VideoStir Spokesperson

Description

The VideoStir plugin lets you add to your WordPress website a special kind of borderless videos that float over your pages/posts.

These videos, generated automatically by removing the background from the original footage, are entirely customizable and interactive: you can create the most effective Video Calls to Action ever, or use your personal touch to talk directly to your customers.

It’s your choice – either make a video using your smartphone or use one of our customizable pre-made clips. All of this without sacrificing real estate on your pages/posts to embed a big video player, or having to change your theme’s layout to accommodate something new.

You can always select a pre-made clip that fits your needs from our (free) Clip Library, and then add or customize its buttons / text / email forms. The email/subscription/mailing list features have proven to increase the number of subscribers considerably – and all the work is done automatically by the clip!

PLUGIN FEATURES

  • Embed as many floating clips as you want, controlling their behaviour and interactivity from the plugin’s Dashboard
  • Assign each floating clip to whatever page(s)/post(s) you want;
  • Get free support in 1 click
  • It’s free!

FLOATING CLIPS FEATURES

General

  • Choose size
  • Choose position on page
  • Choose “On Click” destination URL/Javascript
  • Choose Autoplay on/off
  • Choose AutoMute on/off
  • … SO MUCH MORE

Advanced interactive features

  • Add/customize Text buttons (for example: add items to cart/grab a coupon/we have a special deal…)
  • Add/customize email forms (to increase your mailing list subscribers!)
  • Add/customize timeline for buttons/forms
  • Set custom “On Click” destination URL/Javascript for buttons
  • … SO MUCH MORE!

DIY floating clips

  • You can make your own unique floating clips in 3 steps – add your personal touch to your website!
  • Just record yourself in front of a uniform color (guidelines here ) with your smartphone and upload your video
  • The VideoStir Engine will automatically transform your video into an interactive floating clip in 2 minutes
  • Customize your clip – all the functions above are available!
  • Entire process takes 5 minutes
  • Please note: – No green screen needed – No professional equipment needed

Pre-made floating clips

  • Many converting, effective pre-made clips available in the Clip Library (and it keeps growing!)
  • Proven results
  • Choose your clip from many different categories
  • Customize your clip – all the functions above are available!
  • Entire process takes a few seconds

How to use this plugin

From A to Z in 5 minutes

We will be happy to support you and even improve your clip if needed. Just drop us a line at info@videostir.com and we will take it from there.

Shy Frenkel

CEO – VideoStir LTD

P.s. You can find many more useful tools for your WP site on VideoStir – computer vision automated processes freely available to you, such as Video on Video or Video on Image (which allow you to substitute the background of your videos with another video, or an image), or Video on PowerPoint (which can turn your PowerPoint presentation to a video which is presented by you as it runs through the slides), or Image on Image (same, but with images) and more…

Screenshots

  • Premade clips from our library - editable buttons, forms, text on clips.
  • Choose to DIY, select from library or choose a spokesperson.
  • Click to choose on which pages and posts the clips will play on.
  • Click to set clip position, dimension, buttons, behavior and click-through links.
  • You can choose a spokesperson to make the video for you.
  • Adding an interactive clip to your WordPress site in less than 3 minutes.

Installation

To install the plugin:

  1. Download the ZIP archive containing the plugin
  2. Go to your WordPress site’s Admin panel
  3. Open the “Plugins” section
  4. Press “Add New”
  5. Select “Upload”
  6. Select the ZIP file you downloaded and press “Install Now”
  7. Once installed, press “Activate Plugin”
  8. You should now see new menu item in the left column of your WordPress dashboard.
  9. That’s it!

FAQ

Where can I find more information?

Visit us at VideoStir

What is a floating clip?

A floating clip is a video clip with a transparent background. When played over a web page, the site content shows through the transparent part of the clip (see-through effect). Floating video clips provides viewers with a much more personal and integrated experience than conventional square video players do.
VideoStir not only creates the floating clip, but also provides users with the means to project and view it over any website, even a public site, without having to make changes to the site. Easily add a video annotation to any existing site by way of the “floating clip link”.

Why do I need a floating clip?

