Digital Skills # 5

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Photobucket: How do I use it?

Photobucket allows users to create stories, which may be a mix of videos and photos, by following several easy steps.

Login via Facebook, Twitter or Photobucket.

Click the upload button to get started, and choose the video you want to upload.

 

Once your video is uploaded, you may click on one of the tools that appear on the bottom of the tool bar such as “Add photo”, “Add Text, and “Background”, where you may add any of those elements to your story board. Photobucket does not allow you to reuse the same video/image in the same story line unless you re-upload the photo or the video. As far as editing the video, the current beta version of the site does not allow users to format anything, but with the old version of the video editor, users could ad text, soundtracks and transition effects.

 

References Use

Arrington, M. (2006, April 19). 2% of u.s. internet traffic goes through photobucket. TechCrunch, Retrieved from http://techcrunch.com/2006/04/19/2-of-us-internet-traffic-through-photobucket/

Crunchbase. (10, November 12). Photobucket, corp. Retrieved from http://www.crunchbase.com/company/ontela

Gannes, L. (2007, February 20). Photobucket adds video editing. GigaOM, Retrieved from http://gigaom.com/video/photobucket-adds-video-editing/

Gannes, L. (2011, May 4). It’s filter-ific: Photobucket offers mobile photo filter app. All Things D, Retrieved from http://allthingsd.com/20110504/its-filter-iffic-photobucket-offer-mobile-photo-filter-app/

Photobucket: Pros & Cons

As with all online editing applications, there are many positive points to Photobucket and some negative ones as well.This post will be discussing the positive and negative aspect of the Photobucket website/application

PROS & CONS:

Starting off with the positive is the new interface (launched November 2012), it is very clean and user friendly. Logging in is very quick, whether you choose to do so through Facebook/Twitter or by setting up an account. Navigating through website for someone who is not very familiar with video-editing applications is very simple. Concerning privacy, users choose who may view their photos and if they can directly share the photo from the profile or not. The content of the photos is filtered by Photobucket, and material that are deemed inappropriate (usually that have a sexual demeanor) are removed, which gives the site a “safe” and family feel to it.

Venturing into neutral territory, where things can be considered both positive and negative depending on the user, is the editing tools. For someone who needs a basic video editor and doesn’t want to fuss around with purchasing an intricate video editing software, Photobucket will do the job. For those who actually want to edit by adding more than captions and transitions, things are very limited. The video-time limit and space limit may also be restricting to some, Photobucket will not allow you to upload videos longer than 10 minutes. There is a solution for those who would like more storage space than the 2GB offered for free account users, they may choose to upgrade their account type to “Plus” account, the rates of this account appear in the image below.

Photobucket account types and prices. via PhotobucketSupport

Another debatable point is the mobile application, on one hand it is available to all smartphones (iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows) which does not limit who gets to use the mobile application. But the application itself is very limiting, it allows you to upload photos directly from your phone to your photobucket account, and apply filters to the photos (Gannes, 2011) like similar application, Instgram, but it does not allow you to edit them any further, nor does it allow you to upload and edit videos. This sort of defeats the purpose of using the application, because most users use Photobucket to edit the photos, but it does allow you to upload to your account for later editing from the website, which is a form of compromise.

Summary:

PROS:

  • Easy to use
  • Free account
  • Decent editing tools for most users.
  • Mobile Application available for all phones (iOs, Android, Windows, Blackberry)
  • Good Privacy settings

CONS:

  • Limited space for those who don’t want to pay for the service
  • Videos can’t be longer than 10 minutes
  • Mobile Application does not allow for the editing of photos/videos

Photobucket: A History

Photobucket is an photo/video hosting and editing website and mobile application which was founded in 2003 by Alex Welch and Darren Crystal and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The company has additional offices in San Francisco, California; and Seattle, Washington. The start-up received a Series A funding of $3 million in 2005 (Crunchbase, 12). In 2006 it accounted for 2% of the US’s internet traffic, and later that year received $10.5 million Series B funding from Trinity Ventures, and general partner Gus Tai joined the board of directors of Photobucket. (Arrington, 2006). Photobucket, Corp. was originally called Ontela, but it acquired Photobucket, Inc from Fox Interactive Media, adopted the Photobucket brand, and changed its name to Photobucket Corp. (CrunchBase, 2012)

In December 2009, Photobucket, Inc. merged with Onatela, Inc. Together, Photobucket and Ontatela formed the Photobucket Corporation.

At first, the website offered users only photo editing tools, but in 2007 they expanded to include the same services for video as well. (Gannes, 2007) Today, it offers users tools to upload, host, edit and share images, video and slideshows. The website has expanded to include a “Photobucket” mobile app, and has created a similar app image filter+sharing app Instagram, called “Snapbucket”.

Snapbucket via HotandInterestingNews

 

Here is an interview with current CEO of Photobucket, Tom Munro, by Building43. Enjoy!

Photobucket video editing: An Introduction

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Photobucket is a website which allows you to upload, host, and edit photos and video. I’ll be focusing on the video editing aspect of the website instead of the photo editing. Users may browse the website without logging in, but if you wish to upload content then you must be logged in. You may do so through Facebook, Twitter or a Photobucket account. There are several types of account which offer different storage spaces, the free account (which is what I’ll be talking about) allows users 2 GB of storage.There are more than 7 billion images stored on Photobucket. In addition to photo and video storage functionality, Photobucket offers linking into third-party websites (Facebook, Twitter etc.), email and mobile applications. The company has also remix tools such as slide shows and video-editing functionality.

 

Stay tuned for more Photobucket posts!