it works better than the previous versions especially when my connection is having trouble. much more reliable.
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Yep, I downloaded the 720p source (I think it had already been heavily compressed at that point... I probably should have picked a different video) and it's weird how bad a screenshot of it looks. It still does look better in motion, though.
Hm looks like I'll be using Youtube from now on.
I'm curious if there are people out there who don't have a relatively bad video quality with the new player?
The way the video quality looks like for me (old and new player comparison):
The problem is that in fullscreen, there is no filtering on the video. So you see raw pixels, which looks like shit the further from native res you get. At low, fullscreen, on a 1920x1200 screen, it looks RIDICULOUSLY BAD. So bad that I am SHOCKED that they switched to this player. Though the Top Men have a tendency to put things up without testing them properly (ie, trying them at all, scrubbing through a video before posting to the site, etc) so it can't be THAT surprising. It's just so weird to me that this was acceptable. If it wasn't for the fact that I download all of my videos this would be awful for me, because I don't have the bandwidth to watch in HD and this would make things unwatchable.
The weirder part still is that when you aren't fullscreen, there is totally interpolation happening. It's JUST fullscreen where no filtering occurs. Although, yikes, even your Old/VLC shots looks awful. Much too blurry and compressed.
I wonder if people watch videos in window mode or own really old or small monitors. If the videos stay unfiltered in fullscreen mode (Dave didn't mention that it'll change in his post) I will have to download them as well or just use Youtube instead. It's quite sad tbh, but what can you do... I really hope they can do something about it.
I don't like it. You can't skip ahead in videos, you can't pause or play with the space bar, a lot of the time when I click another video it will go to the page for it but the player will just restart the video I was watching, and finally often times it won't play a video once I select HD but will play it on a lower quality setting.
Edit: welp it appears as though they changed the player again and fixed some of the problems I had before except when I select another video after watching one it goes to the page of the video I selected but restarts the video I just watched (which is a major problem I have with this thing) and I still can't pause/play with the space bar.
This one is working for me now, and it has even corrected some issues I simply accepted from the one before. I apologize for my reaction at first, but I have in the past gone through times with something like the video player or posting on chat being non or glitched-functional for me. It got to the point that if something was working I didn't want to see it go.. The video player is now funtioning for me and seems robust in other aspects.