You Too Can Experience HTML5 on YouTube

Tired of Adobe Flash hogging 50% of your CPU while watching HD clips on YouTube? The ubiquitous video-streaming website announced recently an "opt-in experiment" for HTML5 support.

The differences between an HTML5 video clip and Flash clip are subtle.
The differences between an HTML5 video clip and Flash clip are subtle. You may not even notice a difference if you miss the "HTML5" badge when the video first loads.

HTML5's support for audio and video promises to be a more efficient way to watch movies on your PC through your browser rather than the Flash player (although the beta of Flash Player 10.1 improves HD video playback on some PCs). You can sign up for the beta simply by visiting YouTube's HTML5 page and start enjoying HTML5 videos today, but there are restrictions: videos with captions, annotations, or ads will still be rendered by the Flash player, and fullscreen mode isn't supported.

Despite Firefox's and Opera's support for HTML5 standards, YouTube's experiment will only work with Safari 4, Chrome, and Internet Explorer via ChromeFrame. If you're unsure if your browser will work with HTML5, check out YouTube's TestTube to verify compatibility.

[YouTube via DailyTech]

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