Foliovision Making the web work for you 2018-06-25T10:39:37Z https://foliovision.com/feed/atom WordPress Dia Takacsova <![CDATA[Jan and The Skies of Slovakia]]> https://foliovision.com/?p=67512 2018-06-20T07:07:00Z 2018-06-19T22:17:03Z Bastien Internicola is a French filmmaker based in Paris. Currently a freelancer, Bastien has produced various short films for fashion brands, musicians or sportsmen.

Each of his campaigns for Printemps, a large departments store for fashion, luxury and beauty is an individual, well-crafted story rich in details - somewhere between a commercial and creative narrative. His series of teasers for Thibault Cauvin's Vivaldi album paints an intimate portrait of the renowned guitarist, revealing the creative process, hard work and the artist's dedication.

Jan and The Skies of Slovakia is, however, a very different work of the author. In the second half of 2017, Bastien visited Slovakia - to be precise, the highest mountain range in the Carpathian Mountains, the Tatra Mountains - and charmed by the picturesque landscapes, he decided to film a short tale.

On the way back I met this man, Jan. About 40 something. I was all lost and tired and lost. He had a dog, he was so calm.
We took his car and drove.
And then it all stopped. Nothing.
The vertigo, the nausea, the emptiness.
Everything.

Sunlit wind turbine fields. The initial autumn landscape of colourful trees is slowly changing to the monochromatic winter land of snow and ice. The landscape - as seen from the sky - turns the trees to an almost homogenous pattern. The smooth movement is captivating. Somewhere down there, two people are walking, wrapped in silence and surrounded by tall trees - but this all seem so distant. 

The piano music's gradation accompanies the viewer throughout the piece. The result is dramatic yet calming; the narrative creates a steady rhythm, where scenes are passing by like a poem.

The perfect technical execution also reveals the author's wholehearted approach to capturing the moments he lived in the heart of the Tatra Mountains. Most of the shots featured in the short are aerial - all of them recorded on a DJI Mavic Pro drone. The video was both produced and directed by Bastien Internicola. The Slovak text was read by Rita Smitkova, and is subtitled in English. 

Enjoy this atmospheric piece! 

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Follow Bastien Internicola on his Vimeo channel | Instagram | Twitter | website.

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Natalia <![CDATA[How to download all the photos from your Twitter account]]> https://foliovision.com/?p=67292 2018-06-11T11:44:38Z 2018-06-11T11:42:47Z Recently one of our clients came to us with a problem. Their computer has been stolen, together with tons of images they used on their website and social media. But they found a way how to save at least some of the images. They found out that they can download them all from Twitter. So they downloaded their Twitter profile archive, but got stuck on how to actually get to the images and came to us for help.

First things first, how do you download your Twitter archive?

  • Log in to your Twitter account
  • Go to your account's Settings and privacy (click on your profile image at the upper right corner and hit "Settings and privacy")
  • Click on Your Twitter data. You will find it as a menu item on the left-hand side and type in your password.
  • All kinds of information will appear, but you want to scroll all the way down and click on the Request data button next to "Twitter" and wait for a download link that you will receive in your inbox.

Download the Twitter archive, unpack the file – and you'll find... That the images are not there.

Once you have the archive, you have to find index.html, the archive browser interface provided in the downloaded file, and you can browse all your tweets with photos. Except those photos are saved on Twitter servers and not on your computer. So I was looking for a quick and easy way to download them.

Very soon I found I'm not going to download the images by hand. Firstly, there were too many images, and moreover, they had very random names such as aovOSMvLW8Zlf.jpg.

Then I stumbled upon this nice little script written by Marcin Wichary. The script is called twitter-export-image-fill. It was initially released in 2016 and the most recent update was a month ago and it had good reviews 241, so I supposed it is worth a try. I downloaded the ZIP file  and read the instructions:

  1. Request your Twitter archive from the bottom of https://twitter.com/settings/account.
  2. Wait for the email.
  3. Download the archive from the email.
  4. Unpack it somewhere.
  5. Go to the root directory of that archive and run `twitter-export-image-fill.py` there (using terminal/command line).

I've already done the first 4 items on the list, so the only thing that's left to do was to run the script. Most computer users probably won't have any issues with downloading the archive and the script, but how does one run it? If you're already familiar with command line, then just run the code. However, if don't know where to start, it's explained in detail below.

