Flowplayer is a flash video player, just like YouTube player. Except that the founders claim it's a dramatically better alternative and they have the number to back up the statement. They are currently receiving 14 000 visitors visiting their site a day and the player is downloaded 1 000 times a day. The founders aim is to make Flowplayer the #1 Flash video player in the world.
Why its better than the alternatives out there
- Customization - Every single aspect of Flowplayer can be tweaked to meet your needs. This includes both the behaviour and the appearance.
- Scripting - Flowplayer API is object-oriented and not just a flat list of functions. The event model is taken to the next level, allowing you to link custom functionality to every player event.
- Plugins - Flowplayer can be extended with plugins. Some already-existing plugins allow you to, for example, place HTML content over the video when the playback ends, or implement custom playlists using only basic HTML skills.
- Streaming servers - Flowplayer offers specialized streaming plugins for several different types of stream source. You can also build your own.
- Multiple players on a page - You can have many player instances on a page without compromising the page's load speed or usability. A splash image loads in place of the video players before they are clicked to begin playback - but you can still supply a full configuration to each player in advance of it actually being loaded.
Free and Open Source
Flowplayer is an open source project. Believe it or not. You can download the player and the source code for free from our download page.
And yes: we have revenue. Our business model is quite simple. The free version of the player comes with a Flowplayer trademark. It's nothing that will distract your audience, but if you want to use your own logo, you need a commercial license. That's it -- the business model of Flowplayer.
Build your player in minutes.
Flowplayer makes a difference. Flowplayer Setup is our answer to expensive and complex video delivery systems. You can build your own customized player and put it on your site to stream your video from a global network.
A task that usually consumes copious amounts of time and money, or is simply impossible, can now be completed in minutes.
The Flowplayer skin reflects an emerging web design philosophy: the user interface should not get in your way. The video is the star of the show, while the player simply supports the viewing experience.
Modern design calls for transparency options. You often need transparency for the background, but not for the controlbar elements. This is why we implemented RGBA (Red, Green, Blue, Alpha) support for all individual controlbar elements.
Smooth as silk.
We have put a lot of effort into optimizing the player to perform smoothly when in playback mode or when the user interacts with the controls. The timeline animates fluidly, and we have two different autohiding modes: ”fade” and ”slide”.
Flowplayer 3.2 supports two different keyboard layouts: YouTube-compatible arrow keys, and VIM-compatible arrow keys (HJKL) for the hardcode nerds. Spacebar toggles between play and pause, just like before.
You can use the industry-standard streaming protocols RTMP or HTTP with most common web servers, including lighttpd, Apache, nginx or IIS; or stream your videos from well-known content delivery networks such as Akamai, Amazon Cloudfront, Highwinds, HDDN, and HDDN, among others.
No matter where your video is, Flowplayer plays it.
Extend with web standards.
In Flowplayer, you can build your playlists with HTML and CSS. Big or small. Vertical or horizontal. Gradients, rounded borders, images, tables, forms; anything. CSS is flexible. Your imagination is your limit. Take a look at the Playlist plugin.
There are new controlbar buttons and keyboard shortcuts for both slow motion and fast forward.
The Viral Videos plugin allows you to spread your videos on the net like a friendly virus. Your videos can be embedded by other sites; and from there, they can be embedded by yet more sites.
You can also email the video or share it with the most popular social media services to take advantage of the exponential virus effect. The appearance and behaviour of this plugin are configurable.
Want to keep track of your video playback? The Analytics feature not only does this for your site, but for the virally-embedded players as well. We are using the brand new Google Event tracking, now officially out of beta.
The plugin can track all player events, such as start, pause, resume, finish or fullscreen, as well as the video location and duration of the playback.
Ideally you want the best available video experience with the least amount of network traffic. This is made possible by our intelligent bandwidth detection plugin. The bitrate adjusts dynamically based on the connection speed. Previously available for Adobe Flash Media server, the support has now been extended to Wowza.
The plugin will attempt to switch to a larger bandwidth when going to fullscreen mode, while taking care to not switch to a resolution too large to fit the screen. Stardandized loading of the bitrate information from an XML file is also supported.