Apple releases bug in iOS 8 Safari

Apple’s newest update to iOS 8 introduced a serious bug to the Safari mobile web browser that prevents any files from being uploading through a web form.

This makes it currently impossible to use our video recorder on iOS 8. We are working hard on fixing this, but at this point it seems like there is no direct workaround for this problem:

The bug in iOS8 Safari that prevents any sort of file uploads or file reading cannot be worked around. Instead, we have added some code that identifies this browser and alerts users. The alert explains the issue a bit, and asks users to switch to Chrome until Apple addresses the bug in iOS8 Safari.

(iOS8 presents serious issues that prevent file uploading)

We will report on any updates as soon as possible.

Ziggeo’s Hello World

The easiest way to play around with Ziggeo is to sign up for our API (it’s free, no credit card required), go to the default application in your dashboard and copy the application token.

Make sure to confirm your email address before continuing, it won’t work otherwise.

Open up your favourite editor and create an index.html using the following code:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
	<head>
		<link rel="stylesheet" href="//assets.ziggeo.com/css/ziggeo-betajs-player.min.css" />
		<script src="//assets.ziggeo.com/js/ziggeo-jquery-json2-betajs-player.min.js"></script>
		<script>ZiggeoApi.token = "INSERT_YOUR_TOKEN_HERE";</script>
	</head>
	<body>
		<ziggeo></ziggeo>
	</body>
</html>

Make sure to replace INSERT_YOUR_TOKEN_HERE by your actual application token.

Finally, serve the page within a webserver. The example page should be presenting you with a video recorder.

After you’ve done your first recording, go back to your dashboard and select the videos tab under your application. Your recording should show up there. Copy the token of video and add the following piece of html to your website:

		<ziggeo ziggeo-video="INSERT_YOUR_VIDEO_TOKEN_HERE"></ziggeo>

Replace the placeholder with your video token. A player should now appear within your page after reloading. Congratulations!

Ziggeo’s Video Recorder Re-Designed

Ziggeo’s video recorder is sporting a new look. It’s been redesigned with a sleeker, chic-er style that we hope will also make for a better user experience.

You can check out our new recorder by demo-ing it here (your recording is private and will be automatically deleted).

And remember, because our video recorder is HTML/CSS-based, you can change the styling as you like for a completely different look and feel.

Many thanks to Phoebe Espiritu for her amazing design work.

If you have any comments about our new recorder we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us at feedback@ziggeo.com

Ziggeo’s Cheat Sheet for Hackathons

Today Ziggeo is at MHacks, a huge Hackathon at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  We thought we’d put together this cheat sheet for any of you participating.

We’re giving away prizes for the best use of Ziggeo’s API, including your choice of up to 4 Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spiders, a mini iPad or $300 in Amazon gift certificates (split among your teammates).

Good luck!

Here’s the Cheat Sheet: Ziggeo Cheat Sheet

Ziggeo’s Video Recorder Gets Makeover

Ziggeo‘s video recorder just got a brand new look. Some call it “sleek”, others call it “stylish” (well, OK that’s what we call it), but we think you’re going to love it. You can check it out here.

Together with our new look we’ve made the video recorder responsive so its size now automatically adjusts to its surroundings.

Oh and our recorder just became bi-lingual — it now speaks Spanish (or at least its instructions are in Spanish).

Remember also that our CSS-based recorder is like a chameleon — it can have any look or branding you like with different fonts, colors, logos, etc.

Like our API? Our recorder’s new look? That it now habla español? Help spread the word (we’re on twitter @ziggeoinc).

Ziggeo Announces release of Spanish Language Video Recorder

¿Hablas español? Well, now Ziggeo’s video recorder does! Ziggeo is pleased to announce that instructions for end-users on how to record videos using Ziggeo’s recorder are now available in Spanish. All you need to do is select Spanish as your preferred language.

So now any Spanish language site can seamlessly integrate a video recorder — or shall we say: a “video grabadora”.

Instant Video Testimonials + Contest for Best API Integration

We can’t believe how quickly the summer has flown by. The entire Ziggeo team has been hard at work — well, except maybe the founders. Oliver was caught hiking in Mallorca (“Mallorcans are avid Ziggeo fans!” he claims) — and Susan spotted driving 500+ miles in one day (“testing out highway wifi capabilities” she stresses).

Here’s the latest from Ziggeo:

  • Instant Video Testimonials: Ziggeo has just released an easy way for your customers to record videos that can be automatically displayed on your site in a great looking showcase. And the best part? The first 100 minutes of testimonials are free! You can read more about them here.
  • Win an iPad Mini: We’re giving away a free iPad mini this month for the best integration of Ziggeo’s API. And we have a little something for everyone who enters. We’re excited to see what you come up with. You can read more about it here.

Contest for Best Integration of Ziggeo’s API

This month (August, 2014) we’ll be giving away a free iPad mini for the best integration of Ziggeo’s API.
And we have a little something for everyone who enters.

Any app, site or platform that integrates Ziggeo’s API for video recording/playback will be considered.
So whether you’ve integrated video profiles, video comments, video reviews, video messages, video testimonials, candidate videos for a recruiting platform or any other use of our API, you’ll be eligible.

And in addition, you’ll be considered for Ziggeo’s Spotlight series, highlighting uses of Ziggeo’s API.

You can find entry details here.

We’re excited to see what you come up with!

Ziggeo’s Instant Video Testimonials

We’ve just launched Instant Video Testimonials, an easy way for your customers to record videos that can be automatically displayed on your site in a great looking showcase.

Customers simply click a link you provide that will open up a recording screen on their phone, computer or tablet. Here’s what customers will see.
Customer videos will be automatically displayed once customers finish recording.

The display showcase is now open-sourced so you can change the look and feel as you like. You can add the most appropriate title, change the fonts and alter the background color so it fits with your brand.

You can also choose to make each video public only once it’s approved, limit the maximum recording time or download videos as you like.

Studies show that people are 85% more likely to click to buy when they they watch associated videos. No surprise there: hearing from genuinely enthusiastic customers is incredibly powerful.

And the best part? The first 100 minutes of video testimonials are free. That may in fact be all you need.

You can find more information here on Ziggeo.