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Notes From the Engine Room: Improving the Experience

November 17th, 2011 at 06:02 by Michele Husak in Announcements, Press Releases, Website

It’s been a busy fall here in the Revision3 engine room, and we have two new experiences appearing just in time for your winter enjoyment. (Assuming, you know, you have winter enjoyment where you live.)

Revision3.com HTML5 Player

You’ve been asking for this ever since the iPad first saw the light of day, and we would have loved to have given it to you sooner – but it wasn’t practical until now. Until recently, HTML5 still needed some time in the oven, and features that you knew and loved in our existing Flash player weren’t possible. In addition, the mix of codecs required for each browser condition was a daunting task…

HTML5 Codec Chart

HTML5 Codec/Browser Matrix (thanks to the folks at http://diveintohtml5.com)

Our goal was to keep the HTML5 viewing experience the same as the Flash viewing experience on Revision3.com, but we believe we’ve done better than that. Our new HTML5 player has broken new ground in HTML5 playback, including features like full screen mode, pop-outs, and segment jumps. Oh, and did we mention that it’s faster to load than our Flash player?

HTML5 Player

Revision3′s new player was built from the ground up to cover as wide a footprint of device and browser combinations as possible. As long as you have a compatible browser (see the chart above), the HTML5 player will load and operate on PCs, Macs or Linux machines. Note, Firefox is currently not supported, but its coming soon! On mobile devices, we have you covered – the Revision3 HTML5 is the player invoked by both iOS and Android devices, and yes…that’s both phones and tablets. (Those of you with Windows Phone 7 devices, stay tuned – we won’t forget about you, either.)

What happens if you don’t have one of the browser or mobile versions we mentioned? Well you don’t get to watch our videos! Uh…ok, not really – our servers will detect the browser and device type you are using and, if it doesn’t support HTML5, it will present the Flash player to you. Basically, you don’t have to do anything except sit back and enjoy Revision3.

Incidentally, if for some reason the HTML5 player isn’t to your liking, and you never want to see it, just log-in to Revision3.com, select the “Preferences” menu, then select the “Site Preferences” tab, and disable “HTML5″ VoilĂ , you get the Flash player back.

Revision3′s Army of Android Applications

We’ve been leaking these out slowly over the last month, but you need to check out Revision3′s new suite of Android applications. Available and optimized for every conceivable flavor of Android and every Android device, be it phone, tablet or GoogleTV 2.0, we have you covered! (“Fragmentation? We don’t need no stinking fragmentation!”) We even have a version of our Revision3 app optimized for the new Amazon Kindle Fire…and it’s beautiful.

The phone and tablet versions are available as we speak in both the Android Marketplace, the Kindle Fire’s Revision3 App will be available in the Amazon App Store before this week is out, and the GoogleTV 2.0 version will be available as the new GoogleTV upgrades rollout to the Sony and Logitech devices. Note: the GoogleTV 2.0 Application is only the main Revision3 app, not individual apps for each of our shows.

Rev3 Android App

You wanna load them up on your Android device right now, don’tchya Pilgrim? Alright then, no worries…just click away:

  • Main Revision3 App
  • Epic Meal Time
  • Scientific Tuesdays
  • Destructoid
  • The Totally Rad Show
  • Hak5
  • Tekzilla
  • SGNL by Sony
  • Diggnation
  • Soldier Knows Best
  • Film Riot
  • GeekBeat.TV
  • TechoBuffalo
  • Dan 3.0
  • Scam School
  • Film State
  • So there you have it…

    …16 cross-device android apps, and a spiffy new HTML5 player. Shiny!


    Introducing Hippie Glenn's Toasted Donut

    November 15th, 2011 at 09:00 by David Prager in Announcements, Press Releases, Shows

    There has always been the proverbial man behind the scenes. Most franchises also have a face. “The Face of the Network” or “The Face of the Show”. It’s not often that the man behind the scenes is also “The Face Behind the Scenes”. Diggnation‘s man behind the scenes is Hippie Glenn, and to fans of Diggnation, the cameraman has become as recognizable as the hosts.

    Glenn’s creativity is a force to be reckoned with. Here are just two examples that have come out of his work on Diggnation: a day editing Diggnation told in 2 minutes and Diggnation at SXSW 2010.

    But that’s not the sole reason the camera so often gets turned on him. The camera always turns on Glenn because he has always got a Toasted Donut. When Kevin and Alex (the hosts of Diggnation) ever have a peculiar quandary or topic, Glenn is the first to interject with a unique and entertaining take. Got a stale donut? Just slice it in half, toast it, and it’s fresh as new.

    As the regularly scheduled Diggnation series comes to a close, that contribution of Glenn’s to an old episode of Diggnation was the inspiration for the name the new weekly series featuring Glenn McElhose that we’re proud to launch today. The show will feature creative skits, weird stories, food, nutrition, health, travel, and interviews. All of them told through the unique lens of Hippie Glenn.

    We’re thrilled about Glenn’s enthusiasm in allowing us to provide an outlet to express his stories, insights, philosophies, and overall creativity and hope you’ll come along for the ride.


    Brian Brushwood Invasion: Scam School Shoots in San Francisco

    November 2nd, 2011 at 12:09 by Jackie Talbott in Announcements, Live Events

    Meet up with Brian Brushwood in San Francisco next week! Come out to join in the Scam School fun, and you may land a spot in an upcoming episode. Or if you want to just come by and catch all the magic of the show in person, we want to see you there!

    Wednesday, November 9th
    Mars Bar
    789 Brannan Street (at 7th)
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    5:00PM

    Thursday, November 10th
    Valley Tavern
    4054 24th St (between Noe & Castro)
    San Francisco, CA 94114
    4:00PM

    Bring your game face, all your friends and we’ll see you there!