Kaltura has developed a full HTML5 Video Library – in use by Wikipedia – that works in ALL major browsers, even IE.
The library supports a seamless fallback with Flash based playback (using Kaltura’s media player – KDP3) or Java Cortado for browsers that don’t yet feature HTML5 video & audio support. Upon detection of the client browser, the Kaltura HTML5 library chooses the right codec to use (specified in the source attributes) and the right player to display. So whether you’re using flash, h264, ogg-theora or plan to use the anticipated VP8 codec – Kaltura’s library will make sure it is played on all browsers with the same html based UI.
Main Benefits of the Kaltura HTML5 Media Library
Cross browser & format compatibility – Works on all major browsers, and with any online supported video format. Gracefully identifies the best playback engine (Native HTML5, Flash, VLC or Java Cortado) for your settings and video format.
Easy to skin – Based on HTML, CSS and jQuery, skinning is amazingly easy and flexible. No need for external or compiled resources (like Flash), or complicated development environments. Skin and Theme will be consistent through all UI and playback engines. Built in support for the jquery Theme Roller for easy theming.
Easy to integrate – Integrate to any existing web CMS, pre-integrated into MediaWiki – powering video on Wikipedia.
Kaltura has partnered with the Wikimedia Foundation to power video on Wikipedia. Wikimedia will be using the Kaltura HTML5 media library to enable rich collaborative video on the site. This includes use of the Kaltura video player, sequencer, client side transcoder, uploader and asset location system.
This will allow Wikipedia to use 100% open source technology with no dependency on any commercial vendor for video ingestion, transcoding, playback, annotation and editing. While keeping to the open source principles, using the Kaltura HTML5 video tools and their browser fallback technology, content will be seamlessly accessible for any user using any of the leading browsers.
For the Wikimedia developer community, the code library is intended to be a facilitator for further creativity. As the library supports a unified interface for the video player, it’s easy to add one-off solutions, extend the functionality, customize and localize it. For example, subtitle support can target a single API rather than a few underling players.