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Find videos on the web, slap them together and release it as your own mixed video tape, this is the idea of Dragontape, the Hungarian company, which website receives 300 000 plus unique monthly visits.
Having launched in 2010, today Dragontape released a new app called Socialtape. It is like a Flipboard, or Utopic for your shared videos. I have uploaded the app onto my iPad, logged in with my Facebook account and boom, I have hours of social entertainment. This way I can concentrate on them in my spare time, within a single app on my iPad.
Going back to the actual Dragontape, I have previously attempted to pull together videos of the conferences I attended this year. But the result was not so good only because some of the videos were not yet available on YouTube. So instead I decided to pull together a personal music tape.
Whilst living in England I got to go to many concerts, and met some great bands in person, so I put them together in one stream which you can listen to here.
I must say I really enjoyed mixing the tape, thinking back to the great time I had in England. It reminded me of a stark contrast between the stage identity and off-stage business-like manners of the rock stars (with a possible exception of Alabama 3’s Jake Black). So let me brag about whom I met: Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Tyler Spencer aka Dick Valentine of Electric Six (he wasn’t planning to do more than two albums in 2005, but ended up releasing 8!), Jay Jay French and Dee Snider of Twisted Sister (JJ had to wear a wig for the duration of the performance), Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull (he was into commercial fishing, and did his own accounting). Technically I have also briefly met Tom Chaplin of Keane but their song does not really mix well into the tape, and my musical tastes, but hey, bragging is bragging.
A few words about the actual experience with Dragontape. It was easy to search, drag and drop, cut, introduce fade effect and name / rename the videos to create the tape. Unfortunately the only Dragontape limitation is outside of its control. You can only put together tapes from the available public sources such as YouTube, SoundCloud and the selection is unfortunately not that great, leaving quality of sound average at best. But if you upload your own videos, and then package them together into one Dragontape, you should avoid this issue, unless of course you would upload copyrighted material.
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