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Too outraged was I at this video on yet another blatant abuse of civil liberties by London’s Metropolitan Police was I to initially notice another important point: The Guardian website finally offers full-screen video, via use of the Brightcove platform, which they have ostensibly been using for some time, but failed to ‘big up’ to full screen capability.

This is important, as in this day and age, you need top content in presentational terms as well as in terms of editorial and journalistic quality. For too long, top-rate news providers (from ‘newspapers’ to ‘broadcasters’) have been getting away with low quality video solutions. Or more accurately, not getting away with it. Until very recently the Guardian was a brilliant example of a news organisation with world leading journalists and a shocking video player to display them in. Now with high quality video and the ability to full-screen it, we can sit back, and try to relax as we spit in disgust at the end of freedom and the British public’s apathy.

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I recently complained that one of the finest newspapers in the English-speaking world, despite being a leader in new technological developments, from embracing Comment is Free’s UGC element, to providing APIs, cannot sort its video offering out.

Admittedly, this all comes down to monetisation and having enough qualified staff around to do the job. But just watch this clip on the Iranian elections. The editing is so poor, you’d have to fail a high-school media student if they had the audacity to submit it. The journalism, the insight, the voiceover and the shots are all fine. We can ignore the fact that full-screen videos on the Guardian are still not available (full-screen videos on the Guardian might never be available at this rate), but this is clearly an example of ‘journalists’ having too much work on their plate.  Five or six times in the clip, there are flash frames where one edit starts, and another bit finishes, just as a new part of the roughcut supplied by Reuters appears. And you can tell it’s Reuters, as I’m pretty sure the branding that comes at the start of their wires’ roughcuts flashes up for a frame or two on several occasions.

One day, I envisage a place on the web where the journalism will be as good as the production value. I guess until content is properly monetised, getting their will be quite challenging.

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