If you are running an image gallery then you may have some Gif images on your site, or at least have used them before. GIF stands for Graphic Interchange Format and became a popular image format due to animation support. You will still find looping video Gifs all over the web.

Why am I talking about such an old format now? The breaking Gif news is actually related to it's pronunciation. How have you been reading this article so far? With a hard G or soft G? If the latter, you'd be correct to do so!.

Yahoo, who own Flickr, have already grabbed headlines this week with the purchase of blogging tool Tumblr for over $1bn. They have also just launched a major revamp of photo sharing service Flickr, and this isn't just a makeover. There is also a certain amount of restructure with the aim to properly compete. This move by Yahoo is thought to have several objectives:

  1. Make Flickr look 'awesome'
  2. Re-focus on storage
  3. Improve social features
  4. Compete with Google
  5. Improve it's video service by allowing users to host longer clips
  6. Allow users to host higher resolution images
  7. Launch to align with new Android App release

A lot of our users use HWDMediaShare to display and share videos, or create a video gallery. We work hard to support uploads and imports from as many different sources as possible in order for you to have a wide scope to find great media content. Another way for our users to find good video content, and import it to HWDMediaShare in bulk is VideoSwiper.

We have recently seen Google take a new direction with it's major video service YouTube, as it introduced paid subscription channels. This became a hot topic and had people talking about the future of online video. Well, we have heard for a while now that Google have been planning a music subscription service with many believing it to be in the style (and rival) of Spotify. Last week saw the launch of that service called 'Google Play Music All Access'. There has also been whispers for a while of Apple bringing out a new music service similar to Pandora.

So, Google has launched their effort first but this has got me thinking about the future of audio, how we listen to music and in particular online music.

Last week I wrote an article on the subject of Google being about to introduce paid subscription channels to YouTube, in which I said I would write a follow up post when this was launched. Well, YouTube have now announced the launch and it has already taken effect.

 

 

The launch sees 53 channels now being 'Paid Channels' with prices starting slightly lower than we first thought. Some channels start at $99(64p) however, some do cost more up to about $7 per month. All channels do offer a 14day free trial though and some offer discounts if you pay for annual subscription. As you can see from the image above, not all of the channels are available in all countries.

HWDRevenueManager was a Joomla 1.5 component that provided additional monetizing features to hwdVideoShare and hwdPhotoShare.

The RevenueManager component has not been ported to Joomla 2.5, and is not compatible with the new HWDMediaShare component.

This has caused some confusion, and the aim of this blog post is to explain what has happened to RevenueManager and clarify that all important features from that plugin are still available in our media gallery.

The JW Player is the webs most popular video player and as you probably know, we have a plugin for it. This allows you to easily use the JW Player in your Joomla site, with HWDMediaShare and in articles. There are major differences in functionality between JW Player 5 (JW5), and our most recent version JW Player 6 (JW6). We now allow you to choose which version you want to use.

You may have heard the news this week that Google are looking to introduce 'premium channels' to YouTube which require users to pay to watch the videos, and that this introduction is coming very soon! This is big news for most people who work with and enjoy media as YouTube is a video giant. It is also big news for everyone trying to make money through YouTube, but what does it actually mean?

Premium Channels

So you've heard these changes are coming but don't worry, it's not as dramatic as it may seem. They are only looking to add up to 50 pay-per channels so you won't suddenly have to start paying to access YouTube. However this is definitely a major initial shift towards this direction.

At the moment Google haven't come out and told us exactly what will happen but we can derive that these channels will be 'pay-per-month'. We can also assume that these channels are going to have some pretty exciting content (otherwise what would be the point). The initial figures being thrown around at this stage are of around $1.99 a month (£1.29). There is also talk of 'pay-per-view' options for videos although it is unclear as to whether this will be restricted to the same channels or not.

The HWDMediaShare team are happy to announce that HWDMediaShare 1.1.7 has been released. Update

The release includes improvements such as modifications to the default_body.php template of the administrator activities view to provide more information about the activity, such as the title of the uploaded media, with a link to the appropriate item where necessary.

We have added a new feature so that you can see and change the location of a remote media thumbnail image.

One of the most powerful ways to import media to HWDMediaShare is the Bulk Import Tool. This allows you to navigate your server tree, and select a a directory which is holding supported media. HWDMediaShare will then notify you how many media items can be imported, and allow you to import all them instantly with a single click.

The major benefit of this is of course that you can upload a lot of media items in one go.