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Supplement Flash-based video player in store with HTML5 <video> #1499

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stevethepocket opened this Issue · 9 comments

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@stevethepocket

This has already been the subject of a couple of threads over on the community hub, but surprisingly no one has brought it up here as a feature request. I think the Steam store needs to supplement their Flash-based player with raw WebM and MP4 versions for HTML5-compatible, and use that as the default method for the Steam client browser. Right now, the version of Flash I have isn't compatible with the Steam client, so I can only view trailers from Firefox, and a lot of Linux users straight-up avoid Flash nowadays since Adobe has dropped support for it.

At any rate, every browser has supported <video> in some form since last year, including the Steam client itself. It's high time Steam switched to that as the default method of serving video, with Flash relegated to a fallback for older browsers. You already have the videos stored as MP4 files, so that's Internet Explorer and Safari taken care of already.

@Majkl578

Right now, the version of Flash I have isn't compatible with the Steam client, so I can only view trailers from Firefox, and a lot of Linux users straight-up avoid Flash nowadays since Adobe has dropped support for it.

What do you mean by isn'ẗ compatible?

Actually it'd be better to have both options, like Youtube has.

@revo4ever

it's better to use the PepperFlash from Google, or HTML5 for better performance on Linux

@scottlu
Owner

We agree. HTML5 video is in the plans.

@scottlu scottlu closed this
@baryluk

Why this bug was closed? It is still not fixed AFAIK. Please keep it open until fixed, so at least people know you are aware of this feature request, and are working on it (or plan to do so).

Thanks.

@Majkl578

@baryluk: Because it's not an issue of Steam for Linux itself, but Steam website.

@MrSchism
Collaborator

Moreover, people will find it by searching, not by physically going through the list. When you search "HTML5" this shows up (albeit closed). They'll click on it or, at very least, see it's actually an issue.

This was also discussed elsewhere ad nauseum. This was discussed most at #36.

@baryluk

@Majkl578 Can you link tracking bug for Steam website implementing HTML5?

@MrSchism And there are at least few duplicates about same issue. Clearly people overlook closed issues...

@MrSchism
Collaborator

@baryluk People duplicate open issues, too. They clearly just don't look.

@Ruthubuntu

I test to see a video on a fresh install with no Flash installed or H264 and mp3 codec and we can see the video.

If you go to the web version (ex: http://store.steampowered.com/app/440/) you can see in the source code:

 id="movie_81943" 
 class="highlight_player_item highlight_movie" 
 poster="http://cdn2.steampowered.com/v/gfx/apps/81943/movie.293x165.jpg?t=1345487901" src="http://media2.steampowered.com/steam/apps/81943/movie480.webm?t=1345487901" tabindex="0">

So Steam move to HTML5, great \o/

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