WhatsApp Co-Founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton
Earlier today, Facebook announced its acquisition of WhatsApp for $16 billion. It’s a spectacular milestone for the company’s co-founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton, and their remarkable team.
From the moment they opened the doors of WhatsApp,…
"Video Analysis is Crucial" in Sports
"We only get a handful of (practice) runs, specifically six runs of official training, which is why video analysis becomes crucial," said Scott Novack, director of high performance for the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation.
Reuters reported today on how Olympics teams use video analysis tools to improve their performance. Video is of course a powerful analysis medium. Unfortunately, it is one that is unwieldy to process without special tools. You need to be able to find the right moments in the performance and compare them to a benchmark, or otherwise process and discuss them.
There are many tools in the field of professional sports for this. Here are three key products you should know about.
Specializes in slow-motion video analysis. Especially good for narrowing analysis down on a certain key part of the performance, such as a pass or a jump. Allows drawings, voice annotations and comparisons to video benchmarks. Excellent for coaching in skills. App is free, annual subscription to Elite features is $24.99, with sports-specific packs at $4.99.
Similar to Ubersense – more visually colorful, which works especially well for rich visual annotations. Many same key features. iOS app is $4.99 with in-app purchases from $4.99 to $9.99 for more features.
Sportstec Product Suite
A much more ‘enterprise level’ solution, Sportstec’s powerful product suite takes care of capturing, coding, reviewing and sharing the performance. At Vuact, we especially like their emphasis on coding the videos, which is key for processing the material. It is easy to capture hours of practice time: coding it for fast review is additional work, and anything that can be done to make that easier is a great time- and cost-saver.
With Vuact’s video player, coding moments in videos is easy with the customizable Reactio Buttons. You can grab almost any video on the web, add it to Vuact, add your custom buttons and watch the video while adding your reactions to the timeline. Our Reaction Timeline shows a quick real-time visualization of the content of the video.
Vuact’s Action Capture goes even further. With it, you are able to combine sensor data onto the video timeline, making finding key moments even faster – without any need to code or review the video material beforehand. Read more here and get a special sneak peek!
Congrats to the good folks at Infogram for taking Gold in the Tools category!
We are thrilled to announce that Infogr.am has been named as the most beautiful infographic creator. Yesterday we have received Gold prize from prestigious “Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards” in category Data visualization tools.
“Information is Beautiful” and its founder Dave McCandless has inspired many information artists, including us, and data visualization projects worldwide.
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Vuact for TEDx events
Vuact is happy to partner with TEDx in offering our video player for free for TEDx event organizers. Our first live pilot was with TEDxCentralSaintMartins in London, so this is a great opportunity to give back to the enthusiastic TEDx community.
If you are organizing a TEDx event, or have videos from past TEDx events, we’re also happy to help you set up your videos. We can also feature your TEDx videos on the TEDx On Vuact channel after they have been added to TED’s official YouTube channel (per the TEDx rules). You can read more about Vuact’s publisher benefits here, and get in touch with the team over email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to see Vuact in action on a TEDx video? Watch Tom Hulme at TEDxCentralSaintMartins with “Designing Emergence”.
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The Phenomenon of Viral Video Strikes Again
There has been something strange and wonderful happening online this week. Get this: a video of a baby went viral! We know, we can’t believe it either. Ahem.
The viral video of the baby crying as her mother sings to her has caused a stir, especially within the online parent community (read: mommy and daddy bloggers). Some of the people who are
over-thinking talking about this video are concerned about the over-emotional nature of the baby. They say she is going to be an emotional train-wreck as she gets older. Others say that the baby is merely reacting to her mother’s body language and facial expressions, causing her to show emotion, as well. Others still are simply enjoying the sweetness of this old soul listening her mother sing to her.
Here, watch the video and decide for yourself which camp you’re in:
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Xbox One Will Change Your Home
The promo video of Xbox One concentrates on two aspects of the console: being a part of something grand and exciting, and doing that participation with totally new interactions. Voice commands and full body gestures are ideally just the beginning of the ways that new consoles will change our homes, fit our behavior and make our lives different.
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wow. Netflix now has more paying subscribers than HBO in the United States
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Netflix just reported that its streaming video service had 29.93 million paying subscribers in the United States at the end of September. That surpasses, for the first time, HBO’s paid subscriber base of 28.96 million in the US.
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Top 5 Videos of the Week! October 14-18
1. 3-Year-Old Hip-Hop Dancer
2. Animals Can Be Jerks!
3. The Cup Song Tap Dance
4. Toddler Taekwondo
5. Professor Xavier Fires Wolverine!
What are YOUR favorite videos from the week?
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