Displaying video on websites is both easy and hard as a good video experience usually requires a custom-styled, cross-browser and fast player.

Flowplayer, the popular HTML5 video player, offers a great experience with a completely customizable feature set.

FlowPlayer

One of the most important things when playing video is probably the browser support. The player does that perfectly with HTML5 by default and falling back to Flash when needed.

Flowplayer’s interface is completely customizable and it comes with 3 beautiful skins. Also, its layout is fluid and works in any screen size with no extra settings.

There is a web-based designer to create a completely new skin and also see how flexible it is.

It can be controlled very easily (keyboard and touch events support) and offers a (native) fullscreen mode too.

FlowPlayer - Skinnable

Cuepoints can be defined for any video, sub-titles can be added and the videos can even be displayed in slow-motion.

For a better customization, any HTML can be shown when the videos are preloading and once they are ended (good for presentations and branding).

Flowplayer integrates well with Google Analytics and can track “how long a video is played, how many times it is played and in which format (HTML5 or Flash).

Each video file is embeddable (if enabled) with the help of a share button that auto-generates an embed link.

FlowPlayer - Cross Browser

All the functionality of the player can be controlled with a powerful API and it has callbacks on every level to interact with any event.

The player is open source and free to use under the GPL license. For commercial use, it requires a license.

And, Flowplayer team provides great support (paid support exists) and an active user community that discusses on their product forum.

How to join the giveaway?

Flowplayer is giving away 3 * Commercial licenses ($95 value/each) and in order to join:

  • please comment to this post

And, the winners will be selected randomly on 06 May 2013 (1 week later) with the query below:

SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_id=4037 AND comment_approved=1 AND comment_type='' GROUP BY comment_author_email ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 3

Good luck to all.

The winners

Here they are:

  • bigcloud (comment #1263775)
  • Techspy (comment #1263756)
  • Federico Garcia (comment #1263809)

Congratulations.

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