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Post Reply Crunchyroll Needs A New Video Player!
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Posted 8/7/13
This is sooo annoying. I don't have video problems at ALL on other sites! Any video in any quality...doesn't matter...will randomly pause. And it's not my 42MB/s internet connection either. And sometimes I have a hard time getting the video to play at all after it paused. I'll refresh the page and nothing...it just sits there...black.


Please get a new player for the site!
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Posted 8/7/13
General discussion is not where you should be posting this.
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Posted 8/7/13
It's annoying, but a refresh usually fixes any issues that pop up
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I get the same problem. Random pausing for no reason that I can tell. Sometimes If I manually pause to let it buffer it fixes the problem. Sometimes. But it doesn't last very long. I'm on a 25MB connection.

I would like a new player so that we can see how much video is buffered.
As a bonus thumbnail display on timeline mouseover would be nice as well.
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Posted 10/19/13
I looked at some of the IP addresses CR was using and noticed one IP in Poland. I do know that Poland doesn't have the best internet at all (took me over 30m to download a 2mb gif).

I've noticed the worst bandwidth when major shows are about to release their new view (was AoT, Naruto, etc). usually about 30 minutes before the show, the bandwidth for the player drops significantly.

While playing a video, open task manager then click on the Performance tab. At the bottom you'll see a button for Resource Monitor, click it. Once the Resource Monitor is open click on Network tab, scroll to the exe you use to view CR (chrome.exe, firefox.exe, etc) then look at the IP address it connects to.
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Posted 10/21/13
We're currently working on upgrades to the Flash Player.

Best,
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Posted 10/26/13 , edited 10/26/13

Bjaker wrote:

We're currently working on upgrades to the Flash Player.

Best,
-Baker


Flash is obselote why not replace it with mediagoblin http://mediagoblin.org/ a free and open source alternative. PLus flash is anti linux.
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Posted 10/26/13

JackTheRipper1 wrote:

Flash is obselote why not replace it with mediagoblin http://mediagoblin.org/ a free and open source alternative. PLus flash is anti linux.


As a GNU project, I highly doubt it offers any DRM support (Flash's is minimal, but it's something), and searching the Wiki turned up no results. On top of that, getting approval for a new technology that the Japanese don't understand is likely to get an immediate "No," and getting them to understand is going to be an uphill battle no matter what.

Flash isn't non-Linux; the -nonfree packages work fine, for the most part, so long as you're not doing something crazy with your setup. Now, Silverlight is non-Linux, and there's no fully functional alternatives available outside of WINE.
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Posted 10/26/13
If they make a derative version of it they could add DRM but I don't like DRM since all titles on CrunchyRoll could be watched through other means plus DRM is evil.
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Posted 10/26/13

JackTheRipper1 wrote:

If they make a derative version of it they could add DRM but I don't like DRM since all titles on CrunchyRoll could be watched through other means plus DRM is evil.

DRM may be evil, but it keeps the companies that license anime to CR happy.

A DRM method for HTML5 video has been worked out, so at some point CR will probably use that for a video player. Netflix has already started moving in that direction:
http://techblog.netflix.com/2013/04/html5-video-at-netflix.html

Aside from what they mention in the blog, they already support for at least IE 11 in Windows 8.1.

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Posted 10/26/13

TheAncientOne wrote:


JackTheRipper1 wrote:

If they make a derative version of it they could add DRM but I don't like DRM since all titles on CrunchyRoll could be watched through other means plus DRM is evil.

DRM may be evil, but it keeps the companies that license anime to CR happy.

A DRM method for HTML5 video has been worked out, so at some point CR will probably use that for a video player. Netflix has already started moving in that direction:
http://techblog.netflix.com/2013/04/html5-video-at-netflix.html

Aside from what they mention in the blog, they already support for at least IE 11 in Windows 8.1.



They can make a derative version of the mediagoblin player with DRM.
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Posted 10/27/13

JackTheRipper1 wrote:

A DRM method for HTML5 video has been worked out, so at some point CR will probably use that for a video player. Netflix has already started moving in that direction:
http://techblog.netflix.com/2013/04/html5-video-at-netflix.html

Aside from what they mention in the blog, they already support for at least IE 11 in Windows 8.1.



They can make a derative version of the mediagoblin player with DRM.

That's going to be a lot more work than waiting for a turnkey solution that is expected to be widely supported across multiple platforms.

I tried finding some videos on the Live example sites to see if a plugin is required, but it looked like all still images. There also seems to be an issue regarding subtitle support. I'm guessing video itself isn't well supported by the platform yet.
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Posted 10/27/13

JackTheRipper1 wrote:

They can make a derative version of the mediagoblin player with DRM.

Why?

What makes it superior to HTML5 with Encrypted Media Extensions? CR wouldn't need to develop those, as work has already has been done and continues to be done. HTML5 is open and free to use, as the extensions will be.

It also isn't as if MediaGoblin isn't itself an HTML5 platform. From the Wikipedia entry:

HTML5 capabilities are widely used to play video and/or audio contained in WebM format;

The biggest difference is the use of WebM instead of h.264, because WebM is open, whereas h.264 is not. The problem is that h.264 is widely deployed, especially on devices (very important for any CR video player), while WebM is not. WebM hardware acceleration is basically non-existent, while h.264 hardware acceleration is widespread.

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Posted 10/27/13 , edited 10/27/13
They could do a kickstarter/indiegogo to improve crunchyroll. The advantage of mediagobin is that it is free,open source and versatile it can do anything. Also they could have 2 versions of the player one the drm crunchyroll player or as I like to call it the crunch player and the drm free media goblin one.
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Posted 10/31/13 , edited 10/31/13

HTML5 capabilities are widely used to play video and/or audio contained in WebM format;

The biggest difference is the use of WebM instead of h.264, because WebM is open, whereas h.264 is not. The problem is that h.264 is widely deployed, especially on devices (very important for any CR video player), while WebM is not. WebM hardware acceleration is basically non-existent, while h.264 hardware acceleration is widespread.



Problem solved http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/10/cisco-announce-open-source-h-264-codec
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