10 Great HTML5 Video Players

You’ve probably heard about the HTML5 video hype relatively recently and the excitement over what is has to offer in comparison to Flash. That’s all great but not many people know what players or sites they can use to jump on the HTML5 video bandwagon.

I’ve rounded up 10 of the best sites that offer HTML5 video playback, embedding and/or customizable HTML5 video players. Read on and let us know what, if any, you use for HTML5 video!

YouTube

YouTube

1. YouTube

YouTube, of course, is the most popular go-to for sharing video and was one of the first major supporters to jump onto the HTML5 video bandwagon. Of course, as YouTube is heavily ad-dependent, they must ensure fallback capabilities for ads and non-HTML5 video supporting browsers. Embedding YouTube’s HTML5 video requires an iFrame; see how here.

  • Price: Free
  • Video Storage: Yes
  • Fallback Support: Yes
  • Embedding: HTML5 and Flash
vimeo

vimeo

2. Vimeo

Vimeo, like YouTube, is a popular site for sharing your videos that implemented HTML5 video playback early this year. Vimeo also uses an iFrame for HTML5 video embedding as it’s necessary for ads.

  • Price: Free or Paid
  • Video Storage: Yes
  • Fallback Support: Yes
  • Embedding: HTML5 and Flash
Blip

Blip

3. Blip.tv

Blip.tv started offering HTML5 video playback at the beginning of October this year, although doesn’t yet appear to be offering HTML5 video embedding just yet. You can read more about their transition into HTML5 video via their blog. It has great integration with other social networks and video services though that will help get you more views.

  • Price: Free or Paid
  • Video Storage: Yes
  • Fallback Support: Yes
  • Embedding: Flash Only
Viddler

Viddler

4. Viddler

Viddler, while offering a free version, seems to be focused more towards professional users looking to make money from their videos. The default player, while not nearly as well designed as YouTube’s, is more customizable.

  • Price:Free or Paid
  • Video Storage: Yes
  • Fallback Support: Yes
  • Embedding: HTML5 and Flash
VP Factory

VP Factory

5. VP Factory

VP Factory is an entirely different beast than sites like YouTube or Vimeo. VP Factory is a full on, cloud-based, video management app with highly customizable video player and many more fantastic features. We reviewed VP Factory earlier this year (Manage, Publish and Embed Videos with VP Factory) and were quite impressed, although they’ve since made tremendous improvements and we’ll be re-reviewing the app later this week.

  • Price: Free or Paid
  • Video Storage: Yes
  • Fallback Support: Yes
  • Embedding: HTML5 and Flash
SublimeVideo

SublimeVideo

6. SublimeVideo

SublimeVideo is arguably one of the sexiest designed HTML5 video players I’ve seen so far, with some really great features. It’s still in beta so you’ll have to request an invite but it’s certainly promising. SublimeVideo is also a player only, which has its benefits, so you’ll have to have your own video hosting. We’ll have a review of SublimeVideo posted very soon as well, so stay tuned!

  • Price: Free during beta
  • Video Storage: No
  • Fallback Support: Yes
  • Embedding: HTML5 and Flash
VideoJS

VideoJS

7. VideoJS

VideoJS, like SublimeVideo, only offers the video player (although their partner, zencoder, offers video encoding and hosting) but it’s an absolutely gorgeous and fast player. Unlike SublimeVideo, however, VideoJS is a download rather than a hosted player. A neat feature is they offer skins similar to popular video players like YouTube and Hulu.

  • Price: Free
  • Video Storage: No (Yes with zencoder partner)
  • Fallback Support: Yes
  • Embedding: HTML5 and Flash
Kaltura

Kaltura

8. (Kaltura) HTML5Video.org

Kaltura is another standalone HTML5 video player, actually used by Wikipedia and many others (including SublimeVideo?), that’s also skinable and easy to extend.

  • Price: Free
  • Video Storage: No
  • Fallback Support: Yes
  • Embedding: HTML5 and Flash
JW Player

JW Player

9. JW Player

JW Player, by LongTail Video, is another sexy, skinable open source player with a Pro version as a paid option for a few additional features. AddOns are also available to extend the players functionality. If you need hosting, LongTail Video also offers a solution for that.

  • Price: Free or Paid
  • Video Storage: Player Only: No, Yes with additional service (Bits on the Run)
  • Fallback Support: Yes
  • Embedding: Yes
Flickr

Flickr

10. Flickr

Although primarily known for its photo storage and sharing capabilities, Flickr also offers video uploading and sharing options. Unfortunately Flickr has certain limitations on video such as a 90 second length limitation. Videos hosted on Flickr are HTML5 video compatible but don’t appear to be embed-able elsewhere.

  • Price: Free or Paid
  • Video Storage: Yes
  • Fallback Support: Yes
  • Embedding: Flash Only

Share Yours!

If you know of a great HTML5 video player, hosting service offering embedding or another resource along these lines, let us know in the comments. Thanks!


  • http://www.BruneianDollar.com Bruneian Dollar

    I’ve only known Youtube, Vimeo and Blip.tv. The rest is new to me. I didn’t know Flikr can do videos. Here I thought they were just pictures. Nice new additional feature I guess. :)

    • http://Web.AppStorm.net Jarel Remick

      I should probably include SmugMug on the list as well since I believe they also support HTML5 video playback (at much greater lengths too), but I don’t believe they’re embed-able.

      Glad you found some new ones! :)

  • Ryan Stubbs

    Thanks for the list! The VideoJS one looks really nice, especially some of the skins available.

  • Jay-P

    Vimeo is actually pretty awesome for greater lengths and better quality. Vimeo seems to be more serious than youtube however, I think that’s just a plus. :)

  • Dstroii

    You are missing the Dailymotion HTML5 player! It’s free with storage, has a good embed solution (iframe) and a very good design ;)

    More informations here: http://www.dailymotion.com/html5

  • Simon

    I guess I can add two html5 players that I use myself…

    http://darkonyx.web-anatomy.com/en – my favourite HTML5/Flash Player with cool multi-channel playlist and really advanced control panel.

    http://www.projekktor.com – another HTML5 Player with a lot of cool features.

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  • http://fairheadcreative.com Adam Fairhead

    VideoJS looks very nice. Bookmarking this for future reference. Thanks for pointing it out!

  • Jorge Elvir

    I think Slideshow pro Director is a decent HTML5 player it also lets you run image slideshows than can be view in mobile devices, but Sublime video is really looking good!

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  • http://flowplayer.org Anssi

    Flowplayer 5 is brand new and it’s great. It’s not based on Flowplayer’s Flash based player at all, it’s a completely new product.

    http://flowplayer.org

  • http://www.swastiksolutions.in Hiren khambhayta

    excellent one, I prefer videojs

  • Aleksov

    Look at my HTML5 audio & video player, w. stream support

    http://set-pro.net/scr/ptmedia/

  • Donatas

    Another great HTML5 / Flash | video / audio | cross browser / multi platform | Codo Player ( http://www.codoplayer.com )

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