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higher-quality smooth streaming

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    can we get higher quality versions of the videos that play back in the player embedded on the ch9 site? currently it seems the highest bitrate is 560000, which is fine for the default size, but it's impossible to read un-zoomed text during demos at this resolution, and zooming the browser window (ctrl-+) doesn't help since it doesn't cause the player to switch to a higher resolution.


    i don't want to have to download MP4s in order to be able to read what's on the presenters' screens.


    please do the following:

    1) provide higher resolution versions of the smooth streaming feeds.

    2) make the player sensitive to its zoomed size so it automatically switches to the appropriate version.

    3) provide zooming UI (like YouTube's size toggle)

    4) add a pop-out button to show the player in its own window with no surrounding UI (pause the player on the page when this one's visible, sync timelines when it's closed).

    5) tie a little tag to the end of your DVI cables in the studio that reads "increase your font size!!"

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    Going full screen does increase the bitrate, can you try that?

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    but i don't want to have to go fullscreen (obscuring everything else) just to watch a higher bitrate...


    i just want to be able to make the player a little bigger (and clearer) so I can read the text.


    is there any way to force the HD version without going fullscreen?

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    Maddus Mattus

    @Duncanma: Did you guys by any chance drop SmoothStreaming all together?

    I'm not seeing any /manifest url's in the new items in the feeds?

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    hmmm... i noticed that the stream is now bumping up to 720Kbps (from 500Kbps) when zoomed, but the resolution doesn't seem to change. is this right?

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    am i really the only one that find this annoying?

    i don't want to have to wait to download the whole (~1GB) video just to start watching it.

    i don't want to switch to full screen just to be able to read the text on the presenter's screen.

    the streaming video as it is (see below) is useless. useless. you might as well not bother including it. these videos are technical. if we can't read the text on there, we may as well have our eyes closed.

    here's a random HD screencast on youtube:, it's 1280x720, 15fps, ~220kbps H.264, and it looks great - you can even read the tooltip and solution explorer text.

    maybe you guys should just upload all the high-quality MP4s to youtube and post the links?

    blurry ch9

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