From Flash to HTML5 in 5 minutes


HTML5 video player with transparent background

As we continue experimenting with our HTML5 player to continuously improve the experience of watching an HTML5 movie with a transparent background, we are stumbling across interesting results.

Our experiments prove that even without much help from the most powerful institutions in the online industry (more about them below), ingenuity and a lot of passion can actually bring smaller companies or individuals to obtain meaningful results and innovations – in this case moving from Flash to HTML5 while keeping a transparent background for the videos. 

This is because our interactive HTML5 videos are dependent on having a transparent background that allow our customers to embed Video Calls to Action in their sites without disturbing their existing content – something very easy to do in Flash, much less with HTML5.

FROM FLASH TO HTML5

The thing is that Flash movies have years of development behind them – and the technology was developed in a private company with lots of resources.
Developing the equivalent technology in HTML 5 – which is a language that is being controlled by a Consortium, who can only make recommendations to different institutions (namely the Browser developers: among the most famous there’s obviously Google, Mozilla, Microsoft, Apple) who then are free to add/change/remove certain features of HTML5 from their own products (Chrome, Firefox, Explorer (or the new Edge), Safari) – is way more complex exactly because there’s no real “Command Center” that can enforce the new rules of HTML5. Not only, but the language itself evolves very slowly (imagine the speed at which a mega international effort can move) so that now that there’s a real necessity for people to move from Adobe Flash to HTML5, the resources are not easily available.

CONVERTING FLASH TO HTML5

So you see, unless you’re just trying to play a normal movie that you saved in an Adobe Flash format into something that doesn’t depend on Flash – such as an HTML5 player – things don’t go that smoothly as one would wish.
You can obviously take your movie and convert it from Flash to HTML5, but what you cannot do is for example directly transfer the transparency data from one file to another.

And since we’re going from Flash to HTML5 with a transparent layer for our interactive floating clips, we have to take whatever there is and do our best with it. And we are.

Even though the HTML5 Consortium has not yet introduced all the proper additions to the language – and even if it did, nobody can assure that all browser makers would implement them right away, or that they wouldn’t introduce their own “private version” of them, just like they did in so many cases in the past – we are actually converting our Flash player into an HTML5 one, successfully.

Stay tuned for more!

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