As explained in this blog post by Jared Wein of the Firefox team there are quite a few new features in Firefox when it comes to playing HTML5 video. As an Aurora user, I am most excited about the option to go full-screen, the ability to overlay video statistics and to save a snapshot of the current frame as a JPG. You can see me talking about and showing them in this short video:
Firefox has a few features up its sleeve when it comes to HTML5 video playback you might not be aware of:
- Firefox‘s seeking is now accurate to
millisecondsmicroseconds, there is visual feedback when the video has stalled and clicking the whole video pauses and plays it
- Firefox Beta has specialised controls when you watch video on small devices and watching HTML5 video shows a pleasing background rather than a brutal grey
- Firefox Aurora has fullscreen, statistics overlay, saving of snapshots and controls appearing when the video ended
- Firefox Nightly has a full-screen button, fading video controls after 2 seconds of non-interaction, no loading throbber on audio, error reporting when a video could not be loaded on the video, loop attribute support, and resizing of videos larger than the browser window when you watch them directly
Planned features for Firefox are an overlay play button like YouTube when the video is not set to autoplay and turning off screensavers during fullscreen playback.
Check out Jared’s post for more information.
About Chris Heilmann
Evangelist for HTML5 and open web. Let's fix this!