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Vivaldi browser adds support for HTML5 Video and MP3 Audio media formats
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Vivaldi browser adds support for HTML5 Video and MP3 Audio media formats

by AshwinOctober 17, 2015

Vivaldi, the web browser project spear headed by the co-founder of Opera, Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, just added support for two new media formats.

Vivaldi.1.0.300.5

The browser now officially supports HTML5 MP4 (H.264/MPEG-4AVC & AAC) Video and MP3 Audio.

MP3 as you probably know already, is the most popular audio compression format, and is supported by almost all modern phones and devices today.

And HTML5 needs no introduction either, it is the future of the internet. Not just for videos, but even as a replacement for Javascript too. But we are talking about Vivaldi’s inclusion of support for HTML5 encoded MP4 video format. HTML5 has already been replacing Adobe Flash as the standard web video format in many a website, including the most popular video sharing website, YouTube, and on BBC’s websites to name a few.

Vivaldi’s blog says that to watch the HTML5 videos and listen to MP3’s, the user needs to have a recent version of Windows or Mac OS X installed. We can assume that it means Windows 7 and above. Linux users on the other hand, will need to install a codec for the two new formats to work in the browser.

The browser is still in beta form, but Vivaldi continues to add new features along the way, and it can’t be long before we see the first stable version released.

The latest snapshot build of Vivaldi also comes with bug fixes for 15 other issues including those which affected the Auto Complete, Google Docs, Crash on installing search engine, Speed Dial, Search History, Bookmarks and more.

Vivaldi is shaping up to be a good browser like Opera once was, and by that I mean the legacy browser, and not the modern version of Opera which is based on the Google Chromium Open Source Project. Though Vivaldi too is based on the Chromium browser, I think it does offer a much better experience.

In fact, Vivaldi could be the non-Chrome (at least looks wise) solution for Firefox users, once Mozilla begins turning the browser into what its nightmarish plans spell out to be. Vivaldi does support all of the Chrome Webstore’s extensions without any hiccups, so the transition shouldn’t be much of a hurdle.

Download Vivaldi Snapshot 1.0.300.5 from the official website, it does have a separate 64-bit version as well, and though it is marked as “experimental”, it works just fine. The latest version of the browser is based on Chromium 45.

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