If you’ve been a Wood Whisperer fan or Guild member for a while, you already know that I am not the type to wait for something to break before I fix it. I’m always looking for ways to improve the user experience on both our free site and the Guild. And since your primary reason for being here is the video content, I consider this to be a pretty significant upgrade!

We recently started testing out a completely new video player that includes a couple of nice features and improvements.

Loading Speed

The videos are now located on a very fast and intelligent media server. As a result, the video starts up almost instantly when you press play and if you want to skip around, the player adjusts very quickly. For folks on slower internet connections, the player will automatically adjust the video quality to suit your needs. And if you’re on a mobile device, you’ll find a significant performance boost there too. Life is too short to sit around waiting for videos to load!

Resumability

resumableThis is one of those features I didn’t know I needed until I saw it, and now I can’t live without it! Have you ever been interrupted while watching a Guild video? When you go back to watch it again, you have to spend a few minutes trying to find your place. Or maybe you accidentally hit the back button in your browser and completely lose your place. Well the new Resumability feature takes care of that. If you close out a video before it finishes, the player takes note of where you left off and asks if you’d like to resume or simply start at the beginning. Handy!

Chapters

Screen Shot 2014-01-24 at 9.01.11 AM Jan 24, 2014Let’s face it, Guild videos are long. They are made that way for a reason but not everyone wants to sit through another full discussion of milling or wood selection. Furthermore, if you’re building along it can be tricky to find that one section of a video you need so you can complete a particular part of the project. As an answer to that, I have begun including chapter links to the right of each video. If you click one of these links, it takes you directly to that particular section of the video! And because the video performance is faster than ever, moving from chapter to chapter is quick and easy.

The Guild videos are meant to be a long-term resource that you can rely on for years to come as you progress through your woodworking experience. I want you to be able to come back to a project you saw years ago just so you can watch that one time I dressed up like an Amish guy. With the new video player, we are taking another step in that direction.

The Catch?

Well it can’t be ALL good news, right? For some folks running an Ad Blocker plugin, you might not be able to see the new Download button underneath the video player. So if you are looking to download the videos to your hard drive, you’ll have to turn off that ad blocker or add an exception for the Guild.

Also, the video player isn’t fully incorporated into all projects yet. We’re working on the back catalog as we speak. And because I didn’t always take chapter notes, not all videos will receive the chapter links right away. We hope to eventually include them in ALL Guild videos. Of course every video from here on out will include all new features.

Try it Out!

Want to give it a whirl? Here’s the video we just released today to folks subscribed to the Contemplation Bench project. If you’re not subscribed, enjoy this free sample.

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scoobydooo9r April 5, 2014 1:37 am

I didn’t even realize the video player had been upgraded.. usually watch through iTunes. This player is flat out awesome, and you’re right it is blazing fast! Great addition with the chapters. Although I usually don’t have to worry about watching parts of videos, it is great that I don’t have to mess with it when I come back. Thanks Marc, you rock!

My only question is, when are you going to upgrade the site to magically create and send me TWW pencils? I am on my last one, and my woodworking will suffer greatly if I have to use regular pencils. I find TWW pencils to be much more accurate than the standard No. 2.

    Marc Spagnuolo April 5, 2014 8:09 am

    haha we have been working our our Mana pumps to help keep the magic flowing on the site. As soon as that’s done, we’ll implement the magic pencil production and shipping factory. 🙂

akinnear March 20, 2014 12:47 pm

Looks amazing thank you.

pjperrello February 9, 2014 8:03 pm

We’ll if I download a video and play it on my laptop can I have the same features as when I’m viewing from the website. I think not based on what I’m reading. Thanks for the continuous improvement!

    Marc Spagnuolo February 10, 2014 7:34 am

    Correct. These features are a function of the player specifically, not the file. So when you download, you’ll only have the raw file to play with.

pjperrello February 8, 2014 7:38 pm

Is this player available for offline viewing?

    Marc Spagnuolo February 8, 2014 7:55 pm

    Can you explain what you mean Pete? The player is just an embedded player and lives on a website that requires a login, so I can’t see how you’d be able to view it offline. I might misunderstand your question so please feel free to clarify.

RenaissanceWW February 5, 2014 1:41 pm

Awesome stuff Marc. I’m glad to see you pulled the trigger on Wistia. I have seriously considered it and now I can rely on you to break it in (as usual)

gambler February 4, 2014 11:20 am

Mark, as a mediocre woodworker myself, I am simply in awe with the pains you take to make a project perfect.. It has given me new ambition to be more than just a saw and screw woodworker!! I have enjoyed every moment spent watching and learning from the projects built and the classes given by the Guild and can assure you I will be a lifetime member.. Thanks for all the information given and the skills shown in all your projects.. Keep up the good work!!!

