We’ve also altered our video player selection algorithm. Previously if you didn’t have an HTML5 browser capable of playing MP4 video or didn’t have Adobe Flash installed, we would show an error. Now, we also check to see if you have QuickTime installed and if you do, we fallback to QuickTime.
We’ve made some changes to our homepage links (e.g. /TopMovies/ -> /top-movies/). For most people, impact should be minimal. We’ve also redirected the old links to the new ones. If you noticed some broken links or a previous link doesn’t redirect correctly, do leave a comment below with the details.
One thing that was missing on our homepage (previously referred to as the main catalog) was Yahoo! HD clips. I just want to announce that we’ve imported (hopefully) all the Yahoo! HD clips onto our homepage. Enjoy and Merry Christmas! (^_^x)
- Just saw Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol at the Pacific Science Center IMAX! http://t.co/Ji0BKJjd #
- If you're going to see this movie in theaters, you have to watch it in a real IMAX since 28 minutes of it were shot with IMAX cameras! #MI4 #
- Despite the huge amount of product placement for Apple and BMW, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol was actually rather fun. #
- @pfac51 @SBendDouhan Glad our website was able to help! 😀 in reply to pfac51 #
- Oh yeah! If you watch #MI4 in IMAX, you also get to watch the 5min prologue of Bane from The Dark Knight Rises. Can't wait till summer 2012! #
- @pfac51 We've been told to expect it to be released soon, but we don't have a date nor movie it'll be attached to yet. in reply to pfac51 #
- @pfac51 The Hobbit trailer will be attached to The Adventures of Tintin when that gets released on 12/21 🙂 in reply to pfac51 #
- I can see Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows beating Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, but even the chipmunks?!?! http://t.co/fwtFrG3g #
- It turns out that #MI4 debuted only on IMAX screens this week, so it's the real winner. Thanks Roshan for the correction. #
- OMG!!! It's finally here! The full length trailer for The Dark Knight Rises!!! http://t.co/6SF74VLP #
- @ErickRestrepo Download links added for the new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises: http://t.co/6SF74VLP in reply to ErickRestrepo #
- @pfac51 Looks like today's your lucky day: http://t.co/6SF74VLP in reply to pfac51 #
- Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) has returned with a new movie: Prometheus. But is this a trailer for a trailer!? http://t.co/4Fiyc2Eh #
- @sn0wyi @stillxmyxheart Assuming you're talking about #TDKR we've added download mirrors: http://t.co/6SF74VLP in reply to sn0wyi #
- @pfac51 Did you read our tutorial on how to download from Apple? http://t.co/wKKE9DG6 All Apple trailers have the little yellow alert icon. in reply to pfac51 #
- Trailer for Wrath of the Titans (Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike), sequel to Clash of the Titans, is out! http://t.co/dYvdU3oj #
- @brandonweezy Not sure if you were able to eventually download it or not, but we have mirrors up at http://t.co/6SF74VLP in reply to brandonweezy #
- The trailer for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit is out!!! http://t.co/o9gTpWjy #
- Mirrors added for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey HD trailer if you're having problems downloading from Apple: http://t.co/o9gTpWjy #
- @pfac51 The Hobbit trailer is out!!! http://t.co/o9gTpWjy in reply to pfac51 #
- @bro_my You should give http://t.co/6SF74VLP a test drive. I think you'll like it. (-_^x) in reply to bro_my #
- @mlerley You should give http://t.co/veYlZ1sy a try. 😀 in reply to mlerley #
- @jiggatravels @elizabertsays @mulatta You should give http://t.co/veYlZ1sy a try. 😀 in reply to jiggatravels #
- @ryandjohnson It's funny, cause from Apple to my server, I can actually get 10MB/s. in reply to ryandjohnson #
- @w8state You should give http://t.co/veYlZ1sy a try some day 🙂 in reply to w8state #
- @FramedPanda You should give http://t.co/o9gTpWjy a shot. 🙂 in reply to FramedPanda #
- @HaroldLi @prryjcksn Try http://t.co/o9gTpWjy in reply to HaroldLi #
- @tyleregeto Give http://t.co/o9gTpWjy a shot. 🙂 in reply to tyleregeto #
