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  1. Hey Vozzz, just saw the post above from 'Yimbo', that's not us (Wipster), it looks like someone on our free account sharing his code to get more upload space. Sorry someone has spammed this place.
  2. If you are JUST starting out as a freelancer, this article by Kevin P McAuliffe covers the basics. Read it If you've already done a bit of work, this might be a little obvious...
  3. We recently chatted with some really well respected people in the video community to learn what it takes to make a showreel that cuts through the sh*t. We spoke to Justin Cone (motionographer.com), Adam Lisagor, Scott Simmons, Chris Savage (CEO of Wistia), Ned Wenlock (director of that music video called Apache), Gareth O'Brien (Buck.tv), Ryan Connolly, Michael Jones, Seth Worley, Peter Quin (sh*t showreels say), Kylee Wall, Michael Hanson, Paul Clements and Bryan Tosh. Read it here
  4. Something you guys MIGHT be interested in is an interview series we're doing with video producers (mograph artist and the like) from all over the world, learning about their creative process etc. The posts DO have a paragraph about how they use Wipster, so you may not like it, but it's easy to only read the bits you like! Here's the latest one about Axel Lavin, who runs Stir. They make some sexy work.
  5. Hmm it's true, you guys already know all of the stuff in there!
  6. http://wipster.io/blog/7-adobe-after-effects-tools-that-dont-suck
  7. We talk a lot about client communication in our #postchat interview from yesterday (Oct 2nd). Have a look on twitter.
  8. We've got a new video showing how simple it is to collaborate on video with your clients.
  9. What are the goals of the video? If you can get a tight brief from the client about who the audience is, and what the CTA (call the action) is, you'll have a much smoother time figuring out what will be a successful video. For example: If its an 'awareness video' you'll want to get people who are not aware of the company interested in learning more. If its a 'consideration video' the viewer will be aware of the company, but will want to know more in 'considering to buy'. You can show overview of the range of benefits of the company. If its a 'conversion video' the viewer is very interested in buying, but they need to know specific info about what they are buying. This is where you go deep on usability and features, you get very close to the product and benefits. Read more here: http://wipster.io/blog/mighty-video-sales-funnel
  10. If you're an in-house video producer, you'll be wanting to know how to track the ROI of your work. You'll be interested in how your work sits in the sales funnel so you can be more effective and know what it means when the CMO says 'advocacy' and how it relates to the video your making. Join the group and join the discussion.
  11. Asana have a professional documentary filmmaker making their customer case studies...
  12. Richard, you're speaking my language! I'm trying to learn more about how in-house teams work, and your experience sounds perfect. Can I grab you on Skype for 15mins? We're building a product that streamlines the workflow of video review and approval, and your insights would be invaluable.
  13. What I am seeing is a shift in how companies market themselves, they are seeing video content as way more important and effective compared with only 5 years ago. this is leading to videomakers making really great 'brand' work without going through agencies. If a company once had a staff writer, and a staff website builder, they now have a staff video maker to create content for the wider marketing goals. (this can also mean they have lots of each, Evernote for example has 2 in-house video makers and get about 40 freelancers to work with them around the world)
  14. Do you think companies are moving much more into video as their content rather than text and imagery? If so, will most freelancers be in-house before too long?
  15. I've been on mograph since 2004 and back then success looked like being picked up by a production company or studio and being represented as an artist or director. Then you'd spend all your time doing pitch work to agencies trying to get brand jobs, and doing music videos on the side to try out new ideas (that would then be picked up as style for a TVC). More recently, has there been a shift to video producers (videographers, mographers, VFX, animation) moving in-house? I was looking on Linkedin at big companies like Microsoft, Evernote, Xero, Nokia etc and they all have in-house video producers. When I dug a little deeper, and had a look at who they were, they were all freelancers only a couple of years earlier. Are we seeing a shift in the video world? Are companies now moving away from using production companies, or studios (and agencies) for the majority of their video, and doing it in-house? Are marketing departments now demanding video production skills from their teams? Let me know if this has happened to you, or if you've seen this shift.
  16. Hi Kitkats, i'm one of the co-founders of Wipster, and I saw another person post about us, so I thought i'd give you an overview of our product. I'm an old school mograph/live-action guy who used to do the same workflow as you described; ProRes -> h.264 -> upload and share, get emails back from a variety of people at the other end. A year and a half ago I had a vision for a product where the conversation about changes and ideas happens right ON the video. You upload a compressed video, share with the right people (either the team inside the company you work with, or external clients) and they get to write their thoughts directly on any frame of the video. I got a technical cofounder, and then the rest of the team and we raised some investment and built Wipster. Now when we're making a video to explain a new feature, I get to hang up my CEO hat and get back to video making, inviting the whole team in to comment along the way. This is how Wipster works: You have your private account in the cloud. All videos you upload are private and secure. When you want to share an edit with one to many people, you invite them by email to that video. This creates a bespoke link that is emailed to them. When they click on it and watch the video, they can click anywhere on the video to make a comment. Because it's their personal link, it already knows who they are and their name automatically shows by the comment. No logins, this is vital for non-video people, it needs to be super intuitive (they also get an explainer box come up at the start of the video showing them how to comment). When you've got all the comments in, you can either reply to them ON the video, keeping the conversation contextual with what you're saying, or you can click open the auto to-do list from the side and go through them all, ticking off the comments when you've either done the change, or you've thought about what they said. At this point you'll want to upload the next version, this is as easy as dragging and dropping (or selecting from Dropbox) version 2 video on top of version 1 in Wipster. This creates a 'version stack' which you can shuttle between. This keeps everything tidy in the project. The collaborators are automatically invited to review this next version, and on you go up to version whatever. All the comments are kept on each different version of the edit/FX shot etc. You also have project folders, so you can have multiple jobs happening at once, and when the job is over, you can take it into the archive, to keep on ice for ever (or bring back if the job comes alive again). I think we're still at the early stages with this product, I'm pretty happy with the uptake, we've had over 6,000 guys/gals from across the world use us for their video projects, all the way from adverts to music videos to how to's and shorts. Our vision for the product is to have a super simple place for videomakers to work from idea to delivery on their work, create a workflow that is so clear that is just disappears and allows the creative to get on with only the creative, not all the boring bits. We have a two week free trial, have a go. I'd really like to hear what you think about it, and any ideas about where it could/should be going.
  17. We interviewed Jason Levine from Adobe, Alan Wolf from Piksel, Dave Peto from AFrame, Jostein Svendsen from WeVideo, Kai Pradel from MediaSilo, Paul Babb from Maxon (Cinema 4D) and Phil Jackson from Front Porch Digital. They give us their visions for video making in the cloud. Watch the video here: http://wipster.io/blog/nab-2014-and-the-inside-outside-world-of-las-vegas-nevada
  18. Vimeo has deemed these commercial, we're just getting them changed over...
  19. Who needs to share work with clients online in 4K?
  20. The starter account is $90 per year, or $9 per month. Half the cost. We are currently looking at hosting video as well, but in the meantime a great company is www.wistia.com they do hosting with a load of features.
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