According to Social Media Week findings, 78% of internet users watch videos every week and 55% of them do it every day. 54% of the study participants would like to watch videos even more often.
Streaming has become the most popular content type. Many companies use it to achieve their business goals. In many cases, businesses are striving to prevent the viewers from switching to third-party sites because it is of vital importance for them to keep traffic coming in to their website.
To achieve this, you’ll need a good HTML5 player that supports all the necessary functions and can be easily and organically integrated into your website.
In this article, we will talk about the most popular HTML5 players in 2022. We will show you how to embed them into your website or application and provide a number of specific code examples.
Each of the players described below (as well as any other player) can be used to hold broadcasts on the G‑Core Labs Streaming Platform. We will show you several examples of how you can do this.
HTML5 players can be easily integrated into your website. No additional plugins are needed for that purpose.
Modern players have many different functions and features. There are both free and paid solutions. The paid ones usually have a wider set of functions and offer more integration opportunities. Yet a paid player is not always the best choice. For many tasks, using a free option will be enough.
It’s important to find a player that will both meet your project needs and allow you to remain within your budget.
Before choosing a solution, be sure to define which tasks the player is supposed to solve. Do you need such functions as subtitles or live stream rewind? Are you going to insert ads into the video and if so, then which protocols are you going to use for this purpose? Which video transfer protocols should your player support? Considering all these questions will help you make the right decision.
And we will provide a list of the players you can choose from.
We’d like to start with our own HTML5 player. If you stream your videos using our platform, this option will be ideal for you as it is extremely easy to integrate and configure.
The player is available in two versions: standard and advanced. These differ in terms of the functions available. If you are connected to our platform, the standard version is free for you regardless of your plan.
Integrating our player into your resource comes easily. All you need to do is add the following HTML code:
You can design the player as you wish and configure the necessary functions using the convenient control panel of our Streaming Platform. You won’t need to add anything to the code.
This is an open-source HTML player. It’s quite a popular option that is currently used by more than 450 thousand websites.
The Video.js player functions can be configured with the help of more than 100 plugins. You can select and enable only the functions that you need.
This player’s only drawback is that it does not support data transfer protocols for low-latency streaming, like Chunked CMAF, Low-Latency HLS, WebRTC, etc.
To integrate the player into your website, use the following code:
This is a free, easy-to-use and pretty convenient HTML5 player. Most of its functions, just like with Video.js, can be configured using plugins. MediaElement.js does not have so many plugins but they cover all the necessary functions.
Compared to other players in our top list, MediaElement.js has the widest capabilities in terms of integration with other websites. It can also serve as a wrapper for YouTube, Vimeo, Twitch, Facebook, Dailymotion, and other players.
This is an open-source HTML player with ample customization capabilities. It can play videos on all devices including computers, smartphones, tablets, and TV.
Just like in some of the players mentioned above, Clappr functions are configured using plugins. This player doesn’t have as many plugins as Video.js but it has some unique plugins that few open-source solutions have, for example, the DVR plugin.
This is yet another open-source solution. It’s a multifunctional player that is easy to integrate. It is based on the jаvascript library. The main protocols it supports include HLS and fragmented MP4 (fMP4). The player can convert MPEG-2 and AAC/MP3 segments into fragmented MP4.
Hls.js offers many opportunities in terms of API customization. You can set the buffer size, the transmitted segment length, and the bitrate.
This open-source player was developed on the DASH Industry Forum’s initiative. It was created using jаvascript client libraries and can play MPEG-DASH videos.
This player’s functionality is not that wide compared to other open-source solutions mentioned above. Yet it can provide low-latency streaming and supports all the necessary protocols to do it.
Our Streaming Platform can help you deliver video content in up to 8K quality to 1,000,000+ viewers with the delays not exceeding 4–5 seconds.
We protect your content against illegal viewing and copying and provide effective monetization tools.
Create unique content and broadcast it on your website, and we’ll solve all the technical issues.