In case you missed the news, Microsoft just hit a major milestone on its road to shipping Windows 8 with the public launch of the Release Preview version. With this new version comes new features and as expected: a number of trivial, yet importing changes that will affect app developers and their apps.
One such effort that we were proud to release alongside the launch of Windows 8 Release Preview is the update to the Microsoft Media Platform Player Framework (an open source video player component for Windows 8 metro style apps).
An open source, robust video player framework for Windows 8, HTML5, Silverlight, Windows Phone and other application platforms.
Video players can be incredibly difficult to build. When developers require support for adaptive streaming, closed captioning, advertising standards integration, DVR-style playback control, and other advanced features, the complexity of their video player grows exponentially. Over the last few years at Microsoft we have helped build some of the most advanced video applications on the Web including the browser-based experience for the Beijing and Vancouver Olympics with NBC Sports, the last three seasons of NBC's Sunday Night Football (including the 2012 Super Bowl), the CBS March Madness college basketball tournament, Wimbledon, and a number of other major, live events with millions of simultaneous users. As a part of those projects we have developed one of the most powerful video players on the planet. And we've decided to share it with everyone, for free.
The Microsoft Media Platform's Player Framework is an open source video player that we continue to develop and evolve. It is available for Silverlight, HTML5, Windows Phone, Xbox, and now, in our latest release, Windows 8 Metro-style applications. And it's fully open source!
The Player Framework supports a long list of advanced features including:
- Adaptive streaming and advanced playback heuristics via the IIS Smooth Streaming Client SDK for Windows 8
- Closed captioning support via SMPTE-TT and TTML
- Advertising standards support including VAST, MAST, and VPAID
- Advanced DVR-style playback
- Robust skinning and styling
- A number of other powerful features
Friends don't let friends write their own advanced video playback controls...(when instead they can just use this!)