This is a project I've been working on that generates basic slideshow videos using HTML content. I'm releasing it this week in hopes of making it eventually profitable.
Confession time. I've made the typical developer-turned-wantrepreneur-dude-lets-just-code-this-thing mistakes:
Worked on it heads-down for the last few months? Yup.
Gathered a bunch of market leads, email addresses, phone numbers? Nope.
Tested my "business hypothesis" by contacting potential customers before making this thing, and discussed how they might want something like this to work? Double nope.
Before writing any code, I probably should have reached out to publishers that use video to market their content, and figured out:
* what their current workflow is like
* how they'd prefer it to work
* what it would take for them to switch (features, pricing, support, etc)
and then build the thing based on that.
But, I did research the existing competition before making it. I think their successes gave some validation to my idea. They are mostly recent startups. Some of them have received millions in funding, and have big name clients (ie. many of those subtitled videos you see on USA Today were made a competitor).
I'm hoping it will appeal more to smaller content creators as it's far more accessible and cheaper than the competition. But the next step (should've been 1st) is find out if that's actually true by talking to them, and then improve the quality of the product based on that.
Feel free to leave some sugar-free feedback.
FREE STUFF I'm trying to expand the "Example Video" gallery on the Vidgen site. So if you generate a decent video of your content and want it for free, contact me at email@example.com with the video's url, and I'll enable it to be downloaded. I just ask that you put it on youtube/vimeo and then send me the embed link. (* limited time only)