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What’s the Thought Discovery Panel all about?

We’ve recently added a new feature to the site and we are calling it the Thought Discovery Panel or TDP for short.

After researching and investigating more about why people want to record video logs, we discovered that although people wanted to tell their story to their future selves, they just didn’t know where to start.

The TDP was created so that we can present questions with associated images to help people trigger thoughts and ask some of those difficult questions which perhaps you need to get asked.

The TDP will randomly cycle through thought provoking questions and imagery and hopefully help uses to get more out of Mindlogr as well as perhaps an even deeper understanding of themselves.

The feature is configurable as well, so if you didn’t want it around because it’s distracting, you can turn it off. Equally if there was a question you really wanted to talk a lot about, you can pause, rewind for forward to the next hint.

We’re hoping to roll out the TDP across all log types and eventually even to provide a guided log format for people who might want to record specific lift stories.

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Using Mindlogr to store your holiday home videos

These days with the abundance of digital devices with cameras, we all find ourselves recording more and more video as well as photos.

This is certainly the case when it comes to vacations or holidays as we Brits call it. But what do you do with all those video snippets that end up sitting on your phone or tablet device or even on a hand held camcorder?

Do you organise them all into video libraries? Or perhaps share them with people?

A lot of the time, these clips mean nothing to other people, so you wouldn’t want to share them. Take for example a trip I took with my fiancé last November to Amalfi in Italy.

I videoed on my iPhone, some bits of boat and water going by as we were on a boat trip. I lasted for 13 seconds. To anyone else, it would be just a boring video of water and boat, nothing distinguishable or shareable, but to me, it is a memory.

When  watch that video, it reminds me of being there on that boat. It almost allows me to relive that moment.

Video is a powerful tool for triggering past memories. One of the uses of Mindlogr is that it can be your holiday video storage place.

Instead of leaving all your holiday videos scattered across multiple devices, why not upload them all into Mindlogr and let Mindlogr organise it.

You can create a shared log book too and share these clips to people who were with you on the trip. You can even create a different log book for each trip you take.

That’s a great use we’ve found some members using Mindlogr for. It keeps all your videos together, and if you’ve enabled the Dropbox feature, it will also self organise in your file storage.

Give it a go, upload some videos and see what you can use Mindlogr to store.

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How to make a video memoir using Mindlogr

There couldn’t be a more worthwhile project than recording your family history on video. In the past this might have been a difficult thing to do with high video costs in equipment and media, and also the complexity of editing and organising.

The internet however, has made this process much easier with webcams and mobile cameras all over the place, it’s now easier than ever before the create your own video memoirs or your family’s. Continue reading

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Why record a video memoir

People around the world are living day to day getting older and their memories getting weaker. It’s a simple fact of life, and as we get older, we will find it harder to remember stories and events from the past.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could simple record as you go along? That way, you can remind yourself of the stories, and leave a long lasting legacy for your future generations to watch.

That’s what a video memoir is all about. There are hundreds of people today recording them using a variety of methods from video tapes to digital cloud services. Continue reading

Mindlogr V4 – what’s new?

iStock_000014949969XSmallThe features and upgrades are coming quick in the early part of this year. We’ve had some more revelations and now we are improving Mindlogr to give the best possible interface and system for recording personal videos.

In this new version we’ve made some changes to both the main website and the application once you’ve logged in. The main website has been given an overhaul in design to hopefully present the Mindlogr experience in a more faithful light.

As for the new features, here’s what’s new and updated in the latest version of Mindlogr.

  1. Longer recording times – from today onwards, premium members will be able to record up to 15 minutes per video instead of the regular 5 minutes per video on a free account.
  2. Webcam interface improvements – a few tweaks have been made to make the webcam interface a little faster.
  3. Mobile platform improvements – both the interface and main website have had improvements overall in design and functionality. The objective was to make it easy for a user to operate the mobile platform via a mobile browser easily with one hand.
  4. Video time change – added the ability for users to change the recording time of their past videos.
  5. Video initiate Dropbox download – allow users to initiate a download to their linked Dropbox accounts directly from the video viewing pane.
  6. Video mapping – added a map visualization to show where the video was recorded and allow user to change the recording GPS location.
  7. 2 new User preferences added
    1. Video data overlay – added the ability for users to turn this on or off.
    2. Countdown timer – allow users to turn on and off the pre-recording countdown timer.

We hope that you’ll enjoy using this latest version, and as always, please feedback to us so we can iron out the bugs, and add any suggestions what would help you get the most out of Mindlogr.

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New improvements and Mindlogr v3.8 upgrade

We are continually trying to improve the platform to make it fast, fun and easy to record even more video logs.

Since the previous upgrade where we introduced the capabilities for file upload and mobile recording, we have seen an increase in the number of videos being recorded on a daily basis.

It’s caused us to rethink a little how the system works and especially making it efficient and fast. Continue reading

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How to keep yourself even more accountable for your New Years Resolutions

It’s past that time of year where people are heard far and wide claiming they’ve turned a new leaf, it’s called their new years resolutions, and let’s face it, we all know deep down that they are a waste of time because it’s just another way to create an excuse for not doing something.

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The latest v3.5 upgrade

upload-photos-to-computer-2Recently, well just last week, we decided to launch the latest round of upgrades for Mindlogr and amongst them were a couple of big upgrade features which we wanted to write about so that new and old users can see what this means for their logging experience.

As the world of vlogging explodes on the internet, there is still an ongoing need for a private place where people can store their video snippets and that’s why we continue to improve Mindlogr with a hope that we can fulfil that gap.

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Telling Your Side of the Story

c1While it is true that a picture is worth a thousand words, the trouble is that you don’t have any say whatsoever over the thousand words people choose to attribute to your picture. Pictures are just moments frozen in time, and most don’t offer any real context as to how you feel, what’s going on around you, or especially who you are.

So while you may be loading up dozens of pictures at a time to your Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages, there is no real story – there’s no real “you” coming through, unless you decide to actually tell your side of the story.

Social media provides, at best, a very short summary of your life and who you are as a person. Think about it. With a site like Facebook, what do you actually put on there that’s representative of you? A relationship status? A quirky status update begging people for Likes? A few “LOL” photos and different memes you find hilarious? Pictures where you’re posing with the duck-face? Seriously, social media doesn’t say very much about who you are at all. It mostly just acts as an outlet for you to goof off and to see what other people are up to.

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