For some scenarios (unmapped areas, indoors, congested environments, no address system) a gif makes finding a place much easier.
Future improvements: multiple gifs for each place (for different approach directions), unique links for specific deliveries e.g. gif.direct/redhouse/123456
Its my first coding project I've shipped so any feedback greatly appreciated
Stack: Rails, a bit of JS for maps (leaflet), python AWS Lambda for video processing (MoviePy, FFMpeg), S3
Until that point I'll have to persuade people to slow down the recording on those parts. Still, I think the sample video is understandable at least
"Upload a video" - upload a video of what?
"Set a target location" - a target location of what?
Then you give a sample gif which does nothing but confuse me more.
Who is this for? What does it do? Why is it better than the alternative? Is the video generated automatically? If so, how? If not the why am do I need your service at all?
From what I can tell, you upload a video and then create a link for it? Why not just upload the video to YouTube or streamable? It also displays a map with a pin. Why would I not just sent a link to Google maps? You also ask me for my location - why?
I get that it's your first product but I really think you need to look at this from the point of view of someone who knows nothing about the service.
Upload a video of what? I believe the answer is of the path between an easily located starting point and the actual final destination, but I'm not entirely clear. You mention unmapped or indoor areas in another reply, but your page needs to make this more clear.
Set a target location of what? I'm actually puzzled by this one. If I'm correct on the first guess then it's presumably either the starting or ending point. However, neither of those makes particular sense. The starting point is easily reached, by definition, and the ending point can't be targeted on a map, by definition.
Your page needs to actually answer the Who, What, Why, and How questions the unfamiliar user will be wondering.
In particular, "we do video magic" is entirely uninformative and is the only explanation of what you're actually offering that might be new. I can already upload a video and provide a map with services I already use.
Something that seems to be a main feature - "let the owner know you're on your way" is hidden in the 'sample' page and unmentioned on the first. From it, I deduce the problem you're solving is last-100-feet for deliveries or visitors.
And why does the 'see a sample' page ask for my geolocation?
Edit: I am actually curious - this might be interesting - and I hope you'll answer these questions here!
1) help visitors or deliveries get from an easily-mapped location (the front gate) to their final destination (your door)
2) simply film a video walking or driving the path, and let us adjust its speed into an easily-reviewed guide
3) provide a single, short url with the map, video, and a button to notify you they've arrived
4) perfect for business plazas, college campuses, parks and tourist sites, and unaddressed areas
Take a look at how https://plus.codes pitches itself, since there are plenty of similarities.
It might be a bit too wordy. My experience is that people will avoid reading anything. But I will try to get your sentiments across in a video. People like videos :)
And that's not saying you have to do pure text without graphics.
I had to strike a balance between short, pithy explanations which make an impact and drowning in waffle.
But as its a v1 I have lots of time to improve, thanks for your commment :)
From the intro video it seems to be a service that converts a video to a gif.
In an answer to another comment you wrote:
> I'm requiring the users to make a leap from the title of the page 'Gif Directions' to uploading a video, which will become the directions.
Maybe you should clarify what you mean with "directions".
Would you be open in adding Sign in with Apple?
I don't have an active Google account, and with Apple's service in I can opt-out of giving my direct email away.
It's private, assuming we trust Apple. For now Apple is privacy friendly, but this might change in a couple of years.
One I've just been given is metomic.io/alias which looks to solve that
I also can't replay the demo video without reloading the page.
One of the few marketing uses of a pun where I'm not groaning immediately ;)
I feel like even the cat GIFs would look so much better if they were using H.264.
GIF is an 8-bit lossless format and it just seems to be that for any kind of photorealistic video content you probably want 24-bit and lossy.
Facebook still uses actual GIFs for the video stickers in chat and they look horribly degraded, like websites out of the early 90s. I was very surprised they added support for GIF in 2015 when that's the time I thought they should be deprecating GIF in favor of newer, better algorithms.
I think most people understand GIF to mean a short, possibly sped up video
Showing people proper routes to get to a hiking spot, then the path to go down. Some times hiking trail-heads are obscure to find.
So tagging a Gif-Dir with #hiking #hike-marin and such would be nice...
This would be interesting in places like the Sequoias as sometimes you get lost on Endor trying to find that particular grove of redwoods that are desired.
Hiking, biking, walking, running, beach going, even experiences like wine tasting....
hashtagging is a really interesting idea. One feature that I plan to do soon is to offer a search function, so as well as people being able to search by area perhaps I can add tags to these so that people could search by trail names etc.
Put an email in your profile?
The benefit this service offers in these situations is that it speeds up the video and allows me to put a map next to it.
Do people actually use first person video to give directions?
This is normally a big deal for businesses who deal with a lot of deliveries. An especial problem for places that have specific entrances and possibly need forewarning that they're arriving
Yeah this is a new idea, I've seen people upload directions on youtube though
You lost me there. I won't use 3rd party auth systems like Facebook, Google. There's no reason they should know i use your service and how frequent i use it.
I'd suggest relying on the <video> tag in browsers. It will be a lot easier to encode for your servers too (though may require some retooling).
Later I'll be creating an API and marketing it to delivery companies in a kind of B2B2C
The hosts send these pdfs with pages of arrows to go left, right, straight with landmarks to get to your Airbnb.
One issue is since the guest is in a new Country, they might not have Internet connectivity at that moment.
Yes, connectivity is always a risk. Although perhaps mitigated by checking the gif before you depart. The one thing I've found by creating these gif directions is that they tend to leave quite an indelible impression and are fairly easy to remember
From past experience, Google maps can get you to the general vicinity pretty well, it's usually the last 80 meters of multi-storey electric mazes that confuse the hell out of you.
1-Make a video from point A to point B.
2-It gets converted to a gif.
It's about the clutter free experience for the user, the wonderful experience of "it shows you the way, nothing else, and it just works."
Good work jack_riminton
Some people don't get it, that's fine, they don't have to :)