To start with, the Adobe Media Player has been released for the Adobe Air v.1 runtime. ADM is a really well designed Air app that runs on windows, OS X and Linux. You can watch videos, subscribe to video channels, watch the videos in fullscreen and even choose the quality-size of the video you are about to download. Adobe Media Player is a really nice app, made for the Adobe Air runtime and created straight from the mothership. The install process is very easy and a lovely experience. You don’t have to care whether you have the Adobe Air runtime, to install AMP. Just click on the badge and there you have it.
Another big video related new for today is the Adobe TV website. Adobe TV is a well designed Flex application in which you can see videos related to Adobe products. Adobe employees and Community experts are giving tips, presenting products and other Adobe product related things. This is definitely a nice way to get informed and inspired. Adobe TV has a nice integration with the Adobe Media Player, of course, in which you can subscribe to the video channels presented there so you don’t have to browse the Adobe TV website all the time and of course there are ways to share a video from the Adobe TV, either by linking to the page of a specific video or by embedding it in your site, blog etc. Definitely worth a look. Here is a screenshot of a video from Adobe TV. Click on it to see Julie Campagna and Ryan Stewart giving a tour on the bus about the North American onAir tour which took place last year.
The last video new for today is not related to the Adobe. It’s about video in Flickr. Yes, you read it right. Flickr rollover a new feature today in which you can upload a video provided that you have a Pro account. Videos can’t be bigger that 90″ and or 150 MBs. The videos will be shown along with your pictures and people can watch and embed them in their blog (if you allow that). My feelings about the whole thing is not very good. I can’t see why someone would like to upload a video in a well known site synonymous to photography. If there was a separation between photos and videos that would work for me but meshing photos and videos seems just wrong. I just hope that Yahoo! won’t break the well established Flickr site. The only way in which I think video would really be nice in connection to Flickr content would be something like what Animoto offers, which is a lovely app in which you upload your photos (or importing them from Flickr and other photos repositories) add a music track and Animoto “remixes” them by analyzing the music. The result is a really nice video which really looks like a professional job. And their quote is than none of the videos they make is similar to another even if you use the same photos and music file, thanks to the random algorithms their system uses. In such case it would be really nice for Flickr to have video but I insist that they have to keep the videos separated from the photos somehow. I love Flickr and that’s why I have paid for it and have a lot of my pictures living in there. I hope this new addition will not destroy my feelings about Flickr.
That’s it for today (I think..)