Check out our entry for the Knight News Challenge!

March 26, 2012 | Leave a comment

We’re a part of the Knight News Challenge:

1. What do you propose to do?

Speed up, simplify, economical sending and sharing of large video files from anywhere to aid journalists and others.

2. Is anyone doing something like this now and how is your project different?

Slow or expensive methods of video delivery exist, but latakoo is fast and inexpensive. We speedily send, share, download, and transcode large video files and provide public and private distribution.

Check out our full Knight News Challenge profile and – if you like our idea – click the “heart”.

Every visit and show of support helps. Thank you!

Back from SXSW. What an incredible week!

March 17, 2012 | 1 comment

It’s been an amazing week, both for me and for latakoo. I’ve only just flopped back into my apartment in Berkeley, but here are some links:

On the official Box blog, Box and latakoo make video uploads faster than ever:

What does scale is anything that improves your productivity by saving time, especially when it comes to uploading videos. That’s why we’re excited to announce a new integration with video management provider latakoo. latakoo employs a one-click utility to shrink and convey large HD and SD video files in minutes instead of hours. Available today, latakoo subscribers can push their videos to Box faster than ever.

Then, CBS Radio News featured us in this week’s Reporters Notebook (MP3 link).

Steve Kline had an HD camera on our stand at SXSW, so we recorded lots of video of passers-by and uploaded it to our SXSW How I Fly video portal. How I Fly is a beta service that allows anyone to run their own collaborative video portal. (Like running your own YouTube or Vimeo.)

Speaking of which, here’s one of my SXSW contributions, sent using latakoo’s integration with YouTube (uploading to YouTube with latakoo is up to 37 times faster than uploading straight from YouTube’s own website):

The lesson I’m trying to drive home? latakoo makes video simple, no matter what you’re trying to do with it. And people are taking notice.

Twitter Bootstrap is rocking my world

March 9, 2012 | Leave a comment

We’re working on a new feature for latakoo, which will allow you to create your own niche video-sharing networks. Cool, right?

What’s even cooler is that the interface is based on Bootstrap 2, a UI framework for Twitter. We’re using it as a bedrock so that the page adapts to the form factor of the user’s device: if you’re on a desktop, you’ll get the full two-column experience, while a mobile device will see things in a compact single column with menu options hidden behind a dropdown.

It’s been very fast, and the framework is extremely robust. I know there have been complaints about it being overused, but to be honest, that’s because it’s excellent. (We’re not keeping the default colors or styles, mind you, which I know a lot of people are.)

Interested in the video portals? Stay tuned.

Using bandwidth effectively

March 1, 2012 | Leave a comment

I wrote a post over on the latakoo blog about using bandwidth resources judiciously:

Too many apps and services treat bandwidth as an unconstrained, ubiquitous resource. We think that’s wrong, for a number of reasons.

So early on in latakoo’s development, we decided to compress video before sending it to the cloud. We harnessed the fact that computers are faster and more powerful than they’ve ever been, and decided to trade a more difficult development process for a much easier user experience. It’s possible to make video sizes much smaller while protecting quality, and as a result, that 2Gb uncompressed HD file could be sent in minutes over a 3G connection, without significantly affecting your bandwidth bill.

You can read the whole post over here.

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