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Old October 2nd, 2014, 06:59 AM   #16
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but if brides can actually buy into it as a replacement for DVDs then the time savings would make me consider it.
Would that not mean you have to keep an account for ever? If the couple wants to re watch their film in lets say 10 years time, could you guarantee it's still online?
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Old October 2nd, 2014, 07:00 AM   #17
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but what can it do that vimeo doesn't?
I haven't used it, but I listened to the seminar they put on yesterday. From my understanding is that it delivers a cleaner project to the bride, so all the video is in one place. It will play on any platform (so iPhone, Android, tablets, computers, etc.).

The bride can create her own account (this is not required) and she will be able to put her wedding into her account. The big benefit here is that if I stop using Mediazilla for any reason the wedding will still be there for her to go back to. (She can also download the video, but that's the same as vimeo)

They have an app for TVs (Samsung smart tvs, hopefully apple tv) that is being worked on - not here yet, but that would get it onto a TV easily.

I don't know if that's worth the extra cost, but I'm always interested in at least exploring new avenues of delivery.
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Old October 2nd, 2014, 07:02 AM   #18
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It's "only" about 2.5 times more in the us
Not more? I pay 50 euro for a vimeo plus account while mediazilla would be 392 euro. Is it not the pro account you are referring to?
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Old October 2nd, 2014, 07:04 AM   #19
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The big benefit here is that if I stop using Mediazilla for any reason the wedding will still be there for her to go back to. (She can also download the video, but that's the same as vimeo)
Would that mean she has to pay 495 every year to be able to watch her video?
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Old October 2nd, 2014, 07:04 AM   #20
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Not more? I pay 50 euro for a vimeo plus account while mediazilla would be 392 euro. Is it not the pro account you are referring to?
I thought you had a vimeo pro account, my mistake. The Pro account is $199
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Old October 2nd, 2014, 07:06 AM   #21
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Would that mean she has to pay 495 every year to be able to watch her video?
They said it was a free account.
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Old October 2nd, 2014, 09:06 AM   #22
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After chatting to the guy somewhere else I raised concern too about "What happens if you close down" Then the bride has nothing so one would still need to give her a backup disk or USB.

Yep the costing is very confusing but essentially YOU foot the bill and your bride gets it for free as long as the company keeps going ... The $495 allows I assume 1TB of space and this can be shared over a bunch of brides but at the end of the year you have to cough up the next $495 and for every year thereafter. Assuming you are a fairly active film maker I can see the space diminishing rapidly so the more you shoot each year the more it's going to cost you ... After 10 years you are likely to have quite a hefty bill to pay each year as you cannot just abandon your 10 year old films assuming they won't watch them any more.

To be honest I really don't like the idea even if Ray Roman does ... I think I'm out on this one!! Apart from the DVD style menus a vimeo pro account can do much the same thing and it has been running a lot longer.

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Old October 2nd, 2014, 09:33 AM   #23
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Even a Vimeo Plus account for $59/yr does about the same. I'm going to stick with that because it's working great for me.
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Old October 2nd, 2014, 09:43 AM   #24
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The deal breaker for me is the copyright music issue. Yes we pay licenses for most of the music we use but it's not always possible to license all the music especially for the songs played live. The menu system looks great, the concept is unique & marketable. That all said it shouldn't be very hard for me to create my own menu's via an onepage parallax WordPress theme which would allow me to host my videos where I chose something I'm definitely going to look into. 1TB of cloud storage is pretty cheap these days.

I wish Jon & his team all the success they deserve, Jon is always in the forefront of innovation. Personally MediaZilla isn't what I'm looking for right now, I'll see how the market goes.
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Old October 2nd, 2014, 03:18 PM   #25
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Maybe I'm missing something here, but I just don't get the need for it :-( I can see downloading movies to view at home without having to buy them, and paying a subscription for the service, but spending a couple of thousand dollars on a wedding video, then only being able to view it on line seems like a bad idea to me.

They will only be able to view their video when and where they have an internet connection, or should I say a fast enough internet connection. Goodness knows what they do when they want to show it to friends or family that don't have a connection at all or have too slow a connection. What is the problem with preparing a dvd/bluray/usb for the client? Have people got so many weddings coming out of there ears that they can't spare a few hours of overnight rendering to earn their couple of thousand dollars, or is it more a matter of wanting to be seen to be cool and fashionable using the latest technology no matter what the inconvenience to the client. I'm quite sure that the vast majority of wedding clients are far less obsessed with the technology than some of the videographers here.

There is little enough market already for wedding videography without imposing even more totally unnecessary limitations on it in my opinion.

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Old October 2nd, 2014, 03:50 PM   #26
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Maybe I'm missing something here, but I just don't get the need for it :-( I can see downloading movies to view at home without having to buy them, and paying a subscription for the service, but spending a couple of thousand dollars on a wedding video, then only being able to view it on line seems like a bad idea to me.

