LEADTOOLS includes tools for streaming a variety of formats that are playable within HTML5-compatible browsers using the Media Streaming Server for .NET (C# & VB) and C/C++ developers. With only a few lines of code and configuration modifications, a full-featured video streaming server can be created to enable audio/video multimedia playback using the <video> element on HTML5-enabled web pages.

The <video> element was introduced in HTML5 as a way for web developers to play videos on the web without the need for end users to download and install plugins into their web browsers. HTML5 Video is intended to be an industry-standard replacement for the proprietary Adobe Flash plugin. The <video> element gives the developer the option of using the browser's default playback controls or customizing the playback controls using JavaScript. Because video support varies among the different web browsers on various operating systems, the <video> element supports multiple <source> elements, which allows the browser to pick the appropriate file to download.

Overview of LEADTOOLS HTML5 Video Format SDK Technology

  • Full support to stream any multimedia file, capture device, ONVIF-conformant camera, UDP, and RTSP stream to clients using the HTML5 <video> element
  • Programmer-friendly and industry-standard option for embedding video playback within web browsers
  • Support for various compression algorithms and formats
    • H.264 (MP4)
    • VP8 (WebM)
    • VP9 (WebM)
    • Theora
  • Includes .NET (C# & VB) and C DLL libraries for 32 and 64-bit development

Using the video element to play videos streamed from LEADTOOLS Media Server

The LEADTOOLS Media Streaming Server does all of the hard work of serving and streaming audio/video media files. Playing HTML5-supported formats such as MP4 and WebM in compatible web browsers requires very little HTML markup:

<video src="mymovie.mp4" poster="mymovie.jpg" controls>
   If you see this, your browser doesn't support HTML5 Video.

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  • Stream Video Files to Any Device with LEADTOOLS Media Streaming Server

    Clients have high expectations for video streaming playback, and the responsibility of a positive user experience is almost completely in the server's court. Even in the case of a poor or fluctuating connection, clients expect to have continuous playback without stuttering or long buffering pauses. Furthermore, viewers expect to watch the same video on all of their devices. This is no small order for content providers. Thankfully, developers and server administrators can use the LEADTOOLS Media Streaming Server SDK to quickly and easily build professional audio/video multimedia streaming applications for playback on any device at a fraction of the cost of other proprietary methods.

Demo Applications that Include HTML5 Video Format

Media Streaming Server

Demonstrates LEADTOOLS Media Streaming Server technology. With only one file placed on the server, it will stream to any device by automatically selecting the appropriate protocol (Universal Player). Or you may manually select a player for each of the supported protocols:

  • Adobe Flash RTMP
  • Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS)
  • HTML5 Video
  • Microsoft Smooth Streaming (SSF)
  • Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS)

Screenshots of HTML5 Video Format

HTML5 Video Stream

HTML5 Video Stream

Videos of HTML5 Video Format

Media Streaming Server

In this video, we will highlight the LEADTOOLS Media Streaming Server SDK. We will first introduce the LEADTOOLS Media Streaming Server, then we will show how the Media Streaming Server can stream one file to multiple devices and client types.

LEADTOOLS SDK Products that Include HTML5 Video Format

LEADTOOLS Multimedia Suite v20

The LEADTOOLS Multimedia Suite SDK is a comprehensive collection of multimedia development technology that provides developers with everything they need to create enterprise-level multimedia applications for a wide variety of industries, including defense, broadcast, security, and more. By bundling features from the Multimedia SDK, DVD Module, Streaming Module, MPEG-2 Transport Module, Imaging Pro SDK, and Distributed Computing SDK, Multimedia Suite offers a tremendous value for the world-class technology it provides.

LEADTOOLS Streaming Module v20

The LEADTOOLS Streaming Module is perfect for developers who need to stream audio and video over the Internet or corporate networks for a wide variety of applications. This module adds on to the LEADTOOLS Multimedia SDK and includes the Media Streaming Server, a high-level framework for implementing professional multimedia streaming servers that can stream any file to any device. The Streaming Module also provides a programmer-friendly set of peer-to-peer tools for creating video conferencing and security/surveillance applications. In addition to the SDK features, the Streaming Module bundles together several of LEAD's world-class audio and video codecs that will lower costs and improve user experience through reduced bandwidth requirements and high-quality playback.

NOTE: LEADTOOLS Multimedia Formats are very diverse and cover the gamut of multimedia features and technologies. Many codecs are included with the base SDK products above, while some can be added á la carte or bundled together with various add-on modules. See the Multimedia Product Comparison Chart for more details on how to obtain each format.