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Arthur Gannis October 4th, 2014 12:59 PM

Re: Anyone doing a "no disks" delivery yet?
 
I've been told that there is something called a media player. like a small box with a remote controller that into the box there s provision to plug a USB device/sd card slot etc., with movie files or photo JPG and the output goes via a HDMI to the telly. I was just browsing the net and the one that caught my attention was the WD media player that goes for like $100USD. I don't know if anyone tried these players and how is the picture quality on a 1080P screen.? If anyone has experience with these, I am curious. This way, if the video quality is truly HD I will look more into it to mentioning it to my clients and then can have their video on a removable memory.
Like this one :http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1270

Zelle Olson October 4th, 2014 04:58 PM

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I am reading about a lot of Videographers only offering USB drives, but how do you fit an hour wedding on a USB Drive?

Dave Baker October 5th, 2014 01:44 AM

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Arthur, I have had the old version of the WDTV media player for a few years, it's how I view all my HD video on the TV set. It connects by HDMI cable and image quality is top notch.

Mine has two USB slots, one at the back and one at the side. I keep an external hard drive behind the TV and I put my videos on it for viewing at leisure, sort of a video juke box. I use the other slot for plugging in a USB stick for occasional use, such as checking the odd video before final rendering.

Apart from the second USB slot being slightly inconveniently on the side, something I see they have changed on the new model, I can't fault it.

Dave

Noa Put October 5th, 2014 01:54 AM

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I have had a first gen WD mediaplayer, a tiny box that played about anything, only my current Samsung tv can do the same and more now when I just plugin a usb stick.

Zelle, you can easily fit one hour of HD material on a usb stick, just choose the appropriate bitrate depending on the size of the stick, since 32gb sticks are very cheap these days you can even copy a mp4 file in the highest quality possible.

Chris Harding October 5th, 2014 02:37 AM

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Hi Arthur

I also have a media player under the shelf where the TV sits. Mine also like Noa's has two USB inputs so you can zap in a USB drive and play music, movies etc etc. We also have a USB HDD next to it so your storage can be huge. For a bride it still is a bit of a hassle as you have to plug in the player to power and also plug in the HDMI but it plays virtually anything. Over here you can also get tons of generic players which are cheaper and fancier (including a fancy remote control) and are as little as $50.00

Like a USB thumbdrive they still cannot present a DVD/BD style of menu and mine only gives you a list of files to play BUT they do handle folder structures so you can have a movies folder, music folder etc etc.

I was also thinking at one stage to supply a media player plus a USB thumb drive to brides as part of the package but most have no issues with just a DVD set. As already mentioned I also wonder if brides need or use a menu? It would be nice to have a media player that could autorun a wedding video by just turning it on! I know mine needs a fair amount of navigation to actually get to the thumbdrive and find and play say, a wedding video. I think the less hassle you can provide the better so a bride can watch her wedding .... that's why I'm still looking a the video book as an "instant gratification" device ...she can pick it up and open it and it plays ..no fiddling with the TV channels, DVD player or media player. As Nigel has already suggested it's not by any means a replacement for media and the full wedding but simply as a front end solution with a shortened wedding that will not bore family and friends and then one's normal DVD/BD delivery as the primary backup so she has the entire wedding to watch herself. With this in mind I don't think that a media player could be considered as a primary delivery format either ...USB drives can fail, media players can fail but unless physically damaged DVD/BD are not likely to fail.

I want my brides to be able to watch their weddings instantly without any technical knowledge ... any disk system still requires a bit of TV and player skill so it's easy to say "I'll watch it later"

Chris

Clive McLaughlin October 6th, 2014 02:09 AM

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Quick question folks - My product is 3/4minutes highlights, 20minutes feature, and uncut speeches (maybe 1 hour at most). So what capacity USB would I need realistically with descent HD quality? 4GB? 8GB? More?

