Video clips - format no longer needed?

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For links to video clips, the submission guide (https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/titles/links-to-external-sites/G3FNEK9DW6TXW87J#) gives the following format for descriptions:
WebsiteName - description (Language)

Examples:
  • YouTube - behind the scenes
  • Vimeo - full movie
  • BestMovies - interview with the stars (Italian)

However, when one is actually submitting a video clip, the format guide is different:



Note that the above guide requires one to include a video format such as Flash or Quicktime as part of the description, even though the submission guide does not mention that. I suspect that the time when the video format needed to be mentioned passed a few years ago and that is no longer relevant to users wanting to watch videos online.

Could the staff please remove the requirement of a video format from the on-screen guide, as well as removing the words "(Flash)" and "(Quicktime)" from the examples?
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Hello, gromit82. 

If the rules changed, then it might be a bit unfortunate - I already have such a habit of formulating the description that way, that I might have problems readjusting to variant without "(Flash)" and such.
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On the old IMDb message boards, we had thread with a similar topic. There was no consensus about what protocol or convention should be adopted for the future, but consideration given to the idea of using "HTML5", "Flash", "Quicktime", "Silverlight", "Java" or the specific audiovideo codec (like H.264 or VP6) rather than the file type name or container format name. It just depends upon the nature of the content found at a given URL. A lot of high-profile sites that support HTML5 still support Flash, so it is a toss up as to which one of those two to use. I just leave the descriptions for those sites blank usually. The fact is that there too many different ways that an HTML page can deliver content. Some require JavaScript to be enabled, and some do not, regardless of the HTML "video" tag being used. Some require special plugins, and some do not, regardless of the "embed" or "object" tags of HTML being used. Then there is the matter of URLs of video files themselves; a fixed (non-expiring) downloadable rather than a streaming content deliverer. For those kinds, it may be important to know the container format, the video codec and the audio codec. Maybe we just indicate within the parentheses whether the content is for "Streaming" or is a "Download", and only incorporate codec details into the latter.
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Jeorj, beat me to it. A few hours ago I remembered that I myself added downloadable video links. Of course, streaming services now are much more common now, but IMDb as there through the peak period of downloadable videos, so there are literally tens of thousands of such links. 
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Hi All -

Thanks for all your comments above, I have filed a ticket with the appropriate team to take a look and see if the updates you suggested can be made.  As soon as I have a status I will update you here.
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That is a good point, Tom. Often the only way an end user finds out is when his/her web browser indicates that a plugin must be activated or installed altogether. For the most part, the "format" indicator is antiquated because nowadays just about all web servers accommodate multiple web browsers, most up-to-date graphical web browsers support multiple plugins/conventions, and most video player programs support every format+codec.
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Hi All -

I'm just following-up here to confirm that the text changes have been made within the submission form for Video links:



Thanks again for your feedback!  Cheers!
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Thanks, Michelle! I just tested this, and it appears to be working fine.

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