Vivaldi's most recent snapshot, which brings the version of the web browser to 1.0.300.5, brings improvements to the browser's audio and video playback capabilities.
After a series of bug fix releases, Vivaldi has pushed out a new update for the browser that extends the browser's media streaming functionality significantly.
The developers have added support for HTML5 MP4 video (H.264, MPEG-4AVC & AAC), and MP3 Audio which, according to the company, should improve compatibility with many multimedia sites on the Internet.
A quick check on YouTube's HTML5 page for instance reveals that Vivaldi passes all tests on the page which means that it is fully capable of playing all HTML5 videos currently available on the site.
YouTube is obviously just one site that benefits from Vivaldi's new media capabilities. Basically, if a site did not work previously because of missing HMTL5 video or audio capabilities, chance is quite good that it will work now without issues.
I have tested the new capabilities on YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo and Twitch, and content on all sites played fine after the upgrade. Let us know if sites that you visit regularly work as well now in the latest version of the Vivaldi browser.
Windows and Mac users can make use of the new capabilities right away while Linux users are asked to install the chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra which is required to add the same capabilities to machines running supported flavors of Linux.
You may download the latest Vivaldi snapshot from the official website as well if you don't run it already. Users who have it installed may use the browser's update functionality to download and install the update this way. You find the option under Vivaldi > Help > Check for Updates.
Vivaldi continues to improve the browser; barely a month goes without at least one feature update for the browser.
The browser has still not been released as a stable version but it is expected to be released soon. If I had to guess, I'd say that it is likely that Vivaldi will release a stable version of the web browser this year.
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Latest Vivaldi snapshot brings support for HTML5 MP4 Video and MP3 Audio
The latest Vivaldi web browser snapshot brings support for HTML5 MP4 (H.264/MPEG-4AVC & AAC) Video and MP3 Audio.