Which video providers are currently supported?
Currently, Overstream supports the following video providers:
YouTube, Google Video, MySpace Video, Veoh (*), Blip.tv, Archive.org (*) and Vimeo.com.
This list will continue to grow. If you are a video provider who would like to appear in this list and give the internet community the ability to overstream your videos, please write to us at . If you are a company or an institution interested in using our services, please consider the Overstream Client Services.
What is required of my browser for Overstream to work?
Which languages are supported by Overstream for use in subtitles?
Overstream supports all languages. (The technical explanation is that UTF-8 encoding is used everywhere on the site.) However, in order to work, the language must be installed on the viewer's computer. If you write your overstream in Japanese, only those viewers who have Japanese installed will be able to see it properly. Most languages come already installed with your operating system, but some need to be installed explicitly.
For example, in order for Japanese to work, East Asian language support must be enabled in Windows XP. Also, for right-to-left languages (such as Arabic, Hebrew and Persian), right-to-left language support should be enabled. Both East Asian and right-to-left language support in Windows XP can be enabled from Settings > Control Panel > Regional And Language Options > Languages tab.
Why does the video playhead sometimes jump back a bit during playback after I move it?
In the Overstream Editor (and the Overstream Player as well), you will notice that when you move the playhead as the video is playing, it will not start from the playhead position, but will instead jump a little forward or backward and then start from there. Unfortunately, this behavior is related to how the streaming technology functions: for some video streams, the points in the video from which it can start playing are defined by cue points (like Chapters on a DVD) embedded into the video by its creators. For the same reason, as you move the playhead, only the video frames corresponding to the cue points can be shown on the screen. Thus, if the video has a lot of cue points, moving the playhead will feel very precise, but if there are few, the playhead will visibly jump.
My overstream won't play anymore... what happened?
Since we do not host the video streams, it is possible that the video which you have used for an overstream will later become unavailable (e.g., it is deleted from the video provider's server by its poster). In this case, your overstream will no longer play. However, if you find another copy of the same video, you can repair your overstream by opening it in the Overstream Editor and replacing its video URL with the new one.
How do I download my subtitles to my computer?
You can export the subtitles as a .srt file. To download the subtitles, open your overstream in the Overstream Editor, click on Tools in lower right corner and select Export as SRT. Click the 'Save' button, and save the subtitles as a .srt file.
If your subtitles have any non-english characters, at least on Windows you might need to do the following to make sure the subtitles render correctly when played back. Open the .srt file in Notepad, and select File > Save As. At the bottom of the Notepad Save dialog you will see "Encoding". Select "UTF-8" encoding. (If you subtitles are in english only then it does not matter, but some other characters will only render correctly if the encoding is UTF-8).
Note: If you are having trouble saving the subtitles using the 'Save' button, you can do the following instead:
On Windows: Click on "Copy To Clipboard", then open Notepad (e.g., by going to Start > Run > type "notepad"). Paste the clipboard contents into Notepad (e.g., either press Ctrl-V or select Edit > Paste from menu). Now save the file, selecting the UTF-8 encoding if your subtitles contain non-english characters.
On Macintosh: Click on "Copy To Clipboard", then open TextEdit. Paste the clipboard contents into TextEdit. Choose 'Make Plain Text' under 'Format' in the menubar. Now save the file, selecting the UTF-8 encoding if your subtitles contain non-english characters.
How do I download my overstream to my computer?
If you want to view an overstream in the absence of internet access, you might want to download the overstream to your computer.
How do I get my subtitles to the video provider (e.g. YouTube)?
First, export the subtitles as a .srt file as described above.
Then, if you are the owner of the original video and if the video provider supports import of .srt subtitles (as YouTube does), upload the subtitles for your video to the video provider.
See Overstream user tutorial and YouTube blog entry for reference on how to upload subtitles to YouTube.
I love your free service. How can I donate some money to keep it going?
You can to Overstream via Paypal. Thank you!