HTML 5 Flash Fallback Video Player w/ RTMP

There are a ton of video player that use HTML5 with flash fallback.  A few years ago I found one named JW Player.  This was a great player that was fully featured.  Keyword being “was”.  I was developing a website that would be using this player, but for the time being I used the free version of the player because I was hoping for a promo code to show up.  As I was developing the site, the company that owns JW Player upped the price from a simple $79 fee to a yearly $99 fee.  This was a big jump in price and developers complained a whole lot, including myself.  (i got the CEO to respond! woohoo!)  but no changes came of it (as of now anyway).


When One Door Closes…

Onto a search for a new javascript player that could do HTML5, Flash fallback, and RTMP streaming when flash is used.  A few players I found were jPlayer, videoJS, MediaElement.js, Flowplayer.  Flowplayer costed about $99(to remove the watermark) plus I wasn’t sure if I needed to purchase the flash player for flash fallback.  Confusion is not good to a potential buyer.  jPlayer was the most popular of the free ones, but I couldn’t get the RTMP to work with my video for some reason.  I got the sample to work, but not mine, weird.  videoJs scared me because I saw a post were the flash fallback used Flowplayer which means I could not use it commercially without purchasing.  Would’ve been a legal disaster if I used it and didn’t pay for it.  MediaElementJs was the only one I had no opinion.  It was actually the least popular of all the open source players.  But then I saw that it would be in WordPress core 3.6!  Case closed.  MediaElement.js would be the replacement.


Another one Opens

As it turns out MediaElement does not get Firefox to fallback to flash if I use a mp4 video file.  It simply errors out.  It does however, support the webm format.  The WebM format is sponsored by Google and is supposedly the next industry standard for web videos so it would be a good thing if I converted to it.  I found a free converter called Miro Video Converter to convert my mp4 to webm format.  In the end I have a video player that will be integrated into WordPress, a more standard video format, smaller footprint for HTML5 users (mp4 size: 163mb webm:78mb), and no money spent… but a whole lot of time spent looking for this… oh well, the client wins at least.


The Old

JW Player, mp4 format

The New

MediaElementJS (WordPress 3.6), webm format, Miro Video Converter

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