I can finally reveal a secret I had to keep for almost a year! 1 Second Everyday has a beautiful moment in Jon Favreau's (director of Iron Man) latest film 'CHEF'!
I'm a giant movie nerd, so I've been a massive fan of Jon Favreau since as far back as I can remember... Growing up, 'Rudy' was one of my favorite films... Then Jon wrote and starred in 'Swingers' which was a huge success... and I became a big fan of his show on IFC "Dinner for Five".
'CHEF' brings Jon back to his Indie film roots, but packs in a cast that includes Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, & Robert Downey Jr.
Yesterday iTunes premiered the official trailer, click the poster to check it out!
I was lucky enough to attend the premiere at SXSW last month! I'm obviously biased because 1SE gets a wonderful moment in the movie, but I truly believe this is a fantastic film.
It's about our journey to find our true passion... about work/family balance... in my opinion it's the most realistic portrayal of social media in a movie... it's about what's truly important in life... oh right, and it'll make you laugh while your mouth waters uncontrollably!
You can learn more about how this came to be in this recent interview w/ Forbes:
We know many on iOS are experiencing an error when attempting to mash seconds. We've been working extremely hard on finding the root cause, and this past weekend we finally got it fixed! Looking forward to Apple approving the update so those affected can get this resolved.
Thank you for your patience!
1SECrowds - Funniest Funny Face
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In case you didn't see it.
1 month later, the #SaveSyriasChildren 1 Second Everyday video is about to hit 30 Million views. Incredible.
You know how we often learn things the hard way? Well right now, I'm learning a rough lesson the hard way.
I've done a terrible job of communicating to our users the changes to the new scrubber, and explaining why it's better than the old one. We should've done this the first time you opened our latest update. Instead, everyone was forced to either figure it out on their own, or left the interface angry before they realized how it worked. Let me try and explain.
Things you've always asked us to improve:
- The scrubber didn't accurately return to it's original position when you hit the Preview button. It was often 1-3 frames off.
- The preview button should not be the same as the scrubber. Often users were moving the scrubber instead of previewing.
- When selecting your second... bars at the top (which had the date), and bottom (the scrubber) would end up occluding roughly %30 of the video you are viewing. So if something important was happening in the video on the top of bottom, it would be extremely difficult to select the perfect second.
So we put a lot of love into making this better for everyone.
Here's what the new Scrubber looks like:
Why is this better?
- We made the Scrubber completely accurate! If you preview the video, it goes back to it's exact position afterwards.
- We removed the "preview" button from the scrubber. Now the preview button is on the left (there's a play logo on it) and the scrubber is now that entire strip. You can freely move the strip around. There's plenty of space now, so the thumbmails on the strip aren't squished (see above). And now even if the video is long, the strip will just keep going instead of making the scrubber inaccurate on long videos.
- Now %100 of the video is viewable! If something happens on the top or bottom of the video, now you'll see it! No more guessing. Plus it gives us room on the left and right to potentially add some buttons for future stuff.
BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE... SUPER SECONDS!
So here's where I goofed the most. And it never dawned on me until it was way too late. Our new Super Second button looks like it's the new scrubber. Except it doesn't move. Because it's not the scrubber.
The #1 piece of feedback we've received from day 1, is "more time"... while most of you agreed that 1 second is awesome. Some of you wanted it to be 2 seconds. But I've seen a couple of 2 second a day videos... and they totally lose the 1SE charm in my opinion. But I did agree that often 1 second wasn't enough time to really nab that perfect moment from a video.
And then some fans of 1SE sent me a video they made that was inspired by 1SE... and it included either 1 second clips, or 1.5 second clips. It was fantastic. It kept the 1SE magic, but totally added that extra jolt when it needed it. You might be thinking that 1.5 seconds is silly. But trust me, 50% more time is quite significant.
But as much as I wanted to build a Super Second button, I didn't have the resources to do so. It stayed as something I was hoping I'd get to someday. And then Naked Juice stepped in. And thanks to them, we were able to build not just 1SECrowds (a dream of mine, that is totally just optional for 1SE users), but they also stepped up to the plate to help us build Super Seconds. You can choose to never use it of course. Or you can use it only when you need it. Super Seconds can be unlocked by submitting any video just 1 time to any Naked Juice Crowd Challenge.
If you like Super Seconds, and you feel so inclined, maybe you can give Naked Juice some twitter/facebook love. Just a thought. I'm so grateful that they've helped us build new features for you all.
Tough Lesson Learned
So yea. Even though we worked our butts off to bring you guys something awesome, it kind of backfired. There's all sorts of ways users are either confused by the new design, but worst of all, some users seem to think that we're forcing them to submit to a Crowd project in order to move the scrubber. Except that's not the scrubber, it's the new Super Second button. I'm sorry about that.
New Bug on iOS
Our new update fixed a lot of bugs including the "flashing black frames" issue that some of you experienced.
Unfortunately there seems to be a new bug that's been afflicting some users. When making a compilation a long error message pops up. We are working on it. I'm still trying to find the root cause. In one case, the 'custom' button caused the error, but the 'All' button worked fine. In several other cases users were able to identify a single snippet that when included in the compilation, caused the error. If they re-snippetted, the problem was resolved. One scary theory is that it may be an iOS 7.1 issue. (which was recently released).
