012

VidCaster Unveils HTML5 Video Player

VidCaster, a company specializing in online video platform and video site builder, has unveiled their much awaited HTML5-based video player, with which users can view their web video faster and more consistently across all browsers and devices, including mobile phones and tablets.

According to Steve Heffernan, the co-founder of Zencoder and the creator of VideoJS, they created VideoJS in early 2010 through experimenting with HTML5 video, and then open sourced the library to make HTML5 video easier for everyone to use and with this major new version (3.0) VideoJS is becoming an extensible video framework and VidCaster has been an integral part of that process, providing input into the feature set and pushing the limits of what can be done with HTML5 video today.

This innovative solution is backed by company’s Zencoder’s open source VideoJS video player that enables users to instantly look in to any point in a video, instead of waiting for the entire video to download. It works similar to an open-source to enable the users to connect to the LiveRail advertising platform.

Kieran Farr, VidCaster’s co-founder and CEO said that the release of the new player is designed to help further the HTML5 video standard.

“The future of online video is device-agnostic and HTML5 video allows a more consistent experience regardless of device,” Farr explained. “At VidCaster, we’ve already been ahead of the curve in terms of offering an HTML5 fallback for users on mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad that do not support Adobe (NewsAlert) Flash … now we are proud to offer a state-of-the-art HTML5 player as our default option.”

The company is currently offering VidCaster’s Silver for $39/mo and Gold for $99/mo service plans, which enables users to see their videos automatically displayed in the new player.

Users can also get hooked to YouTube (NewsAlert)-powered VidCaster Free service plan to continue to have their videos displayed in YouTube’s native player.

In other news, Zencoder recently announced the immediate availability of highly-optimized HTTP Live Streaming encoding for Apple iOS devices, such as the iPad and iPhone (NewsAlert). This allows smaller file sizes with no decrease in quality, and results in real-world storage and delivery savings of up to 10 percent.

Want to learn more about HTML5? Then be sure to attend HTML5 Summit, collocated with TMC’s ITEXPO East 2012, taking place Jan. 31-Feb. 3 2012, in Miami, FL. HTML5 has the potential to revolutionize user interfaces, challenge the status quo and change the future of both desktop and mobile web experiences.Join fellow web developers, designers, and architects, as well as technology leaders and business strategists who will gather in Miami to learn strategies and tactics to implement and execute HTML5. For more information on registering for the HTML5 Summit click here.

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Jyothi Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jyothi’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell


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