HTML5's Multimedia Future

Zohar Babin (Kaltura), Jason Levitt (Ars Technica), Tab Atkins Jr. (Google, Inc.)
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With major media sites such as YouTube, The New York Times, Flickr,
The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and Vimeo now offering HTML5 video
players, and the Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera web browsers
rapidly adding HTML5 features, it’s time to consider what HTML5 offers
in comparison to competing proprietary technologies such as Adobe
Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, and Sun’s JavaFX. What tools do
developers need to develop effectively using HTML5 multimedia
elements? What are the tradeoffs? This session will look at the
current state of the art, and then invite a conversation about the

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Zohar Babin


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Jason Levitt

Ars Technica

A Journalist, book author, web developer, and entrepreneur, Levitt is a seasoned generalist. He currently resides in Austin, Texas.

Tab Atkins Jr.

Google, Inc.

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Faddah Steve Yuetsu Wolf
07/22/2010 6:55pm PDT

i think jim grice’s comments are a little unnecessarily harsh. i think jason, tab & zohar did no more than repeat what you could already read on cnet or any other tech blog or podcast — html 5 has some great multimedia strengths as a tag with some javascript options, but it currently is just for downloading/playing media files only — no live streaming, no IDE, no audio input api, no microphone api… YET. this is all well known and has been said by other tech news organizations. they were just telling the fact that it’s good in what it’s doing, but it’s still in it’s nascent stages. as more people clamor for these things, i think they will be added into the spec & api. so get on it w3c & IEEE! ;o)

i think they did a good job of showing some nice things about the canvas tag — for pete’s sake, they had an anime video running in html 5, and had a tag to have it simultaneous convert & play it on s second frame in the screen as a piece of ASCII art on the fly!! that was pretty darn impressive. and they said that only took about 40 lines of javascript code to do, and 20 lines of that were copying from a pre-set library example. i don’t think anyone questions the power of the canvas tag — they displayed a bit of it very impressively. please remember these talks only go 30 – 40 minutes and there was a lot to cover.

finally, i think the best part of the presentation was zohar’s slides — mainly for their url links on where to go learn technologies to plug into html 5 multifmedia — like SVG for 2D vectors and frames, and WebGL. i can never type fast enough to get that info as they “flash” past it (pun only nominally intended), so i’m glad it’s accessible through the slides. zohar put them up on a site — . learning that stuff is what we all need to be doing to develop for HTML 5, and i appreciate the tips.

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Jim Grice
07/22/2010 3:27am PDT

I thought this came off rather poorly. The room was way too small for the interest, the demo for the “canvas” element was a little sparse, and the Kaltura panelist seemed to only want “canvas” to behave like Flash and spent the whole time bashing it – and on top of that, he didn’t do much (any?) research and relied on the other panelists for technical specifications. Quite disappointing.

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Warren Harrison
06/28/2010 6:31am PDT

Very much looking forward to this panel.

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