Ziggeo is Ideal Tool for Social Good Campaigns

Ziggeo can help any social good campaign by making it easy and seamless to capture videos from your community.
:01 March

How it works: Through Ziggeo’s embeddable video recorder, videos can be recorded remotely and submitted directly to your media management dashboard.  And from there, you can share and launch the videos as you like.

Social Good Campaign Led By Melinda Gates: :01 March recently launched a campaign that features a march led by Melinda Gates in support of girls and women.  Ziggeo’s API technology is being used to record videos of people “marching” around the world in support of the campaign.  

Mobile-friendly: Those recording videos can do so from any mobile or other device. Recording is browser-based so no downloading of apps is required.    Ziggeo also ensures that videos can be played on any device as it takes care of the transcoding of videos to all required formats.  SDKs for video recording/playback via mobile apps are also available. 

Control Video Length:  You can set a maximum recording time so that videos are e.g. no longer than 20 seconds or 2 minutes — or decide not to set any time limit at all. 

Complete Video Service: Ziggeo takes care of the recording, transcoding to all the different formats, playback and storage.  

Media Management Dashboard:  Videos recorded or uploaded can be submitted directly to a media management dashboard where videos can be viewed, shared, downloaded, and/or launched as part of the public-facing campaign.   

Secure Video Sharing – Private or PublicYou have complete control over who views the videos so only those with permission can view the videos, which can be made as private or public as you like. As such, you can initially share videos with your colleagues, agency or brands — and then approved videos can be downloaded; automatically displayed on your site; launched directly to YouTube; and/or shared via Facebook feeds.  

White-labeled Recorder/Player: The embeddable video recorder/player is completely white-labeled and can have any look or feel you want so that it seamlessly integrates into your site or platform.

Branded Videos: Videos can be branded with your campaign’s logo right from your media management dashboard. Videos can then carry your brand’s name once they are made public and launched to e.g. YouTube or Facebook. 

Video Wall Template: You can also use Ziggeo’s template to display videos on a Video Wall that can be completely and seamlessly integrated into your site.  

Automatic Video Tagging:  Videos can be automatically tagged so they are easily searchable; this can for instance help with SEO. 

Supports WebRTC: Ziggeo also supports web-RTC in order to avoid using Flash wherever possible (and that annoying little box that pops up asking for permission to access your camera.)

Data: From your dashboard, you have access to the number of videos that have been recorded and the number of times each video has been played.

Quick Start: Ziggeo Pages offers you a quick and easy start to capture video submissions from your customers.  You can find more about Ziggeo Pages here.  

You can find more information about Social Good campaigns here on Ziggeo.  


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 Dominates with its Asynchronous Video API/SDK Technology

Hope you’ve been having a great summer. We wanted to reach out let you know we’ve been busy making sure Ziggeo continues to dominate with its asynchronous (that is, recorded) video API/SDK technology.
What’s the latest?


WebRTC
:  Ziggeo now supports all webRTC-enabled browsers and devices, even the newest releases.  So where we can, we avoid using Flash and those annoying little permission boxes that pop up. Read more.

Use Cases: Curious how others have been using Ziggeo? To name just a few: we’ve seen recruitment platforms/apps use Ziggeo to power the recording/playback of candidate videos; advertising campaigns capture user-generated videos; news sites collect late-breaking news videos; crowdfunding platforms record video updates; commenting systems feature video comments; and video profiles/messages captured by communities.  Although most remain private, here are a few we are able to show off.


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 Invents New Retainer-Based Pricing Model

Ziggeo, the product/service that makes it super easy for any site or platform to capture, curate and control videos, has launched a first of its kind retainer-based pricing model. 

Here’s how it works:

It’s a subscription plan that starts with a free testing tier of 100 developer minutes per month.  The paid plans have levels that include greater volume discounts and more available features the higher the plan you select. Rather than representing a cap on usage, each monthly fee acts more like a retainer against usage that month. So in each month, any overages on usage are paid at the end of that month. That said, customers can set their own monthly limits to ensure they pay no more than x in any given month. 

Usage depends on several factors: number of video minutes (or fraction of minutes) recorded; number of minutes playback; and storage. 

There are 3 distinct benefits to adopting this model:

  1. Our costs are closely aligned with our customers. The more we need to pay for recording, playback and storage, the more our customers pay.  
  2. With monthly fees acting like retainers rather than caps, customers are not penalized if their usage exceeds their plans. We also don’t need to chase customers down to upgrade plans when we see excessive usage — or risk upsetting customers by shutting down usage if usage exceeds what’s allowed on selected plans.
  3. With no “all you can eat” plans, our exposure is limited in the event actual usage exceeds anticipated usage e.g. videos go viral.
  4. With the ability to set caps on monthly spends, customers have predictability and can control their own monthly costs.
  5. We’ve included a cost calculator on our pricing page so customers can calculate for themselves what their costs may be and which plan suits them best.

