TUMBLR BREAKS LEGENDARY SILENCE ABOUT VIDEO PLAYER

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Tumblr overhauled the video player. If you’re not a regular Tumblr user, this might sound like a normal ol’ feature release.

But in Tumblrland, the video player is legendary.

moraniarty:

the tumblr video player

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The thisistheverge feature is a good summary of the overhaul I won’t repeat here. But here are some observations that people who aren’t deeeeeep Tumblr-heads aren’t writing about.

  • Some may be tempted to compare the new autoplay experience to Facebook, or be newly GIF-like. Tumblr videos have always had a stop-motion-ish animated preview.
  • Vine videos on Tumblr were autoplay before Facebook’s were. (Tumblr’s implementation of Vine has been great for a while now.) Vine has been exploding on Tumblr. (Vine recognizes this, too. And has even added Tumblr share buttons on each Vine URL.)
  • In the Verge feature, david made a sly reference to the video player meme: an improved video player is “by far and away the most requested feature by our users”
  • Having a media player minimize and stay sticky-at-bottom, picture-in-picture style, while you can do other things around a site is a convenience that’s becoming more and more common. (Music sites like soundcloud, thisismyjam have it. The app version of youtube has it. Twitter recently added it to its mobile versions…) So it’s feeling more and weird that the web version of YouTube has not implemented this yet.

(top screenshot /via url-whores)

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