Do you remember the DVD commentary? The bonus audio track that educated us about the movie we were watching and provided rich and entertaining (and sometimes philosophical) insights into the making of the movie. Dubkast is about bringing this experience back to the forefront, adapting it to the reality of the internet age.
Everyone should be able to add audio commentary to any of the millions of online videos and share it with the world!
It does not only have to be movies anymore. It could be the most recent speech of a politician (fact check), a sporting event (color commenting), or a video game stream (alternative language commenting). There are not limits. Your imagination is your limit!
As the person adding commentary, you will be able to use the Dubkast desktop application to record your comments. Just play the video you want to "dub," provide descriptive information about your stream using the application, and publish your stream to "kast" it, making it available to the world!
As the person listening to the commentary, you will use a browser (Chrome as of now) and install the Dubkast extension. Then play the dubbed video and use the extension to play the synchronized audio commentary. If you like the audio commentary, don't forget to send a virtual gift to the "dubber"!
We intend to run this campaign for 30 days, and, depending on the amount raised, finalize the product 1 to 2 months later. We initially want to support the following platforms:
Some rewards are specific to individuals who want to create audio commentaries (dub.) These rewards will grant streaming X hours of audio content. For 3 months after launch, only the backers will be able to dub. But, they will also be able to transfer their credit-hour to anyone else to be used on the platform. During this 3-month exclusivity window, backers will be able to purchase additional hours up to the number of hours used on the platform. Imagine your reward gives you 3 hours of commentary, but you transfer 1 hour to your friend and then use the remaining 2 hours. When you decide to replenish your account, you will only be able to purchase a maximum of 2 hours because that's the number of hours that you used on the platform.
We have built a prototype that works well with a small audience. We are raising funds to optimize the product for scale. Yes, scaling has a cost: mostly data transfer (20%), bandwidth (30%), and infrastructure (50%). These costs are even higher when we consider audio commentary of live video, which is why we have added one stretch goal:
We are planning to organize a couple of demos during the campaign. If you want to participate, please subscribe HERE. As mentioned, our current technology can support a limited number of participants, so we will favor backers. We will notify when we have a schedule.
Bazham LLC is the US-based corporate entity behind this project, created in 2017 to transform people's online experience by releasing products around emerging trends. Its founder is a technologist with more than 15 years of experience in a variety of industries with a recent focus on the media industry.
Risks and challenges
Risks are low. As previously mentioned, we have a solid prototype that we intend to demo to some of you. We are confident that if we are able to meet our funding needs, we will be able to optimize our product for scale.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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