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We have been hard at work improving our video / audio system to be on par with the best on the web.

Posted by INtense! on Jul 24th, 2009

Videos took the web by storm a few years back, it was logical evolution for static websites. The next step was HD support which was recently rolled out by Youtube and a number of the big video sites. ModDB has just jumped on the bandwagon and begun rolling out a new video player thanks to GiantRealm (who host it). Whilst there are still a few bugs (i.e. HD only appears to work on the videos original page and not when it is embedded like below) and only 900 of our 4000+ videos are converted - it is a huge leap in terms of visual quality, speed and bandwidth (areas we have struggled to manage in the past). Watch a new video below to see the SD/HD options (note. SD/HD will only show up if the original video you upload is high quality enough):

You can expect all videos to be automatically ported onto this new player over the next few weeks. For the audiophiles don't worry we have an update for you also. We have cranked up audio quality and also added a real visualization effect while you listen to music / podcasts uploaded to ModDB. Listen to the Tin Soldiers track from the Neotokyo CD by Ed Harrison to see just how cool this is:

That is all for now. As always if you see any bugs, have suggestions (or complaints) please leave a comment below.

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NoFinka Jul 24 2009, 6:52am says:

Looking very good, glad to see Moddb keeping up with things.

This will greatly help modders and gamers alike to showcasing and viewing the best out of all the mods on this site.

Great stuff.

No Finka.

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Warlock_23 Jul 24 2009, 7:11am says:


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Varsity Jul 24 2009, 7:11am says:

HD and SD looks the same to me, even in fullscreen. :s

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NullSoldier Jul 24 2009, 9:31am replied:

My question is why is SD The default when HD should be the default. If you can't enforce HD on video playback then I don't find a reason to end up using ModDB's video player. Internet has improved a lot theres no reason to assume someone can't render HD video if your playing isn't written badly or your servers are slow. If you wan't to compete with the best your competing with Stage 6 and stage 6 could do that easily.

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INtense! Jul 24 2009, 12:05pm replied:

I've done some testing and it appears HD only works when you view the video on the original page, i.e.

I'm currently investigating why HD doesn't work when the video is embedded... rest assured this will be fixed automatically (not a great demonstration of HD i know!)

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ExecutorTassadar Jul 24 2009, 8:24am says:

Gotta agree with Varsity.
I can't make out any differences what so ever.

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selman_akinci Jul 24 2009, 9:13am replied:

I guess it is because these videos were not uploaded as HD, upconverting doesn't work so well?

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aerozol Jul 24 2009, 9:17am replied:

No, all "HD" videos on youtube, or anywhere, are a slight upgrade on whatever old **** .flv etc quality they had earlier. Or maybe I'm doing/watching it wrong? Thanks for the effort though...

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kinesis916 Jul 24 2009, 8:36am says:

Neat. I am sure it will make stuff shine. I know youtubes HD thing does.

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NullSoldier Jul 24 2009, 9:22am says:

Considering the video player for Youtube was written by 3 year olds it's not hard to compete with "the best video site(s)".

Good job, awesome.

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FW:ToW_Sushi Jul 24 2009, 9:48am says:

I'm glad to see this site improvement. Great job, ModDB!

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Apst Jul 24 2009, 10:01am says:

The audio visualization isn't working for me, it's just black.

EDIT: Nevermind, seems like it just needs a moment to load.

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CoHach Jul 24 2009, 11:28am replied:

Not working for me, you do anything other than letting it load?

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INtense! Jul 24 2009, 10:42am says:

The HD / SD looks different in the NS video for me, but I have noticed that it looks the same in the Summer of Mods and Indies video. Like I said it is buggy and this will be fixed ;)

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Henley Jul 24 2009, 10:50am replied:

Oh really? For me its the other way around, but I guess that comes with the fact that I made it.

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Argoon Jul 24 2009, 11:13am says:

I also don't see any diference with HD and SD, and the music player only stays black.

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Argoon Jul 24 2009, 6:18pm replied:

Ok it works now, nice job. :)

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Orion Jul 24 2009, 12:26pm says:

I like the Audio visuals... Very Cool!

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sean.dybob Jul 24 2009, 4:21pm says:

i only got the visuals working by loggin in.

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Velox Jul 24 2009, 4:24pm says:

hd is very cool :) and the visuals from the audio are great :)

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Nokiaman Jul 24 2009, 5:06pm says:

Nicely done player! I like it has more moddb style.

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jeffr Jul 24 2009, 7:57pm says:

This is awesome!

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Chrissstrahl Jul 25 2009, 1:11am says:

Nice :)
I think just having the two letters HD makes it all look more polished :D.
I'd love to have a Oscilloscope Scala for audio-files, I love to watch the curves (yes, I know their meaning).
Btw, nice job too Ed Harrision!

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ÐiamonÐ Jul 26 2009, 4:58am says:

I love this new media addition. Some videos don't delay like they used to (well, for me at least). Thanks to those involved in this!

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