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April 9, 2010

YouTube Tests New Video Player

A few days after launching a new interface for video pages, YouTube started to test a new video player with more elegant controls and a better-looking progress bar. I think the new player is in line with YouTube's latest redesign: it's cleaner, simpler and easier to use.

As StraightUpSocial shows, controls fade out when you're not interacting with the player, so they're no longer distracting. The player's progress bar becomes smaller when you're not likely to use it, while the volume control is now horizontal.


Here's a video that shows the new player tested by YouTube:



{ Thanks, Jonah and Will. }

20 comments:

  1. didn't wow me.. but at least they are trying new stuff :)

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  2. I disagree, looks awful.

    The best interface, in my opinion, is Vimeo's, the controls fade when you don't need them.

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  3. Finally new controls. I'm not sure if I prefer fading controls over this one, it goes so well with the white background.

    I love it, I want it now.

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  4. Almost all videos are showing "An error occurred, please try again."
    That's been more than a week. Something's wrong with YouTube?

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  5. Volume goes 'up' and 'down', thus the control for it should be the same, not horizontal.

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  6. Please don't tell me it's still using Flash.

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  7. I like the controls, but I'm not sure about the seek bar/button over the video.

    @Ted Mahsun: Yep. It's still using Flash. I have no problems with Flash.

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  8. - I hate the delay before I can access the seek bar.
    I want to know where to click immediately, instead you've
    moved the most often used control to a secondary level.
    - I don't like the wasted space on the controls bar.
    - I don't like it's still using flash.

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  9. Why not flash? Is it perhaps because everything needs to be modeled around iShit?

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  10. There's a native video player you can try here if you use Chrome or Safari. It's only an experiment, you can't use it in Firefox and IE, it doesn't work for all videos and it doesn't support features like annotations or captions, so YouTube can't release it as the default player.

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  11. new player is so nice, but in HTML5 is a future
    hopefully that version in HTML5 will working rightly soon

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  12. Старый интерфейс был намного лучше

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  13. Я разочарован. Сижу через IE, так как в нем старый интерфейс все еще действует

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  14. Anonymous said on April 10, 2010 3:14 AM PDT: Volume goes 'up' and 'down', thus the control for it should be the same, not horizontal.

    Actually, volume goes "tight" and "loose", thus the control for it should be "righty-tighty, loosey-goosey". Hundreds of millions of passenger cars can't be wrong.

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  15. Here's another video about the new player: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Epkzir-x1pU
    It looks cool but it seems to be more space-consuming.

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  16. I hated the new seek bar. It's slightly over the video and it can be annoyingly distractive when it keeps getting bigger/smaller whenever I happen to pass the cursor over the screen.

    I loved the other changes, but would take the old uglier interface over this one any day, just for the seek bar.

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  17. Please bring back the old play/pause/progress/seek 'whatever it's called' bar.This new one overlays the image,has the time faded & displayed on the left instead of the right,and is damned annoying popping up and covering the visuals

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  18. They weren't distracting before the change-NOW THEY ARE!-no more change for changes sake-you've made things worse, not better.-.you had it right 2years ago.

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