Stanford University Campus revisited

I re-cut my old Stanford video today (different clip arrangement, a few new scenes, new color grading) and re-uploaded it. Unfortunately, the HD version is unusable on my 3Ghz hyperthreaded P4 now because Vimeo upgraded their Flash HD re-encoding to 30fps from their previous 24fps cap. The HD video plays very choppy. If they don’t fix this somehow, I will have to leave Vimeo and go with Blip.TV. I have no plans to buy a new PC. SD version below:

Additionally, Vimeo removed the ability to get high quality re-encoding out of 480p video, it’s now 720p, 1080p or nothing. As of right now, uploading 1440×1080 won’t give you the high quality re-encoding either (I filed a bug report with them).

Update: Not even my husband’s 2.4 Ghz Core2Duo Macbook Pro can’t playback the 30fps HD Vimeo version perfectly smoothly (every few seconds there are jumps). This is a feature that Vimeo should lay off for 2 more years and send a letter to Adobe to sit their asses down to optimize Flash more (the Flash player is single-threaded). Yes, the latest version of Flash is faster than the previous ones, but my husband is not allowed to install such software on his Google laptop so he still runs an older version. Basically, to be able to playback very smoothly the new Vimeo HD 30fps videos, you need Core2Duo 2 Ghz and above with the newest Flash version installed. These are very steep requirements. The old 24fps cap videos were playing back fine on 3.5 year old PCs, now you need a 1.5 year old PC or newer.

Update 2: Dalas from Vimeo re-encoded the video, I think it’s back at 24fps now, not sure, but it’s smoother now. Hopefully, users will be able to select if they want a 24fps or 30fps re-encoding so I don’t have to ask them each time…

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Shiv Kumar wrote on March 17th, 2008 at 11:18 PM PST:

Eugenia,

You should take a look at ExposureRoom
We’re currently in beta and will be going live in a month or so.

Some links to look at:
Steven Dempsey’s ExposureRoom Website
Philip Bloom’s ExposureRoom Website
Kevin Railsback’s ExposureRoom Website

and of course
Shiv’s ExposureRoom Website


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Eugenia wrote on March 17th, 2008 at 11:27 PM PST:

I checked out this web site, and I find the 720p resolution of the videos embarrassingly pixelated, sorry. The overall design is not bad, but the re-encoded HD videos are too low on bitrate, the 720p versions stall too easily (it seems that you don’t use servers with fast pipes), I don’t see an ability to download the original video (I am using Vimeo as a vessel for people to download my CC-BY videos to re-use them as stock footage you see), plus, there are bugs:
1. When I pressed “stop” on a video, the video stopped, but the audio continued to playback.
2. When I press “fullscreen” on my dual-screen setup, the full screen video opens up on the first monitor, while my browser is on the second monitor. This does not happen on other video sites: the video should open on the same monitor as the browser exists.

And these problems, after about 40 seconds of using your site. I would like to help out if you want feedback, email me if you do.


l3v1 wrote on March 18th, 2008 at 2:19 AM PST:

“1. When I pressed “stop” on a video, the video stopped, but the audio continued to playback.”

I couldn’t reproduce that. But, I also think some videos are too low bitrate. I found a video which always stopped at a few seconds of play. But I kinda like it overall, will check back on it later.


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Eugenia wrote on March 18th, 2008 at 2:27 AM PST:

I reproduced it a number of times but it doesn’t happen all the time. Yeah, XP has lower bitrate than vimeo, but they are working on that.


Michael wrote on March 18th, 2008 at 3:00 PM PST:

“Additionally, Vimeo removed the ability to get high quality re-encoding out of 480p video” — this sucks, because as it turned out it is possible to get quite nice web video out of regular widescreen DV footage.


Jorge wrote on March 22nd, 2008 at 10:49 AM PST:

I was watching this again now calmly…I liked the position for the initial text overlay and LOVED how you colored it (to match the flowers below)…sweet!


Jorge wrote on March 22nd, 2008 at 10:55 AM PST:

I also liked the “frame within frame” shot (the one your husband appears) and the end wow…nice shallow DOF. I guess you obviously had to be somewhat zoomed-in to get this shallow DoF…was the WA apater on when you took this particular shot?


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Eugenia wrote on March 22nd, 2008 at 1:39 PM PST:

Nope, didn’t have the WA lens back then yet. 🙂


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