videopong+ , new embed, awards!

März 1st, 2017

here come the latest news, right after the code publish…

a) new embed
the old „embed a clip in your website mechanism“ was still based on a very old flash. from now on we have a much better mechanism, which is actually the same player and size as your clips on videopong. please replace your clip-embeds with the new code. the old is still working for another month, but then the old player gets replaced with a message that shows you how to replace your embed code (just copy/paste then).

 

b) videopong+ membership
as you know videopong is fully non-commercial and a spare-time project. but still there are some bills to pay (server rent, domain names, player licences, …). i managed to finance videopong in the past with art-sponsorings, selling a white labeled version, crowd funding and paying by my own. i’ve never got any money from this project but think it should fund itself. so i ask you members to upgrade to a videopong+ membership, which is 10$ a year or once 100$ for a lifetime membership.

so here is the deal: with 10$ per year or 100$ once, you get a videopong+ membership: first it will unlock all cool features to come. second and most important you support videopong and allow it to stay alive and last but not least your share-ratio gets doubled and you get a lovely badge ( and ) !
everything about videopong+ memberships

no worry: all the features videopong offers now, keep staying for non-videopong+ members. but your help is highly appreciated. thanx!

 

c) top 2016 user awards
here are the users that uploaded the most and got the most positive ratings and downloads and so on. congrats to:

westbam

   fleisch

 

thanks for your support and looking forward for new clips and ideas.
ivo – videopong.net

awards, new rating system, new API!

September 22nd, 2016

we’ve been pretty active to optimise videopong and added also a very cool and important feature for all you developers out there… but lets start smooth:
a) top 2015 user awards (finally)
oh man, i forgot that completely. but now here are the users that uploaded the most and got the most positive ratings and downloads and so on. congrats to:

Westbam

Marek

b) new rating system
it’s the long awaited simplification of the whole rating system. we only have up- and down-votes from now on! which is much easier and clearer than the old one. we’ve converted all votes in the database and some reputations (the upvotes minus the downvotes) changed and therefore the sort along the votes. so, sorry for the clips that went down a bit, but hurray to the ones that went up.
with or you can now also see what you’ve voted.

c) Public json-api to interface with videopong.net
yesss!!! its been so long on my todo/wish list i finally spent the time to add it. videopong has now a (almost) full featured api to interface with the huge pool of clips. even uploading is implemented. so this goes out to all vj-tool-hackers: get in contact if you’re interested to use that api in your application.

to start the api-enabled tool showcase we start with a browser based vj-tool:

videopong api

Glitch Gif VJ

hurray

Juni 24th, 2016

its already a year since the last videopong newsletter. wow that went pretty fast. anyway we still have news that you might have not noticed. so i keep it short:

a) a new uploader (january)
yes! upload a full batch of clips at once (you’re also able to drag and drop them). try it! its much more comfortable now. and of course we have DXV and HAP upload.

b) random-zappers (february)
– small (a lot of clips): http://www.videopong.net/?action=random
– medium: http://www.videopong.net/?action=random&size=middle
– big (few clips): http://www.videopong.net/?action=random&size=big
way better than watching tv as you get a new selection each 2mins…

c) videopong history wrap up
sorry, its all in swiss german but if you understand it, here my latest videopong presentation at a visual artist meeting at dock18 in zürich: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvw_kducu4c

d) HURRAY: 20’000 clips! (may)
jep, mid may we had the 20’000th clip going online. almost exactly 8 years after my first line of code for videopong! go out and project some of your videopong footage this weekend! let’s celebrate our free footage exchange platform.

dxv and hap sharing possible now

Juni 15th, 2015

a) dxv and hap sharing – jippi!

Hap and DXV are both fantastic video codecs, but up until now it was not possible to share files encoded with them in Videopong, as there was no decoder for them on Linux. However we’ve come up with a hack that works, so sharing both is now possible! Just upload them like any other files. Please let us know if you encounter any problems sharing these files as we work through any kinks.
b) keep videopong running for this year – we’re almost there!


We are making great progress and are at 65% of our funding goal for 2015. To keep the Videopong servers running, please consider donating here. If you did already: thank you so much. you’re keeping our share platform for vjs alive.

Rewards and Perks:

>$30 – Donator Badge on videopong.net
>$50 – Decide which clip gets featured on the front
>$100 – A very limited organic videopong t-shirt
>$100 – A very limited mini videopong mag-lite (yeah, my little live-gig-saver)
>$5 – Promo-Code for the videopong.net-resolume-plugin (read more below)

The Resolume plugin allows you to load all Videopong videos directly into your Resolume sessions – without needing to download them. By just pasting the video URLs into the plugin, you can try to integrate all kinds of clips with your set and favorite effects.

