If you have been using online video uploading and streaming services, you might know that although 4K recording and playback isn’t new, but there’s not much support for it online. Yes, YouTube plays back your 4K video, but that’s about all; until now. The filmmaker’s favourite, Vimeo is all ready with 4K video playback on their player and that’s not the only thing they are updating.
There’s a new feature integrated into the Vimeo player and it has been named “Adaptive Streaming” and it’s not just a technical jargon. The adaptive streaming will load the video file as many small parts into various qualities that will be available according to the internet connection one is usng. This won’t load the video file as one huge file and then trying to buffer/stream. This will ensure you get the best quality available as per the speed and screen size. As per Vimeo, the adaptive streaming is already available on iOS, Apple TV and Xbox 360, while there will be support for other mobile TV apps over the course of next few months.
Watch the two videos below for Adaptive Streaming and 4K resolution in action.
The big news comes in the form of 2K and 4K streaming resolution option. It’s being rolled out to a handful of creators right now, but you can expect it for all the members by the early next year. The 2K and 4K resolution will be avilable for Vimeo’s Pro and Plus account members and along with that they are also going to make your HD and FHD videos available automatially where you don’t have to upgrade them individually. It will be vilable for the Basic acount members too. In plain terms this will allow the Basic members to get access to the HD embedding even outside Vimeo. Lastly, 60FPS for all High Definition videos is available now. Though, shooting in 1080P at 60 frames per second isn’t something the cinema world has open handedly accepted, but it’s amazing the amount of details and blur free capture you get for sports, wildlife and the like. Just like 4K, support for FHD at 60 frames per second is available on YouTube too.
This isn’t immediate, but will be upgraded and provided to the members in a phased manner. You’ll have more on the updates over the official Vimeo Blog here.
BTW, here’s the second video Vimeo wants you to watch for the new Adaptive Streaming in action.
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