The script ends with '.py' which means it's written in Python. To run a Python script, you have to have Python installed on your computer first. Find the latest release here, and install it as any other app.

Now move the twitter-export-image-fill.py file from the downloaded script to the root folder of your Twitter archive. That means it will be in the main folder where the index.html browser interface is saved.

Note: At this point, I will continue to write about how to do this on a Mac. I don't think it's not that different on a PC.

Open Terminal. It's a command line app that is built into your OS X. At first sight, it looks like a TextEdit (Notepad), but the lines you write there behave like commands and actually do stuff.

First you want to let Terminal know in which folder you want to work in. Type in "cd" (stands for "change directory") and the path to the archive folder. Example:

cd /Users/Natalia/Desktop/Twitter_archive_folder/

Hit Enter.

Although it might look like nothing much happened, you're on the right track, Now type:

python twitter-export-image-fill.py


Hit Enter. The script should start running right now. If the Terminal's answer is "Scanning" and "XY images/videos downloaded", then all is good.

You can also check your Twitter archive folder. Open the main folder, then navigate through these sub-folders: /main folder/data/js/tweets/. In the /tweets folder, you will find images divided into folders according to date when they were published. The folders' name structure is year_month_media (e.g. 2017_02_media) and the images have similarly structured names, too. This is a nice feature because you don't end up with a bunch of randomly-named images all mixed together.

And there's one more interesting thing that caught my attention during downloading the photos. The script has this small disclaimer:

(You can cancel any time. Next time you run, the script should resume at the last point.)

If you have loads and loads of photos, the download process can last quite some time. Mine took a few hours, so I decided I will test this feature. I started the download in the office on my laptop. In the evening I simply closed my computer, with the script running, and went home. The script stopped, obviously. To resume the script, just type in the same commands as you did when you started, and the download will resume. When finished, you'll get this answer (of course with numbers relevant to you):

Done!
475 images downloaded in total.

993 videos have **NOT** been downloaded.
If you want, use the include-videos option to download videos.
For more info, use --help, or look at https://github.com/mwichary/twitter-export-image-fill<br type="_moz" />

NM00SK

How to download all the photos from your Twitter account

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Martin Vicenik <![CDATA[FV Player 7 Beta]]> https://foliovision.com/?p=66816 2018-06-05T13:58:28Z 2018-06-04T12:00:00Z FV Player 7 is finally out in beta testing! For now it's for the licensed FV Player users only - to get it just upgrade your FV Player Pro plugin and make sure you switch to the Beta branch.

For existing FV Player Pro Beta users:

If you are already using the Beta and would prefer to keep using FV Player 6 for a while, then just switch back to FV Player Pro Release version - all the FV Player Pro Beta features were merged in it.

If you continue using the Beta branch and upgrade, you will get FV Player 7 Beta automatically.

Quick list of important changes:

  • New player design and skin options
  • New Flowplayer core video engine
  • Support for autoplay on mobile
  • Improved Vimeo embedding (Pro)
  • Improved YouTube embedding (Pro)
  • Improved video buffering
  • Chromecast support

Design changes

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For the last skin you can adjust all of the settings:

You can also change the way the timeline behaves and the way the icon look. There are fewer color settings now, but they make more sense.

Core video engine changes

The core video engine has been upgraded from Flowplayer 6.0.5 to Flowplayer 7.2.6. This whole operation took a lot more time than initially expected. Big part of that was caused by much longer development of Flowplayer 7 until it finally got a release which we consider stable.

Autoplay policy changes

iOS >= 11 and new Chrome versions on Android (not just laters Android phones, even Android 4.4) support autoplaying of muted videos. Then you have to tap the speaker icon to unmute the video. FV Player 7 handles these new device/browser capabilities properly.

Meanwhile some of the browsers started to adapt the autoplay restrictions from the mobile world to the desktop browsing experience. First Safari 11 (released in September 2017) blocked any autoplay video which is not muted and then Chrome 66 (released in April 2018) started to block the autoplay if it's not muted and if the user didn't interact with the site videos before (using Media Engagement Index, you can read about that in our FV Player and Autoplay Issues article).

For FV Player 6 we only did a quick fix. In FV Player 7 the autoplay failure is detected and then retried with muted sound to ensure the video plays.

