Kyrgyzstan is the home of the second largest mountain lake in the world - Issyk-Kol lake, which translates to "warm lake" in the Kyrgyz language.
Youri Fernandez created a mesmerizing monochromatic skate video titled Skater's Paradise: ON/OFF.
You don't have to be a seasoned veteran programmer to notice that controling our player is based on using shortcodes. Shortcodes are a part of the WordPress core and they are specifically designed for simplifying the use of code in the editor.
You can think of them as a set of pre-defined macros - a series of words, shortcuts and symbols, that have to be used with an appropriate syntax and will trigger a specific response. In this case it's generating an HTML or other markup. Shortcodes in WordPress are easily recognizable as they are always using the square brackets - "". For example, one of the default shortcodes in WordPress is
FV Player's shortcode usually looks like this:
[fvplayer src="https://vimeo.com/196881410" splash="https://i.vimeocdn.com/video/609485450_1280x720.jpg?r=pad" caption="Foliovision Promo Video"]
Do you ever wonder how many times your face appeared in strangers' photos from all around the world? We are in contact with masses of people every day, but we never meet all of them, we never see all of them. But at one point in time, we are at the same place at the same time, breathing the same air and admiring the same views. How strange is it that we're so aware of our surroundings but so unaware of the people surrounding us.
Julien Vallée and Eve Duhamel make the Vallée Duhamel duo, known for their "high class lo-fi" work profile. Based in Montreal, Vallée Duhamel specializes in both images and videos and 'playful and experimental approach toward work'.
After collaborating for seven years, in 2008 they decided to team up and launch a studio:
We started to create animated and video projects, and they eventually became the main request from clients and agencies. After a couple of years developing these lo-fi, handcrafted films, we were able to build a team [and]…it didn’t make sense any more to be co-directors.
Foliovision had the opportunity to work with the best magazine for screenwriters, CreativeScreenWriting.com. They are using FV Player in their video store section to stream their video tutorials to members.
Screen writing is a form of art. It's not easy transforming stories into a video format. How many times have you watched a movie and you liked the idea behind it, but the writing was so bad you had to give it up? It proves the fact that good screenwriters are as important as good actors and directors.
CreativeScreenWriting.com went live in 1994. During the 90s, it was a printed magazine, publishing about 25,000 copies six times a year. Now it's only available online, catering for screenwriters and anyone interested in screenwriting. We talked to John Davis, the magazine's editor, about the site:
In both Hollywood and the industry that covers it, there has always been a focus on directors and actors. But screenwriters are every bit as important!
Martin Heck is a time-lapse artist and cinematographer based in Southern Germany. He started making time-lapse films in 2009 with a basic point-and-shoot camera. Soon enough he realized he's not going to get far with the time-lapses unless he uses better technology, so Martin bought himself a DSLR, but never stopped searching for better and more effective ways to show beautiful landscapes on video.
With growing expectations to quality and composition motion-control gear became quickly a main focus of my work. I started developing and building sliders and jibs to create more dynamic shots than it was possible before.
Tech is always a driving factor behind my work. With sensor-technology quickly evolving, new lens-designs and new post-production techniques I currently specialize in ultra high-resolution visuals in 4K and 8K resolution.
YouTube Subtitles Support (Pro)
Until now, the only way to add subtitles to a YouTube-hosted video was to manually upload them. This is the regular way to add subtitles to all videos - you create the subs yourself (we even have a guide on how to use YouTube to create a transcript) in VTT format and add them via the shortcode editor.
But what if the video on YouTube already has subtitles? Downloading them is pretty tricky and you have to use some kind of third-party software to do that. However, we have discovered a way to use the YouTube API to handle the subtitles through our player, so from now on, you don't have to upload anything. Just post a YouTube video as you normally would and FV Player will automatically load the subtitles, no other settings are required. Check it in this demo:
Hello, old friend. It's good to see you again. I've missed our adventures that grow without end.
