We are delighted to announce the immediate availability of HD video support for Pro customers. You can now watch your videos in full-screen, HD glory.
We are busy reconverting all the videos for web presentation, but if you are eager to see what it looks like, here are some soccer videos and some photos too, taken with the Canon 5D Mark II. This is not professional quality video, but it gets the point across (and probably looks a bit more like what you are going to create at home versus what Hollywood produces).
Most computers can’t even show HD video without stuttering unless the hardware presentation is accelerated by special-purpose hardware built into most graphics cards. To get the benefits of HW acceleration, click the full screen button. Our full screen player uses the hardware acceleration that is likely built into your computer.
Our HD video is at 720p and runs at 3 megabits/second. Most viewers won’t be able to stream that without some significant buffering but when it does start to play, it is gorgeous.
Although HD video is reserved for Pro customers, everyone enjoys a significant improvement to the video experience in this release.
- A new video player that looks good and hides its controls.
- New controls to switch between video quality and a larger sized player at all quality levels.
- A new embedded player for blogging of video. Caveat: you will need to put out new links to get the new player but old links continue to work.
- A better experience for videos transferred to facebook.
- AVCHD files are supported.
- Eye-Fi Video transfer are supported, including HD video if your camera shoots it.
- full screen video with hardware acceleration.
We are busy converting our entire library of videos for Pro customers from the archival versions that we keep. We keep those versions for Premium customers too, so if you upgrade to Pro, your video experience will improve as well. We estimate that it will take the better part of two weeks to convert all our videos to HD for current Pro customers. But any video you upload should get converted with higher priority.
We hope you enjoy these improvements to the video experience. Let us know in the comments how it is working for you.