This new retainer-based pricing model has the benefit of offering flexibility and predictability for both Ziggeo and our customers.  


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 General Thinking: Community Videos Captured by Ziggeo’s Video Recording API

Today we’re highlighting General Thinking, which in their words is a “global network of thinkers and doers: creative, wise & engaged; thoughtful people doing good work”. That description makes perfect sense having gotten to know its founder, Remo Giuffro — he’s not only creative and thoughtful but clearly has set out to engage members of the General Thinking community, despite members living thousands of miles apart (he lives in Australia). Video profiles is one such creative tool he’s found to engage his community.

Remo kindly invited Ziggeo founders Oliver and Susan to join the General Thinking community so we could experience first hand the impact of seeing members introduce themselves on video. It’s wonderful to see people come to life — with their accents, personalities and even quirkiness evident in just a few seconds. Below please find a snapshot of Remo’s video profile (used of course with his permission as it’s a closed community). Note that given it’s a closed community, the public does not generally have permission to view video profiles (only members of the General Thinking community).

BuGeneral Thinkingt that’s the beauty of Ziggeo — you can make recorded videos as public or private as you like. So that members of a closed community like General Thinking can introduce themselves to one another with the understanding that videos will not be posted more publicly.

 


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.

How can I push a video with a separate cover shot?

Pushing a cover shot along with a video file is simple. The following Python script is an example on how to do it:

video = ziggeo.videos().create()
stream = ziggeo.streams().create(video['token'])
ziggeo.streams().attach_image(video['token'], stream['token'], {}, IMAGE_FILE_NAME)
ziggeo.streams().attach_video(video['token'], stream['token'], {}, VIDEO_FILE_NAME)
ziggeo.streams().bind(video['token'], stream['token'])

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.

How can I push a list of videos to your servers?

Pushing a folder full of videos to our servers can be achieved as follows. We also use the filenames as keys for the videos. The following Python script is an example on how to do it:

token = APPLICATIONTOKEN
private_key = PRIVATEKEY
rootdir = DIRECTORY

ziggeo = Ziggeo(token, private_key)

for subdir, dirs, files in os.walk(rootdir):
    for file in files:
        ziggeo.videos().create({"key": os.path.splitext(file)[0]}, os.path.join(subdir, file))

Here’s your video tip of the day:
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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.

A Hackathon for Grown Ups

Last month Ziggeo organized Video Hack Day dubbed “a hackathon for Grown-ups.” Sponsored by Google and held at General Assembly in NYC, attendees called it “the
best hackathon” they ever attended.

Here’s how we did it:

  • No overnights: it was a one day Hackathon that started in the morning
    and ended that same evening. That meant:
    –everyone could get sleep– no macho showing of staying up all night
    –attendees were away from home just one day, back in time for
    Mother’s Day (the following day)
    –sponsors and API providers stayed basically the entire time to
    answer any questions
  • A “no pizza” hackathon: we made sure to serve healthy, delicious food starting with freshly made egg sandwiches and ending with fresh Mexican food delivered from a local restaurant.
  • Grown up prizes: including a Social Impact prize that donated $250 to the recipient’s favorite charity (in addition to a special Mother’s Day prize)

If you’re interested in either attending or sponsoring next year’s event, you can sign up here.


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 Travelogues Powered by Ziggeo

For any site featuring travelogues, Ziggeo’s video technology is an ideal way to easily capture videos from any mobile device. With just two lines of code, you can enable travelers to record (or upload) and submit videos directly to their travel page (or wherever you’d like those videos to go). And given Ziggeo’s flexibility, those videos can be shared with whomever you (or your community) want — it’s all up to you.

Here’s an example of a travel video from Japan that could easily be taken and submitted directly to your site using Ziggeo

For your video tip of the day, here’s a graph showing you what time of day is best for reaching an audience on twitter.

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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’s Video Technology for Travel Sites or Travel Apps

You can use Ziggeo’s technology to power travel videos. Either via an app or website, videos can be taken from anywhere in the world and submitted directly to where you want them to be. In fact, since videos can either be taken directly using a link or button — or uploaded later — Ziggeo’s technology can be convenient for any travel site looking for user-generated videos. Here are a few videos taken on a recent trip to Japan that can easily be captured and shared using Ziggeo:


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.

Using Ziggeo to Capture Expert Videos from Around the World

Here’s an example of how Ziggeo can capture videos of experts. In fact, videos can be quite short (or as long as you want them). In this particular video, an expert on Shinto shrines describes two trees in a Shinto garden — one male and one female — and the difference between them.

Here’s your video tip for the day (hint: sometimes less is more)

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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.