Originally posted on Engadget at: http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/29/engadget-giveaway-ipad-mini-gopro-hero3-younity
Summer has long been the season of vacations, beach outings and BBQs, and that means documenting every possible moment on camera. It helps to have your tunes close at hand, too, in case the party’s about to jump off. The task of copying over playlists and organizing photos in the aftermath can be a pain, but younity’s personal cloud service could help simplify the task. Instead of syncing and storing data on the cloud, it turns all your devices into dedicated media streamers. That means you have centralized access to all of your files, regardless of which gadget they’re on — they just need to be connected to the internet. Younity also added GoPro integration, letting you discover, catalog and instantly share camera content right from your iPhone or iPad. That’s why this week, one lucky Engadget reader will be winning a GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition camera and an iPad mini. All you need to do is head down to the Rafflecopter widget below for up to three chances at winning this adventurous combo courtesy of the folks at younity.
Jeremy Pettit is an award winning director, filmmaker and founder of Northside Productions. He is best known for his action sports films, including the “Pat Moore: Blueprint” series for Red Bull. His clients also include Burton Snowboards, Adidas, Mountain Dew, ESPN and many others.
As a filmmaker, I’m constantly collecting new footage and I rely on access to it. I need to stay on top of what I’ve got for each project that’s in production. My crew collaborates with me to create the finished project and I need to know what they’ve got in the can. And the athletes I shoot are part of this process in many different ways, and they need to know what they’ve shot already as well so that they can build on their footage. Having immediate access to everything we’re getting is key to the end goal, the finished product.
At the same time, the cameras I use produce enormous video files so you can really enjoy what these athletes do on a big screen. This means I usually travel around with quite a few hard drives, catalogs of what’s been shot already for the project. I have to do this while traveling the world on a near continuous basis, and my bags are heavy enough with all my camera gear!
What I’ve found with younity is that it gives me two things. First, I can instantly have access to all my video stored back in my studio, and all I need is my phone to view it all. Any time I want, I can browse through the libraries of footage I’ve produced and review it for any reason – to pitch a new project or double check shots for an existing project. Second, I can securely share it with my crew and the athletes we’re working with.
The biggest advantage to me is being able to securely share content with athletes. Uploading video online is often not an option – this video is my revenue stream and we keep these projects as private as possible until the release dates. If I lose control of it, it’s a disaster for my business. In the past, the only ways athletes could review the footage we shot on a trip was to see it while we were on the shoot or have them fly out to my studio and check it out during the edit once the shooting has wrapped up. With younity, I can share any of my content with them (even if I’m in Alaska and that footage is stored back in Los Angeles) and know it can’t be downloaded or re-shared with anyone else.
About Jeremy Pettit
Jeremy Pettit, founder of Northside Productions, is an award winning director and filmmaker. He is known for his acclaimed production of action sports films, including the “Pat Moore: Blueprint” series for Red Bull Media House and Burton Snowboards last full length film, “13″. His clients include Red Bull, Burton Snowboards, Adidas, Mountain Dew and ESPN, among many others. More about Jeremy and Northside Productions’ work can be seen at www.northsideproductions.tv.
GoPros are awesome little cameras that let us capture our passions in amazing, high definition detail. While the tiny adventure camera can be taken with you anywhere you go, the same can’t be said for its video files – they’re BIG! That is, until now. younity automatically discovers the GoPro video you have across all your computers, builds a catalog of it and puts that on your smartphone and tablet. That means you can take all the GoPro video you’ve ever created with you everywhere you go. No uploading, no syncing, no wondering where all those videos are. Just open younity and browse your own personal Netflix to stream on-demand.
Automatic means that all you have to do is store it on any computer or external hard drive that is connected to your younity account. Within seconds, younity will automatically find that video on its own and create a GoPro “library” for you. It even extracts the first frame of your video so you can readily identify one from another. This lets you easily browse all your GoPro video any time you want, then stream it on-demand to your smartphone/tablet or privately share it with any of your friends, no matter where they are.