User interface changes

Buttons were moved into the control bar. From now there is a single button to get all the video qualities or video speeds, like there is one to pick the subtitles.

User AB loop - the loop selector now shows the start and end point times. The AB loop bar is also much wider to make it easier to use on mobile.

YouTube videos (Pro) are now embedded in a way which permits all the clicks to go to YouTube directly. That allows the 360 videos to be properly controlled. You can still enable the option to restrict these clicks.

Other improvements

Chromecast works only for the simple video types at least for now, we will explore the possibility of enabling it for HLS and MPEG-DASH streams (Vimeo).

We also need to work on enabling of the HLS DVR feature which allows pausing and seeking backwards in the live streams.

FV Player 7 Beta

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Dia Takacsova <![CDATA[Together]]> https://foliovision.com/?p=66786 2018-05-31T12:34:18Z 2018-05-31T07:17:39Z

Marko Roth is a German filmmaker and "media addict" who loves to chase the world. He illustrates content about travelling and diverse cultures, as well as narrates stories about the people behind these scenes. Originally from Frankfurt am Main, Marko travels to seek authentic encounters and capture emotional moments.

His work was shown in National Geographic, GEO, Lonely Planet or Spiegel Online and his current reel features clients such as Mercedes Benz, Air New Zealand, National Geographic or GoPro.

The young author has already visited about 40 countries, documenting Morocco, India, Nepal, South Africa or Brazil, among others. In his recent film Together, he takes us to Patagonia, driving 2000 kilometres accompanied by rough weather and passing mountains over 3000 meters high, travelling often hundreds of kilometres without encountering civilisation: 

We felt absolutely free. We didn’t plan anything in advance. Every minute desired spontaneity. There was no route – we were led by our instinct and feelings. We will never forget those indescribable moments of surreality. We had goosebumps caused by both: the temperature and the overwhelming size of the country.

Together showcases Marko's talent to capture moments and make the viewer part of them: almost each shot is a masterpiece itself. With shots of both majestic landscapes, close-ups and activities, the film is underlined with powerful music - keeping some of elements of the original background noise. 

One of the first things you will notice are the faded, almost melancholic colours: the colour grading is the work of Marina Starke. The film also includes slow motion scenes, drone video, beautifully blurred details shot on small aperture and a wide range of shooting angles. 

This film is about raw nature in all colours - from bright blue icebergs to orange, sun-lit meadows, as well as about capturing moments of pure joy and freedom. In the words of the author: 

I could smell the scent of freedom. Fresh cool air spread into every cell of my body. We sat together around the bonfire laughing and not worrying about every-day-life problems. We lived our adventure at the southernmost point of South America in the middle of massive mountains and breathtaking glaciers.

The result is not a travel video, nor a personal memory of the protagonists - rather a good balance between individual travel adventures and shots that could be easily part of a commercial. These are all tied together by the narrative, because - as the film's closing states - "It's never about where you go - it's about getting there. Together."

If you are still hesitating, read Marko's reflection on spontaneous adventures and complete freedom:

We are obsessed by always knowing the truth or what we consider as the truth. Questioning ourselves or unsureness does not seem appropriated in our society. [...] Being overwhelmed by decisions we should rather ask ourselves: What do we really need? Isn’t it easier living a simple life? Isn’t less sometimes more?

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Follow Marko Roth on his Vimeo channel | Instagram | Facebook | website.

Do you have a video you think we should feature, or is one of your friends a talented filmmaker? Submit your work at marketing@foliovision.com for a chance to be featured in our Video of the Week series!

DT00SK

Together

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Sanela Kurtek http://foliovision.com <![CDATA[Creating custom video splash screens: Best practices]]> https://foliovision.com/?p=66599 2018-05-25T13:55:53Z 2018-05-25T13:54:06Z First impressions are what counts when it comes to any aspect of online marketing. If you don't catch user's attention the first second they come across your post, that's it. You don't get a second chance. That's why it is so important to make your content visually attractive - whether it is a blog post, a podcast (yes, even a podcast) or a video.

Now, videos are very specific, since they already are a type of visual content, but unless you're running ads on TV or Youtube, the first thing people are going to see when they come across your video is the image that presents what the video will be about, also known as the splash screen.

