Maximum Recording Time on Ziggeo Leads to Self-Editing

One of the brilliant features of Ziggeo (if we do say so ourselves) is that a maximum recording time can be set so that videos cannot be recorded and submitted that are more than the maximum set recording time.  So for instance, if you want only 20 second videos or 2 minute videos (or whichever maximum recording time you like), that’s the maximum length of video that can be submitted.  Even if you enable uploading of videos, videos that are longer will be cut down to size (that is, only the first 20 seconds (or whichever maximum recording time you’ve set will be submitted). But not to worry, those who are uploading videos will be notified their videos are too long so they can re-record their videos if they like.

What is the result of setting a maximum recording time?  People need to self-edit.  That is, you’ll usually receive tighter, more focused videos when a maximum recording time is set.  And let’s face it: we hate editing.  So isn’t’ it better for people to edit themselves rather than making us do it for them?

But if you like editing, you can always leave the recording time limitless.  But if you decide to go that route, proceed with caution.  You may have wished you’d set that limit after watching reams of rambling videos.


Ziggeo powers video everywhere with its set of APIs for video recording, playback, media management and storage. In one easy step, companies and organizations can capture, curate and control videos from its communities.

Ziggeo Takes the Veil Off of Untold Stories

Ziggeo‘s video technology has been embraced by groups with stories rarely told — and people rarely seen telling their own stories — to demystify and normalize experiences people and communities share.  For instance, Becoming More Visible is using Ziggeo to bring light to stories of transgender youth. Hair with a Purpose, a site for LGBT youth, is integrating Ziggeo to tell stories and experience of of youth from around the world  And Dear Kate used Ziggeo so women could record videos explaining their first period stories.  These are all stories that are suddenly given faces, voices and a spotlight in which to share experiences with others.  Because video with Ziggeo can be recorded from a phone with no professional equipment required, and because mobile phones are becoming ubiquitous, stories can be told from all communities and corners of the world.

And since videos can be recorded in homes or home turf, people can record themselves in a non-threatening comfortable environment to bring out their true selves and stories in an engaging and compelling well.


Ziggeo powers video everywhere with its set of APIs for video recording, playback, media management and storage. In one easy step, companies and organizations can capture, curate and control videos from its communities.

Ziggeo Pages Create Your Own Personal Screening Room

Need a simple way for videos to be recorded and submitted for your review?  Try Ziggeo Pages.  We host the pages and have created a simple interface so you can set up a page with the look and feel you like, send a link, and folks can record and submit videos for your own private viewing via your dashboard.

How can you use your personal screening room?  Well, for any candidates you may want to interview for your household or company.  Or for potential housemates or roommates — or even to cast in your next TV show or film.

It will save you hours of in-person meetings.  You’ll know within seconds if someone is the right fit for you.  As Seth Godin explained: Ziggeo is “an extraordinary way to get insight on a large number of people in a very short period of time” (Source)


Ziggeo powers video everywhere with its set of APIs for video recording, playback, media management and storage. In one easy step, companies and organizations can capture, curate and control videos from its communities.

Video Hack Day Round-up

This past weekend the first big, annual Video Hack Day was held in New York City.  Organized by Ziggeo, sponsored by Google/YouTube (among a number of others) and held at General Assembly, it was a hugely successful day of hacking on video.  We were thrilled with the amazing developers who came out and even more pleased with the diversity of attendees.

Winners and judges of #videohackday

Winners and judges of #videohackday

The winning hack, Crumb, lets you “leave video trails of where you’ve been” and was built using Ziggeo’s API for video recording/playback.  Congrats to Team Crumb!  Other winners included Falcon Moonshot (2nd place and winner of  Ziggeo’s API Prize) that “makes it easy for a salesperson to conduct outbound (video) prospecting.”  Its hack was built using technology from Firebase, Ziggeo, Amazon Web Services, Dropbox and Clarifai. And Aoki, a “new way to Karaoke” won 3rd place using technology from YouTube, Firebase, and Opentok.

You can find winners for the “Crowd-Favorite”, “Most Social Good” and our “Mother’s Day” prize as well as all other hacks here on Challengepost.  And you can find a few of the hackers talking about their video hacks in progress here (using, of course, Ziggeo’s open source video wall).

Thanks also to our judges, Erin Glenn of Quire; Erik Nordlander of Google Ventures; Aimee Rawlings of CNN; and Albert Wenger of Union Square Ventures.

Video Hack Day was just the beginning of this month’s celebration of video here in New York City.  We’re looking forward to LDV Vision Summit held on May 19th and 20th.


