VidCaster Launches State-Of-The-Art HTML5 Video Player

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New player allows for faster, more consistent online video experience

Online video platform and video site builder VidCaster today announced a new HTML5-based video player designed to make the experience of viewing web video faster and more consistent across all browsers and devices, including mobile phones and tablets.

The new HTML5 VidCaster player — based on Zencoder's open source VideoJS video player — also allows for instant seeking to any point in a video, without waiting for the entire video to download.

According to VidCaster’s co-founder and CEO, Kieran Farr, the release of the new player is designed to help further the HTML5 video standard.

“The future of online video is device-agnostic and HTML5 video allows a more consistent experience regardless of device,” Farr explained. “At VidCaster, we’ve already been ahead of the curve in terms of offering an HTML5 fallback for users on mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad that do not support Adobe Flash ... now we are proud to offer a state-of-the-art HTML5 player as our default option.”

Steve Heffernan, the co-founder of Zencoder and the creator of VideoJS agrees. "We created VideoJS in early 2010 through experimenting with HTML5 video, and then open sourced the library to make HTML5 video easier for everyone to use. With this major new version (3.0) VideoJS is becoming an extensible video framework and VidCaster has been an integral part of that process, providing input into the feature set and pushing the limits of what can be done with HTML5 video today."

True to the open-source nature of VideoJS, VidCaster plans to release its some of its custom modifications — including one that allows users of the new player to connect to the LiveRail advertising platform — back to the VideoJS community.

“What’s really exciting about this,” Farr said, “is that it opens the door for separating the look-and-feel of the player itself from the video-hosting infrastructure that powers it. Soon you’ll be able to offer your videos in a player that seamlessly switches between assets hosted by live-streaming providers, video-sharing sites, or even your own site. Ultimately, that means a more consistent experience for your viewers.”

Users on VidCaster’s Silver ($39/mo) and Gold ($99/mo) service plans can expect to see their videos automatically displayed in the new player. Users on the YouTube-powered VidCaster Free service plan will continue to have their videos displayed in YouTube’s native player.

VidCaster also announced that it can now customize the look and feel of the new player to meet the needs of enterprise customers.

About VidCaster

VidCaster is a service mark of Vid Network, Inc. Founded in 2010, Vid Network is devoted to making online video publishing painless and profitable for individuals, small businesses and enterprise clients. Its investors include French innovation agency FaberNovel, Dave McClure’s 500 Startups, Quest Venture Partners and more. For more information about VidCaster, visit http://www.vidcaster.com.

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