Double View Casting (2)
Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
||Nice video quality 720P WMV @ 4Mbits / Sec
Quite a novel idea of multiple viewing angles of the same scene.
No download limits
No regional pricing
Reputable billing through Epoch
||Although your 30$ gets you access to firstanalquest.com as well, there are much bigger networks featuring many of the same models for lower price.
Only 25 videos but they do come with matching photo sets
Photos are quite low res at 1024 x 682 but mysteriously are quite large file sizes (~300KB)
No choice of quality, 720P is all you get. For me personally this is not a con, as I always go for the highest video quality but I know a lot of people have limited bandwidth.
To get the gimmick of the site, twice as much video data needs to be downloaded, one wmv file for each of the camera angles which are usually about 800 MB each.
Very slow download speeds. Using a download manager I can get about 500kbps when downloading multiple files. Using their player program it took almost 15 mins to download 20 MB.
Very, very similar content style and models available on many other sites.
The software required to watch the multiple angles is very basic and does not want to work half the time.
||As the name of the site suggests, the idea behind DoubleViewCastings.com is to give you multiple viewing angles (well 2) of the same scene and allow you to switch between them at will.
This is possible by downloading and installing the special player software from the website. How this all works is very basic, as is their player software. From the player it is possible to browse the updates available and upon clicking "play" the scene will be downloaded to your PC. As the download speed is downright awful, you could be waiting a while before the video actually plays, never thought I would say it but streaming would have seemed like a better choice.
Once the video has downloaded and starts to play, you can switch between the viewing angles by pressing F1 and F2. Essentially all this is doing is playing one wmv, when you press the button to switch opens the 2nd wmv and seeks to the same position.
I would have much preferred it if they would have used a standard video container format that supports multiple video streams, for example MKV, which would have allowed me to use the player of my choice. That would have also reduced the download size by a little as the same audio stream could have been shared between the 2 video streams. However the video files you download either via the website or from the software are standard wmv files which can be played in your usual media player but obviously the ability to switch angles is lost.
Also the "DoublePlayer" does not want to work half the time. Sometimes scenes that I have already downloaded wont start to play and other times it will play with sound only and no video
As the download speed using the provided player is so god awful, I would recommend downloading the wmv's from the main site and then putting them in the correct place.
On Windows Vista, the player downloads and expects to find its videos in:
Just download the 2 wmv's, rename them to zzint1.wmv and zzint2.wmv and put them in a folder matching the models name. If you start up the player in offline mode, it will find the videos and allow you to play them.
While the content is not really anything new and different, it was quite novel to be able to have a small amount of interactivity with the scene. If you like this style of content it is worth joining. If not, the gimmick won't change your mind.
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