Originally launched by Opera Software, Hypertext Markup Language or HTML 5 is a language for structuring and displaying contents on the
internet, mainly the videos. By the use of different tags and other features, video embedding is to insert or place a video within the
HTML code on the internet. This browser language is dependent and at times can look unusual if you have Internet Explorer or other software
like Netscape installed. Mainly video embedding is to create or upload videos online with an embedded player which can be located directly on
the webpage. HTML 5 greatly differs from YouTube which uses Flash player unlike HTML 5. Flash, initially introduced by Macromedia in
1997, is largely used to present animations. The users ought to have a “Flash Player” installed on their computer system as Flash depends on
the plug-in and not the browser. This allows you to use Flash no matter which browser you are using.
In order to judge whether HTML 5 is a better option or YouTube supported by Flash player, pros and cons of both are scrutinized:
Advantages of using HTML 5 Video Embedding
- Supported on nearly all browsers. Recently Microsoft has planned to launch HTML 5 supported feature on Internet Explorer 9 browser;
- Learning and coding for beginners is very easy;
- Variety of searchable videos along with loose syntax;
- Somewhat alike to XML syntax, usually used for records storage;
- Broadly used and established on approximately all websites;
- It is absolutely FREE – No need to purchase any software.
Disadvantages of using HTML 5 Video Embedding
- The language is static so it is not possible to get dynamic output;
- The HTML structures within the documents are sometimes hard to understand;
- The deprecated tags have to be known and are not supposed to be used;
- Appearance of Deprecated tags is caused by another language which works along with HTML and replaces the actual work of the tag; this second language has to be learnt (mostly the language is CSS);
- Security features that are HTML offers are limited.
Advantages of using YouTube supported Flash Player:
- Working with flash supported website; YouTube users may not fret over any browser compatibility. The pre-requisite for viewing the flash files for YouTube is just an availability of a flash player, no matter what kind of browser users have installed;
- The most attractive feature about YouTube, a flash based website, is its attractive and colorful aspect as it makes pages look vibrant and lively;
- Headers, animated menus and flash games are very attractive when embedded on flash. The beginners find it easy to browse nice and dynamic pages and surely are impressed by the appearance of this website;
- Using flash supported sites like YouTube, animations and interactive features are more enhanced. Flash player is also vector based and displays compact sized files efficaciously unlike the other movies which are large and bulky and reduce buffering speed Disadvantages of using YouTube supported Flash Player:
- You have to install Flash player in order to watch any video on YouTube and this may cause inconvenience to some users;
- You may not find appropriate or highly ranked videos which support flash based videos.
- YouTube sometimes may reduce the speed of the internet connection while loading a video. Buffering time usually is annoyingly long and may require serious patience from the viewers.
HTML 5 Video Embedding and YouTube based flash player both have their pros and cons. Mostly users prefer technology that is latest, easy to use and highly suitable. It is up to the users to choose the one that is suitable for them and is convenient.