Last week Google released the $35 HDMI Chromecast dongle. Around the time that Google announced the device, they mentioned that video can be streamed from YouTube, Netflix, Google Play, or from a Google Chrome tab. Vimeo is working on building a Chromecast application and so is Redbox, according to GigaOM. Verizon and Redbox is planning to support Chromecast through their Instant service. Plex’s developers are also looking into the Chromecast. Some of the other companies that are testing the Chromecast includes HBO, Songza, and Revision3.
Vimeo is a video sharing website that is known for hosting crisp HD video. The company has acquired Echograph, a popular iPhone and iPad app developed by Clear-Media. Echograph lets you build creative videos that look like animated GIFs. After the acquisition is completed, Vimeo will most likely make the $2.99 Echograph app free. The Echograph team will be reporting to Vimeo president Dae Mellencamp. The terms of the deal were undisclosed.
Vimeo has launched a new iPhone app that lets you quickly upload recorded videos faster. You can also share the videos to social networking websites with the app. The app lets users record videos and upload them directly from the app. The uploads can be paused, which is awesome too. This can come in handy if you walk out of an area where you do not have a WiFi connection.
Vimeo user Beep Show filmed a timelapse video from San Francisco to Paris. Beep Show used a Canon 5D Mark II digital SLR camera on a tripod with an attached timelapse controller. This video is the outcome. When taking the Great Circle route above polar regions, Beep Show was able to capture aurora borealis in the timelapse. Towards the end of the video, you will see all of the electronics used on board the flight. About 2,459 pictures were taken, or about one picture every two miles. [Mashable]
Vimeo, LLC is a video community website with teams based in New York and Portland. There are currently about 1.3 million users and they receive about 13,000 videos uploaded per day. Above is a humorous video that the staff of Vimeo put together.
[via M. Saleem]
High quality video streaming service and IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IACI) subsidiary, Vimeo will no longer allow the uploading of video game samples. Users will no longer will be able to do walk-throughs, game strategies, player vs. player battles, raids, fraps, etc. Videos that already have this type of content on them will start being deleted on September 1st and new videos with this type of content will be removed immediately.
Why is Vimeo doing this? First, It’s not creative expression. And second, video game demos have a tendency to be longer in length, thus being the single biggest reason for transcode wait times. If this is the case, then we should see an increase in speed for playing and uploading videos on Vimeo.
Will other video upload sites block this from happening? I doubt it. Learning how to beat certain parts of a video game is a huge market. There are video game magazines published that solely teach gamers how to beat certain levels. Vimeo is just having a hard time learning how to scale. They need to take some lessons from YouTube.
Google’s YouTube is ready to ramp up for more and higher quality content. Now users are encouraged to upload more files, with higher resolutions, and longer in length. Each video can now be 10 minutes long and 1GB in size. Originally, each movie file allowed on YouTube was limited to only 100MB.
YouTube is also building a YouTube Uploader tool for Mac. The YouTube Uploader tool for Windows PCs can be downloaded from Multi-Video Upload site. After multiple videos are done uploading, they will be automatically added to your My Videos page.
What makes this new feature even more interesting is that although YouTube is a Google property, I believe that the video-sharing website seems to be giving us unlimited storage for content. Whereas Google gives us limited storage for GMail, Picasa, and other services. Maybe this is Google’s way of paying for YouTube server and lawsuit bills.
As pointed out by ReadWriteWeb, InterActivCorp (IAC) is also involved in the video sharing market. IAC’s Vimeo introduced HD video uploading last month. YouTube videos often times face too much video compression.
[Update by Mo Kakwan]
It should be noted that both Vimeo and this recent move by YouTube to support higher quality video are ahead of the curve. The requirements of having to play HD video is more memory and faster processors.Â Be sure to check out the comments on this HD Video (http://vimeo.com/342968/) and you’ll notice a number of people experiencing choppy play. My machine is fairly old (xp 2700+ with 1 gig of ram) and is bottlenecked not by processor speed or memory but by my slow DSL line (What’s going on Slowskys?). It’s going to take a little bit before the mainstream can catch up with the early adopters. I look forward to seeing these advancements drive down the price of HD Cameras as well which are currently rather pricey.
 The YouTube Blog: Multi-Video Upload Arrives
Vimeo, the video sharing site owned by InterActivCorp (IAC) and run by the same folks as College Humor have finally released HD support for movies. To get an idea of the quality that brings to the world of online video go here to see a clip of a pretty massive looking garden spider. You can switch HD on and off to see difference. I suggest viewing it in full-screen to really see the improvement.
To my knowledge, our site is the first place you can upload and watch video in true, honest-to-god high definition (1280×720). Right now basically every other video site (YouTube, Dailymotion, etc.) is doing video at 320×240. … Things are only going to get better, especially as Adobe releases H.264 support in Flash, which should be coming very soon. We’ll have a press release on Monday.
-Blake Whitman, Community Director of Vimeo
I’m not sure how Joost and other Internet Television like services are going to contend now with the availability of high quality video streaming directly in your browser. It’s interesting to note that Vimeo seems to have an advertising partnership with Canon as all their ads push canon products and HD Canon cameras. With the price of HD capable cameras eventually going lower and lower, HD video online will be ubiquitous. Also with Flash moving towards supporting higher quality video means that most current video sites will not have a large technology leap to implement HD Support. This is a the next generation of online video.
This article was written by Mo Kakwan. Mo is currently a software engineer at Raytheon.