We are impressed with the new HD platform for clips on Dailymotion, the fast-growing video sharing site in France. HD was introduced to the site today.
While some publishers and video sharing sites are presenting video in high quality Flash, most provide a lower resolution on the embed, the file used by bloggers and social networks to grab and share a video. The quality of the Dailymotion HD clips appear to maintain the HD format in the shared, off-site embedded versions. See how cool a music video looks above. The embedded file of a Vimeo clip below looks pretty good too.
Some bloggers said today that the introduction of HD to consumer-generated content should be a wake-up call to YouTube.
Ryan Stewart, Adobe’s "Rich Application Internet Evangelist" and ZDNet blogger urges YouTube to upgrade:
YouTube isn’t in danger of going away, but I think theyâll face pressure
from a lot of sides to implement an HD solution. The sooner the better,
especially if they can do it in a way that checks the bandwidth of the
user and provides them the best content.
Marshall Kirkpatrick at Read/Write Web wonders if "YouTube Falling Behind."
I agree with these chaps, but before YouTube makes the leap to HD,
it should first upgrade from Flash 7 and embrace Flash 8 or 9, the
industry standards for quality Flash. I suppose the older version of
Flash is less costly to stream and it sure loads fast, but a clearer
image would be nice. But, hey who can argue with the incredible
success of YouTube.
— Andy Plesser