There are many types of splash screens you can choose for your video, depending on the topic. But the most important thing is not to leave it to chance and just use the automatically generated splash screen. Facebook, Youtube and Vimeo all offer automatically generated splash screens. That's fine if you're in a hurry to post your video and the generated images actually look good. But it also means that often you'll come across real estate video tours with an image of a toilet as the splash screen.

Since people judge both articles and videos by the images they first see, and if they don't like your splash screen, they won't play your video. So you should always customize and pick something easily recognizable. 

I've chosen a couple of vloggers/video makers I think are good examples of how to use custom splash screens to your advantage.

Vlogging

If you're a vlogger, people are probably used to seeing your face in the video, so make sure to include it in the splash screen.

As an example, let's take Megan Ellaby, fashion blogger/vlogger from Manchester. Her video thumbnails are very easily recognizable and it is becasue she's consistent. It's always Megan you see in the image and she uses the same fun yellow font as a part of her brand. When it comes to any kind of online content or online promotion, consistency is the key, if you want to be successful.

Video Lessons 

If you post online video lessons of any kind, you might want to include some text in your splash screens as well. If you're seen in the video, definitely take a screenshot and add the text afterwards. A good example would be Rand Fishkin and the Whiteboard Fridays videos he used to do at Moz. He left Moz a couple of months ago to form his own startup called SparkToro, but they're continuing to post Whiteboard Friday articles and videos in the same way. 

Fishkin's splash screens always show a whiteboard and in most of them, he's standing in front of the white board - making both him and the Whiteboard Fridays easily recognizable at first glance.

High-definition travel and nature videos

Each week we choose a video to feature on our blog. We focus on exquisite cinematography, captivating stories or images. To find the videos, we have to go through number of films whether on Vimeo or Youtube. If our topic for the week is timelapses, or nature films of some kind, I find I'm more likely to play the video if it has 4K in the thumbnail or in its name. That also applies to videos that lists their awards in the splash screen as well. It makes them more interesting and it separates them from the rest of the videos in the search results. However, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't also choose a captivating image to go with your text.

Low-res videos

If you have a low resolution video filmed on your front-facing phone camera, it won't do you any good to try and create a beautiful HD splash screen image. Don't try to trick people. You might think it will attract more people to watch it, and it probably will, but at the same time once people actually play your video, the big difference in quality will make them leave instantly. Instead, find a good, interesting or funny shot from the video, take a screenshot and use it as your splash screen.

For example, Eva Kramerová, also known as Evelyn, is a Slovak comedian, who posts funny videos in which she's playing Gitka, a "typical" Eastern Slovakian woman finding herself in a number of strange situations which she then describes to her friend on the phone. The videos are filmed on a front-facing phone camera and Evelyn doesn't bother much with the splash screens. In her case, her fans know exactly what to expect from these videos and they're a part of her brand, so the Youtube generated automated splash screens are a good choice.  

However, if you're serious about videos, and you're not a comedian like Evelyn, you should strive to improve their quality. We have the technology, so don't be lazy and just learn how to use it to your advantage. 

Great tools to create high-quality splash-screens

Once you've decided what kind of a splash screen you want, you'll need some tools to prepare it. Here are the ones I use. 

iMovie

If you want a screenshot of your video, you should export the image you want straight from the video editing software you're using. I usually use iMovie, because I do very basic video editing, but it's very easy to export good images for your videos and the quality is much better than just taking screenshots of the video. 

Once you've chosen the frame you want to use as your splashscreen image, click on export as image and voilà, you got your splash screen - whether it's just the image that you'll add some text onto or a final image.

I haven't worked with Windows in a while, but Movavi looks like a good alternative to iMovie. If any of you Windows users has a suggestion, please let us know in the comments!

Canva

There are plenty of tools you can use to edit your image and add text. I recommend using Canva. Their free version is really powerful and I haven't found a reason yet to even think about upgrading.

Start by creating a new design and choose the right dimensions depending on your video. Then just add your video screenshot and some text to it. Just make sure the font is easily readable and to use the same font for each of your splash screens.

Tips on creating your own custom splash screen:

  1. Make it recognizable
  2. Don't overcomplicate
  3. The text should be easy to read
  4. Size it properly - the standard is 1280px720 or 1920x1080
  5. Make sure your cover looks good when sized down, so zoom out to test it while working on your image.
How to add a custom splash screen if you're using FV Player on your WordPress site

FV Player will also generate automatic splash screens for you, but it gives you the option to upload your own video covers as well. You can even set a default splash image for all your videos. If your videos are hosted on Vimeo or Youtube, FV Player will automatically pull the splash screen used on the platforms, but you can, of course, replace them with your custom images.

