June 17, 2013
We just launched searches for Facebook! That means you can use all those fun new #hashtags everyone is using on Facebook, today.

The feature just rolled out. Enjoy!

We just launched searches for Facebook! That means you can use all those fun new #hashtags everyone is using on Facebook, today.

The feature just rolled out. Enjoy!

April 3, 2013

Touchscreen and Photo support

We announced support for touchscreens and photos today. Check out TechCrunch and Lost Remote for the skinny.

November 4, 2012

Busy busy…

We’re still around… just busy as ever. We onboarded more clients last week than we did last month.

We’re going to figure out how ofte we’ll write in the blog, and what purpose it serves. Give us a bit… we’re working on it.

September 10, 2012
We’re excited to play a small part in the new Anderson Live show.

We’re excited to play a small part in the new Anderson Live show.

July 11, 2012   1 note

Multiple templates and new hosting!

So we’ve been quietly toiling behind the scenes for the better part of two months to make our service better, more scalable, and more reliable… and as of noon Mountain Time today, we’ve flipped the switch.

What’s different? Well for starters, we’ve firmed up our multiple template options. Every account now includes two templates with the base package. That means if you’d like a sidebar for the evening show, and a fullscreen template for the morning show, we’ve got you covered. Each additional template past 3 will be a one-time fee of $100 to set it up, but then you’re good to go otherwise.

If you have someone on your team who knows HTML and CSS, we’ll even waive the $100 and teach them how to use some of our unreleased tools.

We’re more than happy to answer any questions about the changes… just shoot us a note: support@vidpresso.com, or give us a ring: (801) 335-6352.

July 2, 2012

Infrastructure update

So we, like many others, were down this weekend because of an outage in Amazon’s data center because we weren’t well enough prepared for the unexpected. And given the scale of our site, it’s really completely inexcusable from our side. We’re sorry we didn’t prepare better, and have taken some steps to mitigate big world-ending outages from Amazon in the future.

For starters, we’re completely overhauling our hosting situation. Our previous provider, DotCloud, caused us some even more unexpected issues during recovery which further exacerbated the downtime. Before this, our longest outage (to our knowledge) was about 11 minutes a few weeks back. We, wrongly, assumed that once Amazon was back, our instance would be back as well. That didn’t turn out to be the case, we think because of some custom setups we’d been working with which caused even more errors.

During the heat of the moment, we regained access to our database much faster than our web hosting, so we created a new hosting account which is in Dallas, TX, far away from the thunderstorms of the east coast, and that host will live permanently at backup.vidpresso.com.

Late in the afternoon, we were able to fail over to the backup site, and that’s what’s currently handling Vidpresso.com.

Before this outage had even occured, we had decided to move our platform onto a more standard setup, and we were already planning to move to a new provider, Heroku. With our new setup, we expect that if a worst case scenario were to happen again, our primary production setup wouldn’t stay down as long.

We expect our new setup to be much more resilient to acts of God than our prior setup.

We realize you place a lot of trust in us, and we don’t take that lightly. The fact that we weren’t as prepared as we thought was a huge embarrassment for us, and we’re sorry to have fallen on our faces. We’re confident that this lesson has helped us create a much more fault-resistant product.

UPDATE: Amazon has posted a full post-mortem of what happened, for the curious.

May 7, 2012

Hello, World.

[Be sure to check out vidpresso.com for product details.]

So it’s finally here. We’re unveiling ourselves to the world publicly today. We, that’s Randall, Justin and PIers, have been slaving away behind the keys to get the launch site ready. We’re super glad you’re seeing us for the first time, and hope you like where we’re going.

Our real ambition? We think TV shouldn’t be expensive to produce, and off-the-shelf tools are going to be better tools for the job than pricey proprietary hardware. We also think as many people as possible should have access to those tools, and everyone should be treated fairly.

Those values have brought us our first product… a way for TV stations to take Facebook and Twitter posts and show them on-air. We’re super grateful to our launch partners KSL and Fox40 for helping us get this on-air.

What’s next? Honestly, we’re not entirely sure. We hope people like what we’re trying to do, and want to work with us. We’re willing to put this tech out in the world and see where it takes us. And so far, we’ve had some good responses just thanks to word-of-mouth. We’re hoping this little launch takes that momentum even further.

Either way though, we’re really here to serve broadcasters, so if you’d like to work with us, we’d love to work with you. Get in touch, alright?

May 1, 2012

Launching soon…

If you’ve found this, you’re pretty special. @reply us on twitter and we’ll get you something nice.