Ziggeo powers video everywhere with its set of APIs for video recording, playback, media management and storage. In one easy step, companies and organizations can capture, curate and control videos from its communities.

Asynchronous versus Live Video

What’s the benefit of Ziggeo’s asynchronous video recording technology versus live-streaming technology? Asynchronous video has a number of benefits:

  • Videos can be recorded on people’s own time– and watched on others’ own time.  No need to coordinate time zones, schedule calls or Skype sessions — videos can be recorded, submitted and watched whenever and wherever people are.
  • Recorded videos create engagement for a site — by featuring recorded videos, people are likely to spend more time on a site than those without.
  • Recorded videos give sites personality.   By revealing the people behind a company, a site, a community, a brand, you can give your site real personality with faces, voices and authenticity.
  • Live-stream videos tend to be endless — recorded videos can be created in short modules that can be consumed like snacks.

Ziggeo powers video everywhere with its set of APIs for video recording, playback, media management and storage. In one easy step, companies and organizations can capture, curate and control videos from its communities.

Crowdfunding Sites Embrace Ziggeo

A number of crowdfunding sites have been integrating Ziggeo‘s video technology.  How have they used Ziggeo?  Here are a few use cases:

  • Videos explaining the initial campaign (did you know that Kickstarter only started to get legs after it introduced people recording videos on their campaigns.  Now that was before Ziggeo’s time, but it shows that when video is used to personalize campaigns, results can be extraordinary.
  • Videos of support from donors (imagine how effective it is to be able to see people just like you — or whom you look up to — explaining why they’ve supported a cause by donating to a particular campaign).
  • Video updates (rather than writing updates to your supporters, why not record a video telling them how the campaign as going).
  • Video as something special for fans (wouldn’t it be cool for artists or musicians to record on video something special that’s viewable just for those fans who supported them).

And with Ziggeo’s asynchronous video technology, those updates can be recorded on your own time — and saved for others to view whenever and wherever they are.

 


Ziggeo powers video everywhere with its set of APIs for video recording, playback, media management and storage. In one easy step, companies and organizations can capture, curate and control videos from its communities.

Ziggeo: a Useful Tool for the Deaf

When we built Ziggeo, we didn’t realize how powerful Ziggeo could be for the deaf community. A number of sites with a community of the deaf are using Ziggeo’s technology so its community can easily record in sign-language.

Imagine, with video you can easily see or read hand-gestures.  What a wonderful bonus for our technology to be able to help the deaf population.


Ziggeo powers video everywhere with its set of APIs for video recording, playback, media management and storage. In one easy step, companies and organizations can capture, curate and control videos from its communities.

Generating a Video Link (without using YouTube or Vimeo)

Ziggeo’s technology lets you generated links to videos you have complete control of.  With Ziggeo’s hosted pages, you’ll be able to generate a link that includes your own brand — and entirely dictate who has access and can view which videos.  And of course you can always use Ziggeo’s technology to embed videos right on your own site, generating a link to wherever you’d like.


Ziggeo powers video everywhere with its set of APIs for video recording, playback, media management and storage. In one easy step, companies and organizations can capture, curate and control videos from its communities.

Ziggeo used as Pitch-Practice Tool

Ziggeo’s video recording and playback technology can be used to help entrepreneurs practice their pitches before pitching in front of potential investors.   Maximum recording time parameters can be set so entrepreneurs can practice 30 second, 2 minute, or 5 minute pitches (however much time they have) — with the clock running and knowing that they have no more recording time than what’s been allotted.

Because access to video submissions can be tightly controlled, entrepreneurs can get feedback on pitches from mentors, those within their community or anyone else given access to videos.  In fact, because videos can be recorded and viewed anywhere in the world, entrepreneurs can get feedback from mentors and teachers that they would otherwise not have access to.

And with the “re-record” functionality, entrepreneurs can view videos themselves and re-record as many times as they like before submitting the videos for feedback.
It’s an ideal way to give feedback on pitches on mentors (and entrepreneurs’) own time.


Ziggeo powers video everywhere with its set of APIs for video recording, playback, media management and storage. In one easy step, companies and organizations can capture, curate and control videos from its communities.

Spotlight on Coke’s Campaign using Ziggeo

 

Coca-Cola is using Ziggeo to easily capture user-generated videos for this thousand kisses campaign: http://www.100jaarkussen.be/nl

People from all around the world can record videos and submit them to a private dashboard where those videos can be curated and stitched together into their campaign.

Because Ziggeo is white-labeled solution, you cannot see that Ziggeo is powering the recording of the videos.


Ziggeo powers video everywhere with its set of APIs for video recording, playback, media management and storage. In one easy step, companies and organizations can capture, curate and control videos from its communities.