also, popup windows for embedded video has been a norm for long time.  many video art sites have always taken this approach as well as mainstream media sites.  it's obviously a fine method. 
truth is, it's largely a myth on how many people actually hate 'intended' popups.  just because ad spam gave it a bad taste does not mean logically its bad UI. 

the worst approach is to *only* directly link to video.
that should only be a companion link so that the video can be more easily downloaded with a 'save as'.  but to offer playback, embed either inline or in popup. 


On 4/17/06, Steve <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
Im a vlog rookie, but I want to contribute. First, Im one of the few
that enjoys the "Pop-Up" video experience, as seen on Verdi's site. It
puts me in control. And speaking as an E-Business Director (my day-
job) I dont consider a user-initiated pop-up a "pop-up" -- a user is
opening your content in a new window, and most browser "pop-up"
blockers view it that way also.

Fundamentally, I believe two things are most important -- 1) the user
has some control, and 2)the freakin video plays! It doesn't matter
what you offer if your video takes 3 minutes to load, and although the
embed is cool, your user's experience is suffering as I wait on your
video to start. If Im honest, Verdi's site may have won me over
to "pop-ups" simply because his videos launch and play so quickly and

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