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Home-made videos from the designer ....

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  • Home-made videos from the designer ....

    They say 'a picture speaks a thousand words'? And perhaps a video even more. And both save a lot of keyboard bashing!

    Thanks to modern technology I'm able to very quickly author videos of the mysterious world of speaker design. Normally, I'd like to spend time perfecting the lighting, sound, composition, background etc. etc. to make a more professional video. But I really have to be 'doing the day job' so may I ask you in advance to forgive the 'quick and dirty' (some would say exceedingly unprofessional) DIY nature of these videos. Yes, if I had more time we could employ a film crew etc. etc.. These are unedited, single takes (unless I just cannot remember my lines), mono. As a very long term user of SnagIt I am using Techsmith's Screencast trusted hosting platform (not YouTube*).

    So please just accept these for what they are. I only hope that they are not so amateurish that you develop negative vibes about the Harbeth brand. If you do they'll disappear very rapidly!

    Here is Video 1: A test.

    Can you confirm that this MPEG4 will play with sound on the pc and MAC - and even Android?

    * The copyright in Screencast videos remains with the author.
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK

  • #2
    OK on Mac

    Works fine for me on a Mac.


    • #3
      OK on iPad

      Works on my iPad, picture is a bit jumpy, but sound is fine.



      • #4
        Despite everything - OK on Mac!

        Hi Alan,
        Video works good on the Mac,(Firefox).

        Where is the makeup artist? :))



        • #5
          Win 7 /Firefox

          It played fine under Windows 7 using Firefox 6.0.2. I liked the vintage Radio-Gramophone ad.


          • #6
            Everything ok on Macbook

            Hi Alan,

            I was able to see and listen to the video perfectly via my Macbook.



            • #7
              Win 7 OK - 'Show me' better than 'tell me'

              Works fine on my Windows 7 HP laptop.

              I think these videos are a great idea - 'show me' is often better than 'tell me'.

              Look forward to many more!


              • #8
                Mac OSX - Flash?

                Works on Mac OSX, both Safari and Firefox. Does not work on iPad/iPhone due to Flash.

                {Moderator's comment: we deliberately chose MPEG4 not Flash. As far as we know no Flash is used.}


                • #9
                  Blackberry OK

                  Works perfectly on the Blackberry Playbook.


                  • #10
                    Note to Noel

                    Originally posted by skylan View Post
                    Hi Alan,
                    Video works good on the Mac,(Firefox).

                    Where is the makeup artist? :))

                    Noel. Thanks for the stands for my C7's. Just put them together on Saturday. They're prefect and look beautiful.

                    Don Nickason - Penfield NY


                    • #11
                      OK on old MacBook pro

                      Works perfectly on my old MacBook Pro.


                      • #12
                        OK Win7 64bit Opera and FF

                        Seems to work here on Win7 64-bit, with Opera 11.52 and Firefox 7.0.1


                        • #13
                          All good on Win XP pro but not on Android phone

                          Works fine here too Alan. Win XP pro (Firefox).

                          Couldn'd get it to work on Sony Ericsson X8 Android phone.

                          {Moderator's comment: anyone else tried on Android?}


                          • #14
                            Galaxy S2, Android OK

                            Just watched the video thru my Samsung galaxy S2 (android OS) and ok. Appreciate.
                            "Bath with Music"


                            • #15
                              Fine on Win7 / IE9

                              Works fine on Win7 with IE9 .. :)

                              I'm with Noel .. how about that make up artist ?? ! haha.

                              Sound is very clear.. let me guess, you monitored it on Harbeths ??? <wink>