What is a video player?
A video player is hardware or software that allows for the playback of video.
What is a browser video player?
Browsers that support HTML5 have an embedded video player. The video tag was introduced in 2008 as a part of the HTML5 specification. This standardization of video on the web has helped the explosion of video content online. All the playback and event attributes were made the same, allowing for easy playback of content - no matter which browser was being used.
Of course, each browser has slightly different video codec support, which slightly complicates things. h.264 video is supported by 98% of browsers. VP8/VP9 webm video is supported by 78% of browsers, and the numbers get worse after that. To make matters worse, only the Safari browser supports HLS video streaming.
At api.video, we supply a customizable video player based on video.js with each video. It can be further controlled with our player SDK.