I’m skeptical of how well Apple’s upcoming streaming video service will perform. A Netflix clone with Apple-produced programming could become the HomePod of the streaming video market; Apple’s install base and marketing clout keep the service limping along but otherwise struggles for mainstream adoption.
I’m bearish on Apple’s video plans because they don’t align with the company’s strengths. Apple’s excellence in design won’t keep a streaming video service afloat. Consider the UI that powers existing services. Even with rapidly growing user bases, their interfaces are at best pedestrian (Amazon Prime), at worst an unintuitive mess (Netflix, Hulu). Frankly, most viewers don’t care; 95% of the time in-app is focused on watching, not browsing.
Time Out’s David Ehrlich made one of the definitive video roundups of the best in cinema for 2013, and for 2014 he nails it again. The blend of music cuts (all of David’s selections are exclusively from his top 25 list) and stellar editing really makes this something well worth the video’s full twelve minutes of your time.
The consistently excellent Jonathan Snook gave a talk at the recent Beyond Tellerrand conference about how to organize your CSS in a scalable, modular system. I’ve been a fan of Snook for years due to his work on SMACSS, a CSS organization system I’ve loosely adapted on my work projects. A highly recommended watch for those responsible for CSS on larger code bases.
I’ve said it before and will say it again here: Giant Bomb knocks out some of the smartest, funniest, and well edited coverage of E3 around. If you’re interested in the expo and have a half hour to spare (especially if you haven’t been heavily following news coverage like I have) it’s a wonderful recap on what’s happened so far. I’d expect a few more recap videos to hit the site later as well.
Six minutes of Criterion Collection staff making classic films gorgeous? Sold. Keep your eye on the whole Gizmodo video collection on Vimeo while you’re at it; it’s uniformly smart content.
I’ve always been a fan of Vimeo, especially their video player, which I’ve found historically more HTML5 friendly and more responsive than Youtube’s. So it’s impressive for them to launch a new player today that’s rebuilt from the ground up. I haven’t spent too much time with it, but so far it feels a lot speedier on startup time. Nice web integration improvements as well as noted in Vimeo’s blog post:
No more toggling into the HTML player — now everyone who has an HTML5-capable browser gets the HTML player. And when you’re in a modern browser, even if we can’t fully use HTML5, there’s a good chance you’ll get HTML controls.
I can’t say Scout Tafoya’s video essay defending Alien 3 won me over on that film based on memory; I found the tone and screenplay way too dark and nihilistic. But given what director David Fincher has done since, from Fight Club to The Social Network, makes me really want to rewatch this soon. It’s been over a decade since my last viewing.
The Dissolve’s Matt Singer:
We live in a world where immediacy and instantaneous access is the fundamental driver of commerce. Convenience certainly has its place, but expertise should still have one too.
Agreed; and up to now, as Matt points out, Netflix’s automated algorithm is no match for a smart video clerk.
Other speakers from the Fronteers web conference were solid, but Robert Jan Verkade’s talk on work and the general future of the front end web industry was my favorite. Great work on some really unique slides as well.
Nice talk at the Fronteers web developer conference all about the flexbox module by developer Zoe Gillenwater. Some of the talk got a bit too deep into coding syntax that was a bit difficult to follow in a single slide based presentation. But stick around to the end where Zoe talks about the practical benefits of using flexbox today. It’s the first time I’ve been encouraged to dip my toe into flexbox with production level work.