They will only be able to view their video when and where they have an internet connection, or should I say a fast enough internet connection. Goodness knows what they do when they want to show it to friends or family that don't have a connection at all or have too slow a connection. What is the problem with preparing a dvd/bluray/usb for the client? Have people got so many weddings coming out of there ears that they can't spare a few hours of overnight rendering to earn their couple of thousand dollars, or is it more a matter of wanting to be seen to be cool and fashionable using the latest technology no matter what the inconvenience to the client. I'm quite sure that the vast majority of wedding clients are far less obsessed with the technology than some of the videographers here.

There is little enough market already for wedding videography without imposing even more totally unnecessary limitations on it in my opinion.

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Hi Roger,

Based on your replies to every thread that comes up in regard to the internet I think there's a clear divide between the technological abilities of your area (i.e. slow internet) compared to some other parts of the world. The cliental that I have has fast internet (fast enough to watch a video online) and it's not an issue to show videos online for a bride to watch or even to download a video.

I have also found that the easiest way that bride's share their wedding videos are through online social media, which means that's where I get the most exposure is through an online presences. If I'm able to present a product online that has a bit of polish and wow factor then a friend will be more likely to look at me when she gets married.

Is mediazilla better than vimeo in that regard or worth the additional cost, I don't know the answer to that.

I also understand that your wedding videos are hours long and this type of distribution may be unreasonable for what your market demands.

I don't disagree that currently DVDs are the easiest way for someone to pick up a wedding video and play it on their screen at home. I also agree that whatever way a video is presented shouldn't be a hassle for the bride to watch.

For me, I just like to keep a finger on the pulse of where our industry is going. I don't want to be caught behind when the time comes for change. Apple no longer supplies DVD players with their computers and streaming movies/tv shows is hugely popular. In general, there's a move away from physical media as a source for videos. It may not have hit our industry yet, as there's still not an easy way to watch it on a television, but I want to be ready for when that happens.

I'm not saying it's mediazilla, but I am keeping an eye on it.
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Old October 3rd, 2014, 04:41 AM   #27
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Hi Daniel,
Yes you are quite right, I get very uncomfortable with online only distribution in the UK. The main providers are constantly advertising their high speed streaming and download speeds, until you read the small print which always says 'Up to xxxMbs' Ceratinly in some areas of the country with fibre optics, that may be achievable, but there are still many areas of the UK with no connection at all and many more with very poor service. The same applies to 4G phones which are being pushed hard, but at the last check, coverage was only available in 7 cities and only some areas of those.

I am all for movie downloads and being able to share things via social media, but the idea of paying out so much money for a wedding with no hard copy is something I am very uncomfortable with. As an add on service to the hard copy great, but not a stand alone. I would compare it with paying out thousands of pounds to buying a new car, but having to let someone else keep it and needing to contact them every time you want to use it, It would never feel owned.

I do think that a mix of hard copy and streaming is the ideal delivery solution, but something that replaces the current disc or drive options. Maybe the self contained player or video album mentioned elsewhere is where the future lies, it seems an attractive idea and something to own after paying out all that money.

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Old October 3rd, 2014, 08:11 AM   #28
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For those still interested in this service here is a link to a post on Liked in from the original founder Jon Geddes and all the comments he got including the pros and cons. This is when he wanted feedback when it was still in the pre-launch stage some time ago.

https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Your...e_more-0-b-ttl

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Old October 3rd, 2014, 03:10 PM   #29
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I still think this is something to watch for but my main concern is that it is putting the ownership of the brides memories for years to come on us. What if we go all Stillmotion and move into corporate films and stop doing weddings. For our brides who have a 'cloud' only copy we need to keep paying Mediazilla or they loose their film. No, we have to keep paying a subscription.

In 50 years time when the grandkids want to see nanas video they can pull out the DVD/Blu-Ray/USB/Disk copy and watch it. If we only delivered a mediazilla copy there is a chance of people saying "The company went bust, its gone forever".

I think a hardcopy will still be required.

A Vimeo Pro account is a different matter. Whatever we move into we will always have a vimeo account... Plus its cheaper.

I've asked if there are trial accounts as I don't fancy paying $500 to try something out that I may not like. Windows, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premier, Photoshop, Vimeo or anything does trials.

Also, you can guarantee Ray Roman and Cinemacake arent paying $500 a year ;)

*Disclaimer, we have no plans to shut up shop, stop doing weddings, nor are we in a position to go bust ;)

Mediazilla guys, if your reading this. An idea would be to pay per film so each film has its own account which doesn't expire. So whatever happens, the couples still have their film. This is especially important if your pushing the service as a disk replacement.
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Old October 3rd, 2014, 09:03 PM   #30
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Hi Danny

I really cannot see this as a full delivery option. In 50 years probably we both could be pushing up daisies and the company's founder also could be in the same boat so I would see it as an optional extra only. OK, the online menus are neat but as already discussed, brides seldom use them and they are more of a marketing gimmick ..because other guys offer a "DVD menu" you feel obliged to do so as well whether the client needs it or not.

The bottom line is that you might as well use Vimeo or YouTube and forsake the menu option as they are likely to last longer than us in the market at a fraction of the price. Let face it a youtube uploaded video isn't the most professional BUT it's free for the couple and is likely to remain online a lot longer than a company who suddenly decides that their service is not making them as much money as they expected so they just shut it down.

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