Video player requirements

VoV video player needs to satisfy these requirements:

Features that are required and nice to have built-in but we can write them ourselves

Features that are not required but would be nice to have and difficult for us to implement

Features that we will most likely want to write ourselves

Adaptive streaming means the player can change video quality (when switching to fullscreen or connection slowing down)

 

Video players compared

The list below only compares open-source players with license less strict than GPL.

 jwplayermediaelement.jsOSMF (StrobeMedia)Engagevideo.js
LicenseCustomGPLv2/MITBSDMPLLGPLv3
FlashYesYesYesYesYes
m3u8Yes (flash + html5)Yes (html5)Yes (3rd party plugin)ProbablyUnclear
Adaptive streamingYesNoYesProbablyNo
PlaylistYesNoYesProbablyNo
SkinnableYesYesYesNoYes
Javascript APIYesYesExploratoryYesYes
Clip makingYesNoUnclearYesUnclear
CaptionYesYesNoYesYes

Engage is based on OSMF. We're looking into Fluid Player.