Why does this matter? If you shoot even a little bit of video with your GoPro, you’ve got far more content than can be put on any smartphone or tablet and many, many times more than any free online storage account (even after inviting a ton of friends to get that extra free storage). This means that virtually all that video is locked away on one of your computers. That’s no big deal if you want to bring everyone back to your house to see your latest adventure, but most of us share videos over drinks with our friends, dinner with family or in some kind of social setting. younity now lets you access all this video without planning ahead – for FREE.
So the next time someone asks you how the surf trip was or if the snow was actually that good or if you really pulled off that trick, younity’s got you covered.
We’re happy to announce that younity now streams iTunes movies, TV shows and video. This means all the content you bought on iTunes can now be streamed with younity – no downloading or syncing required! We appreciate how much our users love streaming their video with younity, but we’ve been getting a lot of requests to enable streaming of content purchased on iTunes. We totally understand that need – until now, if you wanted to watch the movies you bought on iTunes, you had to sync them from your computer to your phone or download them from iTunes to your phone. Neither of those options are very good. Most of us forget to sync our devices until it is too late (we’re away from our computer). Downloading can take a looooong time, even if you are on a good WiFi network. But the real problem is that our devices often don’t have enough storage for a single movie, let alone a movie library! Streaming has never been an option with iTunes. With today’s update, however, you can stream your entire movie iTunes movie collection on-demand.
So what does this mean? If you have a lot of movies and TV shows that you bought on iTunes, you can now carry around that entire library of content on your phone and stream it whenever you want – no planning ahead required. Want a movie while you’re traveling for work? No problem. Need to pacify the kids so you can finish dinner with your spouse at the restaurant (this is a big use case for my wife and I)? We’ve got you covered. younity has always let you unify and carry around your entire music library and all your non-DRM video, but this feature means that your iTunes purchased content is as free to access as all your other content.
We see our users accessing and sharing video more and more each month. It’s as big a deal to us as it is to you; after all, we’re younity users just like you are. We’re going to keep working on making video a better and better experience. Stay tuned, because we have some really fun features coming out very soon to make video even better.
Keep in mind, iTunes video (but not audio) is encrypted with DRM (digital rights management) and is typically not able to be streamed. So to do this, there are a few things to know: 1) we won’t optimize (transcode) streaming the same way we do with your non-DRM video, this results in a full resolution stream that can be slower than normal video playback; 2) we’ll play your video in your device’s Safari web browser, not within our iOS app; 3) younity will not let you share iTunes purchased video because of DRM; and 4) you might need to get your Apple ID keys onto your device if you’ve never used them for video (this is easy, just read this).
The top father’s day gifts for 2014 will always be the gifts that remind him of the great times that you spent together. Sharing “that special moment,” whether it be through a photo, video or song, will be a great father’s day gift. Your gift of Father’s Day tech doesn’t have to be all about the gadget.
If you are looking for a way to share those special memories this Father’s Day, we’d like to share some ideas that our users have given us. Our favorite idea is the Father’s Day digital album. The lucky dad gets an iPad where the family can share content reminding Dad just how special he is. You can share all of those special photos, videos and songs that remind you of Dad. For a quick refresher, you can scan our article Share Any File, Anytime, With Any Friend.
If your Digital Dad already has his fill of iOS devices, you can use younity to access and view your favorite nostalgia with dad. If the family wants to get in on the action, you can stream the music, pictures and videos to your TV or stereo. younity integrates with Bluetooth and Airplay so that its super easy to sit back and enjoy your memories on your favorite electronics. As a bonus, he’ll enjoy that you’ve taken time to help him learn about his new younity app.
Have a great Father’s Day!
