Ensemble and HTML5

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Ensemble Video Supports HTML5 Playback

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Ensemble Video has always utilized a dynamic playback environment to deliver HTML5/HLS playback for devices that do not support Flash. In 2016, Ensemble Video made strides to become a Flash-free content provider. With desktop browsers like Google Chrome making visible strides away from Flash, there isn't much demand for Flash Playback anymore.  Since Ensemble 4.5.0 (~2016) Ensemble has defaulted to HLS/HTML5 Playback of all content.  If you are using Ensemble in the cloud, you are already enjoying HTML5 playback everywhere in Ensemble.

Information for Self-Hosted Customers

Sel-Hosted customers can control the playback through Player Settings in Ensemble.   

Ensemble Support will ensure that your organization is configured to use the HTML5 player by default over HLS. This is the default playback for Ensemble since 2016.

Advantages of HTML5

HTML5 is now the status quo for multimedia streaming. There's no third-party plugin needed, and it's more efficient than Flash. The HTML5 player also includes double-speed and half-speed playback, and provides near-instant viewer reporting. Instead of the streaming server providing reporting data, the information is sent directly from the player to the reporting service. Unless you have a special use case that requires Flash, there's no reason not to switch.

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