- @Daniel__Guy You should give http://t.co/6SF74VLP a try. 🙂 in reply to Daniel__Guy #
- @zenpundit You should give http://t.co/o9gTpWjy a shot. 🙂 in reply to zenpundit #
- @tyleregeto Let me guess. Firefox? Not quite sure why HTML5 matters so much to you when you can download it and watch with any video player. in reply to tyleregeto #
- @VanK00ten @JoeroenH You should give http://t.co/o9gTpWjy a try. 🙂 in reply to VanK00ten #
- @lutfi001 You should give a http://t.co/o9gTpWjy a try. 🙂 in reply to lutfi001 #
- @British_Artists If you want to really download The Hobbit trailer, give http://t.co/o9gTpWjy a shot. 🙂 in reply to British_Artists #
- @L_EvansAddicted If you want to really download The Hobbit trailer, give http://t.co/o9gTpWjy a shot. 🙂 in reply to L_EvansAddicted #
- @nclowe You should give http://t.co/veYlZ1sy a try. 😀 Batman: http://t.co/6SF74VLP Hobbit: http://t.co/o9gTpWjy in reply to nclowe #
- @SeanJ0917 Here you go! http://t.co/o9gTpWjy in reply to SeanJ0917 #
- After 3 days of short teasers, Ridley Scott's Prometheus finally has a real trailer! It looks EPIC! http://t.co/4Fiyc2Eh #
- In case there's problems downloading the Prometheus from Apple like #TDKR and #TheHobbit I've added backup mirrors: http://t.co/4Fiyc2Eh #
- See just how #badass Liam Neeson is in the new Twitter trailer for The Grey! http://t.co/ThK4Zk1l #
- @sonicmayhem You should read our tutorial: http://t.co/tIPsEzcp Or just visit our website: http://t.co/veYlZ1sy 😀 in reply to sonicmayhem #
- @JillRhudy You should give http://t.co/o9gTpWjy a shot! 😀 in reply to JillRhudy #
- @dorfun Glad you're enjoying our new feature! 😀 in reply to dorfun #
- @M4rk02 @miniefer Be sure to check back at http://t.co/veYlZ1sy often for new and exciting trailers! 😀 in reply to M4rk02 #
- @wtfleslie You should give http://t.co/o9gTpWjy a shot 😀 in reply to wtfleslie #
- @elguapo1 I guess it's the same group of people who care who the richest man in the world is. 😉 in reply to elguapo1 #
- When I thought it was finally going to be a slow day this week, 2 new trailers show up for Underworld Awakening! http://t.co/nMTBuIWm #
- @vexaurora Join the revolution and switch to http://t.co/4Fiyc2Eh in reply to vexaurora #
- Epic beard man is being made into a movie!!! Portrayed by Danny Trejo! EPIC!!! http://t.co/hk1Aj1f2 #
For those of you who are wondering why no new trailers have been posted on our blog in over a month, it’s because the blog was merely a stopgap solution until we were able to automate our RSS feed for all the trailers on our homepage.
We have accomplished that and have stopped posting new trailers on the blog. The blog will remain as to provide new development news.
If you’re looking for our new RSS feed, please read this post.
You may have noticed that our blog template has been changed! And I think it’s for the better!
I got sick and tired of templates going out of date and having bugs which I needed to fix every time the template got updated. That’s one of the main reasons why I decided to go with Twenty Eleven. For the past 2 years, WordPress has released a new template each year to showcase the new abilities of the WordPress platform. I figured that the default WordPress template would most likely be up to date and have the cool new trinkets that older templates don’t have.
I’ve also been thinking of redesigning our homepage and I really like the header and navigation bar of this template.
Let us know what you think!
There’s been a couple feature requests to have differentiated RSS feeds and I’m here to announce that the feature is completed.
The resolution-based RSS feeds will contain only download links and enclosures of that particular resolution. If that resolution isn’t available, it’ll fallback to the next highest resolution available.
The trailers / clips only RSS feeds are as the name indicates, it’ll contain only trailers or only clips. I know a bunch of you don’t really care about the clips, so the trailers feed should help you filter those out.
I haven’t found a good way to expose these RSS feeds yet, so for the time being they’ll be displayed on this blog post as well as alternative links inside the <head> of our homepage.
Let us know what you think!
