Product feature - homepage design question


#1

Sorry if this is the wrong place to ask…

I really like the product feature page (Discourse features | Discourse - Civilized Discussion) of Discourse. It’s a nice balance of form/function. Do you mind sharing the name of the tool that was used to create the product feature videos? I’d like to replicate this for me own customers.


(Erlend Sogge Heggen) #3

Hey, thanks! My tooling is very simple. I’m on a MacBook and I’m simply using the inbuilt software.

  • For recording: QuickTime
  • for editing: iMovie

There are much better video tools out there, but I do these videos so rarely (and never do video editing otherwise) that putting money down for better software never made sense. Funnily enough, last time I checked Mac had the worst selection of movie editors. Windows has a few and Linux has a bunch of high quality free and open source ones.


#4

Thanks for sharing. We have the same setup so that’s good news for me. I’ll look into iMovie.

Did you consider using gifs instead? My first thought would be that a gif would be more bandwidth efficient …particular on mobile.


(Felix Freiberger) #5

GIFs are terribly inefficient as a video format – they were never meant to store video, just animations with a few frames. Any modern video codec performs a few orders of magnitude better, especially on screencast-like material where most parts of the image are stationary: They only store differences between frames, which saves a ton of bandwidth :slight_smile:


(Jeff Atwood) #6

Yes in fact I know one thing @nbianca was interested in, and I am too, is potentially converting GIFs to MP4s. I don’t think it should be a high priority by any means, but it is interesting.


(Felix Freiberger) #7

Yeah, that definitely makes sense. Twitter does it, too:


#8

Thanks for sharing. I feel enlightened :slight_smile:


(Sam Saffron) #9

Agree, also … we automatically embed videos, so for example … if I drag this mp4 into the composer:

TADA… Same goes for external mp4 links.

One area I would love to see improved here is a “delay” on grabbing the video like we do for youtube.