[Vimeo](http://vimeo.com), a favourite video hosting site for professional videographers, released its Universal Player which enables playback of video using HTML5 for browser that does not support Flash such as the Safari on iPad and iPhone.
Vimeo supports HTML5 video playback since January this year. Before the release of the Universal Player, you can watch Vimeo video on your iPhone or iPad provided you are on Vimeo.com. With the Universal Player, vimeo video embedded in blogs or other sites can be played on iPhone and iPad.
The Universal Player is as easy to use as the old embed code, just a lot more compatible. Instead of being a direct link to a Flash player the new Universal Player can automatically detect what kind of device is viewing the video and choose the optimum player based on the device’s capabilities. For example, it will serve mobile video to iPhones and Androids and HD to iPads and Desktops. On other mobile devices it can use the native player of the device or an optimized mobile Flash player with bigger controls. It also allows us to introduce new players as technology changes, potentially allowing us to do things like serve HTML5 to IE9 and WEBM video to Firefox.
[Via Vimeo Staff’s Blog](http://vimeo.com/blog:334)