We've all at some point in our life experienced the pleasure of returning to an old hobby that made us so happy once. It's like rediscovering yourself again, remembering the person you used to be and choosing to keep and cherish the pieces you liked.
This is the feeling DreamRide 2 evokes. It makes you want to get up, get on your bike and go riding, or give that old hobby of yours another go.
In the video, sponsored by Diamondback Bicycles, produced by Juicy Studios, Mike Hopkins, a professional freeride mountain biker from Rossland, British Columbia takes us on an adventure that doesn't seem to have an end.
Tracking of Broken YouTube Videos
Many of our customers have websites that serve videos hosted solely on YouTube. Tracking the videos in a large number can be quite exhausting, but our player has been supporting Google Analytics event tracking for quite some time now.
Until now, however, you were only able to track the general video errors. Now we have added a specific Event Action called "YouTube video removed". This indicates that the player can't reach the video on YouTube. This may be caused by several reasons, connected to a specific error on YouTube:
This video is private - the source video has been set as Private, thus can't be viewed publicly anymore
This video is unavailable - usually means the video has been deleted
The uploader has not made this video available in your country - the video has a geographical restrictions for some reason and can't be played in your current location
Liesel Kershoff is a South African landscape and time-lapse photographer. She's based in Caledon, in the Western Cape in South Africa. When she was a child she used to walk down to the Bath River and enjoyed sunsets with her cat and her dog.
I have always had a close relationship with nature and was certain that I would become a wildlife photographer one day.
After graduating from high school, she decided to travel the world. At one point, she worked at a flower farm in Israel and keept travelling and in her spare time. After a while on the road, she decided to start a fruit and vegetable shop with her sister back home.
It wasn't until her husband bought her her first SLR camera (film) that she decided she wants to be a photographer. She enrolled in a home course and found her calling.
FV Player just got one of the bigger updates. What does the version 6.2 bring?
New Feature – Email Subscription Forms
FV Player allows users to have some custom scripts as end pop-ups for quite some time, but that's not for everyone. We wanted to create a new way for the users that are not as tech savvy to make the most of their videos. The most common way to use your video views for your benefit is earning sweet profit from serving ads with them. But what else can you do with that?
You can use the videos as a marketing tool. And what is one of the most powerful and common tools of online marketing? Definitely newsletters.
That's why we decided to create a simple out-of-the-box solution for creating a subscription form at the end of the video, that will display a message you want and will be connected directly with the mailing list of your choosing.
Paul Goodchild over in Belfast is an interesting chap who's done some great work in security and in WordPress site management. We're ManageWP customers and huge ManageWP fans (great new interface), due to the great development and enthusiastic support team. But if we were to look for an alternative, iControlWP would be at the top of the list. iControlWP's existence probably pushed ManageWP to accelerate their improvements and simplify their pricing. We did consider switching both before the release of Orion (older ManageWP wasn't nearly as pretty or reliable as the current Orion version: if you haven't had a look for awhile, you should give ManageWP another chance) and then briefly again at the time of the ManageWP GoDaddy acquisition as our clients had nothing but grief with GoDaddy hosting over the years. Fortunately ManageWP seems to run just as well as it did before the acquisition and the same people are in place. We in fact upgraded to the top package with built-in SEO and site performance reports for clients.
Rogerio Silva, a commercials, music videos and short films director, based in Cambridge, used to design award-winning video games. He worked on ENSLAVED and wrote and directed the Devil May Cry expansion Vergil's Downfall. After a decade of involvement with video games, he decided to move on and become a filmmaker. In film he found his true calling:
I always felt a need to say or express something, and now I know that film is the language I'm meant to use. Whether it's a short film with dancers or actors, it doesn't matter.
The main topic of Silva's dance films are the ups and downs of relationships expressed through the art of dance. As our video of the week, we've chosen Abaddon - a CGI meets dance poem of love and destruction.