- @PrevostLisa You should give http://t.co/veYlZ1sy a try! 😀 in reply to PrevostLisa #
- The Legend Ends. New poster for The Dark Knight Rises! http://t.co/iKZCvePq #
- @1662786 You should give http://t.co/veYlZ1sy a try! 😀 in reply to 1662786 #
- @hawaabshir You should give http://t.co/veYlZ1sy a try! 😀 in reply to hawaabshir #
- Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) brings you The Flowers of War starring Christian Bale. http://t.co/qpgYmvev http://t.co/0DrG8lzD #
- Game Of Thrones: Season 2 comes out April 2012. Check out the teaser! http://t.co/h26rzrXN #
- Will Smith & Tommy Lee Jones return in Men In Black 3! http://t.co/pameN9Vp http://t.co/uzg5qqrh #mib3 #
- @rissareyes @mikoyreyes April can't come soon enough! (^_^x) in reply to rissareyes #
- Finally have a clearer sense of what Perfect Sense (Ewan McGregor, Eva Green) is about from the new trailer. http://t.co/uGmS6EDm #
- The sequel is here! G.I. Joe: Retaliation http://t.co/TB9teLrY http://t.co/1Gn3BDJS #
- @Insp_Spatchcock Why bother with blu-rays when there's http://t.co/veYlZ1sy 😀 in reply to Insp_Spatchcock #
- @1100101 Which RSS feed are you using? Not sure if you saw this: http://t.co/cXeQXUgp Our new feed is located here: http://t.co/A4HXT47i in reply to 1100101 #
- @1100101 Yeah, I wasn't sure how else to reach other RSS feed users besides Twitter, Facebook, and the blog itself. in reply to 1100101 #
- @majin_streater So good you had to post the same link twice? ;p in reply to majin_streater #
- @janetnovelia @chrysuper Given that you're a fan of HD trailers, have you checked out http://t.co/veYlZ1sy yet? in reply to janetnovelia #
- Preview the 10 animated short films that are on Oscar's short list for being nominated: http://t.co/eGTss2nx via @filmonic #
- Haha! Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, Ali G, Brüno) is The Dictator! http://t.co/SgSztm17 #
- Going to watch Mission Impossible this weekend? Check out the new Sand Storm clip. http://t.co/Ji0BKJjd #
- Catch the live premiere of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol in Rio featuring Tiësto. http://t.co/s4a5prmv (4pm EST / 1pm PST) #
- @GooglePlus @googlereader @FeedBurner You guys should fix it so when someone +1s a FeedBurner feed item, it's applied to the correct URL. #
- @KatlegoTablic You should give http://t.co/RDG5xiUo a try! 😀 in reply to KatlegoTablic #
- Download the Mission:Impossible – Ghost Protocol theme song remixed by DJ Tiësto for free! http://t.co/iNK5YzMU #
- HAHAHA! The Expendables 2 teaser is OUT! Stallone! Statham! Li! Lundgren! Norris! Crews! Couture! Hemsworth! … http://t.co/lr4Q6Lqs #
- … Van Damme! Willis! Schwarzenegger! They even got Chuck F*ing Norris! http://t.co/lr4Q6Lqs #
- @TopTenJesus You should give http://t.co/veYlZ1sy a try. 😀 in reply to TopTenJesus #
- Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Check out the 2nd trailer. http://t.co/F2QaLlpt #
- Bryan Singer takes the fairy tale of Jack and the Beanstalk & turns it into the action thriller Jack the Giant Killer! http://t.co/tJCY11yB #
- Ron Howard's latest project 'when you find me' (Project Imagin8ion) sounds rather interesting. http://t.co/QdZa2q53 http://t.co/2IGL0iKc #
- Apparently it'll premiere later today at 12pm EST on YouTube: http://t.co/mNRghKEU and will be available till Monday 12/19. #
- A new trailer for Act of Valor is out! I still can't believe it actually stars active-duty Navy SEALs. http://t.co/GZbGom0Z #
- Interesting upcoming drama starring starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen http://t.co/ZGiab2DP #
- 'when you find me' has premiered on YouTube and will remain free till Monday 12/19. A very beautiful movie! http://t.co/oHO1oG6F #
- Will Ferrel stars as a Mexican rancher who’ll destroy everything in his way to keep his ranch in Casa de mi Padre http://t.co/nDUbijKB #
- Check out Joss Whedon's upcoming horror film: The Cabin in the Woods (Richard Jenkins, Chris Hemsworth) http://t.co/Sz3Fp5Hc #
- Didn't realize they released a new trailer for The Vow (Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum) http://t.co/7PYx2YeC #
- Interesting… They're making a 2nd anime movie for Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos http://t.co/xq86Miqy #
- Danny DeVito introduces the new trailer for Dr. Seuss's The Lorax. Exciting! http://t.co/j1T8xyeR #
