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Video Is Coming To Reddit (variety.com) 74

An anonymous reader shares a report from Variety: Videos are coming to Reddit, thanks to a new feature that allows users to upload video clips directly to the service. Reddit rolled out the new video feature Tuesday after testing it with around 200 communities over the past couple of weeks. Reddit users are now able to upload videos of up to 15 minutes in length, with file sizes being limited to 1 gigabyte. Users will be able to upload videos via Reddit's website and its mobile apps for iOS and Android, with the latter offering basic trimming functionality as well. And, in keeping with the spirit of the site, Reddit is also offering a conversion tool to turn videos into animated Gifs. Videos are being displayed persistently, or pinned, meaning that users can scroll through the comments while the video keeps playing in the corner of their screen. And community moderators can opt not to allow videos in their Subreddits at all, with Le arguing that some discussion-heavy Subreddits may decide that the format just doesn't work for them.
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Video Is Coming To Reddit

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  • At last (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 17, 2017 @09:27PM (#55038347)

    Wow, and they got there before unicode at Slashdot.

  • Porn (Score:3, Funny)

    by Nidi62 ( 1525137 ) on Thursday August 17, 2017 @09:33PM (#55038377)
    See subject
  • Ever since Damore, I've been concerned about videos like CppCon and BoostCon along with "XXXX" meetups being posted on Youtube. It's nice to have an alternative.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Let the rick-rolling begin!

  • You thought your energy, storage, and bandwidth bills were high before... and you're still not really making any money, and thought this was a good idea?

    Try firing your corrupt administration, first. You might have enough money to BEGIN to afford the drain you just put on yourself.

  • Now we'll finally have a place where gamers can post videos about peacefully putting Jews in ovens.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Every single browser can play the modern formats in a thin frame, why would you ever need to use gif? It's a brilliant way to take high-quality video and turn it into something bulky, sluggish, in low fidelity. Are you stupid or something?

  • Because let's face it, enough of their traffic is exactly that to keep driving narratives so things constantly hit the front page that probably wouldn't organically get there in the first place.
  • Well that's a great news, now no more using youtube videos on reddit...
  • by squiggleslash ( 241428 ) on Friday August 18, 2017 @10:16AM (#55040421) Homepage Journal

    So, now we've migrated from Flash (boo!) to HTML5 multimedia...

    - Every site wants to include video, no matter how inappropriate
    - Every site wants the video to autoplay
    - Every site wants it to be as intrusive and distracting as possible, impossible to scroll past and ignore

    I've been worrying for a while we made a mistake in demonizing Flash. You see, Flash you could just disable. Because it was a security risk, there were a hundred browser extensions and features making it easy to block Flash on a case-by-case basis.

    But video? Mozilla won't even provide a UI to allow you to disable autoplay, and if you do disable it via about:config, it's an all-sites-or-nothing thing. I've actually switched to using Firefox to browse the web, and Chrome to view videos if I find one I want to watch.

    This is horrible. Do I want Flash back? The worst part of that question is: I don't know. I really don't know. Between the abuse of video, and the introduction of non-standards for DRM by the W3C effectively closing the web, I think Flash was better.

    • by hackel ( 10452 )

      None of your arguments have anything to do with the medium. Whether Flash or HTML5 video, browsers could implement identical controls. Flash is garbage for *technical* reasons. I'm sure there are already extensions out there to handle disabling autoplay on a site-by-site basis, exactly like we had for Flash. Personally, I *always* set Flash to click-to-play site-wide, and so doing the same for HTML5 video makes perfect sense. This is really a non-issue. The benefits of HTML5 video completely trump this

      • Whether Flash or HTML5 video, browsers could implement identical controls

        But they don't. They don't feel the need to. That's the point. I even made it above.

        They refuse to on two grounds: that there's no compelling security reason to, and that it would break the web standards they signed up to. The standards applying to how you included a plug-in were always somewhat vague and Mozilla et al were able to comfortably implement click to play.

        Why don't they do it for video? Because they can't without bre

  • More things for reddit to sensor and shadow ban!

  • That is going the wrong direction. Why would anyone want to take a nice video, increase the file size tenfold, and reduce it to 256 colours? That makes no sense.

    I've always hated the recent resurgence of this antiquated, terrible image format, but this is a new low. Fuck you Reddit for continuing to spread this garbage.

  • ...more video on the internet. Because there's nothing I like better than sitting through a three-minute video to get 10 seconds of information that I could have read.

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