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YouTube and Vimeo Experiment with HTML 5

This week, both YouTube and Vimeo have announced that they will be experimenting with beta video players that use HTML 5.0. Unfortunately, these beta players are only available in Chrome, Safari, or Internet Explorer with the ChromeFrame plugin (so anyone using Firefox is left out).

HTML 5.0 was announced in May 2009. In December 2009, Google announced that it was going to drop Google Gears in favor of HTML 5.0.

As anticipated, HTML 5.0 can be advantageous for video. It includes video as a supported tag, which allows simplified coding and no video buffering if you want to go in and out of a video stream. Unfortunately, at this point not much has been done with HTML 5.0. For example, HTML 5.0 on YouTube does not support videos with ads, captions, or annotations, and also requires a compatible browser.

Via PC Magazine.

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