Studies have shown time after time that video content has a dramatic effect on customer acceptance, engagement and action.

How do you remove the video’s background without using a green screen?

Most existing editing programs use a simple method called the green or blue screen approach, to remove the background from a video. This method only works if the film was shot in a professional studio, employing a special chroma background. The editing program then identifies the specific green or blue colors in the video and marks them as background (assuming, of course, that there aren’t any blue or green colors on your face and clothes or on anything else in the foreground for that matter). The VideoStir solution on the other hand is much more sophisticated – the VideoStir software engine uses sophisticated algorithms to separate the background from the foreground of the video, which means you can easily shoot a video anywhere you chose… at home, work, school or even at the park!

Can I use my smartphone camera to film my video?

Sure, any camera will work. However, if you want your floating clip to be of the highest quality possible, you should try to follow as many of our guidelines as possible. Naturally, if your original video recording suffers from low quality, poor lighting or sound, the resulting floating clip will suffer from it.

Does the VideoStir technology only work when there is one person in the video?

No. You can film your entire family, your dog, cat and duck coming in and out of the frame, as long as their color is not identical to the background wall (watch out for that white duck though 🙂 ). This is because the VideoStir software engine works by separating the background from anything in the foreground of the video (not only people), so anything in the frame other than the background will be considered a foreground image. How cool is that!

Can the clip run on all types of devices?

As the clip currently plays on a flash player all PCs should be able to run it (including Apple’s Mac PC). The clip will work on most Android based smartphones but will not play on Apple’s iPhone or IPad due to Apple’s flash limitations. We’ve encountered production companies that claim they can get your clip to run on an iphone/ipad, when, in fact, they play an ordinary clip with a colored background once the user clicks play. We are working on a real solution that will get your clip to run as expected on an IPad – be sure to follow our progress.

What should I do if I am unsatisfied with my floating clip, despite following all of your guidelines?

Check out our unhappy page and let us know what’s wrong with your clip using our support page.

What is VideoStir?

VideoStir is a young, innovative & professional company. At VideoStir we aim to make it simple for you to use your videos creatively. Our vision is to make it easy for anyone with a camera to create a cool floating clip on top of ANY website. Learn more about our company in the about us page.

What is the VideoStir Engine?

The VideoStir Engine is an exclusive patent pending computer vision program that removes the background from any video, resulting in a clip that can “float” over other web-content. The VideoStir Engine’s biggest advantage is that it works even if your video wasn’t shot against a green screen (Chroma key) or in a professional studio. This makes it easy for you to film your own video (against any solid color wall). The engine employs dozens of sophisticated algorithms that analyse the video frame and automatically separate and remove the background from the foreground.

Reviews

Edited: This is not a wordpress plugin.

I still don’t like the plugin itself, but videostir is pretty freaking cool. It’s like when you buy a pair of panties and it’s stuffed full of product labels and care-instruction tags and you’re there for like an hour with a pair of scissors cutting out all these stupid labels and- i swear. sometimes panties are more label than pantie. you know.. but you still buy the panties. cause they make your butt look amazing.

Not free and priced out of the market

If you want a paid walk on character actor service, this is one of many on the internet. I was all excited when I saw this, but nothing is for nothing. I researched how to do this, and I can now do this in Dreamweaver in 10 mins after watching a tutorial on YouTube.

On their website you get one free video clip with their logo attached. If it goes over 100 views, you have to pay. Even if you pay $19 you only get one video clip which allows 10,000 views with a “hover over logo”. They say it is free, but they appear to be just using WordPress to advertise their service and calling it a plugin. Any character you create and work hard on yourself, is delivered from their website, not WordPress.

