Flowplayer 5 Released

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 | Business | No Comments

FlowplayerFlowplayer 5 was released a few days ago.

The new player has a bunch of new / cleaned up bits of functionality:

  • Streamlined design
  • HTML5 comes first!  Flash is no longer the default, it’s HTML5.  Glad to see this
  • Fully responsive
  • Some functionality previously supported through plugins is now built into the player (playlists, cuepoints, google analytics, and embedding)
  • Random seeking (no matter what has been loaded)
  • Native full screen — no more using flash to force the full screen mode
  • Keyboard shortcuts built in (volume, seek, fullscreen, mute, play/pause, stop)
  • Simplified syntax
  • Primarily CSS based styling (no more complex JS embeds)
  • Splash screens w/o Javascript (enhanced performance, more flexible, supposedly easier to build overlays / inlays)
  • Embeddable (mentioned earlier) — you can even include your brand if you have the commercial version and propagate your brand

Flowplayer has been my favorite video player for at least a few years, and looks like it will stay that way for another few years.

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HTML5 Video – Attributes and Events

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

When working with the new HTML5 video tag, the official documentation is very confusing.  We just want a list of attributes and events!

I ran across an excellent resource, HTML 5 Video – DOM Attributes and Events at chipwreck.

From the post (this is incomplete, please go to the source for a full list):

Display attributes

src(string): The source file

poster(URL): An image to display before the video is playing

controls(boolean): Are the playback-controls being provided by the browser?

videoWidth, videoHeight(integer): The original video size

Playback attributes

currentTime(float): The current playback time in seconds

startTime*(float): The video start time (if the video does not start at 0.0 – streams for example)

duration(float): The duration in seconds

paused(boolean): Is the video currently paused?

ended(boolean): Has the video ended?

autoplay(boolean): Is is set to autoplay?

loop(boolean): Is is set to play in a loop?

They list everything beyond that .. thanks guys!

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Advice for Getting Paid, a Speech by Mike Monteiro

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Mike Monteiro (@mike_FTW) gave an excellent speech titled, F*ck You.  Pay Me. at the March 2011 San Francisco, CreativeMornings.

Mike hits home on almost everything he says, it is well worth the time.

Some important notes from the speech:

  • Have a Contract (contracts protect both parties)
  • Include attorney fees in the contract
  • You can fire a client for any number of things (and should!)
  • Lawyer up, you are a professional
  • Don’t back down on IP transfers on full payment, kill fees and liability definitions (what happens, when things go wrong)
  • Lawyers talk to Lawyers
  • Be specific about Money

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Google +1 Button Launches

Thursday, June 16th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Google has officially launched the plus one button (+1), and it’s available for web developers to put on their sites.

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History of IE: 15 Years of Microsoft Internet Explorer

Thursday, March 17th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

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iOS4: Funny Video of Performance on iPhone 3G

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 | Business | 3 Comments

I was told about this video a few days ago, but never checked it out until today.  I’ve been having very few issues with iOS 4, but I’m still on my 3GS.  I feel bad for those on iPhone 3G, and it’s very difficult to downgrade back to iOS 3.

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Flash and HTML5 Video: YouTube’s perspective on the video tag

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 | Business | No Comments

In conversations with designers and developers we have been discussing the pro and cons of using HTML5 video instead of Flash.  Sites that support iPad / iPhone need HTML5 as an option, and recently has been driving project’s to require non Flash video.

YouTube’s API Blog published an article yesterday, Flash and the HTML5 <video> tag, which goes over the major points of the argument from one of the most influential players in the Flash vs. HTML5 market.  It’s important to keep in mind while reading, that YouTube is owned by Google, and is positioned opposite Apple on many issues (this is far from impartial, but the points are applicable anyway).

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HTML5: Video, 3D, Javascript and a Big Buck Bunny

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 | Business | No Comments

An article written by Sean Christmann over at Craftymind reviews some cool effects you can create with HTML5, Video and 3D featuring the Blender created Big Buck Bunny.

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Brilliant, Heineken Executes Original Marketing Campaign

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

Saw this over on, a video of a brilliant marketing campaign executed by Heineken.

Getting creative, Heineken “won” big with this one… a combination of a unique idea, clean execution, and some upper management that had confidence in the “crazy ideas” of a special marketing team.  Who wouldn’t hire someone that thinks of this stuff and can make it happen?

What soccer (football) fan wouldn’t appreciate Heineken for this?  I’d love to see numbers for Heineken brand recognition after this event (and how much of a positive effect this had, along with information on sales numbers).  I’m sure that information won’t leak for a while (if ever).

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Inspiration: New York Slow Motion Video Montage

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 | Personal | No Comments

Some things must be shared.  I’m not that into video editing, or shooting video traditionally, but this video makes you want to be involved in art.  There are some beautiful textures, scenes, and colors in this video.  It took the artist to put it together so we can all see what he sees.  I have very high respect for the artist.

This video is by Vicente Sahuc and blows me away.

I initially saw this video on Procrastineering.  He mentions that this video was shot on a Casio EX-F1 at 300 fps and edited at 24 fps.  The artist used a skateboard (how great is that) and a Steadicam Merlin for the smoothing.

New York 2008 from Vicente Sahuc on Vimeo.

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