StupeFlix: The future of Online videos, slideshows and presentations, Animoto’s competitor
Slideshows and videos online, nowadays, are turning into a more professional look and feel (as opposed to amateuristic videos before). I’ve covered a website called Animoto before which was the only website in this field, but now a new competitor emerges. StupeFlix is a new web 2.0 startup that allows users to create professional looking videos, but has a feature that could potentially be a significant discovery in the online video industry.
A video could be generated in two ways: One is by using the StupeFlix Editor, which is a drag and drop interface for the user to add photos and text into the editor to be later produced as video. Second is by using the XML editor, which is the best feature of this website. The XML editor is similar to programming where everything is seen as XML codes, so editing in XML is also possible. The editor allows users to edit the tags and even see the preview of the image you’re editing by just hovering your mouse. The best effect of this editor means that videos, could be indexed in search engines based on its content (as opposed to just the title and keywords attached). With this, videos are going to finally be search engine friendly and could potentially compete with written contents.
– ScreenShot of the StupeFlix Editor and XML Editor (2 separate page) –
It also has opened up their API straight away (still in BETA program), which allows webmasters to embed the editor in their own websites. Right now the service is free (for however long unless you’re using for commercial use), so people could really see the difference it could make. However, I find that videos in Animoto (although not indexable) is more artistic and really has a professional feel to it (compared to StupeFlix). So there is a dilemma between the two which is artistic vs SEO, more practical users might go for SEO yet certain businesses need the artistic touch.
Overall, StupeFlix is still where the future of online video / slideshow is. The open API plus the SEO brings about numerous possibilities and could potentially affect the future of online videos. It will be interesting to see how Animoto responds to this threat but right now StupeFlix is (for me) in the lead. What StupeFlix should do is really focus on getting videos indexable and try to make videos more artistic.