Just like any other video clips, you can use MIDI or OSC to play, pause and adjust the videos, and the timeline functions are all linked to the Resolume dashboard.

You can purchase the plugin for $20 or get it for free with all donations of at least $5 on the videopong fundraising campaign. Learn more about that plugin here: http://tentonraygun.com/videopong-viewer/.

 

c) we’re looking for people with passion and vision

if you want to run contests, spread our news, php develop, translate, want to use videopong for class, hack hardware, organize an exhibition, make art,… we’re an open archive with an api and the possibility to maintain our own codebase, so we all can build lots of stuff around videopong (like our rating-station). get in contact.

donate and get the new videopong-resolume plugin – and more…

März 9th, 2015

a) Please help to keep videopong funded for 2015
we need your help! please donate

as you might know: the whole videopong project is non-profit, add-free and free for all. but nevertheless we need to keep our servers up and running and also paid. end of 2014 all financial supports from art-sponsorings have run out, so we try to keep videopong funded via the community. please donate to keep it going: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/1wmff/ab/f4XUe1 . we also have cool rewards/perks:

>$30 – Donators Badge on videopong.net
>$50 – Decide which clip gets featured on the front
>$100 – A very limited organic videopong t-shirt (which is not yet ready, but will be awesome!)
>$100 – A very limited mini videopong mag-lite (jeah, my little live-gig-safer)
>$5 – Promo-Code for the new videopong.net-resolume-plugin YEAAAAAAH (read more below)

b) Videopong Player Resolume Plugin
We are pleased to announce a new plugin for Resolume (OSX and Windows): the Videopong Player! With it, you can load Videopong videos directly into your Resolume interface! Simply copy a Videopong URL from the address bar of your browser into the Resolume control panel and you’re good to go. You can layer any footage and apply blends, masks, alphas, RGB channels, resizes, etc. All timeline functions are linked to the Resolume dashboard, and you can use sliders or MIDI hardware to play, pause, set in/out points, scrub the timeline, or adjust the volume of your Videopong video in real time! All details here: http://tentonraygun.com/videopong-viewer/

For all donations (at least 5$) on our fundraise campaign (see above) you receive a promocode which will be a 100% discount on the Videopong Player the next few weeks. so please donate and get the Resolume Plugin.

 

c) the world famous videopong 2014 awards go to:
finally i had time to go thru the combined 2014 uploads and rating statistic and this is how we’ve distributed the world famous videopong 2014 awards:

fredVJ fleisch

 

 

 

 

d) html5 video
we finally have html5 support which means you should be able to watch all clips on videopong also on your mobile devices and non-flash-enabled computers.

e) your e-mail address can also be used as your login (besides the login itself)
on popular demand we enhanced the login mechanism to accept also your registered emailaddress as login. … and if you forgot your password get a new one here.

f) User without uploads are invisible…
… and are also limited in what functions they can use. we had to change this because of a raising spamflood. means: only user with uploads can use all functions of videopong. so go go go and upload your own creations.

lets do some stats while waiting for the next newsletter

März 1st, 2015

as i’m preparing  the next newsletter i had a look at some stats, and i don’t want to hide them, so here are the stats since 23.04.2008:
– 1.6 Millions clip views (30’000/month)
– 111’486 clip downloads
– 26’710 lines of code written
– 18’043 available clips
– 5’149 deleted clips (mostly copyright violations)
– 4’607 registered users
– 3’000h hours of work (coding)
– 1’619 users with uploads
– 1’000h hours of work (copyright violations and publishing and so on)
– 483GB occupied diskspace on the server
– 340 users on the vj-map
– 274 featured clips
– 70$ donations from users 2008-2014
– 57 user that cancled their accounts (most had severals)
– 46 blocked users
– 16 times presented, discussed and shown at Festivals all over Europe
– 6 contests with sponsored prizes from the industry
– 4 full translations
– 1 „fulltime“ staff member

We have a Winner – oh wait… We have 3 Winners! Amazing…

Oktober 23rd, 2014

Blendy Dome VJ is extremly generous and provides the following 3 Winners each a License for Blendy Dome VJ and
all 3 Clips get featured at the FULLDOME UK 2014 Festival.

by anodin
by taras
by fredVj

Congratulations to the Winners!! And big thanks for providing such amazing Prizes is going to:

Blendy Dome VJ is the Fulldome Mapping Software. Feed your Syphon Sources into it and play live with
up to 6 Projectors on a Dome. It helps you also preparing your Show or convincing your Customers with the
integrated 3D content viewer.

