According to Vimeo, its brand-new audio/video player is the product of 14 months of development, and has been redesigned from scratch. It is faster, more accessible, and has a few more features that make me like Vimeo (and Vimeo Pro) even more than before (and this is not a sponsored article). Details ahead.
What’s new in Vimeo’s new player
The above animated GIF was supplied by Vimeo to promote the company’s new player. I take no responsibility for the inappropriate use of the term “español” in the CC menu shown, although I do plan to address this issue with Vimeo.
- Fully accessible, with full keyboard navigation and WCAG2AA support, and better support for screen readers.
- The HTML5 version is now the default with most desktop/laptop browsers. (Before this new version, the Vimeo player offered HTML5 as the default on mobile browsers, but required user intervention to get it on the desktop/laptop, since the default was Flash with those browsers.) So now it will run faster and take fewer resources on your laptop or desktop computer inside of most browsers, even though Adobe Flash may not be installed at all (which is the case with Macs as they are shipped nowadays). A temporary exception is Firefox on Mac, since Firefox on Mac doesn’t (yet) support native H.264, although it already does on mobile, Windows and Linux, and reportedly will soon on Mac. So for the moment, Adobe Flash must still be installed to play Vimeo videos on Firefox on Mac.
- Now purchasing of Video On Demand content can be done directly from embedded trailer videos.
- Captions and subtitles can be embedded, and (if present) appear as an option for the viewer. As indicated in the caption above, The above animated GIF was supplied by Vimeo to promote the company’s new player. I take no responsibility for the inappropriate use of the term “español” in the CC menu shown, although I do plan to address this issue with Vimeo.
Stay tuned for my upcoming tutorials about creating extra language subtitles, and adding them to a video file on Vimeo.
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