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The movies 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 needs. While signed in to your account, go to your name at the top of the page and choose Site preferences to view and select the video player of your choice. The choices of original Flash, QuickTime Standard, QuickTime Custom, latest Flash, and HTML are available on both the 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 plugins.
For instance, if you're on Windows, you'll have to download and install the Adobe Flash and Apple QuickTime plugins from their respective sites in order to view videos in that format. But, if you were to choose the Windows Media format, you'd be able to play all of our videos without any additional plugins. Similarly, if you're on a Mac, you'll be able to use either QuickTime format but will need to download the Flash plugin. These days, though, it's probably unlikely that you don't have the Flash plugin installed, regardless of what platform you're on. Or, you can choose the HTML5 player, which works in all modern browsers without any need for plugins.
You should also take a look at this table. Notice each player type has certain features unique to itself as well as features shared with some or all of the other players. For example, all of the players support closed captioning. QuickTime Standard is the only one that doesn't support adding bookmarks from within the player window. QuickTime Custom, HTML5, and Windows Media are the three that allow you to adjust the speed of playback. And Flash and HTML5 are the only players that allow you to rewind the video by ten seconds. So I currently have HTML5 selected. So when I go to play a movie, I can access all the playback controls here, including the ten second rewind button.
And unlike, say, the QuickTime Custom player, I can click this maximize button here to zoom my movie to full screen size, or I can pop the movie into its own window. I'll just close that for now. So, although there are multiple player types available to you, 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 it doesn't require any plugins.
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