Not Everyone May Be Ready for HTML5 Video
By Steve Vonder Haar
As much as we would like to think otherwise, there is no free lunch in the world of online video.
Yes, it would be wonderful to tap into technology that makes it possible to wave a magic wand and make all of our video distribution troubles disappear. Maybe you’d even have time left over in your day to have a friend take you out to a long, leisurely lunch. Unfortunately, that’s not the way it works down in the online video trenches.
For the most recent evidence of this, just look at some of the hype that has surrounded HTML5. This emerging programming language has long been touted as a magic elixir for organizations looking for a “publish once, distribute everywhere” vehicle.
Students Set to Take the Leap?
When it comes to online video, not all organizations may be ready to make the jump to HTML5 just yet. And the reality is, corporate users may be slower to adopt HTML5 as a video distribution solution because of outdated software, potential costs and network security risks.
Instead, universities and colleges today may be better positioned to adopt HTML5 video and deliver richer experiences to students. Lectures and rich media elements recorded inside of classrooms are targeted for playback on students’ screens. With many students now able to learn anywhere and anytime on their personal devices, more content is being consumed on smartphones and tablets.
Producing video content that can be delivered to a wide range of mobile devices can still be quite challenging – but as HTML5 continues to evolve along with lecture capture and educational technologies, HTML5 video will empower an even greater number of students to improve their learning experiences and outcomes.
Cbox HTML5 Player Available Soon!
Cbox’s HTML5 Rich Media Player will enable users and viewers to:
- Easily customize and style rich media players
- Increase compatibility and playback support for mobile devices to reach a wider audience
- Eliminate the need for plug-ins to playback content
- Simplify video search and navigation with integrated tools
- Engage in more interactive viewing experiences from PCs, laptops, smartphones and tablets