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Give me flash video. I don’t want games or flashy website intros, just flash-based videos. I fear Apple is too proud to ever back-peddle on this and that may force me to seriously look into Google TV.

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A new, very entertaining trailer for “The Expendables” came out last week and I had to show it to my wife. After work, I fired up YouTube on the TiVo but I couldn’t find it there. Anyone who has used YouTube on a TiVo can tell you how horrible it is to search for anything using that remote. I was disappointed but I had other options.

I grabbed my iPad, fired up the YouTube app and did a search. Nothing.  Now I was getting mad. I went to Google on the iPad and did a search. I found the YouTube video on a dozen or so sites but YouTube didn’t have an Apple-friendly version available. Other sites had their own videos but they were all flash versions.

I’m now about 45 minutes into this and I’m loosing it. I use DownloadHelper and Firefox to grab a mp4 version of the trailer off of YouTube and save it to my desktop. I open it up in QuickTime and created an Apple TV version. I then synced it to my iPad in iTunes. After finally being able to show my wife the trailer I throw my Apple friendly version up on YouTube.Why didn’t I just sit her down at my desktop to watch it? Well, I don’t have external speakers and it’s not as casual as watching it on a big TV or an iPad.

[inline-ad]This seems to happen to me quite a bit on the iPad. I see a video at work, I want to show it to someone when I get home, only to find out I can’t, without using a desktop or notebook. If I could just watch flash videos, 90 percent of these issues would be avoided. I usually try the TiVo route first but that’s only because it’s connected to the big screen. With all the different gadgets I own, I still have to use my Mac Pro to watch a simple flash video. There has to be a better way.

This got me to thinking about what I really want in an Apple TV. If Apple would make its device just a 1080p video unit that could have videos thrown to it using an iPad or iPhone as the remote, that would be a good start. Next, give me flash video. I don’t want games or flashy website intros, just flash-based videos. I fear Apple is too proud to ever back-peddle on this and that may force me to seriously look into Google TV. HTML 5 may be the future but I’m stuck here with my device in my hand, waiting for the rest of the world to catch up.

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  1. So is this more a YouTube issue than an Apple one? I notice that YouTube can be slow to encode their most recent videos in Apple-compatible formats

    Anyway save some time next time ==> http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/lions_gate/theexpendables/

    works on the iPhone

    1. Well .. I think it’s more of an Apple issue than a YouTube one. If the iPad had flash support we would all be watching the native YouTube content.

  2. çok makbule geçti.. saol

  3. Next time go to http://www.apple.com/trailers to show her. :)

  4. See the problem is these damn flash containers holding perfectly compatible videos captive in their dungeon of legacy. What we need is a MAJOR push towards websites dropping flash videos and start embracing future technologies like HTML5.. heck if anything it’s a great way of forcing people to upgrade to new web browsers.. finally ditch IE6 eh? :D

  5. Casper B. Hansen Monday, July 19, 2010

    .. screw Flash, boycotting it is the only way for the world to move along. When you establish a standard, it is very hard to move on and I thank Apple for doing just that.

    I really don’t like Flash, and I like Flash-based video even less!

  6. My question is… Why didn’t you just go to iTunes on your iPad and watch the trailer for The Expendables there? Or, why couldn’t you have even gone to Safari and gone to http://www.apple.com/trailers (as someone else has already pointed out). The point of writing articles (blogs) like this, is to have people wanting to follow you and hear what you have to say. If you can’t think all of your options through and don’t seem to push your intellectual abilities any further, than why should I (or anyone else) want to hear what you have to say. Don’t get me wrong – it’s not a happy moment running into a flash video on the iPad or iPhone and not being able to run it. But seriously man – figure out all of your alternatives before you get on here and rant about a problem that had so many solutions right in front of you.

    1. Agree with Mitch.

      This guy obviously prefers to rant and generate attention rather than do his homework. It’s another reason why opinion pieces fail. For the record, I found the video using the YouTube app on my HTC TP2 and it played back fine.

      I’m not a fan of Apple or Flash. Both have major issues. But I know better than to get hysterical over something that I know having done my research doesn’t quite work.

    2. Well said, sir.

  7. Jeez are you serious? Do you really want to talk about flash now? That ship has sailed buddy. Get over it and start writing stuff I won’t immediately think ‘there’s 5 minutes of my life I’ll never get back’. C’mon are you serious????

  8. Just get airvideo player, 3$, plays almost everything I throw at it. LAN or server, or remotely from another computer.

  9. Got to agree with the previous comments. I’m a professional graphics designer, so I know a little bit about Flash. Flash video is everything that Flash was never meant to be. Small, embedded videos within an otherwise appropriate Flash project are good; using Flash as a primary means of video distribution is—uh—not.

    With all due respect, if you don’t want to be stuck in the future, you shouldn’t be using an Apple product in the first place. ;-)

  10. Wayne Johnson Monday, July 19, 2010

    May I cut you loose from losing it? It’s lose, not loose.

    1. Also “back-peddle” should be “back-pedal”

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