After many months in development, we’re finally ready to unveil the new DemoWolf HD!
This isn’t just a new website… far from it! We’ve completely redesigned the services we provide, the types and formats of tutorials we offer, and the way we offer them.
But yes, our website has been redesigned… and you can check that out here: www.demowolf.com
So what’s new?
New Tutorial Formats – HTML5
We now offer all our tutorials in WebM and MP4 video formats, as well as an Article format and the original Flash format. WebM and MP4 are the two true video formats you need if you have an HTML5 compliant website. It means anyone will be able to play and watch your video tutorials, regardless of what device they’re using to visit your website.
New Format Option – Hi-Definition (HD)
The two video formats (MP4 and WebM) will now be available in our standard definition (or size, typically 480p), but also in a new Hi-definition (HD) 720p size. The new HD option is great for larger screens to get the absolute best quality tutorials possible.
New Format Option – No Captions
All Flash (SWF) and Video (MP4 and WebM) formats are available in a silent non-voice version as well as a voice-audio narration version… as has been the case for our Flash and Video tutorials for some time. As of now however, the voice versions are available either with the text captions that exist in the non-voice versions, or without those captions. We decided to offer this as a result of feedback from our clients who are more often adding their video tutorials to YouTube or Vimeo. Many prefer not to have the text captions present, so as not to hide any of the recorded screenshots. So we’ve simply made it an option to not have those captions when choosing voice.
New Improved Client Area
We have completely redesigned our Client Area… that part of our website where you login when placing tutorial orders, or when uploading your logo. The Client Area is where you go to manage your orders, preview tutorials with your logo, manage or view past invoices, and submit or view support tickets. We think you’ll like the new system as it’s much more user friendly and intuitive. For those of you who are or have been DemoWolf customers, login and check it out! Your past order history, invoice and support tickets should all still be there: http://www.demowolf.com/clients/
And of course, New Tutorial Series!
The following new tutorials have just been added to our system and are ready for purchase, generating and download. They have been designed with all the new formats in mind, and so are available in full HD, voice and non-voice, and all the new format options mentioned above. The new available series are as follows:
Tutorial Production Enhancements
Beginning with the new tutorials listed above, all new tutorials we produce will have some new and improved qualities to them. We now make use of “Zoom and Pan” techniques for bringing extra attention to specific instructions, as well as a new “Zoom Area” highlighting technique. These may sound like small enhancements, but we wanted to make our new tutorials stand out from the old, and make the instructions within them as easy to understand as possible.
Finally – New Pricing Model – Solutions for ANY budget!
With all the new tutorial formats and options available, we now have tutorial solutions to fit any budget. To help make it easier, we’ve developed a rather complex set of discount rules so that everyone can get the best value possible, no matter how many different formats or options you want. Tutorials are sold by “series”, and not individual tutorials… and tutorial series pricing starts at just $25.00 (sometimes with as many as 30 tutorials in a series) for the Article format, right up to $145 for the HD video format with voice audio narration.
Additional Formats Discount:
When ordering tutorials for your business, you’ll get 50% off each additional format you choose after your first. You may want the Flash format for your website, and the MP4 format to upload to YouTube… or maybe you want both the MP4 and WebM formats for your HTML5 website. Maybe you also want the Article format for your knowledgebase… regardless of how many formats you choose, you’ll get 50% off all additional formats after your first.
Multiple Series Discount:
The vast majority of our customers order more than one series of tutorials. We have over 300 tutorial series available, and some customers want 50 or more of them as they all apply to their customer base. Now when you place a tutorial order at DemoWolf, the Multiple Series Discount will automatically be applied, depending on how many series you order. The more series you order at the same time, the greater your discount. The rules are as follows:
Order 2 or more series, save 10%
Order 4 or more series, save 15%
Order 6 or more, save 20%
Order 10 or more, save 25%
Order 20 or more save 30%
Order 40 or more, save 35%
These new discounts are applied automatically as you add new tutorial series and options to your order, so you’ll be able to see exactly how much you’re saving… which in some cases could be as much as 80% or more. Give it a try!
Last but not least… New Tutorial Generation System
The biggest change we actually made to our system is nothing you’ll probably ever see… although you should notice it. It’s the way in which your tutorials are “generated” (the act of placing your logo in the tutorials). Generating Flash tutorials doesn’t take much computing power, and doesn’t take very long… maybe 5-10 minutes for a large order. But generating the video formats… MP4 or WebM… especially the HD voice ones… takes much more computing power. With our old system we could only generate 1 tutorial at a time, and each tutorial took a little longer than real time to generate (i.e. a 2 minute video would take about 2:30 to generate). So if you ordered 10 series that may have included 200 tutorials, you could be looking at 8 hours or more to generate those in a video format. Furthermore, if someone else placed an order and started generating their tutorials before you, yours would not start until the order ahead of you finished! Some people had to wait days for their tutorials.
Our new system has been redesigned to leverage the power of the cloud to provide the computing power needed to greatly speed up this process. In other words, we can now generate many tutorials simultaneously, and additional orders do not get placed in a queue, they will start generating immediately. We’ve turned what sometimes was “days” of waiting down to little more than an hour in most cases.
So that pretty much sums up what we’ve been up to. I know it’s been a long wait, and we haven’t been producing many new tutorials while we worked out the many bugs of this new system… but now that we’re all set you will start seeing many more new tutorial releases in the coming weeks and months.
Thank you for trusting DemoWolf with your hosting tutorial needs. We value your input, so please let me know what you think, what else we could be doing better, and any new tutorials you’d like to see us produce and offer