Art Varga October 6th, 2014 06:35 AM

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Clive -my deliverable is about the same as yours and I can get everything onto an 8GB flash drive rendered out to 720P files

Roger Van Duyn October 6th, 2014 06:54 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Arthur Gannis (Post 1863648)
I've been told that there is something called a media player. like a small box with a remote controller that into the box there s provision to plug a USB device/sd card slot etc., with movie files or photo JPG and the output goes via a HDMI to the telly. I was just browsing the net and the one that caught my attention was the WD media player that goes for like $100USD. I don't know if anyone tried these players and how is the picture quality on a 1080P screen.? If anyone has experience with these, I am curious. This way, if the video quality is truly HD I will look more into it to mentioning it to my clients and then can have their video on a removable memory.
Like this one :WD TV | Media Player

A lot of the newer BD players have a USB port also. Mine does and I plug in thumb drives and external hard drives to view material on my tv. Only problem, mine only seems to display JPEG images, not PNG or PSD. But I can play various Mp4s, H264, WMPs, AVI files, MPEG2, and old MPEG1 files as well. The BD was only about 70 bucks at WalMart about 18 months ago. One device that plays all those files, plus BD, DVD, and CD disks.

Roger Gunkel October 6th, 2014 08:33 AM

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I made myself up a chart of running time and memory requirements for differing quality mp4 rendering. 10,000kbs rendering at 1920x1080 will give a good quality HD for 60 mins approx using around 5 Gbs. 20,000Kbs will give as good as you'll get realistically for 60 mins at 10Gbs. The figures are proportionate, so 5000Kps will give 120mins ising 5Gbs. I tried a number of different short renders in Magix ProX6 using a main concept encoder to get the figures. There are a lot of variables, but the figurs should give an approximate guideline.

I also now use a media player that I bought through Amazon a couple of weeks back. It is a Sumvision Cyclone Micro 2 Plus. It has USB and SD card inputs with HDMI at 1080p and AV outputs. Came with remote control and cost me 22. It's amazingly good for a silly price although the remote is very limited range. Very simple and easy to use, plays just about everything and is only 2.5"x3"x0.5". There is also Micro 4 version which is fully wireless connectable which may be better if you want to be wire free. It enables you to interface your phone, pad or laptop with a smart tv.

Ther are also media players available with onboard screens that can also output to a tv, so another option to allow clients to have their wedding video and photos in a pocket or bag and still show it on a tv, or for demonstration of course.

Roger

Danny O'Neill October 6th, 2014 01:07 PM

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Clive, we use 8GB sticks.

Something to remember is that the best disk format to use is FAT32. This guarantees compatibility across almost every SmartTV and computer. The downside is the maximum side of any one files is 4GB.

So we have the same as you. Our uncut is rendered out to be 4GB in size. The longer they are, the lower the bitrate.

20 minute feature at 15mbps is around 2gb, highlights obviously less. So easily fits on the 8GB with room to spare.

The only other possible universal(ish) format to use on the stick is exFAT but from what I've read only a handful of smarttvs support this. Our 2k tv which is only 6 months old didn't until i performed a firmware update. Which is not something you want to be getting your clients to do. My parents cheap thing only does FAT32 and thats the end of it.

Clive McLaughlin October 6th, 2014 02:24 PM

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Thanks very much Danny and Roger. Very helpful info!

Did a recent survey with current bookings.

Showed USB examples and explained benefits and drawbacks. I gave the following options:

a) I'd rather stick with DVDs
b) Might consider USB if it were offered
c) Love them, order them now!

The results so far are about 90% option B, 5% A, 5% C.

I think people would go for it if I threw in one DVD disc, even if it was a generic, unpersonalised disc with company logo and a bog standard case at the bottom of the box...

Chris Harding October 6th, 2014 07:03 PM

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Hi Clive

I'm not quite awake yet so just to confirm your survey with your bookings you are saying :

90% of brides would consider USB , on 5% want to stick with DVD's and despite the considering 90% of brides considering USB and 5% would actually order them.... Is that correct? I'm confused totally!

I would like to get brides opinions slightly differently like :

Would you prefer :
(a) DVD only
(b) USB only
(c) DVD and USB

I still think that DVD is considered the most recognised format and brides are most comfortable with DVD's so to keep them happy I think you do need to supply DVD's and then anything else that makes your product better. It is frustrating to shoot in HD and have to deliver in SD but what other options do we have?? I obviously would much rather have my weddings viewed in HD (gosh even 1280x720 is better than SD)

I see you have ONLY offered DVD and USB?? What about BD, media players, video books and other options??? Even if a standalone player is required as long as it's under $100 one could very easily merge the extra cost into a package without upsetting the market balance.

