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Online Video Production Collaboration

Published 05/11/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

StarsVu is a collaborative video making service that is designed to let anyone create video content. Each step of the production process is covered. A producer creates a new production and assigns a writer to build the script. The actors are given their parts and shoot each scene against a green screen. The actors are assigned by the producer, who gives them character roles. Each actor uploads clips to put together the required scenes. The video editor compiles the clips and adds any necessary effects, titles and transitions. The production is edited and rendered then ready for viewing. Users can search current productions as well as users from the StarsVu homepage. Each production is displayed with an overview and a list of credits.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

StarsVu was founded in 2011. The goal of the application was to make it easier for anyone to create high quality movies. The application primarily focuses on amateurs, professionals and celebrities who are interested in high quality video productions. The service hasn’t been widely discussed on the web, but it opens up a new and unique opportunity for anyone who has a desire to enter into the world of filmmaking.

What are the differences to other apps?

StarsVu is appealing because it presents a unique opportunity to anyone who is or wants to be a part of the film industry. Users can save a significant amount of money on travel and searching by exploring the StarsVu community for skilled users who can handle video editing, acting and any other aspect of film production. The entire process is handled online so participants do not have to be in the same town or even the same country.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

StarsVu has a low key design that favors grey and hints of soft green. The layout is clutter free and allows users to move quickly to each area on the site. The design works well for new visitors, however it seems to be lacking in personality and dimension. That’s not to say that StarsVu doesn’t have a unique look, it’s just not a look that speaks very loudly (especially considering the application’s primary focus).

How does the registration process work?

A new user can join the StarsVu community by clicking the green “Register” link in the upper, right hand corner of the page. The form on the next page asks for a first and last name, username, password, email address and a brief description of the user. After checking the user’s desired role and the terms of use agreement box, the form can be submitted. The user is automatically logged in after registering.

What does it cost to use the application?

StarsVu is available to all users at no cost. There are no subscription fees and the user doesn’t have to make any purchases or subscribe to a service. The application works as a platform for collaboration and really doesn’t offer much more than that, so charging a fee would be counterproductive in the eyes of most users. There may be fees required when hiring production services and actors, but that is left up to the producer and those involved in the production.

Who would you recommend the application to?

StarsVu is a helpful resource for anyone that wants to make movies. The application lets amateurs and professionals come together on common ground and offer their services. The application doesn’t restrict users to one aspect of production. Anyone can sign up to offer their abilities as an actor, script writer, video editor or producer. The current StarsVu community is not huge, but it is growing and opening up new opportunities for ambitious individuals.

  • Producers can create new productions online
  • Professionals and amateurs can find skilled collaborators
  • Actors can upload clips against a green screen
  • Production progress is followed and can be checked at any time
  • Video editors add in transitions, titles and effects before rendering videos

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