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Martin Vicenik <![CDATA[FV Player and Autoplay Issues]]> https://foliovision.com/?p=66389 2018-06-19T14:32:15Z 2018-05-18T09:44:41Z

FV Player 7 is finally out with working autoplay in latest Chrome! It's available for beta testing for the licensed FV Player users - to get it just upgrade your FV Player Pro plugin and make sure you switch to the Beta branch.

We received an increased amount of complaints about autoplay not longer working lately. That's because of the new restrictions set in Google Chrome 66 - the most popular web browser.

I'm sure you don't like when you visit some website and suddenly there is upbeat music playing from everywhere and you have no idea what's going on. So companies like Apple or Google are gradually making it harder and harder for websites to play a video without user intervention.


This is how the error appears on browser console

It was working like that forever for mobile users, also saving the precious mobile internet bandwidth. Then the issue became so big that desktop browser started to address it as well. First Safari 11 (released in September 2017) blocked any autoplay video which is not muted. Now Chrome 66 (released in April 2018) blocks autoplay video unless:

  • User has interacted with the domain before by clicking or tapping on the website.
  • Or the user's Media Engagement Index (MEI) threshold has been crossed, meaning the user has previously play video with sound.

So if a user has played a video on your site before, further videos can autoplay without issues. Otherwise only muted autoplay is allowed. You ca read full details in this article: Autoplay Policy Changes on developers.google.com

So to prevent broken playback we disabled video autoplay in FV Player 6.6.1 for Chrome 66. However it's only a quick workaround before we get FV Player 7 our the door.

Why don't you just fix it?

Fixing the issue for FV Player 6 is not easy, specially as the MEI score can't be reset. That's really bad for web developers - you simply can't predict what the first-time visitor gets on your website. Read more in the "In Chrome 66, how do I reset the Media Engagement Index (MEI)?" topic on Google Chrome Help Forum. The answer is you can't do that (apart from creating a new user account on your computer, or trying to access your website under new domain name, believe me - I tried).

Update for web developers:

You can start a new Chrome browser which won't have any of the Media Engagement Index set by setting the user data directory to a non-existing folder, like this (the command is for OS X):

/Applications/Google\ Chrome.app/Contents/MacOS/Google\ Chrome --user-data-dir=fake-folder --incognito --auto-open-devtools-for-tabs http://example.com/what-you-need-to-debug

Beside that the developers are really hating it and now Google is already reverting some of the changes:

  1. Game developers hated Chrome 66. Here's how Google is making amends on Mashable.com
  2. Google tried to block autoplay videos on Chrome, But it broke apps and games on TheGuardian.com

Your Google Chrome remembers you interacting with your site, so it will always autoplay videos on your website, while first-time visitors would get into trouble with broken video playback.


Unfortunately the video wouldn't play at all!

I really hope Google Chrome will allows us to edit the MEI scores using some debug tool soon.

FV Player 7 

You might heard about FV Player 7 before and wonder why is it taking us so long to release it. As you might know we use Flowplayer for the core video technology. And while:

  • Flowplayer 6 release took only 6 releases before becoming stable
  • Flowplayer 7 already has 15 releases out and it's not clear if 7.2.6 is really the final stable release yet! But let's not blame the Flowplayer team for it - the evolution of technology is speeding up constantly (not sure if it's always going the right way though)

So it's taking a while, but we didn't just wait, we submitted fixes and bug reports to it as well, so we are really working hard to make sure you get a reliable product.

Now it is about to be launched for beta testing for all of our FV Player Pro users and it handles this scenario well. The video simply autoplays without sound. Then if the user likes the video he might unmute it (increasing MEI score). And the Chrome browser notices that and will allow videos to autoplay on the future visits.


All of this change of how desktop browsers work has an upside as well - the behavior of mobile and desktop browsers is getting unified.

