For years, Flash Player has been the answer to the question, “how can I be sure everyone can play my video?” But today, with Apple refusing to support Flash Player on iDevices, it’s clear that a 100% Flash solution isn’t enough. The question everyone is asking now is: “how can I be sure everyone (including iPhone and iPad) can play my video?!” JW Player 5.7 is the answer.
This week LongTail has ended the debate between Flash and HTML5 with it’s new release of JW Player version 5.7. In this release, Flash and HTML5 are ingeniously used together eliminating the need to choose between the two platforms. Now you can have it all.
Device Detective at your Service
The guys at LongTail are really thinking ahead, saving developers and publishers a lot of headaches. This new release includes embed code that will detect the device and deliver the appropriate player, either HTML5 or Flash. You can select either Flash or HTML5 as the primary playback mode but it will automatically switch between the two depending on the device.
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Want Even More Features?
Take advantage of plug-ins that add features like analytics, advertising, social media sharing, special effects, and dynamic playlists. One especially cool playlist plug-in is the 3D playlist effects plugin, complete with fly-in effects and navigation that follows the viewer’s mouse cursor. Thumbnails are automatically grabbed and rendered inside the plugin, requiring no extra setup. See the sample.
Reasons to upgrade
So here’s a recap of what’s new in JW 5.7:
- Visual Playlist Support in HTML5
Let your users swipe through your video playlists on the iPad. JW Player 5.7 adds a visual component in HTML5 for displaying playlists and letting users interact with your content.
- Additional Playlist Format Support in HTML5
Use RSS or mRSS playists in HTML5 mode. Previously, the JW Player only supported JSON playlists in HTML5 mode. JW5.7 adds support for the most popular playist formats – RSS and mRSS.
- Improved Plug-in Control Over UI Elements
Plug-ins can now keep track of when UI elements appear. That means interactive plug-ins (e.g., sharing or advertising) can position themselves properly depending on whether or not the player’s built-in controls appear.
For those who need to reach iDevices (and that is most of us) and need a standard player with some quick add features, JW Player 5.7 is a great option. And with their value-added services such as integrated video asset hosting, it can be a total delivery solution, eliminating a lot of road blocks for web video gurus and novices alike.
Watch for an upcoming LearnFromLisa tutorial
to help you get started with JW Player!
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