Firefox Aurora: Running Up the HTML5 Video and Audio Score
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Firefox's rapid release schedule has stretched the release pipeline into four distinct stages, from most-bleeding-edge to least:
- Firefox Nightly Builds
- Firefor Aurora
- Firefox Beta
- Firefox (release)
Last week Firefox's Jared Wein posted a big list of recent and upcoming enhancements for HTML5 video and audio support, distributed helpfully across these release-pipeline categories. Should be useful to know when planning for multimedia web development in the near future.
Mozilla's Chris Heilmann summarized the new features, in four bullets:
- Firefox‘s seeking is now accurate to
- Firefox Beta has specialised controls when you watch video on small devices and watching HTML5 video shows a pleasing background rather than a brutal grey
- Firefox Aurora has fullscreen, statistics overlay, saving of snapshots and controls appearing when the video ended
- Firefox Nightly has a full-screen button, fading video controls after 2 seconds of non-interaction, no loading throbber on audio, error reporting on the video, loop attribute support, and resizing of videos browser window when you watch them directly
and posted a video demoing three new video features (going full-screen, overlaying video stats, saving a snapshot of the current frame as jpg).
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