I’m a big fan of following feature updates for my favourite apps, and I’ve always wondered how they make videos that have all these nice transitions and zooms.
And so I wanted to create a product that a non-professional video editor / solo developer / bootstrapping tech founder can use to edit a screen recording of your app.
- Add padding and set a frame from Unsplash
- Highlight user interactions with a zoom
- Transitions and animations.
Use cases: feature demos, presentations, social media posts, “how to” videos.
Putting my MVP out here, and keen to hear your feedback.
Hopefully you'll keep it affordable :)
I built a similar product called Automagical awhile back (https://automagical.ai/) that we exited to a media agency.
A few notes from my experience:
1. Using gifs in this way as part of a composite video is unfortunately against giphy's ToS. We received a cease & desist from them after awhile, so just be aware of that up front.
2. If you want to support more variety in your transitions, check out my OSS project https://github.com/transitive-bullshit/ffmpeg-concat
Overall, the product looks really polished & I love where you're headed. Best of luck!
1. Haha oh no, I'll have to look for alternatives to Giphy then.
2. Yes i've been eyeing this for a while as the GL-transitions are really smooth, I plan to add it once I release further support for multiple screens.
That seems silly, as I don’t think they own/have a license to any of their GIFs.
The MVP imo is the ability to zoom.
What I'd kill for is the ability to add text widgets to point out/explain features.
Thanks for building this, and congratulations for launching. All the best!
1. How does video capture work - does it need local installation or does it do something clever through the browser?
2. How well suited is it to recapturing an updated version of a video, without redoing all the config again by hand?
On the second point, my common scenario is an app gets updated and there's a new button or slight change in a part of the screen (not the core feature being captured) and to keep it consistent, I need to re-record basically the same video with the latest app release. Got anything to help speed that up?
1. Currently it's a web-based video editor (so no download required) where you edit screen recordings, so at the moment you'll need to record your screen and then upload it.
2. I see, maybe adding a "skeleton" loader overlay over content that's not affected by the core feature would handle this? e.g. something like this: https://twitter.com/SlackHQ/status/1275154148938461185
Couple things I'll be looking into:
* the zooming looks awesome
* how easy it is to insert title cards or subtitles
* I don't think I need the borders, so it'd be good if those are optional.
Currently no title/subtitle support yet (outside of the intro scene), but it's something i'll start working on asap as it's been requested by quite a few users already.
I know there may be a concern about putting pricing front-and-center in that would scare off potential users, but highly recommend having some pricing somewhere to test actual market viability. Many people want cool stuff, but refuse to pay for it - unfortunately, that indicates the product or service isn't solving a real pain point (and that that user base is actually lousy for a business). I don't think Glitterly falls in this category, but you need paying customers to have a business, and it's best to find out this information sooner rather than later. You can always raise or reduce prices, but having something there is the best way to start figuring this out.
Good luck! It's a long journey so congrats on taking the first step.
Currently it's completely free and open to use for anyone, but I'll run out of free digital ocean server credits one day :)
Did you get a chance to try out the video editor itself, what do you think?