MOVIECLIPS.com Woos a Pirate to Build the Ultimate Movie Clip Viewing Player – Movie Buffs Rejoice! USERS CAN NOW EDIT CLIPS DIRECTLY AND CHOOSE THEIR OWN MOVIE MOMENTS
SANTA MONICA, California (March 11, 2010) – MOVIECLIPS.com, home of the largest and most diverse collection of free, licensed movie scenes anywhere on the web, today launched a new media player, the Movieclips Player, custom-built by pirate developer Paul Yanez. The Movieclips Player is game-changing for film lovers, delivering clips in their original aspect ratio, and making it super-easy for users to find, edit, and share their favorite movie scenes. The announcement was made by MOVIECLIPS.com co-founders, Zach James and Rich Raddon.
Yanez gained Internet notoriety last year when he created a rogue, open source media player that streamed Hulu content, ads and all, while Hulu was still in beta. He did this in his spare time. And he released it for free.
“We wanted the ultimate movie clip player and we thought of Paul, he is the best,” said James, “ We were familiar with Paul’s controversy with Hulu when they shut down the stream, and we watched a very public cat-and-mouse game that in the end, nobody won — especially not movie lovers.”
The Movieclips Player’s four unique features:
• Size matters: The Movieclips Player is one of the first embeddable players to respect the original aspect ratio of every feature film
• Gives bloggers and Facebook users the tools to “trim-and-share” clips down to just their favorite movie quotes: “You talkin’ to me?”
• Editing and sharing happens within the Movieclips Player environment – the toolbar just slides up to reveal more tools
• Full movie dialogue search engine built into every player
“Only people who care about films as much as we do would go to this length to ensure a great viewing experience.” said Raddon, former Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival. “We had the chance to set a new standard, and to actually rethink how to connect with movies online. We made it easy to watch a clip from Inglourious Basterds or Elf, edit the clip down to your favorite quote, and share it on Facebook or a blog, etc.
You can also learn more about the film or see related clips, search full dialogue or buy the DVD – we built that into a single, elegant player, so everything is only a click away.”
“In the end, it’s just a player,” added James. “But how we approached this player – who we hired to build it and why we incorporated these features – says something important about how we view the world and why we started this company. By giving movie fans the tools to watch and share their favorite scenes easily, the studios suddenly have allies recommending their products. Every time a movie fan shares a clip from The Big Lebowski or This Is Spinal Tap on Facebook or on their blog, it’s a reminder to their friends of each movie’s value in our lives.”
MOVIECLIPS.com took its service worldwide in late February and opened up access to its API for approved developers, giving this community the opportunity to innovate using MOVIECLIPS.com’s library of more than 12,000 clips, each tagged with rich metadata, Find and share clips from your favorite films, and get details about becoming an approved MOVIECLIPS.com developer, at movieclips.com.
Launched in December 2009, MOVIECLIPS.com is a premium online video destination offering audiences the largest and most diverse collection of movie scenes. MOVIECLIPS.com allows fans to find, watch and share more than 12,000 movie clips from the libraries of most major Hollywood studios. Each clip is tagged with up to 1,000 pieces of data (dialogue, actor, director, action, mood, etc) to make the most searchable collection of movie scenes on the web. Go to movieclips.com for more information.