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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.

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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
NoFinka

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
Warlock_23

Awesome!

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Varsity
Varsity

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

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NullSoldier
NullSoldier

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! Author
INtense!

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

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
ExecutorTassadar

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

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selman_akinci
selman_akinci

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

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aerozol
aerozol

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
kinesis916

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

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NullSoldier
NullSoldier

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
FW:ToW_Sushi

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

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Apst
Apst

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
CoHach

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

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INtense! Author
INtense!

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 Staff
Henley

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
Argoon

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

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Argoon
Argoon

Ok it works now, nice job. :)

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Orion
Orion

I like the Audio visuals... Very Cool!

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sean.dybob
sean.dybob

i only got the visuals working by loggin in.

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Velox
Velox

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

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Nokiaman
Nokiaman

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

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jeffr
jeffr

This is awesome!

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Chrissstrahl
Chrissstrahl

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
ÐiamonÐ

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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