I've been tweaking the site on and off for a while. I wanted to make note of some changes, so as to not bring up any thinking that I'm in cahoots with the evil lord.
Despite a few problems I've encountered, overall the changes are hopefully for the better.
ClipUpload.com now accepts a thumbnail upload of 640x640. This means that while old embedded videos that had a small thumbnail looked like this:
Modern Warfare 2 Gameplay Reveal Promo HD - View more free videos
(Notice the blurry snapshot before you start playing the video)
New videos posted with large thumbnails look like this:
Nine-Minutes of Mass Effect 2 Gameplay - View more free videos
This has bugged me for a long time, so I'm glad the problem is finally fixed.
Second change, which will annoy some is that an ad has been tagged onto the end of all videos that use the standard .flv file player at ClipUpload.com. Many will remember the mid-roll ads we tested out a while back that displayed a black bar with an ad on it during mid video play. That never panned out well, nor did it help fund Clip Upload.
These new ads to help try to make the site profitable, so that it can continue to exist long-term, and also to help us afford a faster connection for that server. This is a problem with trying to stream videos with any kind of low buffering time before they play... especially when trying to watch a HD video.
These ads are currently "turned on" when you embed videos, but that may change. We are trying to stay away from pre-rolls (ads before videos), but we want ClipUpload to be a feasable idea, and want it to grow just as much as www.GamesForWork.com
Lastly, I decided to have the player hide the buffering icon that displayed when the video was buffering. Sometimes it would appear during your video, even though the video was streaming fine and was almost done.
I hope this brings everybody up to speed on the changes over at CU, I hope if you haven't paid much attention to the site before, you take a look over at www.ClipUpload.com
as I have been putting decent hours every day to keep the entertainment sections, namely the funny, cool, movie, and game video sections up-to-date.
I still have some work to do before I can rework the front page of ClipUpload.com, but hopefully it will hit sooner, than later.
It's amazingly tough to compete in a world with youtube, but hopefully if you visit the site you will realize the work being put into ClipUpload, and see just how up to date it is.
I've visited many popular game (video) sites, and our game video section out beats nearly all of them as far as catching the videos as they hit the media outlets.
If the site can earn more money, I hope to squash the buffering and loading of HD videos problem. Perhaps the site will even usable for our Netherland friends. (You know who you are.)
This is a small step towards getting ClipUpload where we want it to be, but hopefully you can enjoy the site on the journey there.