Important updates and random but relevant thoughts.
 
Vid.ly is now ALSO vidly.com
by Greggory Heil, August 11, 2011

Some people are just downright skeptical of a Lybian companies ability to maintain a top level domain.  While I remain an international optimist, we thought we would get the good old .com for those of you who want to stick with old faithful.  So now any of your vid.ly URLs e.g http://vid.ly/5u4h3e will also resolve at vidly.com e.g http://vidly.com/5u4h3e


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Eat our own dog food - it’s Ice Cream!
by Jeff Malkin, July 27, 2011

 

 

Steve, our sales guy, suggested we should be using Vid.ly on our blog... you know, eat our own dog food.  Absolutely.  Especially when our dog food is like Ice Cream compared to the other video solutions out there.  

Vid.ly seems to be filling a huge gap that lives between video services like YouTube and Vimeo on one end of the spectrum, and heavy online video platforms such as Brightcove, the Platform and Ooyala on the other end.  Most video content publishers we come across are looking for a lightweight, flexible platform to manage the complexities for delivering video to all devices and platforms.  They don't need the kitchen sink.  They simply want  their videos to play for everyone.  And, they want to build the YouTube experience on their own sites without the unwanted YouTube branding and limitations.  

Well, with Vid.ly, you can have your Ice Cream and eat it too.  So go on... lick away!


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Direct Access to Vid.ly Thumbnails
by Greggory Heil, July 05, 2011

Now we are creating 5 thumbnail images and providing direct http access to them for use within your HTML or application.  Here are the details:

2 X Poster Images:  Width = 640 pixels and the Height is resized proportionally to your source video dimensions.   The poster image is used as the default image displayed within the player before the user clicks the play button. First poster image is taken at 10% mark of the duration of the source video and the second one is taken at the 00:00:01 time stamp of the video.  To obtain the image @ 00:00:01, please use http://cf.cdn.vid.ly/5u4h3e/link.jpg, where "5u4h3e" is your individual vid.ly url code. To access the poster image at the 10% mark, please use http://cf.cdn.vid.ly/5u4h3e/poster.jpg.

3 X Thumbnails Images:  All three have the width of 210 pixels and the Height is resized proportionally to your source video dimensions.  The three thumbnails are taken at the 33%, 66%, and 90% duration marks of your source video and can be accessed directly by using http://cf.cdn.vid.ly/5u4h3e/thumbnail_1.jpg http://cf.cdn.vid.ly/5u4h3e/thumbnail_2.jpg, or http://cf.cdn.vid.ly/5u4h3e/thumbnail_3.jpg  Where "5u4h3e" is your individual vid.ly url code.

If you've selected Rackspace as the CDN for Vid.lys created via the API, the formatting for thumbnails will look a little different. Format your URLs to pull thumbnails as follows. Just make sure to swap out the shortlinks! This reformatting guide below will help alleviate any pains caused by Access Denied errors on attempts to pull thumbnails.

Poster Images:

http://c197913.r13.cf1.rackcdn.com/5c5l3c/poster.jpg

http://c197913.r13.cf1.rackcdn.com/5c5l3c/link.jpg

Thumbnail Images:

http://c197913.r13.cf1.rackcdn.com/5c5l3c/thumbnail_1.jpg

http://c197913.r13.cf1.rackcdn.com/5c5l3c/thumbnail_2.jpg

http://c197913.r13.cf1.rackcdn.com/5c5l3c/thumbnail_3.jpg

We are currently working on the next generation of thumbnail control within the Vid.ly API which could include the ability to customize thumbnail output even further by specifying the number, size, and time stamp of the thumbnails on a per vid.ly basis, so we are eager for your feedback about how you would like to see this implemented.

 


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10,000 vid.ly’s and we re just getting started
by Greggory Heil, June 21, 2011

 

We created our 10,000th vid.ly yesterday, thank you to everyone for your support and feedback. We have taken the best of your comments directly to our development team and are now pleased to offer up vid.ly pro account to select customers. Send us an email if you want to in on the action. Vid.ly Pro is a 100% API driven, 100% usage based billing system for building mobile and HTML5 video into your workflow or application. Here are a couple of things new that you will see in vid.ly pro:

