Author Topic: Cornica comeback - Video entertainment for MacOS users - opinions, please  (Read 673 times)

Offline Bolkonskij

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Hey everyone,

so you long-timers may remember Nicolas Bahamondes attempt to create a plattform for MacOS users to stream videos online back in 2012. If you don't remember it, don't worry - it was unfortunately rather short lived. But I really liked the idea.

Ever since I had the idea of bringing it back as sort of an archive of Quicktime movies. I talked to Nicolas, the original creator, who thankfully approved of the idea and gave me the green light to use the name and logo.

What exactly is it?

I've created a basic version of Cornica that allows you to download and watch Quicktime videos on your Macintosh. I've hand-coded the website according to HTML 3.2 specs, so that even a Quadra or PowerMac 6100 running an old Netscape or Internet explorer will be able to fully use the website and download videos.

Right now, Cornica consists of the Quicktime videos I had on my HDDs. I've also converted some great videos from elsewhere with author's permission (like YouTube's 65scribe). One To-Do for the next weeks is to allow user uploads, so ya'll being able to send-in videos. (though each video will be moderated)

This does not aim to be a 2nd YouTube. (which is why this is no Youtube proxy!) I do want Cornica to be a genuin Quicktime archive

    * with hand-picked video content that celebrates the 80s, 90s and early 00's, our Macs and lifestyle
    * with zero influencers, ads, fake news, political stuff or something
    * that is simply a fun place to hang out with your old Mac. (ok, emulated systems too)
    * that makes people dust off their old Macs and use them again, because they are still good for something, even if "only" for entertainment.

or simply put - the general idea is to make this a place for you and your old Mac to have fun!

Check out the the current version: http://www.cornica.org

The videos are all hosted on the mighty Macintosh Garden servers (who, if not them, has experience with hosting/downloads? :) ). So Cornica won't likely just disappear overnight - which is important to me!

What I am most interested in is whether or not you would use Cornica?
Is that something interesting for you?
Any feature you'd love to see? (except user uploads)

Thanks for any feedback, appreciate it! :)

(And thanks to DieHard for permitting me to post this thread here *thumbs up*)
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Offline Philgood

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Absolutely!
Will take a look hopefully this night.
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That's so cool Bolkonskij.

Just watched a few videos I'd not seen before. It worked really well with my OS8.1/QT3/Netscape 4.8/ 8500.
Will return when I have more free time.

It just proves to me that today's incompatibilities are unnecessary.

Offline DieHard

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Talk about a resurrection, awesome job, I am sure many will like this and great to have you here :)

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This looks amazing! Will definitely check out sometime soon! :D
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I watched some commercials on my os9 1Ghz titanium. Working great. Some wouldn't load can't remember which one. Will try again and report back.
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Thanks for trying out and the feedback everyone! I've experimented really quite some time to find the best settings for the videos to work on both 68k and PowerPC, I'm not sure this is the perfect solution but the best I could come up with to run on almost all Macs.

@ovalking - Thanks for testing on original hardware! I've only tested it on my 8600/200 so far, so I'm really interested in all reports from people testing it on older hardware.

I wonder if anyone of you has a Mac with a 030 or 040 CPU and would try ? I know these people will be a minority but I still want to support them if possible. The Quadras or Centris are lovely machines.

@philgood - thanks for the feedback! All videos but two old small ones (the Quadra ad and Sculley interview) are exported to quickly start streaming. But those two are so small in size that it's only like 5-10 seconds before they are completly loaded.

If you remember the names of the videos that wouldn't start, please let me know and I'll check. As a rule of thumb you're always better off simply downloading and running the videos locally - 90s style ;-)

@DieHard - thanks (again) for the kind words! I believe there is still so much potential left in our machines if only we'd unearth more of it. Look at the amazing things the Amiga people do with their inferior machines / OS ;-)

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I forgot to mention...I'm using classilla as browser.
Using classilla when clicked on the videos they would immediately begin to stream, so it was very convenient. The two videos that were not working would show a progression bar loading but finally appear as broken.
I'm sorry can't really get back to it until this night.
« Last Edit: March 05, 2020, 11:25:12 AM by Philgood »
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Holy Cow! ;D ;D

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>I wonder if anyone of you has a Mac with a 030 or 040 CPU and would try ?

Don't normally visit the web with this machine, but just tried some small videos on a Performa 475 / Sys 7.5.5 / Netscape 4.08 / QT 2.5 and it does work!
Wuff.mov was an exception that did not play after it downloaded though.

Still using the 475 to post this message...

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Wow, awesome. Thanks for trying and reporting back, ovalking. Really appreciate it!

I will look into the wuff.mov for what is wrong as it should play fine!

How are rendering times on the LC 475? I've really tried whatever possible to make the website render fast on older Macs but then I've only got a 8600 for testing.

In the meantime, Cornica has seen two updates with new content (about 30+ videos) for any category. There's also a new "Applications" section which will cover videos on applications. I hope to get some cool tutorial videos up soon. So for the time being, enjoy! (and let me know if it works for you or not) :)
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