There’s been some news today about Real Network’s announcement that they are going to release a player that takes videos in the major web formats (including Flash) offline so you can view it later. Andy Plesser has a video up with an interview with Ben Rotholtz which has some good information.
I think we’ve been able to do a lot of this with things like the Firefox extension Video Downloader but having a separate player is an interesting concept. I think it actually validates some of what Adobe is talking about when we talk about a desktop experience versus the web experience. Robert Scoble has some points about why watching videos on the web is not always ideal.
I think it would be cool to see something like this baked into AMP (Adobe Media Player) but I haven’t heard anything like that. I’m just giving my own thoughts here, so don’t take that as any kind of plan, I just think offline video makes for a good experience.
Update: In looking at things more closely, it looks like the player will also allow you to burn the videos to CD and DVD (for a fee). That’s a more interesting prospect if they mean burning it in native DVD format. Worth tracking…
[tags]Real Networks, Adobe, Flash Video, Rich Media[/tags]