Foliovision attended Wordcamp Europe 2017 in Paris. It was a great adventure, we met a bunch of new people and learned a lot about WordPress.
- 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.
One of our more fun clients for our FV Player video player for WordPress recently wrote me:
btw.. i hope you invested in bitcoin like i told you...
Here's my answer.
I don't invest in systems where I have no control. Bitcoin could just disappear tomorrow and one fine day it will.
Here's how it will go down:
- Bitcoin will be a threat to the USD
- the US Treasury will declare Bitcoin a means to conduct illegal business
FV Player's latest update (6.1.3) brings a couple of new settings that affect mobile devices, along with improved playlist subtitles and better control of how MPEG-DASH streams switch quality.
New Mobile Settings
There is a whole new section in Settings > FV Player > Setup tab called Mobile Settings.
It contains two brand new features:
Use native fullscreen on mobile
When turned on, this option will force player to load the native fullscreen on all mobile devices. This will result to losing all the FV Player's extra features like pop-ups, ads, speed buttons, AB loop or subtitles, but it will provide a faster and more stable interface for some of the devices. This option is actually turned on automatically for mobiles and tablets with older versions of OS (Android 4.4 or lower and iOS below 7).
Mots is a filmmaking team from Germany founded in 2007. “A bit of out of this world” producer Daniela and director Octavian creates their movies from scratch, from writing stories, through planning productions, to shooting moving images and cutting takes. All that with one goal in mind, to make statements about life, people or everyday objects using video and film as means of communication.
Mots are mostly known for their fashion films and unique commercials, like the amusing Three Things About Macarons and Three Ways to Serve Tiramisu, but they also created their own lifestyle series #itsjustFYI, where we can also learn How to Eat Mussels in the South of France.
Improved Keyboard Controls
Controlling FV Player on desktop can be done by mouse, but also by using a set of keyboard shortcuts. These can be used in the fullscreen or when the mouse pointer is hovering within the borders of the video box. For instance, you can use the keyboard to start and stop the video, mute it, and change the volume or speed of the playback.
Not every user knows, however, that there are some features that are available only via the keyboard. We have improved the seeking that was available before and added a couple of new ones:
Guille Cascante is a filmmaker from Barcelona. After he started to call his hobby a profession, it soon wasn’t enough for him to work as a cameraman and only participate in the creation of TV programs. Guille wanted to start a project of his own. So in 2005, the Goroka was born, with the aim of creating own content with a different look - The Goroka Look, as they call it.
Goroka is formed by a team of almost fifty people. This team of writers, producers, filmmakers, editors, journalists and assistants, makes it possible for the advertising and branded content projects, but also for the new TV formats to see the daylight.
Keeping the Goroka’s main motto “If it's not exciting, you're not doing it right,” in mind, in 2014 the adventure of "Sterna paradisaea" began.
We have released a new update of the FV Player, which brings some changes that are not immediately visible because they concern mainly the backend, but that doesn't make them any less exciting!
The version number is 6.1. We based our version numbers on core Flowplayer engine for a while (that's why it was 6.0.5.x before), but there are no more Flowplayer 6 versions to be released and we don't like these long version numbers anymore.
FV Player Pro latest version remains 0.8.17.
Born in 1985, French director and photographer Gioacchino Petronicce studied psychology and philosophy at the university in Toulouse. Later, specializing in Sound at Superior School of Broadcast, he developed an interested in experimental and ambient atmosphere. Working in commercials for many years, he is now creating short films, with his first feature film being on its way.
I think I am the same as all young directors. I have many dreams, fantasies, desires and frustrations as well. But for the moment, I’m focusing on small projects with an artistic dimension.
Vimeo has made a new statement about the situation with deprecated TLS protocols on one of their CDN providers. A Vimeo employee, Dana Cacciatore, has stated in this forum thread:
Our CDN provider has just implemented a fix that should restore playback functionality on older browsers and applications.
Please note that this is only a temporary fix. The deprecation plan of TLS 1.0/1.1 is mandated by the PCI Security Standards Council and will force numerous providers across the internet to adjust according. Our team will be working on a communication plan that outlines specific details for users who access Vimeo on older browsers and devices.
In the last few days, some of you may have noticed that the Vimeo-hosted videos are not playing on older Android devices - specifically the versions 4.x. and lower.
Unreasonable is a film festival focused on boundary-breaking films, where six artists were chosen to take on the challenge of rethinking an entire genre of film.
Among these lucky creators, Swedes Johan Perjus and Freshteh Piltan were asked the question - what is the future of surf films and what could be done that had not been?
Clemens Wirth is a director, motion designer and animator based in Austria. He graduated from the University of Applied Sciences FH-Salzburg with a degree in Multimedia Art and currently freelances in visual art. Clements also has a passion for macro photography, model building and title design. He amazes people with his lively work from miniature people to a different view of the real world:
I always loved it to experiment with things from nature as well as with everyday objects. Music and films, mother nature, people and animals, chemical reactions, physics and science are very interesting and inspirational for me.
Daito Manabe is a skilled programmer, designer, DJ, VJ, and composer from Japan. In his work, he reinterprets familiar through a different viewpoint, and rather than using rich expressions with high resolution or realistic sensation, he focuses on simple observing. Daito mostly uses programming and interactive design, which lead him to participated in live performances in Japan and overseas. In 2011, he started to work with a multimedia dance company Elevenplay and together they create stunning performances using technology such as drones and robot arms.
Wolfstreet is a creative agency based in Amsterdam. Because they are combining city’s finest strategists, creatives, producers and directors, they are able to be skilled in terms of cost-efficiency, effectivity, speed and flexibility. Continuously meeting new talents, they have an in-depth knowledge of the possibilities and limitations, which helps them to develop concepts and execute them in-house.
One of their many talents is Jurriaan Kamps, who is behind the short film Memoria, illustrating nostalgia of a great first love.
New version of FV Player brings updates to labeling of YouTube videos and video ads in Google Analytics and also support for StackPath and more.
Ever had your Featured Image Admin Option go missing in WordPress? This very useful cute little box:
The Featured Images check box is not in Screen Options either:
One of our clients is deciding on whether he should renew Yoast SEO or move to our free FV Simpler SEO. Tommie asked me some good questions about the differences.
Our SEO workflow in Yoast is mostly to help writers. It tells gives Harriet and other writers suggestions and warnings on optimising the permalink, meta description, heading, etc. based on the keyword target/s. Is that what yours does too?
Davis Silis is a director and writer based in London. Having worked with artists like The Kooks or Milky Chances, he creates music videos with alluring imaginary.
In his second video for British singer Cherie Jones (first being for song Hoops), Davis presents a fragmented version of her, that develops with intricacy through the track and is a great visual metaphor: