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Just one day after YouTube made it so that (some of) its users could begin watching (some of) its videos using HTML5 as opposed to Adobe Flash, Vimeo has announced that it will also support the new web standard. With its new HTML5 player, Vimeo says […]

Just one day after YouTube made it so that (some of) its users could begin watching (some of) its videos using HTML5 as opposed to Adobe Flash, Vimeo has announced that it will also support the new web standard. With its new HTML5 player, Vimeo says users should have faster loading times and smoother playback of its videos. But just like the YouTube implementation, Vimeo’s HTML5 player has some limitations.

Specifically, Vimeo says the player will only work for about 25 percent of its users — those that are browsing the site with Safari, Chrome or Internet Explorer with Google’s Chrome Frame installed. Because videos are encoded using H.264, other browsers, such as Firefox or Opera, won’t support the player. Also, not all videos on the site will be playable in the HTML5 player; the company says about 10 percent of videos uploaded in the past year, and some 35 percent of all videos it hosts, won’t be compatible.

There are limitations even for those videos that are viewable in the HTML5 player. According to Vimeo, they won’t be able to go full screen due to browser limitations. And the player can’t be embedded outside of Vimeo.com, so all embeds will still be played in the Flash player.

While support for HTML5 could theoretically allow users to watch videos without needing a proprietary plugin like Adobe Flash Player or Microsoft Silverlight, as we wrote yesterday, due to a lack of browser standards and a lack of advertising, it will be a while before HTML5 makes good on that promise.

The introduction of the HTML5 player is just the latest in a string of new innovations that Vimeo has launched over the past few weeks, including support for mobile video on iPhone, iPod touch, Android and Palm Pre devices, as well as support for 1080p HD video. To enable the new player, Vimeo users can click “Switch to HTML5 player” under any of the videos on the site. For videos that aren’t viewable in the player, the site will automatically switch back to the Flash player.

  1. Nice to see another big website (vimeo) getting rid of flash player (a resource hog).

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  2. Hmm, the HTML 5 option isn’t appearing here when I play the videos on Vimeo with the Chrome browser.

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  3. [...] Microsoft Throws Its Weight Behind HTML5 and H.264 Microsoft has taken a big step toward standards-based web video by announcing support for HTML5 and the H.264 encoding format in Internet Explorer 9, the next version of its web browser. At its MIX10 developers conference, Microsoft became the latest company to throw its weight behind H.264-based HTML video playback, following YouTube and Vimeo. [...]

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  4. [...] H.264 encoding in Internet Explorer 9, the next version of its web browser. Meanwhile, YouTube and Vimeo have both launched HTML5 implementations for their web video [...]

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  5. [...] implementation on CBS.com specifically designed for iPad video. And earlier this year, YouTube and Vimeo both rolled out their own versions of HTML5 video [...]

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  6. Fuck Vimeo, I want to view videos FULLSCREEN!

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  7. [...] implementation on CBS.com specifically designed for iPad video. And earlier this year, YouTube and Vimeo both rolled out their own versions of HTML5 video [...]

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  8. [...] kept Blip from following in the footsteps of Vimeo and YouTube, CEO Mike Hudack writes, was the fact that HTML5 initially lacked the ability to [...]

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