What is the difference between the Native and the Bitmovin player?
The Native player is a progressive download player. This means that the video quality set in the player generator is delivered. If the bandwidth of the user is insufficient, so-called buffering occurs. Here, the player stops the playout until the content has been reloaded.
On the other hand, the Bitmovin player supports adaptive streaming: the player adapts the video quality according to the available bandwidth to avoid buffering. The user can also change the quality manually during playout.
Use-case for the native player:
In situations where the quality of the video is paramount, we recommend the use of the native player. For example, short product videos of 1 - 40 seconds, which you want your customers to the only view in HD. In this case, you might privilege the video quality over the buffering.
For most other use cases, we recommend the Bitmovin player with which buffering is avoided by automatically adjusting the video quality to the user's available bandwidth.