Marta Prokopová, born in 1991, is a video artist currently based in Bratislava, Slovakia. She graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava at the Film and Television Faculty with a Master's Degree.
During her studies at the Academy, Marta made several animated films, which were presented at International film festivals all over Europe. In 2016 her film Mila Fog won the Award for the best Slovak film at Fest Anča IFF and National Film Prize / JÁN FAJNOR´S PRIZE at Igric festival.
White Forest, the video we've choosen to feature this week, became an introduction into the life of Mila Fog, "a fox who tries to escape stereotype and everyday repetition by means of thoughts. She tries to find an awakening and internal freedom by focusing on the details of the forest." Marta says the character came to be in the fourth year of her studies, when they got an assignment to make a horror film. Mila Fog then became Marta's Master's Degree Film.
Some of the FV Player users recently experienced issues with the last version - their videos were not playing. The reason was that there were bigger changes in our code and their websites used poorly configured CDN.
While CDN speeds up your site you must understand how it works to avoid issues and too much optimization which you don't understand. Just make sure that you don't remove query string versions - read on!
Mathieu Le Lay is a French cinematographer, based in Annecy, France. His passion for cinema and nature led him to study at IFFCAM, the French wildlife film school. He then graduated in wildlife conservation at Salford University in the UK and since 2008 he's been expressing his fascination for the relationship between man and the wild nature by filming documentaries, for which he has won 18 awards so far.
Le Lay's documentaries testify of his passion for nature and mysterious atmospheres surrounding. He connects the vast big world of wildlife with humans, by creating a contrast between the big force of nature and the smaller but very persistent, presence of humans. He seeks out ruthless, but beautiful circumstances and places to film his videos to show the great might of Mother Nature and still point to her precious gifts to the mankind, freedom being the most important of them all.
Film with natural sounds and music give another emotional dimension and this very emotion is what I want to share.
We had a great time at WCEU 2017 in Paris last week! We learned so much from the people we've met, especially at the Contribution Day which was a big success, and then attended great talks by WordPress experts and just enjoyed the amazing atmosphere at Les Docks Paris. If you were one of the volunteers, thank you for a job well done!
- Amazon Drive Support
- Updated DRM Text
- Fixed Video Download Button in Chrome 55/56
- Better Close Button in Overlay Ads
- Updated HLS.js Library
- Fixed Lightbox Images
Amazon Drive Support
Amazon Drive is a cloud service similar to Google Drive, primarily made for storing user content and sharing it easily with others.
Until this month, Amazon Drive was offering unlimited storage for everyone for a trial period and Amazon Prime users were supposed to have it without restrictions. The current pricing will allow you to keep 5GB for free, or switch to a paid storage plan that will provide 100GB for $11.99 per year.
Still, it's a bargain compared to Amazon's S3, which isn't so expensive itself, but it can easily cost you monthly what you would pay yearly for Drive for the same amount of data, if not more.
Many of you may know that Foliovision began as a client service agency and not a software company. Our first big service was migration from Typepad to WordPress. We were literally doing dozens of migrations a month at one point. Project management in bulk was essential to the premium client experience we wishes to offer.
We started with Basecamp but eventually outgrew it (there's a long post about our Basecamp to Teamwork migration) and moved to Teamwork (back then TeamworkPM). Teamwork Projects at the time had a much worse design than Basecamp (latest version looks pretty good and even allows CSS customisation) but lots more tools (recurring tasks was a big one for us) at the time. As happy as the upgrade in features made us at the time, there was still one key feature missing. Later we called this feature Observer Status.
Marta Bevacqua is an Italian professional photographer currently based in Paris. After started taking portraits of her sisters and friends, she got into the fashion photography with models in 2011.
Her personal artistic style represents the world where soft details meet dark surrealism. Each image portrays delicate, natural beauty with an emotive strength. Marta exposes viewers to this hauntingly romantic atmospheres using colour and contrast, and sets the mood within each frame:
Emotions and the power of telling a story.