Newsletter #2

If you missed our first newsletter which answered a ton of your questions, no film school has reposted it here and I highly suggest reading it.

We’ve also had some great media coverage by Randi Altman of Post Perspective and I’ve given an in depth interview on the Digital Cinema Cafe podcast with Chris Fenwick and Alex MacLean.

BIG development progress over the past 4 weeks and lot’s of announcements to discuss. The #1 question we’re still getting every day is when will be ready? When we initially announced on July 15th we thought a couple hundred people might sign up but it turns out the entire media industry signed up which is both amazing and scary. We think we will have such a large user base when we launch that we can make the industry standard platform for working with video online. But that means it will also take us longer to roll out so it will be happening in 3 distinct phases:

Private Alpha
Today, I’m pleased to announce that our alpha program is already underway and is going really well. This is a huge milestone because it means real humans that do not reside in our office are using in the real world.

Private Beta
This will consist of 100 handpicked individuals that we’ll be using to test scalability and reliability. We hope to start the private beta program in mid October. This is for hardcore testers only. If you’d like to participate please email me with a brief description of your use case. The program is nearly full so please don’t be upset if you are not selected.

Public Beta
This is the big launch where all of you that signed up will get email invites. We aren’t quite ready to announce a date but whenever that day is, we’ll start releasing in batches of 1000 over the course of several weeks while carefully monitoring our infrastructure to ensure everyone is getting a great experience.

We can’t wait to get it in your hands but in the meantime, here’s what a few lucky folks who have seen in person had to say about us on Twitter:

And lastly, if you’re in New York City, please drop by and say hello. We’d be happy to give you a live demo and maybe even a t-shirt.

Written by Emery Wells

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