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Splashcast Gives Media Player Facelift

Posted by James M. Helms on August 30, 2007

It’s true, the Splashcast player has a new look and a great feel. The old player had a lot of functionality but was lacking in a few areas.  Splashcast is a content player that you can embed on websites and blogs. You can subscribe to shows and the shows update automatically through RSS. Additionally, the player allows you to make shows with Audio, Video, Powerpoint, Photos, even documents. These changes are now in effect. In an email recieved from Splashcast they write of these changes:

“In addition to the snazzy new look, here’s a list of new features in the SplashCast player

1. Video, Audio, or Text Comments – For any item in a show, viewers can now record or upload a video or audio comment as well as leave a text comment. When comments are added, you will receive notification via email. When publishing a show from the SplashCast console, you can disable the comment feature if desired. As an added bonus, all the audio and video comments added to your channel will be available by searching the SplashCast console where you can create a “Best of Comments Show” Your viewers will love to have you feature them!

2. Easier item navigation – Whether your show has 3 or 30 items you can now start a show and quickly scroll over the item thumbnails or click a thumbnail to go directly to a particular item.

3. New captions box displays the name of each item in your show. Log in to the SplashCast console to change the names of your items. Because, ya know, “D32165” as a name is just not that catchy. As always, the player fades away after a few seconds, but if you prefer, you can always close the caption box while navigating through the items if desired.

4. Full Screen button – Right there in the player! No need to create your own “full view” link anymore.

5. Pause/Play button – Pause actually pauses everything now… even background music.

6. Send button – Email friends and family a link directly to your favorite item or to an entire show.

7. Follow Me – Family, friends and fans can now “follow you”. No… these aren’t stalkers. These are people who want to be notified via email whenever you publish a new show. This is for those folks who haven’t caught the RSS fever yet. By clicking the button on bottom right you can access the new “follow me” link.”

If you are interested in seeing the player in action you should check it out at Splashcast. Or click through to my homepage.You can read their own blog post by following this link. In addition to the player they have been gaining momentum with their customized facebook player. For more information you can learn more here.

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