In early 2015, YouTube engineer Richard Leider said that – “YouTube has dumped Flash in favour of HTML5 for its default web player.” This was an important announcement and in many ways the final nail in the coffin for Adobe’s much-loved Flash Player. In 1996, Flash Player was introduced by Macromedia as a tool to play videos, animation and audio-files. Flash Player grew in popularity and soon became the de-facto plug-in to play multimedia elements on websites. The growth of eLearning and the increasing use of videos in eLearning course-content also saw designers using Flash Player with greater frequency.
Over the years, two things significantly tilted things away from the popularity of ‘Flash’:
- The discovery of security vulnerabilities in Flash that gave hackers a chance to break into websites and mobile devices.
- The smartphone revolution that led to an increasing section of users consuming content on their mobile and tablet devices.
Flash Player was designed to work on computers and web browsers. The growth of technology and the internet has seen an entire new generation of products. Today we have smart televisions, streaming devices, all-powerful smartphones running on different operating systems and much more. HTML5 is the perfect fit for websites to render multimedia content in the best way possible. HTML5’s adoption of Adaptive Bitrate (ABR) is one of the key factors for its growing popularity. ABR allows websites to change the video resolution based on the network connectivity speed; this helps reduce the video buffering time and load on heavily congested networks.
Time till 2020
Post 2020, there will be no official development release or support for Flash from Adobe. Hence it is important for organizations to get their Flash-based content converted to HTML5 or WebGL. HTML5 is more popular because it is device-agnostic and delivers high-quality media-rich content with ease on both mobile and web-based browsers. Plus, no additional plug-ins are needed to view HTML5 content.
Impact on the eLearning Industry
The eLearning industry is definitely bearing a huge brunt of the problems created by the increased dependency on Flash and Adobe’s decision to shut down support for Flash. eLearning courses take a fairly long time to get created with sizeable sums of money and significant effort invested in getting a good eLearning course ready. It will be difficult to recreate such courses and it makes business sense to convert these courses to HTML5 and ensure that they are easily accessed by learners across devices.
S4Carlise – A Seal of Trust and Efficiency
At S4Carlisle, we can help you convert your old Flash-based content to HTML5. With a proven track-record in course conversion of eLearning courses catering to different industries; we can help convert your old Flash-based courses to HTML5 with ease. We have a skilled team of developers, programmers and graphic designers who love challenges and execute work with passion and dedication. Write to us at email@example.com with your requirements and we will get in touch right away to help you switch to HTML5.