FV Player and Autoplay Issues

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Dia Takacsova <![CDATA[8328 short film / court métrage]]> https://foliovision.com/?p=66197 2018-05-14T23:09:04Z 2018-05-14T22:50:39Z

Marc-André Girard is a young Montreal-based film director and creative who works on commercials, TV shows and wrote two theatre plays, 40 OUEST and Presto. He is an author of several short films including Mauser, YUL and 12 Weeks - a short which is expressing the unspeakable loss experienced by a mother who suffers a miscarriage in a mall’s restroom. 12 Weeks was selected at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 2016 and has been acquired and broadcast on Air Canada flights as part of the "Québec Gold" category.

In his recent work, 8328 short film / court métrage, the author tells a simple yet powerful story of two characters, all in a seemingly ordinary setup:

For Raymond, the house at 8328 seemed like one of the others ... until he knocked on his door. Meeting a little boy dressed as Spiderman and a man with a heavy past, two people to whom life does not make gifts. Apart from small wooden sculptures!

Starring Guy Thauvette and Alex Dupras, the film guides the viewer through many different emotions in a short time: there are expectations, surprises, there is humour - and a great wisdom. The short can be interpreted as a story of judgement, patience and forgiving, presented in a captivating form.

The visuals, sound, post-processing and acting are all simple and don't leave room for any confusion. The story is well-told: the sudden shift of tone leaves room for the viewer's imagination. But this all would be incomplete without the author's sensitivity and empathy - something he demonstrated in his previous work, too:

I want to tell stories in my own way - no matter what medium is used, 

Marc-André said in an interview for Phi Centre. A common element present throughout the author's work is a focus small stories that might not shock or seek the viewer's attention as "first plan" but are brought to light by chance.

The story of Raymond and Hugo isn't an easy one: both characters reveal only part of it. In 8328, Marc-André managed to create the perfect balance between a gripping situation, crisp dialogues and moving characters. The film was produced by Pixcom Productions: the image is the work of Philippe Arsenault, editing by André Roy and with music by Alex Mc Mahon. 

The result includes an untold question: how little or how much should we know before concluding any situation? Watch this thought-provoking piece!

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Follow Marc-André Girard on his Vimeo channel | Instagram | Twitter | website.

Do you have a video you think we should feature, or is one of your friends a talented filmmaker? Submit your work at marketing@foliovision.com for a chance to be featured in our Video of the Week series! 

DT00SK

8328 short film / court métrage

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Alec Kinnear http://foliovision.com <![CDATA[Why You Should Buy Vimeo Pro on Sale on Mother’s Day]]> https://foliovision.com/?p=66212 2018-05-11T22:24:37Z 2018-05-11T22:20:00Z I hope you are enjoying spring is blossoming into summer for you. It certainly is for us in Bratislava. Tables are back out in the street, music late into the night.

I'm writing this now to let you know that Vimeo is running a 30% off sale this weekend (get it here with code MOM30). As you probably know, we are big fans of Vimeo and have had our own Pro account for about seven years.

Vimeo offers the smoothest and most headache free encoding and hosting platform in the world. Vimeos encoded by Vimeo look great and stream fast. Vimeo's encoding is at much higher bitrates than YouTube as Vimeo prioritises quality of presentation over bandwidth. Vimeo hosts our own homepage video via API if you'd like to check HD performance.

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The only platform which can compete with Vimeo in terms of bang for the buck is YouTube (only because YouTube is free). The YouTube API has so many limitations and so much branding, that we only recommend YouTube for very specific situations like zero budget sites or sites with really active existing YouTube channels.

Vimeo very rarely runs sales so if you were on the fence about a Vimeo Pro account now is the time to leap. If you are thinking of live streaming, Vimeo now offers live streaming. It's a bit too rich for my taste at €70/month but I think it's just because we are so spoiled by our Pro Account with 1 TB of uploads per year at €15/month.

Those people who actually do live streaming probably think that's the most affordable high quality live streaming option in the world. I remember last time we were dealing with the live streaming guys they were asking figures like $500 for a couple of months worth of live streaming and bandwidth.

