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May 26, 2007

Screenshots of YouTube's New Player

YouTube tests a new version of its player that will improve the way you interact with videos and will create a cinematic experience.

The player will add a feature that was already available in Google Video: jump to any part of the video even if the video isn't fully downloaded.


For each video, you'll be able to see around ten related videos. You don't have to wait until the video ends to play a new one because they're available as thumbnails if you hover over the video. The effect is similar to the dock from Mac OS X. You can also click on the two arrows to go to the previous / next video.


The "menu" button gives you access to the embedding code or to the URL of the YouTube page that shows the video. If you click on the button, the video is smoothly minimized in the left corner and it continues to play.



Update. Here's the new player (thank you, TOMHTML):

55 comments:

  1. I'm sure there is a parameter like "&playermode=v2" to get this new player, but I don't find it :-/

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  2. Too bad it doesn't include subtitling features like the google player does.

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  3. Its wonderful, better than other video players online. I hope they are able to get improved quality on the videos like Revver.

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  4. Hmm.. how/where are people seeing this?

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  5. I really preferred Google Video's player. It focused on the video instead of the tags and comments of the video. Like Google Maps' new "Text View and Map View", YouTube should enable me to view videos larger than 1/5th of the screen. The fullscreen feature takes more time to load, breaks, and.... well, I'm just saying I shouldn't have to go out of my way to view videos. Isn't that what this site is about, first and foremost. It seems what YouTube cares about is the social network.

    At any rate, I hope they implement a larger viewing area for the video in addition to these new changes.

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  6. Is there a 'system requirements' page on this new player?

    I'm still on Win98-no flamewars please!! Losing youtube MIGHT just force me to move on-CRAP!

    Thanks

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  7. One thing that I can't help but think is forthcoming(?) is some publisher control over what's in those thumbnails. That's one of the things we offer at http://splashcastmedia.com, a multifile player where the publisher publishes collections of videos (and photos, audio, PPT, etc.) I'm sure YouTube will enable this as well some day soon.

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  8. hopefully they will add some other google video features like hitting the spacebar and it pausing, that feature and the loading anywhere feature made google video feel like a real player

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  9. Forget abt making the player look good,how abt actually making the video encodes look good, for all those wanting a "larger" viewing space, youtubes videos for the most part look like crap now at the current sizes, how do you would think they would look if you were enabled to view them larger.

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  10. Soapbox videos look way better. I can't wait until they use Silverlight. HD Youtube!

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  11. next - Make the width bigger! DivShare.com is currently winning the dimension arms race.

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  12. Looks like they are copying Veoh's player. The thumbnails, the menu button.

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  13. google video is still better tho lol they have more features..

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  14. How about an option to view any youtube video in Google Video's player?

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  15. just don't make flash player 8 yet
    requirement. Google video and YouTube
    both worked well with older flash players
    Especially under linux, flash 8 is still a problem.

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  16. flash player 9 for linux has been out since last year...

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  17. Ken, if you are running Windows 98, I highly recommend switching to Ubuntu (download from ubuntu.com). Being a version of Linux, it can run on older hardware, so you should be fine on your Windows 98 box. It is a much better and newer operating system, and is even considered to be better than Vista or any other version of Windows by anybody I know of who has ever used it for purposes other than gaming.

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  18. Great Features.

    Hopefully it doesn't slow loading times.

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  19. Go to Facebook, post a video from Youtube and you will notice the new player. Simple

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  20. It looks really cool. It works okay.

    Though it doesn't seem to be all that intuitive.

    Another redesign: User Experience Design: YouTube.com Player

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  21. this is showing up in Facebook embeds, amongst other places.
    noticed it yesterday.

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  22. the online divx player is much better

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  23. i never liked the way youtube and google video looked or any other video player on the web. especially when enlarged, it gets blurred and pixilated. i wish they would code a simple flash player that can display high quality videos based on aspect ratios with transparent controls only when you hover over them, eg like on stage6. granted you have to download a seperate web player, which i dislike but the video quality is so good. i don't really want to download any programs other than flash on my computer.

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  24. Seems to be much better than the old one.. but... it's all about touch and feel... have to wait till I can try it before I know what I think about it. :)

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  25. Google and YouTube will have to upgrade to Flash8 video and a full screen 16X9 layout option.

    Google and YouTube are already known as the block and fog portals.

    Movenetwork, brightcove and ABC are becoming the places to be for near streaming DVD quality clips with Yahoo and AOL being next in line.

    Google and YouTube are still using years-old flash7 technologies and are both living in the ice age.

    These days you wonder if their developers realy understand it's users demand for quality video and/or their skills to ajust the video webportals into todays availiable and widely used technologies.

    Flash8 with Flash9 players is already a proven concept and Google/YouTube is still turning it's users crystal-clear uploaded video into stamp-sized fog resulting blockey output with an even worse option to stretch it.

    This should be the topic, and not launching a new skin for their foggy low-quality encoding policy!

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  26. This new video player is available in orkut's video section

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  27. What is the codec technology used for encodes at this site?

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  28. They need to use better technology than what they have now.

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  29. Average User DumbassMay 28, 2007 at 8:01 AM

    You people are sad.
    The quality of the video is the way it is for a few reasons:

    1. bandwidth
    2. file-size
    3. low quality uploads

    The player can only play what the encoder gives it. The encoder can only encode what the user gives it. And the users (people like you), are just plain stupid.

    A camera phone or webcam will never give you an HD quality video.

    You can't, I repeat, CAN NOT download an HD stream at your current download speeds. Hell, it won't even stream well from computer to computer over a wireless network, nevermind across the freakin' globe!

    For all those complaining about the size, quality, or "foggyness" ... let's see you even download a HD quality episode of something.