If you are being afflicted by this error, send me a message here on Kickstarter and maybe you can help me find the pattern.
For the past week 1SE has actually been featured on the front page of the App Store under BEST NEW APPS because of Super Seconds.
Unfortunately the reviews are pretty rough right now thanks to a combination of the confusion with Super Seconds, the new scrubber, and the new bug. The reviews start from scratch with each version of the App and users can rate/review again with each new version.
We've still never built a way to bug you for reviews in the App, which every other app I have seems to do. Sadly this means that we tend to get reviews mostly from users with issues, and those having a good experience rarely take the time to review without being asked too.
If you're having a good experience with the App, and you're feeling generous, it only takes 20 seconds to leave a rating on the App... you don't have to write anything... it can be as simple as: Click on App Store on your iPhone > Search 1SE > Click Reviews > Write Review > Click on the stars. Done.
I'm working extra super hard on making 1SE better and better. Sorry that I occasionally fumble the ball in the process. If you've stuck around until now... and you've read this far... then I can't thank you enough for your continued belief and support. YOU are the reason I will continue to give it my all.
Here's a 2 minute snippet of our "LOVE" themed 1SE Crowd:
Sorry if you're getting 2 e-mails about this but I finally setup a newsletter outside of Kickstarter, so anyone who opted into a newsletter back when you filled out your survey will now receive it.
No hard feelings if you decide to unsubscribe!
Here's the message I sent out with a link to our first ever 1SE Crowd video!!!
Three years ago I started recording 1 second every day for the rest of my life...
Two years ago I spoke at TED 2012 and ended the TED talk by hinting... "Wouldn't it be interesting if thousands of people were doing this?"...
One year ago I ended my Kickstarter campaign video to fund the 1SE App by saying "I have some rather ambitious ideas for the future of this concept"...
I had a preposterous dream, that 1SE could one day help bring our world a little closer together... To show our collective humanity... To prove that we all have much more in common than we can possibly imagine. These Crowd videos are my first tiny step towards that dream...
Thank you for making our first ever Crowd Snippets a success! We can’t wait to see what you send in the following weeks!
We are working hard to bring you more exciting app updates, more bug fixes, and faster customer support.
It probably won't come as a surprise to many of you... since the update appeared in the App Store on Friday! I've received many nice messages about it. But mainly I haven't been able to talk about it just yet.
There have been zero announcements about this thus far. But I was given permission to share it with the 1SE Kickstarter Backer community. So here I am!
Thanks to a limited time partnership with Naked Juice, we've been able to build a tiny first step towards my long term goal for 1SE. To bring us all closer together. To make it easy & absorbable to catch a glimpse at life, through a multitude of perspectives. 1SE Crowds will takes us beyond our personal timelines... towards one global time capsule.
1SE Crowds! Or 1SEC for short ;D
Best of 2014! Super Bowl! Outdoors!
Go check it out! RIGHT NOW, you can submit to us your favorite second from 2014 so far! We'll mash a video and share next week. Let's see what we've been up too!!!!
And on Sunday you should share with us a sec of your Super Bowl Sunday to our next Crowd Snippet! What does Super Bowl Sunday look like through the eyes of hundreds of us when we can each only share 1 moment? Let's find out together!!!!!
And be sure to check out the Naked Juice Crowd too... they have some really awesome Challenges for the next several weeks... right now you can submit to their Outdoors Challenge.
We're launching with just 2 Crowds... 1SE and Naked Juice... but if everything is going smoothly, I hope to introduce more Crowds into the mix... I have some ideas :)
Plus I'll definitely be creating a Kickstarter Crowd that will require a special password... that way $25 and above tier Backers can submit with favorite second of 2013!
That's it for now! I really hope you'll participate!!! And there's another update coming asap.
We've been working like crazy to bring you guys 2 updates. The first of which is arriving very very very very soon! I can't tell you much about it until it goes live, but let's just say that it's going to bring 1SE one little step closer towards my long term vision :) I will be sending out another update to you all the exact second it goes live on the App Store and Google Play. And I hope you all participate ;)
The other update we've been working on is the bugs that some users are still experiencing. Our last update which we worked on for a long time, and tested like crazy, solved most of the bugs that arose from Apple's change of how they handle video in iOS7. But we've been working with many helpful users to complete our next update.
NEW YEARS WAS CRAZY!!!!!
Guys. I don't know how... but... it DID NOT occur to me... until about 10pm on December 29th... as I paced around my living room... that maybe... New Years Day is to 1SE... As Valentines Day is to a florist... I thought... maybe there's going to be a rise in 1SE activity? And starting at practically midnight on December 31st... BOOM... All our social media feeds were flooded! COUNTLESS 1SE 2013 compilations were being posted, and I tried to watch as many as I could for as long as I could before they were arriving faster than I could click on them. IT WAS CRAZY.
