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Notes From the Engine Room: Improving the Experience

November 17th, 2011 at 06:02 by Michele Husak in Uncategorized

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!