    Now count the seconds.

    When you're done, come back and tell people why it can't be streamed.

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  30. Well 'average user', you got the Dumbass part right! You are obviously clueless here!
    YouTube's video quality is poor because it transcodes video using server based FFMPEG to the Flash 7 format! Why, because it's free!
    Adobe's 'Emmy Award' winning Flash 8 encodes superior looking video period!
    ....and uses 30-40% less bandwidth!
    ....and reduces storage costs by 30-40%!
    There are hundreds of sites that put YouTube to shame in UGC video quality....and who the hell is talking download? All of the sites below STREAM Flash 8 Video that blows YouTube away!!
    ABC, NBCu, CBS, Fox, Disney, Blip.tv, all of Brightcove's sites, all of VideoEgg's sites, Revver, SplashCast, Comcast, Yahoo, MyToons, etc, etc, etc!!

    Google at their quarterly conference call reports Billions in profit and claims that "the user experience is the single most important thing to us at Google".....I think that Google and 'Average User Dumbass' are both a joke that' NOT even funny!
    I hope the 'NewCo' video initiative crushes GooTube!!

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  31. Ionut, finally I got it !
    http://www.youtube.com/jp.swf?video_id=IDOFTHEVIDEOHERE !!
    (copyright TOMHTML lol)

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  32. After seeing a guy have a go at a redesign of the YouTube player on digg, I thought I'd take a stab at it. Here's my attempt at a redesign of the YouTube player:

    http://web.mac.com/brendanjnr/iWeb
    /Site/YouTube%20Player%20redesign.html

    Keep in my the URL is in two parts, if you want to see it you must paste both parts in your browser. They wouldn't let me string the URL in one part, darn ;)

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  33. I have seen the new player on my Orkut video quite a long time. It's a lot better in terms of interface. Google yet needs to improve the quality though.

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  34. I believe that this was originally seen in Facebook as they have recently implemented this "new" interface in the Youtube player.

    On checking it out at Youtube, everything remains the same.

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  35. Now if only they could figure out a way to get through my company's firewall...

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  36. can we get stuff to play on the old viewer??? I hate what the new player does to an embedded video. I was showing them in my blog so all my 87 year old gran had to do was click on them. and now there are arrows, stupid little boxes at the bottom with my other videos, it doesn't show full size at once, tells my gran how to embed the video 9as if she would want to do that), ETC. All she wants is to see her grandson!

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  37. I found it... there is a way to turn it off! for others who would like to switch it off (I quote):

    1. Go to the 2nd time "http://www.youtube.com/v/XXXXXXXXXX" appears in your embed (the src one), where XXXXXXXXX is the list of numbers and alphabet id-ing your video.

    2. Directly at the end of this XXXXXXXXXXX string, and before the closing quotation marks (") place the 7 characters "&rel=0 ". Be sure that you have a space before the closing " It should look like "http://www.youtube.com/v/XXXXXXXXXXX&rel=0 " That should make this whole related video crap disappear.

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  38. Cool looking player...... feels like the MacOS. I also use
    Zillatube. It helps me to download youtube videos. It's at...
    http://www.zillatube.com

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  39. @Anonymous who posted on June 8, 2007 12:58:00 AM PDT: Thanks a lot for that tip! It's much appreciated, because I felt the related stuff, while useful on YouTube's own site, is much too cluttery and distracting when I want to simply showcase a single video. The world has short enough attention spans as it is... ;)

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  40. When I play videos at full screen, they playback slower than they do in normal view..that sucks!! and I am on a fast cable connection too

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  41. Is this new player available now?
    I can't use this new player on 6/28.
    Does anyone see this problem?

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  42. I don't understand...How do you get the player...? is there a code for it? Someone help, ASAP.

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  43. You get the player from YouTube.com, like before. More information here.

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  44. Uhh, i dont see any "click any spot even when its not loaded". They better put it :@

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  45. The new YouTube player does not support autostart. It's junk.

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  46. I'm on Windows XP, FF 2.0, and this new player crashes on me :(.

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  47. I got the same as Roger, this new player sucks, please get back the old one. Kthxbye

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  48. What's the new Youtube Player name?

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  49. This new play can be embedded in full screen as a screensaver:

    Youtube Today Screensaver can play the most popular videos of youtube as screensaver. it's also a cool player tool to watch youtube videos. sounds to be free at:
    http://www.2flyer.com

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  50. This new play can be embedded in full screen as a screensaver:

    Youtube Today Screensaver can play the most popular videos of youtube as screensaver. it's also a cool player tool to watch youtube videos. sounds to be free at:
    http://www.2flyer.com

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  51. where can i get a damn flash player... when i download adobe flash player it says failed to download installer??? Any other flash layer??

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  52. hardware requirements? CPU/RAM/Video Card?

    on a slow computer running XP, the youtube video is choppy. any tricks or would a good video card help? person is on a budget so a new computer doesn't seem to be an option.

    Thanks for any suggestions!

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  53. I really preferred Google Video's player. It focused on the video instead of the tags and comments of the video. Like Google Maps' new "Text View and Map View", YouTube should enable me to view videos larger than 1/5th of the screen. The fullscreen feature takes more time to load, breaks, and.... well, I'm just saying I shouldn't have to go out of my way to view videos.When I play videos at full screen, they playback slower than they do in normal view..that sucks!! and I am on a fast cable connection too

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  54. those videos are really funny. i also paly them at my PC. i m addicted to comedy shows and two and a half men is my favorite comedy show and i usually checked episodes at youtube. that youtube palyer really makes me crazy.. now i have some good reasons to watch my tv shows in this new player.

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  55. The new youtube player looks better then the old one. I am suer youtube/google will improve the player in the near feature.

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