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Brightcove Updates Video Player to Version 5, Eliminates Flash

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With version 5 of its video player, video cloud services company Brightcove answers demands for an all-HTML5 solution. Thanks to the use of a media source extensions (MSE) API, the player streams adaptive bitrate HLS video to compliant browsers, which includes Chrome, Firefox, IE 11 on Windows 8, Safari, and Microsoft Edge. Only older versions of IE will default to Flash.

Using an HTML5 player with HLS and MSE leads to faster loading times and less processing power and battery use needed for high-resolution video, says a Brightcove blog post.

Version 5 of the player also brings a new look. Brightcove has improved the seek bar so that users can mouse over the bar to expand it, then jump to an exact point in the video. The player now features a big play button at its center, a dock at the top of the screen showing the video title and description, and easier volume and mute controls. This new skin is called Luna, while the older one is called Graphite.

Video Cloud customers don’t need to do anything to get the new features. Version 5 is the default for all newly made players. Additionally, unlocked existing players will be automatically updated starting this week. Customers who don't want auto-updates are free to opt out. 

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