Read all 5 reviews

Contributors & Developers

“VideoStir Spokesperson” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

2.1.68

  • Removed branding from videos pages

2.1.67

  • Affiliate plan page – less text

2.1.66

  • Additional features page – removed call to open ticket from title

2.1.65

  • Additional features page – video on video on top

2.1.64

  • FAQ update with filming guidelines link

2.1.63

  • Add interactive clip to affiliate page

2.1.62

  • Improved titles
  • Compatibility tests for wordpress 4.7

2.1.61

  • Improved embedding instructions

2.1.60

  • Affiliate plan text changed

2.1.59

  • Video table titles changes and new icons

2.1.58

  • How it works title change

2.1.57

  • Fixed special characters in side bar

2.1.56

  • Actors button link fix
  • Tested for WordPress 4.6.1 compatibility

2.1.55

  • Button text change – add new video

2.1.54

  • Added tutorial video to “add video” page

2.1.53

  • Sidebar text changes

2.1.52

  • Simplify “add new video” page

2.1.51

  • More focus on the embed frame

2.1.50

  • New floating clip on new features page

2.1.49

  • Affiliates login link fix

2.1.48

  • Added demo button to watch demo on your site
  • Side bar – moved buttons to second part of page

2.1.47

  • Side bar video – from A to Z in 5 minutes
  • Removed some of the tags from Readme file

2.1.46

  • Side bar video for promoting a deal

2.1.44

  • Image on image feature addition for coming features page

2.1.43

  • Side bar – block separation

2.1.42

  • Video list – shorter hash

2.1.41

  • My videos page note for premade clips adjustments

2.1.40

  • My videos page – premade clips addition

2.1.39

  • Affiliate page fix
  • More tests for plugin

2.1.38

  • Affiliate page update

2.1.37

  • Additional features order change

2.1.36

  • Typo fix

2.1.35

  • FAQ updates
  • WP 4.5 compatibility tests

2.1.34

  • Improved disable clip logic

2.1.33

  • FAQ updates
  • Small design improvements

2.1.32

  • Improved https handling

2.1.31

  • Improved screenshots
  • Removed old images to decrease plugin size
  • Correct link to spokespersons page

2.1.30

  • Arranged affiliate page

2.1.29

  • Typo change in videos titles

2.1.28

  • Improved additional features page

2.1.27

  • Improved buttons and logic design in edit video page

2.1.26

  • Improved buttons design on additional features page

2.1.25

  • Added video on power point feature to additional features page

2.1.24

  • Support for cases that home page id is different than default

2.1.23

  • Changed design of right bar buttons

2.1.22

  • improved my videos page and side bar design

2.1.21

  • Moved coming features to be additional features

2.1.20

  • Fixed wrong link for actors page on side bar

2.1.19

  • Replaced player to point to clips location

2.1.18

  • New video on welcome page

2.1.17

  • Side bar design fix
  • WordPress 4.4 compatability tests

2.1.16

  • Added button for getting an actor

2.1.15

  • Improved autoplay limit
  • improved silent mode

2.1.14

  • Better buttons logic

2.1.13

  • HTML5 Player update

2.1.12

  • Plugin design changes

2.1.11

  • Small plugin design changes
  • HTML5 Player update

2.1.10

  • HTML5 size fix
  • HTML5 Player update

2.1.9

  • New HTML5 Player version

2.1.8

  • New HTML5 Player version

2.1.7

  • New HTML5 Player version
  • Silent mode, onclick trigger

2.1.6

  • New HTML5 Player version
  • Minor bugs fixes

2.1.5

  • HTML5 Player updated to a new version

2.1.4

  • HTML5 Player updated to a new version

2.1.3

  • HTML5 Player updated to a new version

2.1.2

  • HTML5 Player Safari & IE fix

2.1.1

  • HTML5 Player Safari fix

2.1

  • HTML5 Player support for Chrome and Firefox browsers when enabled

2.0.4

  • Adding support for new html5 embed code

2.0.3

  • Changes in comming features
  • for Video on Video service

2.0.2

  • Change in youtube tutorials height on plugin
  • New plugin description

2.0.1

  • new player version

2.0

  • Clip settings can now be customized from Videostir’s live dashboard.
  • User can choose pre-made videos from Videostir’s clip market
  • Call to action features were added such as: buttons, email forms, text on clip
  • Support for latest wordpress version

