My time at Hi-Def News Caps is finally up. After 7 years, I no longer have the energy to continue.
As you can see, I have removed all of my video clip posts leaving a two-year gap. Unfortunately, I am no longer allowed to upload anymore video clips. Knowingly violating Vimeo’s terms of service, I knew this day would come sooner or later. So at this point, it’s time for me to stop. It has been a fun two-year experiment posting video clips at Hi-Def News Caps again. I hope you all enjoyed it while it lasted.
Thanks to Charlie for inviting me to join Hi-Def News Caps in 2010, and for allowing me to continue running it after he left. Thanks to LJ and SlashAsterisk for helping me in the early days of the new (current) site. Thanks to all of you for visiting our site. And thanks to the TV news anchors and personalities who have reached out to us over the years for their kind words and encouragement.
You are all awesome! Thank you all!
Update, May 6, 2017: I’ve decided to re-publish all of the video clip posts that I took down in case anyone still wants to save the featured images. However, keep in mind that all of the video clips were deleted as required by Vimeo, and none of them are accessible or viewable.
As mentioned previously, you’ll have to go back 2 years to the screen captures section for actual viewable content.
First of all, I’m a Comcast customer, and recently my TV service was transitioned to H.264—a compression format—in my area. While the compression is bad enough, Comcast have taken it a step further—nearly all of their native 1080i channels have been down-converted to 720p! I’ve already noticed quite a substantial loss of picture quality.
This obviously means that all of my video clips on Hi-Def News Caps from now on will be of much lower quality.
Although I’ve been aware of their transition to H.264, nowhere have I seen beforehand any official statement regarding a drop in resolution to 720p for their HD channels. In fact the only mention I’ve seen about this from Comcast is this random post by a supposed employee on their support forum. The picture quality has dropped to such an extent that it looks no better than a live web stream, and that appears to be exactly the point—Comcast is prioritizing online content delivery, and TV is taking the biggest hit to make that happen.
I am not at all happy about this. So now what? Well, I have two options:
1. Deal with it!
2. Drop Comcast and switch to DIRECTV.
Update, January 4, 2017: I chose option #2! 😈
As stated previously, I’ll begin first with video clips of CNN anchors, starting with Brooke Baldwin and followed later by Brianna Keilar and Erin Burnett, with clips from the first week of this year until now. At the moment I have no plans to post clips of other anchors or anchors on other networks. Let’s wait and see how this plays out first before I make any decisions regarding that. For the time being, I will not be taking any requests for video clips.
So here’s how this is going to work.
- I will post video clips in the same format as my screen capture posts, so expect up to 5 clips or a full weekday per post.
- Each video clip will be no more than 10 minutes in length per program, in fact many will actually be less than 5 minutes long.
- There will be no direct option to download video clips. Many of you, however, already have your own methods to download videos anyway, so that will likely not be a problem.
- All videos will be uploaded and available to view in their native resolution. However, they will be compressed and deinterlaced before upload (i.e. a slight quality loss). I’d upload the videos interlaced to preserve a bit more detail, but that will cause issues with the upload.
- Does this mean I’ll stop posting screen captures? Not exactly. When featuring certain anchors on certain networks, I will continue to post screen captures.
Eventually I’d also like to upload video clips from the last few years, especially of Brooke from 2013 and 2014, and post those clips on weekends. Again, that will be something I’ll decide on later.
The first proper video post will be up sometime tonight. There will be at least one post with video clips each weekday from now on.
This is happening.