IMDb -- the Internet Movie Database -- is the premier Web destination for anyone interested in movies, TV shows, and the people who make them. And IMDb has remained a top site because it regularly introduces new tools and features that make the user's experience easier and more fun.
Its latest innovation -- built to take advantage of Internet Explorer 9 -- is the HD Trailer Gallery, a slick, easily browsable repository of high-definition movie trailers. The Trailer Gallery exploits HTML5's ability to embed videos directly on a page without the overhead and inconvenience of a plug-in. And IE9 handles high-definition native video with extra grace, because it works in concert with your graphics hardware.
The Trailer Gallery initially presents three featured films front and center, above a scrolling shelf that lets you select from hundreds of other recent movies. Roll your mouse over any of these choices, and a bubble pops up with basic information about the film: title, year, MPAA rating, genre, length, user rating, director, cast, tagline, and a brief plot summary. Click on a thumbnail, and the trailer opens in a new HTML5 video layer over the page. The interface is fast, lightweight, and easy to control. You can close the video in a snap, switch easily among three different resolutions (720p HD, 480p HD, and standard definition), zoom to full screen and back in an instant, and you can click through to the IMDb detail page. Once the video has completely loaded, you can drag the play head on the timeline back and forth for instantly responsive rewinding and fast-forwarding.
The site is especially addictive in Internet Explorer, given IE9's video horsepower. The Trailer Gallery experience is instantly gratifying, and the videos look so good that you might forget you're sitting in front of a computer.
This story, "Hi-Def Movie Trailers at Your Fingertips " was originally published by BrandPost.