  • XML API for volume management of vid.lys Vanity vid.ly URLS (e.g vid.ly/golf)
  • 100% Usage Based Billing model for #URLs, storage and streaming
  • Custom output formats
  • Fixed look and feel issues of the flash player
  • Fixed problem with flash player in some versions of IE
  • Fixed embed for BlackBerry 9530 (Storm)
  • Added iOS Adaptive Bitrate Streaming for all iOS devices
  • Fixed Fullscreen mode in embed under Chrome 11, Safari 5
  • Added support for popular LG devices
  • Fixed problem with Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1
  • Increased quality for many devices + for default media (pushed when device not recognized) 
  • +  many minor edge case fixes

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Chose between Akamai or CloudFront Vid.ly delivery.
by Greggory Heil, April 15, 2011

People are passionate about Content Delivery Networks and choice is good, that is why we have just added the support via the Vid.ly API to chose between delivery of your video from the Akamai CDN network with storage provided by Rackspace CloudFiles or AWS CloudFront delivery with storage on S3.   The wait for public availability of Vid.ly API and our 100% usage based pricing model is almost over, early May is our current launch window.  Thank you to everyone for your kind feedback and questions....keep them coming!

<Source>

<SourceFile>[SourceFileN]</SourceFile>
<CDN>[CDNType]</CDN>

</Source> 

 


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Vid.ly moved to public beta!
by Greggory Heil, March 22, 2011

Since we launched the Vid.ly private beta two months ago, more than ten thousand Vid.ly URLs have been generated and shared.  The market response has been truly overwhelming.  Your feedback, bug reporting and feature requests have been extremely valuable and we thank you.

Over the past couple of months, we have hunkered down to focus on adding support for more devices, fixing reported bugs and generally improving overall platform stability and performance.  With last week’s software release including all of these changes, we opened up the floodgates to move from private to public beta.  

The biggest change we’ve made is to the embed code architecture.  We experimented with <video> and with <script> tags but settled with the good ‘ol <iframe> tag as it works consistently with the most browsers and devices.  Here’s an example of the new embed code:

<iframe frameborder="0"  width="640" height="360" name="vidly-frame" src="http://s.vid.ly/embeded.html?link=5u4h3e&width=640&height=360&autoplay=false"><a target='_blank' href='http://vid.ly/5u4h3e'><img src='http://cf.cdn.vid.ly/5u4h3e/poster.jpg' /></a></iframe>

-  Improved accuracy of messaging in the terminal status window

- Compatibility with new browsers Internet Explorer 9 and FireFox 4

- Added a new Flash player to add video playback support for Sony's PS3

- Added a new testing tool to collect mobile device data and submit feedback. 

- New support for fullscreen video playback on Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera

- Created a uniform player look and feel for all embedded players

- Support embed code in popular blog services: wordpress, blogspot and tumblr

- Fixed embed problems with various devices (HTC Touch Pro, iOS(4.3), BB 9800, Palm Pre, HTC Desire HD, BB 9800 Tourch, BB 9630 Tour)

- Added support for various devices (BB Bold 9700, BB Curve 9330, Palm Pre)

- Optimized video sizes for most popular user screen resolution

- Synchronized video size and quality on various browsers Added ability to have 2 or more embeds on the page

- Now serving videos directly from Amazon CloudFront CDN

- Added new mobile device feedback page

The next big Vid.ly milestone will be the launch of Vid.ly Pro in about six weeks.  We’ll be launching a bunch of value-added features at that time including an API so you can begin building Vid.ly into your mobile and web applications.  

To stay on top of the latest and greatest Vid.ly updates, please follow our new Twitter handle @vidlyURL.

Cheers,

-- Team Vid.ly

- Synchronized video size and quality on various browsers Added ability to have 2 or more embeds on the page

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Hello World!
by Greggory Heil, January 25, 2011

Today`s innovative world of smart phones, tablets, and HTML5 browsers has made it challenging for all of us to publish a video that can be watched anywhere and everywhere. Different devices and browsers require different video codecs and screen sizes require a video to be converted into to many different formats and sizes. With vid.ly you simply give us your video and we give you back a universal video url that will play your video absolutely everywhere. Here is how it works: You tell us where your source video is (FTP/Amazon S3, Rackspace CloudFiles, or Upload from your HD) We transcode and store your video into over a dozen video formats and sizes We return to you send you a short url for your video (e.g vid.ly/a1b2c3) When a user visits a vid.ly url we automatically detect the device or browser type and deliver the correctly formatted video from a high quality CDN network.

Learn more about vid.ly by watching our video, learn about how to use your vid.ly on your website , or create your own vid.ly url today!


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