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Memplai

Collaborate Video Share Create


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Published 10/19/2012 and rated Ratingstars2 2 out of 5 stars
by Dorothy Distefano
What can you use the app for?

Memplai is an application designed to create video projects from images and audio and video files. The projects are cloud based and created in a video editor. Users may invite others to collaborate and add files to the project, but the user is the only one able to use the editor.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Memplai was founded in May 2011 by Gus Bobotsis. There is no other information or traffic data for the site.

What are the differences to other apps?

Windows MovieMaker is clearly superior, easier to use, faster, and more intuitive than this application. To be fair, Memplai is in beta and is free, however it is very glitchy during uploads and takes longer than it should for some functions.

One big issue was that the "tutorial" video was blurry and unclear, yet there was a FAQ section that could have been used to enhance the video content and make the application easier to use. Upload times were very long for midsize files and management within the editor was confusing and locked up frequently, requiring the page to be reloaded and data lost.

Overall, MovieMaker is superior and Memplai needs some refining.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Video tutorials are available for Video Creation and Editor as well as Project Setting and management. The tutorials are not narrated. They are screenshot videos accompanied by text and electronic music. The videos are slightly blurry.

Interestingly, files may be added from the user's PC or Facebook, but friends cannot be invited via Facebook, only via email or Twitter. When viewing sent invitations, the emails ran together and were unreadable. During testing, the user was logged out and had to log back in twice.

Invited friends were able to upload images for collaboration without problems. The tutorial for the Video Editor is available again on the page for creation. Users cannot work on the video while watching the tutorial, which is inconvenient. It would be helpful to be able to pause the video and try something out, but users must exit the video entirely to use the editor.

The Video Editor is not entirely intuitive. For example, the addition of audio is unclear. Where there are options for many of the options, audio has none. This is not explicitly explained, but audio must also be uploaded by the user. Video clips may also be uploaded as long as they do not exceed 200MB per file. Part of the issue is the blurry tutorial with captioning instead of narration. More information is available in the FAQ section. Upload of a 97MB video via broadband connection took much longer than expected (15 minutes) and the audio file would not begin uploading until the video was finished.

Once videos and audio files were uploaded, several said they were still processing and could not be used. It was necessary to close and restart the application to access the uploaded files. Adding video, audio, images, effects, transitions, and themes were a chore. Note: the video must be saved prior to producing or a message that the video is empty will be received. Rendering the results for a video of less than two minutes took over ten minutes before the project was simply abandoned. Returning to the project, a previous version had been saved and a message that a new version was being produced was onscreen. This allowed viewing of sharing features: Facebook, Twitter, Google +, MySpace, Pinterest, and others, as well as a code for embedding the video are offered.

Overall, this application is frustrating to use and needs some fine tuning.

How does the registration process work?

Users may use a traditional registration or register via Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Google, MSN Live, or Yahoo.

Traditional registration requires an email and password. Third party applications require permissions. Take care in selecting whether the app may access or post on a user's behalf, especially on Facebook.

What does it cost to use the application?

Memplai is free to use.

Who would you recommend the application to?

At this point, unless there are no other options, this application is not recommended. It has too many glitches, takes too long for uploads and renderings, and is just not intuitive to use. Hopefully these issues will be resolved once the app is out of beta.

  • Collaborative environment
  • Virtual workspace
  • Video projects
  • Invite friends to send files to incorporate
  • Online video editor
  • Quick sharing


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