Til this day I'm still playing catch up and watching 1SE videos that are being sent. It dawned on me that with so many 1SE videos showing up everywhere... I should take a peek at the App Store... and we had shot up to #4 in Photo/Video and #42 overall. CRAZY!
As you can see above, 1SE was featured on The New York Times! WOW! And on the FRONT PAGE of their online site!!! A bunch of 1SE videos ended up showing up in various interwebs.
Kickstarter Backer Noam Galai wrote this post for FStoppers & had his video also featured on Jezebel: http://bit.ly/1mNtgFy
Finally here's a nice video piece from the television show Take Part Live on Pivot:
From Day 1, one of our biggest struggles has been keeping up with Technical Support. And as we continue to gain users, this struggle only intensifies. Back in that moment years ago, when I first had that moment of zen... "I should build an App so anyone can do this!"... I did not immediately think "But how will I handle technical support?"... FAR from it.
Frankly I've done it completely wrong and I'm learning from my mistakes as I go. I apologize to anyone whose had a bad experience trying to reach us in the past. There are a multitude of reasons why what I put in place was never optimal. I tried a couple of different things, but they didn't work. I goofed :/
One of the many things I've spent the past several weeks putting together for this update, is a Forum... accessible directly from the settings of the App. How this will hopefully be a lot better than before:
I've already pre-populated it with all the most common technical questions we answer constantly.
If nothing there answers your question, you can put your question in the Community Help area so anyone can answer, not just us.
Announcements! Maybe we find out about a weird bug (like that daylight savings time fiasco! remember that! Ugh!) and instead of us getting 5000 e-mails/tweets/FB/Google+ messages about it, you can check out the latest announcements and we'll be like "WHOOPS! We know! We're on it! Sorry!"... and so you won't have to bother letting us know :)
And if there's nothing anywhere that answers your question... then there's a button right there for us to answer you personally. And hopefully it'll be totally manageable.
Maybe I'm doing this all wrong again! But if I am I'll do my best to learn from that mistake quickly. I make a lot of mistakes guys. A LOT.
You can access it now, and there are even temporary fixes there for users who have Audio issues and iPhone 4 issues.
Remember that video we'll be creating that will include our favorite second of 2013?
More on that very soon... ;) My next update will explain further... in the meantime... Maybe start thinking about what you'll pick. Pressure!
$10 Tier and Above Backers
Our Private Facebook group is in the works. You will receive a link very soon that will be sent to you here on Kickstarter.
Two 1SE videos you should make time to watch :)
THANK YOU!!!! Be back again VERY SOON with an Update about the Secret Update :)
P.S. I swear this totally happened by accident... Something about that New York Times photo kept seeming familiar... a few days later I figured it out! It's nearly identical to one of my very first Seconds for a day back in 2011!
For just $1 the iOS App is yours! + Updates + MY ETERNAL THANK YOU! You're helping me achieve a dream! :)
Reward #1 + Your name in the Credits of the App! My Gratitude Immortalized!
Reward #1 + Reward #2 + Exclusive Access to a Private FB group where backers can share their 1SE experiences together! How to approach the chronicling of our lives sparks endless approaches & conversations. I'd love to partake in these discussions with you guys for years to come!
Reward #1 + Reward #2 + Reward #3 + Send me your most memorable second of 2013! & I'll personally compile them in chronological order w/ your name & location so we can see the very best of 2013 through our eyes!!!
Reward #1 + Reward #2 + Reward #3 + Reward #4 + a one hour Google+ Hangout! I LOVE meeting people doing this project. 10 of us at a time can sit around a digital campfire & discuss the 1SE project or whatever your hearts desire. (I'll do my best to organize groups of 10 over the course of the first half of 2013)
Reward #1 + Reward #2 + Reward #3 + Reward #4 + lets have a 1 on 1 Skype Chat for 30 minutes! We can discuss the 1SE project or whatever you want! I nerd out on pretty much everything. (We can arrange a suitable time that works for us both anytime in the next several months)
(33 left of 50)
Reward #1 + Reward #2 + Reward #3 + Reward #4 + do you live in the NYC area? I'll organize at least 1 meetup in the city! I'd love to hang out with you guys & THANK YOU PERSONALLY!!!
Reward #1 + Reward #2 + Reward #3 + Reward #4 + do you live in the NYC area or willing to travel? You'll receive a private invite to attend a THANK YOU PARTY at my place! Open Bar! Let's hang out!
Reward #1 + Reward #2 + Reward #3 + Reward #4 + Reward #6 + Reward #8 + (your choice of reward #5 or Reward #7) + You GET THE APP BETA RIGHT NOW!!!! Your input can help us through the final weeks of development!
Reward #1 + Reward #2 + Reward #3 + Reward #4 + Reward #6 + Reward #8 + Reward #9 + do you live in the NYC area? Let me take you out to lunch or a cup of coffee! I would THANK YOU profusely the entire time! With your permission, I would like to give you a huge hug too!
Reward #1 + Reward #2 + Reward #3 + Reward #4 + Reward #6 + Reward #8 + Reward #9 + I'll fly anywhere in the US to meet you and give you the biggest THANK YOU EVER!!! You'd certainly be my second of that day!!! I would be forever grateful!!!
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