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Old 11-19-2008, 12:00 PM
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Default Calling All Readers: Help Me Torture Test a Video Solution

About two months ago, I purchased a Canon HF100 high-definition video camera to replace my ageing but still totally sweet Canon GL2 (that thing has such great optics!). It took me a while to re-create my template in 16:9 format, but I did and published my first two HD videos to YouTube...and I was quite disappointed with the results. YouTube only offers a 4:3 aspect ratio player, so 16:9 videos look pretty tiny with those big black bars on the top and bottom. I set out to find a better solution for embedding videos on Thoughts Media sites, and I think I've found one: MotionBox.

I say "I think" because while the video quality is utterly fantastic, and for $20 per year they offer a lot of value, I've been seeing some problematic playback issues today - sometimes the video will start right away, other times it will take 30+ seconds before it starts, and sometimes it won't start at all, instead showing a black box. And sometimes it will just "break" and stop playing. These are obviously serious problems, but I don't know if MotionBox is just having a bad day, or if my bandwidth Kung-fu is weak today. So check out the video below and report back what you find - does it play back OK? Any problems or glitches?

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Old 11-19-2008, 01:05 PM
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It fails for me. I click play and get only the black box.
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Old 11-19-2008, 01:56 PM
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Played fine for me.
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Old 11-19-2008, 01:56 PM
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Worked fine for me.
Started almost instantly and did not skip or stop during playback.
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Old 11-19-2008, 01:58 PM
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Worked perfectly. Started without delay, seeking worked great and didn't see any dropped frames or stutters.
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Old 11-19-2008, 02:01 PM
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Was fine for me as well, but I have the latest flash. I know for their HD versions (Not sure what you settled on for format) the later versions of flash work much better. The SD version ( still widescreen) plays for me pretty much every time.
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Old 11-19-2008, 02:23 PM
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Worked great for me. Started within one or two seconds. Nice.

Update: I tried it three more times, and each time it failed, even after opening a new window with PPCThoughts.
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Old 11-19-2008, 02:31 PM
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No issue with the video for me.
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Old 11-19-2008, 02:34 PM
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Works for me. Started instantly and the full video took around 3 1/2 minutes to download.
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Old 11-19-2008, 02:42 PM
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works well for me. I tried it a few times too. I'm connected through my cable modem.

I also got a HF100 video camera a few months ago. The site I found to upload my videos is Vimeo. If MotionBox doesn't work for you, check out Vimeo to see if that works for you.
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