Almost online videos are available in flash format. You need flash plugin to watch the video online. It’s not practice because you need to download the plugin if flash player doesn’t install on your computer. But now, using HTML5, you can watch online video without flash plugin. HTML5 technology support H.264 video codec or WebM format (VP8 codec). All you need is just install and use web browser with HTML5 support. Then start to watch online video without flash plugin anymore.
HTML5 is currently under development as the next major revision of the HTML standard. HTML5 is a standard for structuring and presenting content on the World Wide Web. The HTML5 introduces lot of new tags allowing easy and better rendering of basic/advanced visual effects to webpage. The new standard incorporates features like video playback and drag-and-drop that have been previously dependent on third-party browser plug-ins such as Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, and Google Gears.
Since HTML5 is emerging technology platform, many browsers has implement HTML5 technology on their web browser.
Below browsers that support HTML5 Video
- Apple Safari 4
- Firefox 4 Beta
- Google Chrome with h.264 and WebM support, early release
- Internet Explorer 9
- Opera 10.60
You can also test for extent of HTML5 support by specific web browser.