Ed and I (Andrew) did a lot in the early days of 2021 to prepare Vidds for launching to a wider audience. We’re really excited with what we’ve done, what we have planned, and what Vidds creators will be able to do!
First up, we finished a small beta round of around 25 users. We received some excellent feedback and saw some cool uses of Vidds.
That was a bit short-lived, because we were already planning a redesign! In general, we feel that a redesign isn’t a good use of time without substantial feedback, but we had some long term problems we wanted to address…
So we went from a super basic editor where you had a couple elements you could change, to a fancy new editor where you can add and remove elements, drag and drop to reposition and resize, and even customize each animation!
(Before: 3 elements, little movement)
(After: unlimited elements, custom positioning and animations)
There is an incredible difference already. Not only can you customize scenes, but our ready-to-go designs have much more variety! We are so excited with the new designs available, and how easy it is for us to add new ones!
(From minimalist to complex, we think it’s much easier to find a fitting design and customize it now)
We’ve been wanting to build this for a while, but finally got around to it – you can now include audio from the videos you embed! Whether you want to record a quick message on your phone and embed it as a circle popup in a scene, or record a screencast or other full-size video with voice, you can now do it within the app.
In order to do this, we also needed to switch away from our old, slow, inefficient video playback method and go to live video playback. The difference is night and day as you preview a video and see the playback perfectly instead of jumpy individual frames.
This makes our video Preview button an almost perfect playback of what you’ve created (as long as your Internet connection keeps up).
With all of this smooth playback and audio support, it also became important to control the volume of background audio and the videos you embed.
Here are a few additional tools we’ve added to Vidds.
We have so much more in store!
Early on, we invested a lot of time in creating a powerful underlying core for Vidds, so now that we’re seeing what users need, we are developing new features quickly! And we’re not building features for their own sake – we want to enable creators to do more with the Vidds editor!
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