High Definition Video

The reason I am not recommending going out and spending the extra money for a High Definition Camcorder is that most people don’t have sufficient bandwidth to accommodate the file sizes that are created with high definition. A lot of applications download before playing and it can take a very long time to download a 15 to 20 high def video.

Let me give an example, NBC started a new service that I came across yesterday called NBC Direct. They have their own player and you can download copies of some current TV shows after their initial airing. So, I downloaded the player and was in the process of downloading the most recent Bionic Woman when I noticed that the file is 290MB and would take well over an hour to download through my limited DSL connection. Since the service is based on your only having access to the video for 48 hours once you start to view it, I decided to watch it streaming.

Once there is an reasonably footprint of high speed (6MBS minimum) access we need to try and keep the files as small as possible. Video should be a net add to your communication plan not another reason for customers to be frustrated.

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