Vimeo has redesigned its website, with a much larger player and multiple features aimed at improving navigation and discovery. Built with its user base in mind, the new Vimeo has less clutter and is a lot faster when it comes to loading pages and finding videos.
Publishers are pushing HTML5 video, despite a lack of real standards around the display and rendering of supported players. thePlatform is addressing that problem with a new offering that enables customers to create one video player that can be delivered through any device or browser.
Snapstream is making its TV monitoring capabilities available to Mac users, with a Web-based video player and client that will let its customers search, view and clip live and recorded TV feeds. That could increase help its potential customer base, while making its existing base happier.
Updated: YouTube (s GOOG) has started to roll out a new Flash video player across its site that features not only a completely new design, but also offers some nifty bits of information about the performance of the current video.
Some users first started to report the player popping up on a select number of videos about two weeks ago, but the site apparently started a more substantial rollout yesterday afternoon. Late last night, a significant number of videos featured the new look, but many of the most popular videos on the site were still being shown with the old player. Here are the new features in a nutshell:
Paul Yanez is back: The developer of many rogue and fabulous media players, including the MyMediaPlayer application that brought Hulu to the desktop until being shut down by the video site, has been tapped by Movieclips.com to develop its new Flash video player, the company just announced. The new player, which is already live at Movieclips.com, makes it possible to select choice moments of clips hosted by Movieclips.com and embed them on third-party web sites. The player also preserves the original aspect ratio of every film.
Flash developer Yanez got famous in the online video world when he turned Joost into a proof-of-concept web app in the summer of 2007. He made headlines again a year later with an Air-based desktop player for Hulu, which was quickly rendered useless by a Hulu upgrade. Yanez responded with an upgrade of his own, but MyMediaPlayer2 went dark just four hours after TechCrunch wrote up it up as Hulu’s “unofficial desktop app.” Read More about Movieclips.com Gets Hacker Help for New Video Player