Release countdown

by Muvizu_Admin in Updates

It's fast approaching that time when we unleash an update on Muvizu users. True, we had originally aimed for August 30, but now we've settled on September 5 as a more likely date.

As we've said before, the main thrust of this release is the user interface. We've ripped out pretty much all of the old one entirely and rewritten it in C#, largely to give us the flexibility to extend its functionality as and when required to add yet more features.

Just to give you a flavour of it, here's a screen-grab of the UI in action:

Screen-shot of UI for September Muvizu release

Elsewhere, you may be interested to know that we'll be attacking this website in the not-too-distant future. We aim to make it easier to use and a better place for you to showcase your work. We also want to provide you with advice on how to ensure maximum viewings of your videos on YouTube; it has to be said that nearly everyone gets a fail with respect to providing content descriptions and tags - without which many fine clips will never be found by their target audience.

In other news, I'd like to draw your attention to this forum thread - - which, as the url suggests, is all about a prize competition at this year's MachinExpo, or MachinExpo 2011 as it is more properly known. Read about the event here.

In a similarly competitive vein, you may be pleased to know that AMD, the chip-maker rolling out its Fusion APUs - as mentioned in this forum post a little while ago - has rather generously offered us a Fusion-powered laptop as first prize in a competition to be announced at the time of our next release. So far, we're toying with the idea of asking for 10-second clips on any subject you fancy, but anyone who'd like to make another suggestion may do so by commenting on this article.

Finally, one of our investors has been bleating on and on about how great it would be to see news/political satire clips being made with Muvizu. Come on, guys, step up to the mark, it's actually quite a good idea and the right clip at the right time could easily go viral (ahem, especially with the right tags and a full description). Perhaps we can come up with an incentive such as a modest weekly prize for the worthiest bit of satire. Any suggestions, again, welcome as comments to this item. Help me out here, this old spuffer isn't getting any younger but he is getting louder and louder.

That's all for now and for those of you south of Hadrian's Wall we wish you a lovely late-August Bank Holiday.

Best regards,

The Muvizu team

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  1. ziggy72 Muvizu mogul Experimental user
    • ziggy72 - Over a year ago
    • New interface looks great (numbers on things! Woohoo!). Already entered the Machinima competition with a couple of vids, and for the Fusion competition - how about combination-themed entries? Too obvious? :)
  2. Matt
    • Matt - Over a year ago
    • Looking forward to the new interface! There was nothing wrong with the old one, but this one looks more mature (as in, the program itself has matured, not as in "it's grown up and is no longer a fun creative app" ;).

      For a competition, the 10-second clips sound like an okay idea, but maybe a bit too short. Perhaps it should be anywhere between 10 and 30 seconds? Anyway, short clips aren't as difficult to make, so people won't go biting off more than then can chew with 10 minute epics. :)
  3. Hermit
    • Hermit - Over a year ago
    • We live in a world of the ever decreasing attention span these days :( so no wonder you're trying to gently nudge users to do shorter films. Nothing wrong with that, but I'd suggest a 30 second limit which might work best as 10 second stings are more difficult than you might think, especially for those that like doing longer productions.
  4. omnissiuntone
    • omnissiuntone - Over a year ago
    • I like the idea of a political satire, but, unless the judging is to be done entirely on artistic merit, there'll be an inevitable political bias. So, if Vince were to judge it, his natural fascistic and statist tendencies would influence his decision. I therefore propose that it should be judged by a Guardian reader and a Mail reader from the Muvizu staff (there must be one of each, and they should be easily spotted; the former will wear hemp, the latter mutter darkly).
  5. pyrrho
    • pyrrho - Over a year ago
    • Thank you, Comrade Josh. We rather hope to engage an independent judge, at least as final arbiter.

      PS: You'll be first up against the wall, come the revolution.