Chris

Chris Geiger October 7th, 2014 12:06 AM

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My feature videos run 90-120 minutes. I include a16g flash drive with each package. That includes room for photos and video. I render to 720 and the file size is 8-11 gig. I use ntfs format. I charge $50 additional for each dvd ordered.

Clive McLaughlin October 7th, 2014 01:00 AM

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Hi Chris,

Basically nearly all said they would consider choosing USB over DVD, one said definitely USB, one said definitely DVD.

So to me, I suspect they like the idea but have question marks over things like (Will it work on my tv? etc)

Like I've said before, many TVs and even some dvd players have had USB ports for years now - how many regular folk have ever plugged a USB in to view something?

I'd say less that 1%! Its just an unknown for them. If I were to launch it as a deliverable, I would need to accompany it with some video perhaps showing how it looks and what ways it can be used and viewed.

Like I say though, I'm certain everyone would be sold on it if they also received a DVD. The engraved silver USB stick in a presentation box will be the eye catching part (and future proof). The DVD by contrast could have an unpersonalised print/case/menu. It would become an 'add-on' like a freebie, or 'backup'. Nothing to boast about, but included none-the-less.

A batch of generically printed DVDs and cases with some 'weddingy' theme imagery and company logo would save a lot of the time and effort taken up by my current DVD production.

Chris Harding October 7th, 2014 01:59 AM

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Hi Clive

Thanks for that! I would very much like brides to select USB for delivery (even for backup)

I am quite surprised that some manufacturers of USB drives haven't made a nice white one simply with "Our Wedding" on it ..Over here I can get them printed but I don't want to buy 50 x 8GB USB's at inflated prices and brides don't ask for them so the obvious answer if one buys custom drives is to make it part of the package ..the bride gets USB and a backup DVD end of story and no choices ..otherwise one could be stuck with a box od wedding USB's

My only minor complaint about this is dual rendering ...first to MPEG2 for DVD and then to MP4 for the USB .... if one supplied the DVD as a MP4 backup disk then we only need one render but of course it won't play in a DVD Player.

Chris

Andrew Maclaurin October 11th, 2014 05:05 AM

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At a recent wedding fair I started asking clients. A lot said they would like a USB for themselves as they understood the loss in quality when using a DVD. Granny and her DVD player was the main thing holding them back but most said their parents had modern TVs. Mind you, I live in a big city where people have easy access to cheap TVs. Almost every house I film in has a beast of a TV and they are almost always in the parents' house. People in their 50s and 60s have no problems with USB TV technology.

Daniel Latimer October 21st, 2014 06:03 PM

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For those of you who deliver USB, how many do you give?

Chris Harding October 21st, 2014 07:51 PM

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I would assume much the same as DVD's ..3 sets so each parent gets one and the couple gets one. Are you going to supply disks as well or just USB drives. If it's just USB's then you need a fancy box to present them in so the bride at least feels she is getting value for money.

I always worry that handing over three double DVD sets looks impressive to match the price but a bunch of tiny USB sticks seems to be a let down compared to the money spent.

I think you definitely need to package it up more so it's more than just a tiny handful. Photogs give albums so I wonder if one might be able to have albums with cutouts for USB's inside and a few bridal pics taken by the videographer so at least the bride has something she can store the drives in??

Chris

Daniel Latimer October 21st, 2014 08:54 PM

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I currently supply 3 DVD or Blu-ray, but I think looking at what other people give in our area I'm behind in giving out USBs as well. Still researching how many and of what.

Clive McLaughlin October 22nd, 2014 01:02 AM

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The logic of one each set of parents I feel doesn't apply so much for USB though since its transferable data. Take the USB round to the parents stick it in the PC and transfer over.

Do we really need to provide three copies?

I'm currently in the process of getting custom USB packaging made up. Pricey but hopefully worth it. Three for each client would make it far too expensive to justify IMO.

My plan btw is to have bulk printed DVDs with some generic imagery and branding on it. So each couple will get a DVD too at the bottom of the box but I will describe it as a 'back-up' or 'hard copy'. It will be unpersonalised and a basic menu. This from my research will be enough to sway those with doubt to go with my USB package.