Thanks,

Mike Smith

    Marc Spagnuolo February 5, 2014 8:23 am

    Well thanks so much Mike! I’m excited to be part of your woodworking journey!

pegleg January 28, 2014 11:23 am

The defination is increadible! Nice improvement Marc. Thank you!

cjlandy January 26, 2014 1:49 pm

Ok–Now that is pretty cool Marc. The chapter thing! Not that I would skip anything you had to say–but ti foes make it easier to come back to a video or break up the watching experience. Always impressed!

dsargood January 26, 2014 6:43 am

Love the new video player. Nice improvement.

kellys kabinets January 25, 2014 8:59 am

The upgrades to the videos are awesome. I didnt really notice ubtil it asked me if I wanted to resume where I was before!! Thanks so much. Couldnt help but notice your extension for the Kapex. Is that the Festool left extension? What do you think of it? I have a Kapex and have been thinking of extension ends. i have also looked at the Biesemeyer system. Any input as usual is appreciated. thank you Kelly Fagan

jefoni January 25, 2014 1:51 am

Don’t know if this makes any sense but the video is much much clearer on my iPad. The definition seems to be higher definition. May just be me, but none the less very cool.

    Marc Spagnuolo January 25, 2014 7:53 am

    Try it full screen mode when you’re on your pc.

    TobyS January 25, 2014 7:56 am

    For the ultimate in scary, I watch them on my LCD TV using Apple TV. Almost life size. 😉

    Marc Spagnuolo January 25, 2014 8:21 am

    Oh now that’s hazardous to one’s health!

slachammer January 24, 2014 7:44 pm

loads fast, i like the chapter selection

TobyS January 24, 2014 6:43 pm

Will this be the only way to view the videos from now on? Can’t seem to get today’s episode thru my iTunes feed.

    Marc Spagnuolo January 24, 2014 7:08 pm

    Totally my bad. I forgot to put the links in when I published the post. Refresh your feed and it should be there now.

    TobyS January 24, 2014 7:24 pm

    Bad, Marc. 😉

    All is good with the world again.

    Enjoy your weekend.

    rodgernicholson January 24, 2014 7:59 pm

    Got it! Thanks!

rodgernicholson January 24, 2014 6:24 pm

Does this interfere with then RSS feed? I didn’t get a notification from my podcasts app telling me there was a new video.

Otherwise, looks pretty cool!

    Marc Spagnuolo January 24, 2014 7:08 pm

    Nope, I just screwed up. Check your feed now.

cpatno January 24, 2014 5:03 pm

Marc this is a fantastic update! I would sometimes get frustrated about the lack of resume. Add to that this is truly faster and this is exactly why you have the #1 woodworking site. Great job!
Craig

billyd3152 January 24, 2014 4:22 pm

Definite improvement Marc.

65ah3000 January 24, 2014 1:55 pm

I like it!! The viewing is much better now. Thanks for doing the upgrade.

secutanudu January 24, 2014 1:13 pm

I use AdBlocker in firefox…the download button was there for me.

dbolen January 24, 2014 12:32 pm

gosh darn fast in loading, love the chapters

benkel January 24, 2014 11:37 am

Oh, I forgot something: “skip to where you left off” is awesome!!!

benkel January 24, 2014 11:35 am

Hi Marc,

I really like the loading speed with as far as I can tell HD quality on my iPad and I find the chapter option very usefull. I usually watch the entire video and afterwards I used to have to play around with that little time knob to review again one or the other section. So for me this is a very comfortable player.

Many thanks and best regards from Germany,
Michael

garyprott January 24, 2014 11:00 am

When I first saw that box on the side I thought what the heck is that. I don’t like it. Blah blah blah. After using it my old “set in my ways attitude” changed. Sometimes change is good. Now if I could just figure out how to copy and paste. LOL. Thanks Marc.

karyan January 24, 2014 10:58 am

Impressive! “My Guild Experience” has definitely been improved. The video quality is great and the video loading/response is fantastic. Thanks, Marc!

wstokes January 24, 2014 10:50 am

Awesome

hutch January 24, 2014 10:33 am

Thank you Marc! I appreciate that you’re never satisfied with “good enough”.

muthrie January 24, 2014 10:10 am

New video experience .. awesome!! love the sections to the side.

Mikecorwin January 24, 2014 10:09 am

The chapters feature alone is worth the price of admission! Awesome upgrade, thanks very much.