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Charles McNeill
internal-nav cuepoint "coverflow" effect for Flash video player
on Dec 14, 2009 at 5:54:53 pm

Look at the Flash player interface used at dailyfilm.tv: Play any video, and notice what happens if you "scrub" the video ahead or back. It is somewhat like a coverflow effect, except that it's a directory of keyframes within that video, rather than keyframes representing different videos. (Not clear if they are automatically generated at preset intervals, or defined by cuepoint timecodes.) It's a very convenient and intuitive way to navigate through a video that you may want to review parts of.

Twice, I have emailed dailyfilm to ask how this is done, but I never get a response.

Does anyone on this forum know how it's done? Custom code, or maybe a commercially available component? Please share.


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Marcus Geduld
Re: internal-nav cuepoint "coverflow" effect for Flash video player
on Dec 14, 2009 at 6:21:33 pm

That's pretty darn cool. They'd need some process to generate those thumbnails -- either a batch process or some sort of program. It would be a pain to make Flash do it, and it wouldn't work right with streaming video if you made Flash do it.

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Mikael Wirén
Re: internal-nav cuepoint "coverflow" effect for Flash video player
on Dec 18, 2009 at 12:27:42 pm

Nice one,
My guess goes to a red5 server at the back with cuepointed flv´s
actually generating those thumbnails. If you scrub directly to the end you can actually see them get populated.
But i agree, it would be nice to see how they executed this.

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