The FULLDOME UK 2014 Festival is the 7th and 8th of November at the National Space Centre in Leicester (UK)
and debutes fulldome films, realtime/VJ performances, Talks and Presentations. Check out the Schedule and buy Tickets.

Win a Blendy Dome VJ License and get featured at the FULLDOME UK 2014 Festival!

September 8th, 2014

it’s indeed a long time since the last newsletter but videopong.net itself is still a very buzzing platform and meanwhile there are
16’500 clips available from more than 4300 visual artists around the globe.

And we have even more amazing news for you:

a) New contest “IMMERSION” just started:
Win a Blendy Dome VJ License and get featured at the FULLDOME UK 2014 Festival!

yeah! we’re sure you’ve heard of Blendy Dome VJ: The Fulldome Mapping Software. BDVJ is an intuitive dome mapping tool that
features a realtime domemaster slicer, a 3D content viewer and much more. This next generation software can easily map any dome
surface using 1 laptop with 3-6 projector outputs and 1 to 2 Matrox Triplehead adaptors to project on curved surfaces. Blendy Dome
VJ reads any Syphon Server playing domemaster and also allows you to preview content on a virtual 3D dome before your show.

The FULLDOME UK 2014 Festival is the 7th and 8th of November at the National Space Centre in Leicester (UK) and debutes
fulldome films (short and feature length). It is a fulldome film festival with realtime/VJ performances, Talks and discussions and
presentations about the fulldome medium.
Tickets available or sign-up for the news. If you’re already into fulldome projections and have a short, a feature film or a live
performance you can submit it until the 14th September to take part the Fulldome UK 2014.

The Winner Clip of the contest “IMMERSION” on videopong will win a full license of Blendy Dome VJ (800€) and it will be
integrated in the United VJs (Brasil) fulldome VJ set with credits to be presented at FULLDOME UK 2014 next 8th of November.
To Win this amazing prize bundle you just need to upload Clips to our theme “IMMERSION” on videopong. Your uploads should
be in the Domemaster 1K Format (1024x1024pixels, check this 1K Template and Description) but other content will also be
considered. If you’re the winner, you will be asked to provide at least a resolution of 2048×2048 pixels using this 2K Template.

Check the uploaded entries now.

The Contest runs till 7th of october, so go for it! and good luck!

b) Download-Basket
A great new Feature that can safe your live: Add clips to the Download-Basket and download them in one batch. The same works also
if you need to re-download all your already downloaded clips or even better with all your uploads. so after a data-loss you can quickly
recover with just a bunch of clicks. Check the “users” Menu for “my Downloads” and the “my Uploads” (which contains also some
nice statistics about your clips).

c) Videopong.net clip rating station on Tour
Do you host a Video-Art or VJ-Festival and would like to present videopong.net in an interactive way? I can send you the Rating
Station and you just need to plug it into a computer and let your guests explore the archive of videopong and rate the clips. get in
contact
or here.

 

d) want to be part of the community behind videopong?
join our user group:

 

badges?

November 6th, 2013

as you might have already seen, we introduced a badge system.

got some badges?

Attachment you uploaded at least one attachment
Yearly Awards award that is given by videopong, depending on how your uploads got rated in relation to your uploads
Contest Winner you won a contest
Donator you donated some bucks (please donate!)
Downloads your clips were downloaded at least so many times
Featured At least one of your clips was featured on the Frontpage
Map you added your Location to the VJ-Map
Support General Support of Videopong, like spending your time to help out with different things (translation, writing, creating publicity, … we need your help: get in contact)
Uploads You uploaded at least so many clips

see who already got some here: http://www.videopong.net/?action=users&sort=badges

 

want to be included?

join our user group:

VDMX contest winners and videopong-user-group on fb

August 17th, 2013

a) Finally our latest contest finished this week and after sorting out the 3 votes (1x vidvox, 1x videopong, 1x ratings) we’re very proud to announce the winner:

And the first prize, a VDMX License, goes to:

Flower Cubic Flower Cubic Flower Cubic Flower Cubic by RAIL

The second prize, a VDMX Mug, goes to:

Spinewave Spinewave Spinewave Spinewave by Erland

the decision was very close. And we have also seen a lot of interesting and inspiring Attachment beeing uploaded. check them out here.

if you’re not familiar with the attachment feature read more here. basically it allows us to share every file over videopong.

See also http://vdmx.vidvox.net/blog/winners-of-the-videopong-share-everything-contest

 

b) AND even more „finally“ we created a Videopong.net User Group on Facebook, for discussions, ideas, polls, …  . i simply had not enough time to set up a forum. so please all join in. we’re looking also for someone that could help us with it. get in contact.