The Best Industry Products Right Now

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From the company Backlight, Zype is an all-around global streaming platform creator. Through the service, content distributors can create full-scale streaming websites, applications, channels, and programs to showcase their videos globally. The service allows users to maximize their profits through data analytics and hybrid monetization plans, including ads, subscriptions, and transactions. The developer-friendly APIs allow users to completely customize the platforms they create. While the exact prices aren’t available, pricing plans vary based on integrations with social media, third-party user authentications, and available consumer metadata. Users can also request a demo for the service.

Ziva is Hollywood’s leading character-simulation software. From the creators of the Unity game development engine, Ziva is a specialized tool for animators to create 3D CGI characters for films, television, and games. Its simulation technology allows artists to visualize movements to ensure that the character feels as lifelike as possible. On top of this, it’s part of a suite that includes Ziva Real-Time, and Ziva Face Trainer, for more specialized applications in 3D animation. Ziva VFX starts at 50 USD per month for productions under $500K, but students from qualified institutions can access the software for free. Individuals and studios can also access a 60-day free trial before fully committing to the software.

Yamdu brings the film pre-production stage to the digitized future. Like other digital pre-production tools, Yamdu is a handy cloud-based application that consolidates all files from different parts of the production, ensuring a streamlined workflow. The tool has basic features such as script imports, breakdowns, shooting schedules, day out of days, call sheets, file sharing, comments, and announcements. Producers can keep all files safe through its Azure-powered, GDPR-compliant servers, as well as its watermarking, tracking, and advanced permissions. However, its standout feature is its integration not just with several screenplay writing apps such as Final Draft and Celtx, but also with standard calendar and team communication tools and other pre-production software like Movie Magic. As such, Yamdu is a pre-production tool that adapts to multiple users using multiple systems.

From Spanish-based Optiva Media, XStream is a quick and easy solution for linear TV channels and video-on-demand platforms. Through the service, content distributors and TV broadcasters can build seamless platform applications from scratch or improve upon already existing ones that match their business model and customers’ needs. Like other platforms, they do video-on-demand, but XStream also creates platforms for broadcasters with multiple live TV channels. XStream creates platforms viewable on multiple types of devices, including websites, mobile, TV, and gaming console applications, due to its wide tech stack. Distributors can contact Optiva Media for details on pricing plans.

Though it's not the fastest or the most wide-ranging, Xfinity's internet and cable bundle just might be the cheapest you'll find on the market right now. The Now TV bundle combines more than 40 live channels including A&E, AMC, and The Food Network with a Peacock Premium subscription and 150 Mbps internet for $40/month, exclusive of taxes. The price is bumped up to $50/month if you choose to get the StreamSaver bundle, which adds Netflix Basic and AppleTV+ to the mix. But if it's faster internet speeds you're looking for, then you'll want to consider Xfinity's Fast Internet + Popular TV bundle, which combines 400 Mbps internet with up to 150 live channels for $111/month. Note that while these numbers look good, Xfinity has been known to sharply increase prices after the promotional term ends in about two years, so make sure to read the fine print or contact an Xfinity agent if you have more questions.

WriterDuet is the first real-time collaborative screenwriting tool, providing fluidity across devices, automatic cloud save, line-by-line comments, and even text and video chat between users while on the screenplay. The software offers a comprehensive set of features for different stages in the writing process. Formatting options and script analysis tools guide the user through industry writing standards. On top of this, the software’s infinite version history and external backups safeguard the script from data loss.

Wowza is a video platform creator that works for both live streaming and video on-demand. For people with coding knowledge, as well as bigger businesses who already have a coding department, Wowza is a good choice for video hosting, since the service can be fully customizable via Wowza’s builder-focused API. Users concerned with video quality can rely on the service’s global content delivery network to showcase videos at a good quality, adjusting to their viewer’s screens with adaptive bit-rate streaming. Users can host their videos on cloud-based services like most other platforms, but they also offer on-premise and hybrid hosting. Available pricing plans offer pay-as-you-go and one-time streaming options, but businesses with a wider content library and/or larger audiences can request for a custom plan through the site.

Wipster is a videography review application that makes online collaboration and approval easier for teams worldwide. On the platform, users can upload their videos and share them with stakeholders without additional cost. Reviewers can place their comments, which, unlike other video collaboration tools, can be pinpointed on a single frame. These comments turn into tasks for editors to easily use to track their progress. Editors using Adobe products can view these comments on their interface through Wipster’s helpful extension. Once changes are made, reviewers can view them through a side-by-side comparison of the shots. When everyone is satisfied with the changes, users can easily upload their work through Wipster’s direct publishing to Vimeo and other video and social media platforms.

Calling itself Hollywood’s #1 script coverage service, WeScreenplay promises fast and affordable script coverage, with a turnaround time of at most 72 hours. After submitting a script, the coverage received will be detailed, thorough, and specific for each format, whether it is made for a feature, a short, or a pilot for a TV show. The scores received from the coverage also qualify for other sites like Coverfly. For writers wanting to see the quality of feedback, the service offers a free first impression for the first page of a screenplay. And once the script is finished, the site offers services like treatment and pitch coverage focused on helping writers sell the script to filmmakers.

Formerly known as GoAnimate, Vyond is a cloud-based animation video platform dedicated to business. Through the website, businesses and other organizations can easily and quickly create animated videos to educate others for sales, marketing, and human resources purposes. Users can create animated characters from existing still images, isolating them from the photo’s background. Using the site’s AI, users can also create prompts to instantly create a script or video. Starting from 49 USD/month, people can start using the site, but features such as video translation, speech enhancement, team collaboration, and branding assets are only available through the site’s premium plans.

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