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At last! BBC News embeds video in pages

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This may not be the first page to feature it, but it’s the first I’ve seen.

Report on MIT MediaLab Scratch animation tool

First it’s great to see embedded video on the news website – it’s so much less hassle than opening the restrictive ‘Media Selector’.  Secondly, it’s Flash, so it just works!

Please allow me a brief ‘told you so’ moment, I so rarely get them.

Some years ago, colleagues (John Angeli, Jon Kossmann, Asha Oberoi) and I earnestly tried to tell those in power at the time that Flash was a platform worthy of further development.

We even produced our own ‘skunkworks’ flash video site (now updated) to show that :

a) it worked

b) it was simple

c) you could do far more interesting interactive elements than you could within the video codecs in use at the time.

See if you agree:   BBC News Iraq Special


Written by Robert

15 May, 2007 at 1:20 am

Posted in Media, Software, Technology

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  1. Probably didn’t help that you did the whole application in Flash, its not embedded its in a console and everything else you 4 touched turned turned into shit back then. What happend to the ‘interactive studio’, how much money was wasted there?

    Angela Boon

    25 May, 2007 at 9:32 am

  2. Angela –
    (if indeed it is you, because the Angela Boon I know has a slightly different turn of phrase, plus this comment has come from inside the BBC IP address range and I know Angela doesn’t work there anymore, plus very few people around at that time still do, so you’ve narrowed down your identity a great deal) –
    Thanks for going to the trouble of adding this comment


    26 May, 2007 at 12:47 am

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