Movies, home videos, and video game screencasts contain lots of shareable moments. But if your files are larger than 200MB, you’ll need to trim them before you upload them to Coub.
The easiest way to do this is with QuickTime Player. It comes factory installed on all Macs, and PC users can download it for free.
Step One: Make sure your QuickTime player is able to play most media types by downloading Perian, a “Swiss Army knife” of QuickTime components. Don’t worry, it’s free.
Step Two: Open your video with QuickTime and choose Trim in the drop-down Edit menu. Select a short moment just as you would with Coub’s video editor and press the yellow “trim” button.
Step Three: Go to File and select Save for Web or Export (depending on the version of QuickTime that you have). If you save for web, you'll get a bunch of files. The one you need is .m4v.
Step Four: Voilà! Your favorite Nicolas Cage moment is ready to become a coub.
Hooray! Creating a coub is now a truly pleasant experience, and we’re not going to stop there. More improvements are coming.
The greatest news of all: You can now edit your coubs! Not just the description or privacy settings—everything! Imagine you save your coub, publish it, and then see it’s not perfect. Just click Edit coub in the menu underneath your coub, make your changes, and save. Simple!
What else is new?
We recommend you to go through your coubs and check if you can improve them now, as we know before it wasn’t that easy to make a perfect one.
A small action being repeated can become a very powerful message, especially in the artistic world. Such actions can be surreal, or very ordinary.
In the middle of the ’00s, avant-garde theater director Robert Wilson created a series of grotesque portraits of A-list celebrities, artists, intellectuals and even animals. At first they seemed like standard photography, but then you’d notice a blink or a tap of the foot. At this point the surreal view of the portrait came alive, with the person locked inside the image staring at you and living. The musical scores amplified the effect.
With Coub, you can make the same kind of poetic portrait as Wilson, or create your very own masterpiece. Therefore we give you these tips to creating a perfect Coub:
Sometimes it is not possible to make a perfect cut for your Coub — namely if the first and last frames do not match to make a loop. In this case, our “Reverse” feature can help you.
Coub in reverse mode will play your video backwards and forwards for infinity. Imagine it as a tennis ball going across a court. This can remove the necessity of perfecting a clip.
Here are some tips when using the reverse button:
Here are some great examples of reversed Coubs — see if you can spot the reversed moment!
25 years ago (in 1987) CompuServe invented the image format GIF. It was very effective in compression of small images with low amounts of colours, and became one of the primary image formats during the upstart of web design.
GIF had one killer feature, however, and that was the ability to run simple animation. Because of this—and the incredibly quick implementation by all major browser vendors—GIFs became used by professionals down to the amateur webmaster. Unfortunately, it also had the side effect of being overused, and soon had a stigma of bad taste.
GIFs continue to live on as an art medium. It is used for quotes from movies, living photos and net-art. Photographers Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck give these GIFs the name Cinemagraphs.
However, GIFs have their limits. Their initial implementation was not supposed to carry video and heavy media. The colours are limited (256 colors maximum), there is no sound, and the final size of a movie clip can be in the tens of megabytes.
It is symbolic that Coub launches on the 25th anniversary of GIF being invented. It is time to give GIF a well deserved rest. With Coub we are inspired by the way GIF revolutionised the web landscape as it is today, and with it, improve upon and move forward defining the genre of “Living Photos”.
If you like working on the core of applications, then this is the job for you. Encoding audio and video, server scaling, and database optimizations are waiting for you.
For porting our technologies to a range of handheld devices and maintaining them, we need a fearless iOS developer.
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