Speaking of mentioning it, would you distrifiers like me to plug it on the documentary studies mail list I belong to? There are some filmmakers on there and lots of professors who teach docs, some of whom would also be interested in it as a new phenomenon worth thinking about.
Members of The D-Word documentary community can now "sell movies socially" with Distrify. The Distrify player can easily be embedded in film profiles and postings on The D-Word. Further measures are planned to promote members' films to a wider public.
I will say one thing to D-worders. The support with Peter and Andy at Distrify is superb. You can tell they want to make this a great experience for us the indpendent film maker but also the customer. So far I am really enjoying the ease of this.... and the potential.
Chris – I'm not a 'Distrifier' as such, but by all means, everyone should spread the word to everyone! (Needless to say, there's also plenty to re-tweet or share on FB.)
I did, Peter. That's quick results. I bet they all want discounts, knowing academics... were they interesting emails? It was the email list associated with the Visible Evidence documentary conference.
Got one from South Africa so far, just wanting to make sure we can work internationally and pay to non-US bank accounts, which of course we can. Cheers!
I have checked some other peoples sites on Distrify and it seems that everyone is automatically selling there stream version as a download for the same price. How do you change the price of the downloaded version of your film?
We recommend selling the download at a different price. I don't think many people are selling downloads yet, and most aren't selling at the same price. If you go the "LATER" section and there is no download available it shows you the streaming option, which is maybe what you're seeing. You can't actually sell the same file for streaming and download... yet.
We'll soon have some more enhanced features for selling downloads, coming in a week or so... Stay tuned...
What about coupons or some kind of gifting of the films. I see a scenario where I would like to sell my film generally, but also be able to make it free to view for certain people who i provide a code to. I think a private vimeo or youtube video could serve this need, but it would be great if a similar feature was available in Dristrify. I realize there is still an inherent cost – your streaming bandwidth – so perhaps the filmmaker can pay?
Oh gotcha, miss understood. The later section is just showing the streaming, I thought it was charging the same price fora download.
If I want a download version, if have to reuplaod my file?
That is a great idea! Filmmakers would be happy to pay that cost, to give out to people that we need to see our projects.
Presently it has to be a separate upload to sell a download, however I'm working on a solution to make this easier. Should be ready in a week or so.
Cameron, We've had a number of requests for this and it will be added to the list. We need to work out acceptable pricing for these "tokens" and a usability approach that makes it work smoothly and avoids potential abuse.. You're right that for now you can use YouTube or Vimeo for this kind of thing, but of course the pseudo-streaming offered by those platforms is not as robust for feature films, so we will come up with a solution in time.
Peter, Ben,I've been considering Distrify for the future, but looks like the time is NOW with this great opportunity offered to us here. So I am very glad to hear about this new partnership and look forward to seeing how it develops. It's also good to have the chance to learn more about your vision for Distrify. I have a couple of questions right off the bat. 1. Can the affiliate share be adjusted, if the filmmaker wants to offer them more and is willing to do so by lowering his/her own percentage of return? 2. If the filmmaker has a digital newsletter or email blast for fans, can the Distrify button be used within it? Thanks.
1. Yes, the filmmaker can offer more (or even ALL) of their percentage as affiliate commission. Distrify always pays the first 5% and the rest comes out of the filmmaker share.
2. We have a handy tool that lets you make an image version of your player so you can embed it in an email blast. You have to link it to the real player, since you cannot embed video in emails. Our partner Edinburgh International Film Festival used one in each of their email newsletters to great effect.
Peter, thanks, that flexibility for affiliate commission is super and also good news abut the tricky tool.
What are your ideas about distribution of a film that is actually a web series? I have been wondering about ways to present a web series that is in post-production now. We could share episodes on YouTube and then offer a DVD of the entire series via Distrify. I am thinking this is the best way to start, because we have to market and build viewership.
To distribute episodes individually, via streaming or download, how best to do that? With the Dsitrify model, we would have to present each episode with a button using a trailer. Or would we? Might there be a way to present a series of short films, with a listing that looks something like an album with individual songs for sale? There are some services out there for music, like Top Spin and partners, but a filmmaker has to make the adaptations, as far as I can tell. I would appreciate hearing your perspective.
I'm wondering what the maximum stream capacity is at a given time. I'm working with a producer who may get a huge amount of national and international publicity for his film concentrated in a short period of time. Thanks.
In reply to Beth Humpert's post on Mon 25 Jul 2011 :
You can add a number of short videos to one Distrify player. Just keep adding a "new product" and you can add as many videos as you like. Then you just need the one player/preview. You can either sell the shorts individually or group them together as a "package" like a deluxe edition. You can choose to make products "only in a package" or they can be $0.99 each or $5.99 for 10, just like an album. We haven't made a how-to video for this feature yet, but it's all there and some filmmakers are using it to great success. I'll embed an example below (note: this one does not show the packages to Germany, Japan or UK, due to geo-restrictions).
In reply to Steve Ladd's post on Mon 25 Jul 2011 :
Steve, we can handle pretty much any capacity. If you expect some extra publicity, please let us know and we'll boost up our resources, but they should expand dynamically anyway. Please let us know when you expect the extra hype though, and we can join in.
Peter, thanks for the info. Distrify handles the streaming and download of movie files only, is that correct? Sales and fulfillment of physical product are left up to the filmmaker. How are payments handled for these various sales, since you collect and distribute to filmmakers and affiliates?
Have there been customer service issues develop on streaming product, and if so, to whom does a customer go for a solution? Mini example- when I tried to sign up for email on Adventures of Power from the button you embedded above, I had problems. Could not 'continue.' Will try again later. Thanks.
We handle all payments through the player, and presently for physical merchandise you get an email notification to fulfil the order. This can also be sent to your fulfilment company, or you can get in touch with us and we can look at deeper integration options. As soon as payments clear to our account you can request a withdrawal from the Income Report on Distrify.
For customer service on streaming and downloads, we handle that for you. If there's a problem with a DVD or other merchandise, we will contact you and ask you to get in touch with the customer to solve the problem.
I will look into the Subscribe issue you are reporting..
Peter, I discovered that my registration to Distrify email list went through, even though it did not appear to on screen.
Hi Beth, yes, there was a display bug on that screen. Thanks for reporting it – my engineer fixed it straight away on Wednesday. Cheers
I uploaded my film, but now I'm wondering if the 53 minutes version would be better for on-line viewing than the 72 minute one. Any thoughts on that? Given the choice, do on-line viewers prefer shorter ones? My film is purely entertainment, about a group of radical puppeteers in Chapel Hill that perform huge spectacles in a primitive amphitheater, using recycled materials.
The audience would be primarily the puppeteering community, and secondly the eco/alt-theater crowd, a demographic I just made up.
Well, my upload failed (probably my end), so now that I'm starting from scratch I'll await to hear your thoughts on my question before trying again.
Using AT&T extreme DSL from the USA I was averaging 15 to 20 hours to upload HD files – so it's a pain because any one thing can easily stop the upload and you have to start from scratch again. You have to stick with it though and it will work. Safari browser works on smaller files – Firefox was terrible and Chrome works on larger files but Chrome was unstable ... just my experience. I do not and will not ever use Explorer.
The uploads mainly depend on the stability and upload bandwidth of your own internet connection. I've never experienced any difficulty here.
In the meantime, Dogwoof (a large distributor for indie docs in the UK, very active in audience engagement) has made a great part of their library available for streaming or purchase via Distrify players on http://dogwoof.tv – worth having a look.