Choosing the right video player for your needs
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Choosing the right video player for your needs provides you with in-depth training on Business. Taught by Lynda.com Staff as part of the How to use Lynda.com
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- Finding the latest releases
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- Choosing the right video player
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- Changing or canceling your membership plan
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Choosing the right video player for your needs
- The videos you find in our library are all presented in multiple formats, giving you the ability to choose the video player type that best suits your playback preferences and needs. So, to choose the video player that's best for you, while signed in, go to your Account Preferences, under Profile. Select Site Preferences, and here you can choose from the latest Flash Player or the HTML5 Player. I currently have the HTML5 Player selected.
So, when I go back to play a movie, I can access all of the available playback controls here, including Speed Control, to slow down or speed up the video playback, which is currently the only option not available in the latest Flash Player. If you choose the latest Flash Player, you'll have to have the latest Flash plug-in installed on your machine. These days though, it's probably unlikely that you don't already have the Flash plug-in installed, regardless of what platform you're on, Mac or Windows.
If you choose the HTML5 Player, it will work in all modern browsers. So you won't have to download any additional plug-ins. Depending on when your account was created, you may have a different view of the video player options available to you. This short list that we see here only has the most updated options available, which offer the most optimized viewing experiences. Newer members to Lynda.com will only see these two options available. For our legacy members, who've been with us for a long time, your Site Preference options may have a much longer list that looks something more like this.
You'll have the two best options available to you, as well. You'll also have the choice of Original Flash, QuickTime Standard, QuickTime Custom, on both Mac and Windows operating systems. If you're on Windows, you'll have the additional choice of Windows Media. Now, your choice of player may boil down to simply wanting to select the player that's native to your operating system, and which doesn't require you to install any additional plug-ins. For instance, if you're on a Windows machine, you'll have to download and install the Adobe Flash and Apple QuickTime plug-ins from their respective sites in order to view the videos in that format.
But if you were to choose the Windows Media format, you would be able to play all of your videos without any additional plug-ins. Similarly, if you're on Mac, like I am here, you'll be able to use either native QuickTime format, but would need to download the Flash plug-in to use the latest Flash Player. When you're looking at this table, notice each player type has certain features unique to itself, as well as features shared with some of the other players, as well. For example, all of the players support Closed Captioning.
QuickTime Standard is the only one that doesn't support adding Bookmarks from within the window player. QuickTime Custom, HTML5, and Windows Media are the three that allow you to adjust the speed of playback. Flash and HTML5 are the only players that allow access to the new interface, to rewind the video by 10 seconds, and to toggle Auto-play, on or off. So, although there are multiple player types still available to our legacy members, just like our new members.
If you have a current, modern browser, you'll get the best experience using the HTML5 player. Which, again, offers you the most features and doesn't require any plug-ins.
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