Roger Gunkel October 22nd, 2014 03:24 AM

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I don't think the size pf the product makes much difference, it's more about creating desireability in the packaging. Think in terms of a diamond ring, is the bride going to be impressed with receiving it in a shoe box size package? Small can be beautiful and suggest quality and value if executed properly, so I am looking at jewelry style presentation.

Roger

Chris Harding October 22nd, 2014 07:04 PM

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Very clever Roger!

I'm sure jewellers have plenty of suppliers of the furry velvet style classy boxes that things like necklaces and bracelets are presented in so that would be pretty much perfect for a USB drive and certainly would give it a greater perceived value for the bride. Plus of course it's far less likely for it to get lost too!!

I still cannot find a supplier with "off the shelf" 16GB USB drives that are already printed with the words "Our Wedding" on either a white or silver body. Photo albums do it so I still cannot fathom out why USB manufacturers don't have a stock drive like that? It gets mighty pricey when you are forced to buy 50 at a time just so you can have some simple text printed on the body of the drive.

Chris

Roger Gunkel October 23rd, 2014 04:08 AM

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OK Chris, here is the answer to your prayers with a minimum order of 25. I am waiting for a quote at the moment. Promotional USB Flash Drives and Custom Memory Sticks

Roger

Roger Gunkel October 23rd, 2014 04:17 AM

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Here is another link for a company that we will be using for a massive range of boxes. Prices are very good, with a one off artwork charge of 35, then printing is included in the box prices. Boxes

Roger

Clive McLaughlin October 23rd, 2014 06:18 AM

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I've been talking with Flashbay too. Ask them for a sample pack. Pretty impressive!

Very very friendly and helpful. Also being very patient with me as I'm trying to sort out some custom packaging before I place my order with them!

Chris Harding October 23rd, 2014 06:29 AM

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Thanks Roger

What price did they quote you for 16GB drives that are customised??

Clive McLaughlin October 23rd, 2014 06:47 AM

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I've been getting quotes for 8gb ones.

Heres a few quotes I got to give you an idea.

Kinetic USB(2.0) flash drives

100 x 8GB at 3.91 per unit ex VAT

Focus USB(2.0) flash drives

100 x 8GB at 4.09 per unit ex VAT

Chris Harding October 23rd, 2014 07:57 AM

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Thanks Clive

That's pretty cheap ... However that's a whole bunch of drives to buy ..How long would those last you if it was your sole distribution method. It is going to be 400 out of your pocket instantly and they could sit on the shelf for quite a time depending I guess on how many the bride will get and how many weddings you do in a season?

A plain ole USB 8GB drive over here is just under AUS$10.00 for single units ( GBP5.47 each) which is more than you are paying!

Chris

Danny O'Neill October 23rd, 2014 09:12 AM

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We use the Flashbay ones and so far so good. We went for 50 and are already half way through them.

Roger Gunkel October 23rd, 2014 11:38 AM

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Hi Chris, prices each for their 16gb drives are 25-9.11, 50- 6.48, 100- 5.86. Prices are before VAT and postage. Printing is included, either engraving, or printing and turnaround about 7 days.

As Clive said they are very friendly and enthusiastic.

Roger

Roger Gunkel October 24th, 2014 10:05 AM

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Well, promotion and professionalism goes a long way with me, and after receiving this sample package from Flashbay, I was very impressed.

I emailed an enquiry yesterday morning, had a proof and prices sent through by yesterday afternoon and received this sample pack this morning, very impressive especially as I was only asking about 25 usb drives.

Roger

Chris Harding October 24th, 2014 05:52 PM

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Thanks Roger

Absolutely critical to present well and promptly. I very much doubt whether you will even bother to look elsewhere now because these guys did their marketing professionally. I think we need to make sure that we also keep our presentation and promptness standards high for our products. A little extra effort goes a long way!

Chris

Travis Wilber October 25th, 2014 01:24 PM

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If you go on etsy.com there's a lot of handmade stuff for usb drives. Type in "usb wood" and you'll find a lot of unique things that might have the higher end feel.


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