Scoble needed Silverlight today.

ScobleBuffer I'm sitting here tonight watching the "Twitter Video" which is basically Robert Scoble interviewing the folks at

Anyway, I noticed the "buffering.." (See Image) overlay was stuck, maybe it was a bug whom knows but it was starting to get annoying as I found it distracting "get out of the way" I thought.

I clicked on "Popup Video" and nothing happened. I'm thinking, this isn't good at all, not to be critical of or anything (actually I like the GUI for this video player a lot). At any rate, I was thinking that Scoble usually has some great quality video in his archives, wouldn't it be great to not only see it in HD quality but also Full Screen.

An example of how great the "Blog View" to "Full View" is via Michael's blog. It being a Twitter Sunday, it was fitting to use his as the prime example. In his Silverlight app, there is a "FullScreen" button, when clicked goes Fullscreen. Very seamless...

Given Silverlight has a fairly neat way of going fullscreen and given I watch a fair amount of his Video's from time to time... can someone get the Scoble a Silverlight Video Player stat!...

(If somehow Scoble stumbles upon this, I'll make you a deal (Put my money where my crit is) - I'll rebuild the current PodTech Video Player pixel for pixel (seamless interchange) in Silverlight if you go Silverlight on the blog heheh :P)...

Comments (9)

  1. So will you match the cross-platform reach of Flash?  Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris, Nintendo Wii?  The first Google hit reveals that was a key design requirement of PodTech’s player (see URL)…

  2. Garry Trinder says:

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve loaded my Wii to watch Scoble.. thank god it’s there 🙂

    That and when I’m mowing around inside Solaris on a Sunday night.. who wouldn’t want it..

    I stand corrected.

    I often wonder sometimes…

  3. Tom says:

    I am getting really tired of people saying "Silverlight will fix what Flash can’t do". Let’s get things straight.

    Firstly, Flash can do everything Silverlight can and more.

    Secondly, don’t blame a poorly developed user experience on Flash. Do you blame the software quality on .Net and Visual Studio?

    Also, quality limitations of online video are mostly due to bandwidth limitations enfored by content hosters like You Tube, PodTech etc.

    FYI, Flash can play back full screen but in the current release version (non beta) has no hardware support (neither does Silverlight as far as I know). Adobe is currently developing a version of Flash player for Win/ Mac with video hardware support. A beta version is available from their Labs web site.

    The reason why Adobe went the non hardware support route was to ensure the technology wasn’t platform and device centric. That’s one of the reasons why you can find Flash on anything from a PC, to Xbox360, Playstation right through to Mobile phones and settop boxes. Of course the end user often doesn’t even know Flash is being used.

    Sorry but I would have expected a little bit more tech savy from a Developer Evangelist.

  4. Phillip Kerman says:

    I don’t get it–do you really think Silverlight has some secret so that makes it bug-averse?  That’s hilarious.

    Sounds like you found a bug in a Flash app (send a note to Adobe, no doubt it’s the first time a developer created an app with a bug).

  5. Garry Trinder says:

    I never once said Flash was buggy, I never said once Silverlight would fix what Flash couldn’t do either?

    Tom, Phillip re-read the post and put your Flash vs Silverlight agenda(s) aside. I said I’d love to watch the videos in HD and FullScreen. I opted for Silverlight as a suggestion simply because i *know* it can do both today (extremly easily may I add).

    Amazing how quickly you both went towards the Flash argument?

    Tom: I’ve been using Flash since Future Splash, I have a good handle on what i can and can’t do 🙂

    Phillip: No idea what you were pushing there but *shrug* it’s the wrong fight 🙂

  6. Mike Downey says:

    So you’re saying that since you think Scoble’s Flash-based video player is buggy and missing features he "needs" Silverlight? Because his application has a problem he should switch to a different technology?

    How does this sound to you: "Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser has a lot of stability problems, rendering bugs, and performance issues so I think Microsoft needs a Java-based browser."?

    Mike Downey, Adobe

  7. Garry Trinder says:

    Nope, you’re sayin that. Re-read what I’ve said.. had nothing to do with Flash Player itself 😛

  8. Phillip Kerman says:

    I re-read it and the title still says he needs Silverlight.  The summary I infer you saying is the current Flash player they’re using is flawed and a Silverlight one (presumably one that you’ll build) can solve those issues plus offer HD.  I guess with the new Flash player video support Silverlight offers nothing over Flash except perhaps the free development you’re offering.

    By the way, I’m all for using and building Silverlight apps as soon as a client asks for it.  Especially if there is some sort of free-dev service out there.

    I’m not looking a fight, I just call it as I see it… perhaps if I’m still not getting it you can restate your point more clearly.

  9. Tom says:

    Free development service? Wow… where do I sign up for that?

    The wow would really start now…

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