Vimeo moves to default HTML5 player, says videos load faster

Vimeo expects more than half of its users will use the player

Vimeo has rebuilt its video player using HTML5, the latest version of the Web programming language that is challenging Adobe Systems' Flash player in serving up Web video.

The use of HTML5, which allows certain types of videos to be played natively in Web browsers without additional software plugins, means that some content on Vimeo will load in less than a second, wrote Brad Dougherty, a senior application engineer, on the company's blog on Tuesday.

Vimeo estimates that about 65 percent of its users will be served the HTML player. Newer versions of the Firefox and Opera browsers, Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Google's Chrome support HTML5 to varying degrees.

Web browsers have developed richer HTML5 capabilities over the past two-and-a-half years since Vimeo rebuilt its player, Dougherty wrote. Smartphones are also increasingly powerful and able to accommodate HTML5.

"With all these advancements, it was clear that we needed a more flexible and accommodating base for our player," he wrote. "So we did the only thing that made sense: We rebuilt the whole thing from scratch."

Vimeo created an HTML5 player four years ago, but users had to choose to use it. Now, if a user has a HTML5-capable browser, it will be served up by default. If a Web browser isn't fully HTML5-capable, some HTML video controls may still be displayed, Dougherty wrote.

Apple has refused to support Flash on its mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad, which spurred publishers to add capabilities to serve videos without Adobe's application.

The move to HTML enables other conveniences, such as preference changes in one window showing up in other Vimeo players that are open in the Web browser, including volume and scaling, Dougherty wrote.

Vimeo also said that users can now take Vimeo clips that are embedded on other websites and add them to their watch queue, and can rent a video from an embedded trailer.

Send news tips and comments to jeremy_kirk@idg.com. Follow me on Twitter: @jeremy_kirk

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags internetAdobe SystemsInternet-based applications and servicesVimeo

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jeremy Kirk

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?