If you are trying to decide which Vimeo account to take, the one most FV Player Pro users need is the simple pro account at €16/month. The reason I say this are that:

  • it's unlikely you'll exceed 1 TB of uploads/year
  • the €40/month plan offers as its principal additional benefits enhancements to the video iframe player with Video Marketing tools like email capture. FV Player Pro covers email capture and overlays in native WordPress format with no iframes
  • you can already sell videos on Vimeo with the Pro plan (it's called Vimeo On Demand and is a great feature for casual video sales)
  • even this account allows unlimited bandwidth (apparently there are now limits with third party players of which we are one but the limits are very high

Risk is very low. You are on deck for less than €200/year which is what most video hosts or CDN's I know charge for just one month with 4000 GB of bandwidth, let alone 80 GB of new uploads and transcoding with nearly unlimited bandwidth. Even if you stream so much video that Vimeo eventually asks you to upgrade or move some of your video off to your own CDN, you will have recouped your investment tenfold. By the time Vimeo comes calling, your video site will be really successful. Paying Vimeo for your bandwidth or adding a CDN would be a good problem to have.


Vimeo Built-in Hires Encoding and Download Options

There's some new cool tools. We haven't taken advantage of all of them (we tried older third party integrated versions which then disappeared).

  • Three team members in Pro (used to be just one) outside of the owner account. This is really useful as you can lock down delete and management privileges to your internal team but allow external collaborators to upload videos to your account. We use this.
  • With a pro account, you can share direct downloads of master files with your visitors (more important for artistic work than marketing materials).
  • Video review tools to allow your team to share notes internally (we do this in project management so we don't switch platforms but if our content was all video driven we would probably move over to Vimeo based time-coded notes).
  • Version history, so you can track uploads and changes to a video. Very important in long distance edit collaboration.

Caveats

Unless you're a filmmaker or an editor, you probably don't want a Plus account at all, as members are not allowed to use a Plus account for anything except creative videos. The rules are pretty tight. There's no options to hide your videos completely from Vimeo users (you can password protect them). If it doesn't belong in a creative portfolio, you will eventually run into trouble with Vimeo Free or Plus. In the old days Vimeo didn't have pro accounts at all and these art-only policies were really a problem. Fortunately the Pro account tier solved that issue once and for all.

There's some publishers who just can't use Vimeo.

  1. escorts, adult sites and sex toy vendors (yes, really, specifically no toys or toy demos allowed)
  2. pyramid or confidence scheme operators
  3. some political commentators

Vimeo leans left politically so videos encouraging transgenderism are likely to be allowed as "inclusive". Pro-life or gender re-orientation videos will be banned eventually as "hateful". Most religious content is on thin ice at Vimeo. I'm a free speech sort of guy so this double standard on what is allowed and not allowed grates on me but you have to work pretty hard to fall outside the guidelines. I'll post something later this year about video hosting platforms which are reliably pro free speech (hint: it's not YouTube).

Most of us with real estate virtual showings or music tutorials or product demos will be fine. If I were to publish controversial political videos which could be construed as conservative, I'd make sure I hosted it elsewhere and kept my Vimeo account within the guidelines.

You'll also not want to try to use Vimeo to pirate copyright content (read Hollywood or even international movies). This can get your account disabled pretty quickly which is seriously inconvenient. Scrambling to move 2 TB of videos in days is never much fun!

Vimeo content warnings give you about one week to move house. If the issue is borderline, you will probably be allowed to remove specific videos and leave the rest of your account alone. Vimeo piracy warnings probably take force almost immediately as they leave Vimeo in considerable legal liability. Make sure to keep your rights contracts handy (always a good practice)!

Conclusion

Vimeo Pro is a no-lose proposition for even an occasional professional video publisher. You can't get anything like the smooth workflow, API or encoding quality for even five times the price on a small volume of videos. As an example, Wistia is $99/month with just 10 hosted videos and 200 GB of downward bandwidth vs 80 GB of upload and unlimited downward bandwidth.

A Wistia publisher can save a fortune by using Vimeo hosting and FV Player Pro as his or her marketing tool. A Wistia account with 25 videos and just 1 TB of download would be at least $305/month. Ouch. At 4 TB of bandwidth (we work with many publishers who exceed 4 TB) your monthly spend would be over $855/month or over $10K/year. That's 46 times more expensive or roughly the equivalent of five luxury week long getaways for your family per year. Some of Wistia's marketing tools are still more polished than ours (we'll get there later this year) but all the core features like overlays and end of video pop-up ads are there in FV Player Pro. FV Player Pro is way ahead of Wistia in terms of running third party ads.