The Entangled Media Team
More and more of you are writing in and letting us know that you are not confined to one operating system. Because many of you are operating across multiple platforms, devices and brands we have added younity to the Windows App Store for easier discovery. The reasons for cross-platform usage are various; family, personal and work and because of this we are working hard to not just make it easy to discover younity but to extend to other platforms as well. For Windows desktop and laptop users who want to access and stream media to their iPhone or iPad, make sure to check out the Windows desktop app. We will be keeping you updated on our progress by posting to our blog, twitter and facebook pages.
Want to attend one of the coolest events in Los Angeles? We are giving away 300 tickets (that’s right, 300) to 150 lucky winners that enter our contest. Entering is easy, just see below for details. Want to learn more about younity and how it can help you access all your music, videos and photos on the go? Learn more here.
To enter the contest to win free tickets, you must install younity on at least one computer and one iOS mobile device (younity can be installed on Windows and Mac computers, as well as iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch iOS mobile devices). Doing so will automatically enter you into the contest with the email address you use for your younity account. For each friend you invite using younity’s “Invite Friends” feature in the app, you will get an additional entry to the contest if they install younity and create an account. There is no limit on the number of entries, so the more friends you sign up on younity, the more entries you will have, resulting in a higher chance that you win tickets.
How to enter to win tickets:
- Install younity on at least one computer and iOS mobile device.
- In the younity mobile app, you can invite your friends from the main menu by selecting “Invite Friends.”
- Each friend that uses your invite to become a younity user will count as an additional entry for you to win tickets.
- There is no limit on the number of entries you can have.
- You can only win one set of tickets, you can not keep winning even if you have multiple entries.
- If your name is selected more than once, only the first time it is selected will count. You can not win more than one time.
- Winners will be selected on June 4, 2014.
- Winners will be chosen at random.
- We will select 150 unique people as winners of the contest.
- Each winner will receive 2 free tickets to the event.
- Winners will be contacted via email (the one associated with their younity account) by June 5, 2014.
- If you do not respond to being notified of winning by 12:00pm PST, June 6 we will give your tickets away to a backup winner.
- Tickets are transferable to any person the winner chooses that has a valid email address.
- All entries must have an email address associated with the younity account – it is the only valid method for winners to be selected and contacted.
I’m a DJ. As you might guess, I’ve got a lot of music. How much is hard to tell – it’s scattered across computers at my studio, my house and a whole bunch of external hard drives. But it’s a lot. Music is my life and my collection has been built from when I was a kid. Until recently, taking all this with me was impossible. When I had to DJ an event I’d prep my set music to be mixed live, then plugin my iPod to various machines and assemble a playlist for between sets. When I’m traveling, I listen to music on my iPhone and iPad, but often was stuck missing the music I wanted at any given time – no way do I remember to always plug in my device to sync new music to it. Then I got younity.
younity changed this – I now have all the music I’ve collected my whole life with me. Always. No syncing, no storage limits, no uploading, no managing whatever random crap some software company makes me do so I can get to my own music. younity lets me search all my music, across all the places I have it from one simple search bar on my iPhone. I can find anything (and that’s important when you have a lot of music). Most importantly, I never have to plan ahead and know what I want before I want it. With younity, I can stream or download the music I want as soon as I decide what I want to listen to it. I can even share it with my friends around the world. Nothing is off limits.
DJ and Co-founder of Acrylick
Hello younity users,
younity 1.8.0 is now available in the App Store and for download from our website. This version contains some performance enhancements and bug fixes.
younity on your Macs and PCs was automatically updated overnight on May 15th to this latest version. This happens from time to time when we release a new version and it should not affect your experience. Please note that your younity friends and contacts lists will take a little bit longer to migrate but should complete during the day on May 15th.
younity will automatically update on your iOS device if you are running iOS 7 and have automatic updates enabled. If you are running iOS 6, or you have automatic updates disabled, you should see an “Upgrade Required” popup the first time you open younity. Clicking the button will take you to the App Store where you can install the latest version of younity.
If you have any questions or problems after the upgrade, please Create a Ticket at our support site and we will follow up with you personally.