Flash Player for Videos

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Mark Baker

Mark Baker Asked 9 years ago

I am unable to watch many of the videos because my droid RAZR m cell phone does not support flash player.  Do u know of any other downloads which would allow me to watch the videos?  I like to watch them during my workouts.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Mark,

All the downloads are in mp4 format, so anything that can play that should be fine. I know that the iPhone/iPad can play these and a lot of Android phones seem to be able to also. On the computer the VLC Media player is a good choice.

Does anyone else have some suggestions for Mark on how to watch the downloaded PingSkills videos on his cell phone?

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Mark Baker

Mark Baker Posted 9 years ago

Thanks, I can watch most of the videos on my phone, but for example, one that I can't watch is "Advanced Forehand Topspin".  It tell me that flash version 9,0 or greater is required but my phone does not support adobe flash player.

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

One of our readers has suggested trying this tip if you are using Firefox with Android:



Gabor Szollosy

Gabor Szollosy Posted 8 years ago


The optimal solution for this problem would be switching to an HTML5 player on pingskills.com from the the good old flash player. Here's a free, open-source and customizable HTML 5 player that supports subtitles and runs on all Windows/Apple/Android platforms:


This would definitely be worth a try.

Apart from this technical issue the site and the especially the content is great, congrats!


All the best,


Mark Baker

Mark Baker Posted 8 years ago


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Thanks for the information Gabor. I'll take a look into it.

Alexander Berntsen

Alexander Berntsen Posted 6 years ago

I just joined PingSkills, and was looking forward to watching this week's video[0], but am unfortunately unable to do so. In order to watch it, I must apparently install Adobe Flash Player. But I cannot, with a clear conscience, install proprietary software[1].

So I really hope you can switch to an HTML5 solution. And don't hesitate to contact me with inquiries about this! :-]

[0]  <http://www.pingskills.com/table-tennis/match-strategy/basic-tactics/>
[1]  <https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-software-even-more-important.html>

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Hi Alexander,

Thanks for brining this up again. Switching to a HTML5 solution is something that I would like to do. Once question I have is do I still need multiple formats (mp4, ogg, and webm) of the videos to support it?

Alexander Berntsen

Alexander Berntsen Posted 6 years ago

Hallo Jeff,

Thanks for your inquiry. I do not know much about Apple devices or Microsoft Windows, but OGV (OGG Theora + Vorbis) and  WebM (VP8 + Vorbis) would both work excellently for me. There is no need for both.

I read a recent-ish blog post on the subject[0], and from what I can tell you should provide mp4 and WebM for Apple devices. OGV is only necessary for *very* old browsers that do not support WebM. If anyone is browsing your websites with browsers that are so old, they should likely upgrade them anyway to avoid security issues. However, whether to use OGV in addition to mp4 and WebM is of course entirely your decision.

[0]  <http://blog.zencoder.com/2013/09/13/what-formats-do-i-need-for-html5-video/>

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Thanks Alexander. It might take a bit of time to get this implemented but I'll definitely start working on it.

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Hi Alexander and others,

I've just made a change to all of the videos under the lessons page that used to use a flash player to now use the HTML5 video tag. If you get a chance can you see if it works for you?



Alexander Berntsen

Alexander Berntsen Posted 6 years ago

Hallo Jeff,

I tested a video[0], and indeed it played fine.

There are no closed captions available to me on this video, but I do not know if there were closed captions in the Flash version either.

Thanks a lot for your work on this, Jeff! I now have a wealth of new videos available to me.


[0]  <http://www.pingskills.com/table-tennis/strokes-and-technique/the-push-in-detail/>

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Thanks for checking that Alexander. We haven't yet added subtitles for the push in detail video.

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