- Get Jeffrey Way’s Latest Rockable Book: “Decoding HTML5″
- Embedding Videos in Item Previews
- Your Say: What do you like best about the new iPad?
Posted: 08 Mar 2012 03:23 AM PST
Have you heard about the latest book by Rockable Press? Written by popular web development teacher Jeffrey Way, “Decoding HTML5” is a must-read for anyone who codes for the Web. It’s a practical guide for designers and developers to jump straight into HTML5 and start using what it has to offer.
This book is quite exhaustive, yet avoids jargon. Here’s how he has broken complicated concepts into digestible pieces.
How Do I Get It?
There are two ways to get this book. Firstly, you can buy it from Rockable Press for $19. Visit the site, or use these links:
The eBook includes all three digital versions: ePub, PDF, Kindle.
Secondly, the book is also available right now as part of Tuts+ Premium. As a member, you’ll also receive Jeffrey’s in-depth video course, HTML5 Fundamentals, 20 top-selling Rockable eBooks, and an exhaustive list of Tuts+ Premium tutorials.
Posted: 07 Mar 2012 09:31 PM PST
Recently here on Envato Notes we’ve been covering a range of issues around item previews and our content policies. One question that has been asked a number of times is whether authors are allowed to embed videos from servies like YouTube in their item previews.
Before we get to the answer, it’s good to remember that these policies apply even for externally hosted previews (‘live’ or ‘demo’ previews), because of their connection to items being sold here, and because we want items associated with our marketplaces to respect others’ intellectual property.
The other posts in this series are:
I can embed videos? Cool. Do I need to consider anything else?
More on where to source embedded videos follows. But first, it’s important to keep in mind that although a video sharing site might technically allow you to embed a video elsewhere, like in your site or item preview, you still need to consider the content of the video you’ve chosen. Is the content appropriate for use in your item preview? Just like you would for a still image, consider whether the video content contains trade marks, objects that might be under copyright, and identifiable people. All these things might not have been cleared or released for your particular use by way of an embed in an item preview. If you want ‘commercial movie quality’ video for use in an item preview, many excerpts or trailer on sites like YouTube might themselves be under copyright.
As the biggest video service on the block, YouTube is the prime candidate for embedding. And happily this is technically acceptable as YouTube encourages its videos to be embedded widely online (keeping in mind the content considerations I’ve just discussed). YouTube has fairly clear terms prohibited commercial usage in the form of attaching advertising to its content or charging to view its content, but allows more general commercial usage.
Keep in mind that some people uploading to YouTube actually choose an option that makes their particular video un-embeddable (it removes the ‘embed’ option). Obviously those videos should not be manually embedded somehow.
You can use the standard YouTube embeddable player, or you can use YouTube’s API and their chromeless player to make a custom skin.
While not nearly as large as YouTube, Vimeo is fairly popular in the creative/tech niches. Unfortunately Vimeo’s terms state that its service is made available only for “your own personal, non-commercial purposes”.
It’s a little confusing as their terms have only the barest references to embedding. In any case, since an item preview is best considered a commercial use, authors are advised not to use Vimeo video embeds.
Hopefully Vimeo will clarify things at some point, especially now that their commercial PRO service is out.
Got another favourite video sharing site? Check their terms and conditions so see whether embedding elsewhere is allowed, and if so whether use for commercial purposes is allowed.
Posted: 07 Mar 2012 05:11 PM PST
I just finished watching all the coverage of the new iPad announcement. (Yeah, “the new iPad”, not the “iPad 3.”) I guess you’ve caught up with the news too. What do you like most about the new device? This poll will let you add your own answers if they’re not already there. Choose more than one if you like.
Do you already have an iPad? Does this one offer enough incentive for you to upgrade? Let us know in the comments.
Or are you an Android lover or tablet hater. This new iPad is evolutionary rather than revolutionary. (Some might say “resolutionary”!) But does it tempt you in any way? How close are you to buying one?
Finally, do the more powerful iLife apps do enough to make the iPad good enough for you to work on? Or will it always be a secondary device?
All opinions welcome. Let us know what you think in the comments.
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