better video preview engine. better video details.
Does the video preview engine handle x264 or x265 content? The whole industry is moving to x265 so ya better consider that. Does it handle .mkv files? Most of our videos dont preview properly. It shows a still frame but clicking the play icon comes up with an error message.
You may notice in windows when you click on a video it tells you about the video in detail like 1920x1080, video tracks x264 hi10 L5.0 audio tracks FLAC 51 (Jpn) (Eng) Subtitle tracks PGS Eng SRT Eng.
would be nice if the details of the file showed this info like windows does. Theres a popular windows extension called MediaInfo. That info is what video editors are interested in when clicking on files. The Kbits/sec or Mbits/sec, frame size, audio tracks, subtitle tracks etc.
Having quick access to that info would be awesome.
As it is now, we have to include all that info in the name of the file because we cant preview it and find out. Or we download it and run MediaInfo on it to see the video specs.
I don't really have time to deal with Box but I am taking the time because Baylor insists on using this platform. I teach applied music. I routinely make my student post videos of mock audition, solo rep and excerpt study into Canvas - because Canvas makes me divide every single student into a separate class section, I must download all video content to share with the faculty in Box.
While viewing every file in preview, and making comments and grading in the right margin. Box quits and asks me to refresh the page. Many times I have made pages and pages of comments - now lost.
I have resorted to copying my comments and pasting into the refreshed page while scrolling right looking for the last viewed video segment.
You guys...... Sorry - COVID has made things weird but Box is a joke.
Previews won't load - so now you want me to download 2 gigs of files for one student??
DROPBOX has worked seamlessly for the last 12 years. Why is Baylor insistent on BOX
My guess is this is an ongoing improvement.
In the meantime we'd appreciate more transparency : when you don't support a format, indicate so in the thumbnail, I suggest a red play button, something clear that saves us clicks to error page like OP mentions.