- @chefricardo2012 You should give http://t.co/veYlZ1sy a try. 😀 in reply to chefricardo2012 #
- Looks like they're remaking The Three Stooges: Larry, Curly, and Moe. (Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, Chris Diamantopoulos) http://t.co/p6bgXRtm #
- Jason Segel and Emily Blunt star in the upcoming romantic comedy: The Five-Year Engagement http://t.co/0XWKzVu3 #
- @Manikhero117 You should give http://t.co/veYlZ1sy a try. 😀 in reply to Manikhero117 #
- @JosephDBelyeaJr You should give http://t.co/veYlZ1sy a try. 😀 in reply to JosephDBelyeaJr #
- Redline is Speed Racer on crack! http://t.co/QkKJuIOw #
- Guess the 1st 2 made enough money to warrant a sequel. The gang is back in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted http://t.co/vowt18Sc #
- The official trailer for Nicholas Sparks' The Lucky One (Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling) is out. http://t.co/16Y766AK #
- @Hollywood5819 You should give http://t.co/RDG5xiUo a try! 😀 in reply to Hollywood5819 #
- Afraid of heights? Then don't watch the new clip for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol! http://t.co/Ji0BKJjd #
- True to its name, the 2nd trailer for Battleship follows the rules of the game. http://t.co/UrWnZDGw #
- @aurorajupiter You should give http://t.co/RDG5xiUo a try 😀 in reply to aurorajupiter #
We’ve been looking to switch to HTML5 video for sometime, but because Firefox doesn’t support video/mp4 (H.264), we’ve been waiting to see what the final outcome for HTML5 video is. Anyway, I decided to see if there was a way to fall back to Flash if HTML5 mp4 video wasn’t supported.
JW player recently announced that it now supports HTML5 video, with fallback to flash. In concept, it’s a really cool idea. You define if you want to use HTML5 as default and fallback to Flash or vice versa. I created some test pages, but unfortunately, there still seems to be some issues as I was hitting into different bugs running on different browsers.
I then started searching online on how other people dealt with HTML5 video with Flash fallback. Lots of sites recommend including the Flash
<object> inside the
<video> element, but it turns out only browsers that don’t recognize the video tag would render that. In other words if I provided a mp4 video source, it won’t fallback to Flash in Firefox because Firefox recognizes the
if( !!document.createElement('video').canPlayType )
var can_play_type = document.createElement('video').canPlayType('video/mp4');
var browser_supports_mp4 = can_play_type == 'probably' || can_play_type == 'maybe';
Initially I had it to return true to only probably, but Chrome, Safari, and IE all returned ‘maybe’ instead of probably. I wonder if I included an audio codec, the return value would be different. Only Firefox returned an empty string which is the correct response if a browser doesn’t support the given codec. The problem with this is that IE also returns maybe, but it can’t seem to actually play trailers from Yahoo! or MovieFone.
In the midst of researching, I landed on VideoJS, and remember Derek had mentioned about it. It’s very similar to JW Player, but backed by the open source community. So I started looking into it and doing a test page. It pretty much worked right out of the box. I did make a couple tweaks here and there to get it to behave the way I want. Looking at it’s logic, it pretty much did the same thing I suggested above.
One of the tweaks we added was in the event neither HTML5 video or Flash was available, we would display the following error:
Given that it had the same logic as I did, that also meant the IE issue was there, which meant I had to special case Internet Explorer, and make it always use Flash.
There has been another issue I’ve been trying to deal with and that is it’s practically impossible to escape from full screen mode in Chrome. If you missed the initial flash that says to exit full screen mode, hit F11 (or ⌘⇧F in Mac), you’re pretty much stuck. Hitting esc won’t work. It doesn’t seem to use the custom skin which has the toggle full screen mode key. When I first hit this issue, I ended giving up and quitting the app. The next time, I found opening a new tab forces the video exit full screen mode.
So if you’re using Chrome or Safari, let us know what you think of the new HTML5 video player.