Google has just released an open-source video player which allows any web publisher to not only embed and display any video clip saved in a supported format, but also the ability to integrate whole groups of clips into a dedicated Categories feature.
"When a user opens the Video Player Sample web app, they can choose to watch a single video or create a playlist of videos/episodes from a list that they have uploaded and populated to the app."
Key features include:
- Ability to subscribe to shows, watch episodes, create playlists
- Support for multiple video formats (depending on what the user’s browser supports (including WebM, Ogg, MP4, and even a Flash fallback)
- A Categories page with an overview of the different shows/categories available in the app
- Notifications of new episodes (when the app is installed via the Chrome Web Store)
- Built in support for sharing to Google+, Twitter and Facebook
- Player look & feel customization
- All source files, including the Photoshop PSD’s, are included
Original Google announcement: http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/atom.xml
Technical info: http://code.google.com/p/video-player-sample/
(Reviewed by Robin Good)