1.8.7

  • small design fixes

1.8.6

  • fix bug with big amount of pages and posts

1.8.5

  • New design for app page on wordpress.org

1.8.4

  • minor fixes

1.8.3

  • Add new video and right bar design changes

1.8.2

  • small design changes

1.8.1

  • minor fixes

1.8.0

  • support for the one line embedding code

1.7.6

  • new version of videostir player

1.7.5

  • new buttons design

1.7.4

  • new version of videostir player

1.7.3

  • Help button in add new clip section

1.7.2

  • zoom bug fixed

1.7.1

  • embed line bug fixing

1.7.0

  • new player version

1.6.17

  • new embed code structure validation

1.6.16

  • test-on-site field redesign, new demo video

1.6.15

  • right bar test-on-site field and new start here button

1.6.14

  • video table hash field

1.6.13

  • All Videos page video table improvement

1.6.12

  • Start Here button added to all pages

1.6.11

  • When clip ends property updated

1.6.10

  • New videos on add new and coming features pages

1.6.9

  • Updated Affiliate program page

1.6.8

  • Updated quiet mode

1.6.7

  • Updated new apply button

1.6.6

  • Updated new js
  • Testimonial page under constructions

1.6.5

  • Updated new js and player with fallback abilities

1.6.2

  • Help signs location improvement in edit page

1.6.1

  • Silent mode added to edit page – clip starts running in silent mode until clicked

1.6.0

  • New JS and player
  • Silent mode support
  • Covering effect fix
  • Name and title support

1.5.22

  • Add note for additional settings

1.5.21

  • Added customers example videos youtube clip to side bar

1.5.20

  • Changes to add video page

1.5.19

  • Changes to coming features page

1.5.18

  • Floating clip addition on affiliate program page

1.5.17

  • Floating clip addition on coming feature page

1.5.16

  • Floating clip addition on testimonials page

1.5.15

  • Optional Youtube clip id – change

1.5.14

  • Design adjustments to fit WordPress 3.9
  • Description changes

1.5.13

  • Clip configuration on add test page changed

1.5.12

  • Play list feature update

1.5.11

  • Youtube id optional beta feature for appearing when users watch page from iphone/ipad

1.5.10

  • Affiliate program page

1.5.9

  • Follow me feature point to a demo on VideoStir website

1.5.8

  • Addition of new sub menu with customers testimonials

1.5.7

  • Addition of new sub menu with coming features
  • Video Tour feature that guides your visitors around your website
  • Video On Image – replace your video background with an image of your choise

1.5.6

  • Tool-tip adjustments in edit clip page

1.5.5

  • Enabled center position option

1.5.4

  • Fixed error message when clip id is not set correctly
  • Additional descriptions on website

1.5.3

  • Added missing img directory

1.5.1

  • New player version updated 2.4.0

1.5.0

  • Added ability to set a JavaScript that runs when user clicks on clip
  • New player version updated 2.3.0
  • Updated demo video and clip
  • Better layout separation when editing a clip

1.4.0

  • Keep user settings on plugin deactivation and update
  • Better plugin code

1.3.0

  • VS clip replaced to new
  • Added video tutorial to “add new” page
  • HTML cleaning
  • All videos page with better table structure
  • Check ‘add new’ page for empty fields
  • Edit page tune, clip id validation
  • Added ‘disable-player-threshold’ param
  • More screenshots

1.2.0

  • VS player updated to 2.1.0
  • Embed code format was changed to latest since VS.Player 2.0.0

1.1.1

  • Plugin screenshots optimized
  • Removed PHP 5.3.x dependency when adding a clip

1.1.0

  • New ‘playback-freeze-frame’ parameter on edit
  • New ‘on-click-open-url’ parameter on edit
  • VS player updated to 1.2.1
  • YouTube videos changed

1.0.2.1

  • Added plugin banner
  • Better screenshot’s text
  • readme.txt fixes

1.0.2

  • Initial release to public
  • Wider pages boxes
  • Better HTML around pages selection
  • Zeros at position fields
  • Support for latest VS Player 1.0.3

1.0.1

  • Uninstall drops table
  • Added description and other fields for plugin
  • Show text if no videos
  • New VS Player params
  • New logo file
  • Google Analytics compain in links
  • Added Shy clip to right bar