I worry that Vimeo Pro Pricing is so good that eventually Vimeo will remove the basic Pro account for new users or radically downgrade its limits and leave only the Business Account for new users. If you don't have a Vimeo account yet or haven't yet upgraded to pro account yet here's where to grab Vimeo Pro at 30% off this weekend with code MOM30.

This offer starts tomorrow morning and only goes to midnight on Sunday so make sure you don't miss it. There's a 30 day money back guarantee so if you're not sure, it's an ideal time to test an alternative platform.

Why You Should Buy Vimeo Pro on Sale on Mother’s Day

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Martin Vicenik <![CDATA[FV Player: Video Sitemap]]> https://foliovision.com/?p=66090 2018-05-21T13:50:30Z 2018-05-10T15:41:58Z Until now the FV Player users were forced to use some other plugins (some of them paid) for video SEO. We decided even our free FV Player plugin should give you all you need to optimize your video for search engines.

This also makes it easier for the future - anytime we add some new function which could be added to the Video Sitemap or Schema.org markup we can do so without relying on the 3rd party plugin to support it.

So starting from FV Player version 6.6 you get all you need:

  1. XML Video Sitemap - the new addition
  2. Schema.org markup for video - added a year ago, see Using the Schema.org Markup to Improve SEO

Both features are enabled in the new "Video SEO" settings box:

The Video Sitemap has to provide direct links to the video files, so all the protected videos are excluded automatically. None of your Amazon S3, CloudFront, KeyCDN, BunnyCDN, StackPath, Amazon Drive, Vimeo or YouTube videos will show up.

We plan to improve that (FV Player supports iframe embedding so for these videos we could provide a link to the iframe as a direct player link), but before we do we need to detect the membership plugins or add a setting to let you exclude post types or categories to hide your membership sections.

We also need to add support for playlists.

Once you submit the Video Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools you will see a status report. Not all of the video might show up as indexed right away.

Other improvements

We also faced issues with FV Player when using asynchronous loading of JavaScript to really make the site loading asynchronous. Various FV Player Pro or FV Player VAST features were broken as soon as we activated that option in WP Rocket.

So we reworked the player initialization process a bit to wait for the other components (such as the Pro or VAST module) to finish loading before letting the video play. There is no noticeable delay in the player load times, but the Google PageSpeed scores can increase greatly once you enable the async script loading for your website.

The playlist presentation in lightbox was also improved a bit. Until now the first playlist video was appearing twice in the lightbox gallery.

We are also going to change the lightbox library to something more modern soon. Apart from that we are still working on the new FV Player database storage for your video information and updating the core video engine to Flowplayer 7.

Don't forget:

FV Player: Video Sitemap

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Martin Vicenik <![CDATA[Free video intelligence advertising integration]]> https://foliovision.com/?p=65180 2018-05-28T10:22:14Z 2018-05-09T23:42:33Z In case you ever thought about showing video ads with your videos, now is the time! FV Player adds support for the video intelligence video advertising.

Video ads are nothing new in FV Player, for years we have offered you a way of putting up your own custom video ads for the FV Player license owners in FV Player and we offered a way of using any video ad network with FV Player VAST - and we will continue to do so. Our goal is to always offer our publishers a platform agnostic solution and preserve your freedom.

In this case, vi.ai has an amazing offer for FV Player publishers which is a free ads solution with no upfront investment.  

You only have to register for the video intelligence account, which is really simple.

Once your account is confirmed, you just log in to your account on FV Player settings screen and the ads will start appear on your videos.

Then you collect your earnings via either PayPal or Wire Transfers. You can also get some basic stats right in your WordPress dashboard in FV Player.

You can see the video intelligence advertising on the video below:

[This post contains video, click to play]

Other News

We are finishing up on the Flowplayer 7 upgrade, which is taking a while (Flowplayer just released another bugfix version, it's good that we didn't rush to do the upgrade, as it had fair amount of issues on iOS, some of them we helped to discover or fix). We are also doing final testing of the Amazon S3 bucket browser which will be a part of FV Player to let you pick videos without having to copy-paste the links. It also supports Vimeo, so using FV Player will be much easier.

Behind the scenes we are also reworking the way the video information is stored - rather than using the WordPress shortcodes, which can only hold a limited amount of information, we are going to use a whole new database structure which will make FV Player more flexible and let us support all of the features for playlist items as well as single videos.

Don't forget:

Free video intelligence advertising integration

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