It's HTML5 week in video land, and the latest entrant is Vimeo. Less than a day after competitor YouTube announced that it would begin rolling out an HTML5 video player to videos on its site, Vimeo is doing the same.
Beginning Thursday, the site will be offering its users the option to play videos without the need for Adobe Flash--a plug-in that was previously required to watch videos on its online player. The new option to switch to the HTML5 player will appear as a link below each video. The site will then remember a user's preference from … Read more
New York-based video service Vimeo announced Wednesday it will roll out 1080p video (also known as "full HD") to its members by the end of this month.
In order to upload 1080p clips, users will have to be members of Vimeo's paid Plus service, which costs $10 a month, or $60 a year. Though anyone can view a 1080p video regardless of whether they're a free or paid Plus user.
Video host Vimeo on Wednesday is launching support for users on iPhone/iPod Touch and Google Android devices. The company has re-encoded the entirety of its staff picks and HD video showcase, both of which are the most heavily trafficked areas of the site from Vimeo's members, and referrers like Twitter.
"We've been working on it for the last few weeks," Blake Whitman, Vimeo's director of community told CNET News. "This is sort of the prelude of offering Plus members iPhone support; and in the future, an app," he said. In the meantime, … Read more
On Tuesday Vimeo rolled out a new way to discover content on its service. Dubbed categories, the new system lets users explore content that's automatically been sorted by an algorithm that scans across Vimeo's groups and channels and picks some of the best and most interesting clips.
The system works by having group and channel owners pick just two genres that their videos best fit in. After which, the algorithm goes through and automatically picks a few clips that are sent to the parent category page. The goal is to have this system constantly watching for content across … Read more
Web video host Vimeo has rolled out a really cool new update to its content channel pages. Channel owners can now design their video pages with one of 10 new themes, and pick from three different layouts, including a new "gallery" view which scales up the main video player into glorious 940x530 (up from the standard 640x360).
In a call with Andrew Pile, Vimeo's director of development, he told me the change was all about making it easier to find content, as well as giving users more control over the presentation. He said users were complaining that channel pages were getting too cluttered. As a result, blogs, calendars, files, and forums have all been removed, putting more focus on the videos, which users can now rearrange.
The change is one of many for the small video company. Pile says 2009 is going to bring big things. "People want videos all over the place," he says. As a result, the company is planning to switch over to H.264 encoding to widen distribution. This will let users watch their videos in places besides their computer, like iPods, iPhones, and on game consoles.
Vimeo is also planning to tighten down on freeloading companies who are simply using its service to host videos about their latest features. As a result, screencasts may be the next thing to get banned from the service. Last year Vimeo took a stand on users uploading footage of video games with the defense that it went against the creative concept of the site. This was met with a mixed user response. Vimeo's hardcore users were happy to see the gaming content go, while others cried foul about censorship.
"I don't know what the future of screencasts are," Pile says. "We do not want to be the company that people use to externalize their hosting costs."
At the same time, companies that may have flocked to the service for its fluid player and HD-quality streaming video aren't given many options. Vimeo does not offer a white label or "professional" hosting service, nor is it in the immediate plans. Late last year Vimeo introduced a "plus" service, although that was mainly to give its power users a higher upload limit and access to new features like statistical analytics--something that's due in the next few weeks.
I've embedded a look at the new features after the break.… Read more
Longtime gamers "Bello" and "Merca" were married this past December in Artix Entertainment's massively multiplayer online role-playing game AdventureQuest Worlds, the company reported Monday. The bride and groom have been avid MMORPG gamers for three years and met each other while playing the game. The wedding was held in a private, in-game room and 11,000 avatars were on hand to witness the exchange of vows.
Unfortunately, the wedding was raided by Troll Wedding Crashers, a clan within the game that "camped out on the dance floor of the reception area."
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I'm as guilty as the next person for having a social network portfolio that's too big. Aside from my Twitter account, I belong to Plurk and Identi.ca, and although I use Facebook most often, I still have MySpace and Hi5 accounts.
But now that 2008 has passed and it's time for us to evaluate what we did last year and try to improve upon that for 2009, why don't we start by cleaning out our social network portfolio and start using only those services that we like best in each category? After all, spending more … Read more
Blip.tv, a video site that shares advertising revenue with show producers on all the clips it hosts, announced on Tuesday that it has raised an undisclosed amount of funding in a round that was led by Bain Capital Ventures. The company also announced that it has grown 250 percent in the past year, serving more than 51 million video views last month alone.
"Our goal is to make online shows sustainable by providing services of scale to independent creators and Web studios," said Blip.tv CEO and co-founder Mike Hudack. "Web show creators should be able … Read more