The last month I was totally away from watching what was going on in GNOME development, but today I installed the latest GNOME and I was trying modules one by one, starting of course from GNOME Shell. While I didn’t find something quite spectacular in GNOME Shell, the surprise came from G-Videos (aka Totem).
This is how the default video player is going to look like in GNOME 3.10. Obviously we are not talking for an application that is here to just play videos, but we are dealing with a video-discover software; both local and online (cloud services). That is similar to the rest “file” handling GNOME Apps, like Documents, Contacts, Music etc etc. Without being sure about, I think you can also add your own folders.
You aren’t exactly a friend of how GNOME Documents works? While Videos follows the same pattern, it does it better.
Smackdown or Raw but definitely not boxing. I am fan of WWE because is real, not fake like boxing :) G-Videos will bring amazing fast the results from YouTube; pretty much with the same speed as a browser, but will less info (ie not comments, ratings etc -at least in this version).
People love Internet and they love Google, so I am a bit concerned if this ability of Videos will be proved quite useful -I might be wrong on this.
G-Videos gives an extra option to navigate through YouTube Feeds and Categories.
I almost forgot that G-Video is also and a video player. There are some nice aesthetic changes here, which slightly increase usability.
GNOME Videos has a variety of usability issues, like handling no-UTF no-latin subtitles, playing/previewing incomplete files (ie Torrents), scrolling forward/backwards is not good enough, setting presets in color-balance; you know these kind of things that need to be improved also.
While GNOME Team might fix many of those issues, what they can do about that?
I think when people have the right to use Open Source / Free Software they need to understand that they also have the obligation to support it. In 2013 and still not Open Standard for Media. Pathetic..
On the contrary Videos is not pathetic at all! And most of the credits (or complains!) go to Bastien Nocera (the guy in the thumb!) for his work in new Totem!
This is GnomeVideos from Git (today) and is alpha software