5 Best Free Open Source HTML5 Video Player Software For Windows
Here is a list of best free open source HTML5 video player software for Windows. These software are HTML5 based video players which you can incorporate in a website that contains video elements. To run these players locally, you need a web browser. Through these players, you can also turn your web browser into a video player. In these HTML5 video players, you get all standard features like play/pause button, seek bar, volume controller, and full-screen mode. However, in some software, you also get advanced features like caption (to play subtitles), dedicated audio player, picture in picture mode, etc.
All of these HTML5 players are open source, hence you can easily make modifications in their source code without any restriction. To play videos of your choice, you definitely need to make modifications in their source code. In all software, you get an Index file containing the source code in which you need to manually enter the path of a video that you want to play. I have provided all the required steps to edit the Index file to play an intended online or offline video in the description of each software.
These open source HTML5 video players can play any online video with ease. However, they support offline videos of some selected formats like WebM, MP4, etc. In general, all of these software are suitable to be used as an HTML5 video player in any website. Go through the list to find your favorite software.
My Favorite HTML5 Video Player Software For Windows:
Playr is my favorite software because it offers various advanced features including picture in picture mode, video downloader, and caption support. Plus, it can play both online and offline videos with ease.
Playr is a free open source HTML5 video player software for Windows. It is also a web-based software that needs a web browser to run. This software is built for websites which need an HTML5 video player. However, you can also run this software locally and play both online and offline videos. Running this software is slightly complex than other software as it does not come with an Index file. So, to run it, first, you need to create an Index file. To create an Index file, open the home page of this software and go to its Usage section. In the usage section, you can view a small code of three lines. Copy the available code and paste that code in a new HTML file. Now, save the HTML file in the main folder (Playr-master) of this software. Lastly, open the Index file in a web browser to view the interface of this player.
This HTML5 video player is quite advanced as it provides advanced features namely Caption (to show subtitle with the video), Picture In Picture Mode (to play video in a small floating player), and Download (to download online videos). Besides these, other standard video player features namely Volume Controller, Seekbar, Play/Pause button, and Fullscreen mode are also present in it.
How to play an online or offline video in this HTML5 video player:
- Open its Index file in a text editor.
- After that, replace the path of default video with the URL or path of a new video that you want to play.
- Apart from video path, you can also specify the path of the subtitle file in the Track tag.
- Lastly, save changes and open the Index file in a web browser and press the Play button to start the video.
The only drawback of this software is that it is a little complex to set up than any other similar software.
It is one of the best free HTML5 video players as it provides many advanced features which include picture in picture mode, download, and caption.
FlowPlayer is another free open source HTML5 video player software for Windows. It is a web-based software that requires a web browser to run. It is primarily designed to play and stream online videos. However, it also supports offline videos in WebM and MP4 video formats. This software can be added to a server of any website to add video playing capability to a website. All the necessary setup instructions and setup code along with API samples to add this player on a website are available on the GitHub page of this software.
To play this software locally, you just need to open its Index file on a web browser. After launching this software, you can view a minimalistic interface containing a video player. By pressing the Play button, you will be able to play a default video that comes with it. Apart from the play button, you get other essential video player features in it namely Seek Bar, Volume Controller, and a Full-Screen Mode. Plus, an additional Share mode is also present in it through which you can share the current video on Twitter. In order to stream a video or to play a locally stored video of your choice, follow the below steps.
How to add and play a video in this open source HTML5 video player:
- Go to the flowplayer folder and open the Index file present in it in a text editor.
- In the index file, you can view the code of the index page along with the URL of the default video.
- You can find the default video URL inside a Source tag. Replace the URL of a default video with the new one and save the changes.
- Lastly, launch the Index file in a web browser and press the play button to play the newly added video.
It is a very good HTML5 video player that you can consider to incorporate in a website as it offers all essential online video player capabilities. Plus, it also offers an additional share option that may come in handy for users.
MediaElements.js is yet another free open source HTML5 video player software for Windows. This software comes with two separate players one of which is a dedicated video player and the other one is an audio player. In its video player, you can easily stream online videos and also play locally stored videos of MP4, WebM, HLS, MPEG-Dash, and FLV formats. In its audio player, you can play locally stored MP3 and OGG files and stream online music using URL links of audio files. Like other HTML5 video players, it also needs a web browser to work. Plus, you can also incorporate this player in a website or video hosting websites.
To play online or offline video in this software, you need to make a slight adjustment in the source code of the Index file of this software. Basically, you need to provide the path of online or offline video in the index file of this software.
How to play videos in this HTML5 video player:
- Go to mediaelements > Demo folder and open the Index file in a text editor.
- In the index file, you can view a <source src=”https://commondatastorage.googleapis.com/gtv-videos-bucket/CastVideos/mp4/BigBuckBunny.mp4″ type=”video/mp4″> line of code in the 125 line.
- Replace the path of default video present between double quotes with the path of your video.
- Lastly, save all the changes and open the Index file in a web browser to play the video.
The interface of this HTML video player is very simple that contains standard playback features namely Seek Bar (to quickly jump to any part of the video), Audio Controller, Full-Screen Mode, and Chapters (to move to next added video).
It is another very capable HTML5 video player that can handle both online and offline video content. Plus, the presence of a dedicated audio player is an added bonus.
Video.js is the next free open source HTML5 video player software for Windows. In this player, you can easily play both the locally stored as well as online videos with ease. As it is an HTML5 video player, hence you can also add it to a website to play online videos in it. The good thing about this software, it is quite simple to operate as you just need to open its Index file in a web browser to launch this software. The interface of this software is very standard that contains Volume Controller, Seek Bar (to quickly move to any part of the video), Full-Screen Mode, and Caption Settings (to play subtitles and to generate an automatic English translation of any video).
When you start this player, a default video will automatically start to play. If you want to add and play other videos in this software for testing purposes, then follow the below steps:
How to add and play videos to this HTML5 video player:
- Open the downloaded video-js folder and go to simple-embed folder and open the Index file in a text editor.
- In the Index file, you can view a <source> tag containing the URL of the default online video. Replace the default video URL with the new one or add the path of a local video and save all the changes.
- Lastly, open the Index file in a web browser to play the newly added video.
This software can play locally stored video files of WebM and MP4 videos.
It is a very good HTML5 video player software that can play both locally stored as well as online video files. Plus, it offers all essential video playback features which you need in an online video player.
Accessible HTML5 Video Player
Accessible HTML5 Video Player is one more free open source HTML5 video player software for Windows. It is similar to other HTML5 video players which need a web browser to run. This video player can also be used in websites which need an HTML5 online video player. In this player, you can easily play both online and offline videos by providing the correct URL or path of a video. In this video player, you can find all the features expected in a video player including Play/Pause buttons, Volume Controller, Replay button, and a Full-Screen Mode. Besides usual features, it comes with a Caption button that allows you to enable or disable subtitles.
To play online or offline videos of your choice, you need to manually provide the video path in the Index file of this software.
How to play any video using this HTML5 video player software:
- Open the accessible-html5-video-player-master folder of this software and open the Index file in a text editor.
- In the index file, find a video files comment, below which you can view a Source tag containing the path of the default video. Just replace the path of default video with the new one and save changes.
- Along with the video, you can also add the path of the caption file in the track tag.
- Lastly, open the index file in a web browser and press the play button to watch the video.
It is a decent open source HTML5 video player that can play both online and offline videos and can be used in a website to provide video playing support.
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