YouTube today announced that they are now supporting HTML5 video player capabilities, showing off the tech on several videos, with more conversions expected throughout the day and moving forward.
HTML5 allows videos to be viewed using Adobe’s Flashplayer plug-in, allowing them to load faster, while also providing developers with the ability to build in new features to their online video content.
Right now viewing is only by online sign up which you can found at Test Tube just remember that you must be using Chrome, Safari or the Chrome frame on Internet Explorer.
One final advantage pointed out by ReadWriteWeb is that:
HTML5 support…frees users from the need to use proprietary plug-ins like Flash player or Microsoft’s Silverlight by using a simple bit of code to render video.
The lack of Flash or Silverlight should keep many browsers from crashing as they load those plug-ins. Safari and Chrome specifically have issues with those technologies.
This is definitely a big step in the right direction for HTML5 and with Google and Apple both working on the future of HTML5 coding we should expect to see a whole lot more from the technology in the near future.