MotionBox Sold to Snapfish

I’ve been a MotionBox Premium user for almost 2 years now, and this evening I received an email saying they sold themselves to Snapfish.  Lucky for us, we get to use Snapfish free for a year!  If only you could hear my voice, there’s plenty of sarcasm in it.

Offering Snapfish for a year is a joke.  Why?  Because it in no way compares to what I’ve come to expect from MotionBox.  I quickly created a Snapfish account to try it out, but found:

  • No HD playback
  • No video embedding in other sites like this blog.
  • 500 MB video file limit
  • 10-minute video limit

Anyone have any suggestions for a replacement?  My wishlist (all things I had with MotionBox) is:

  • Unlimited number of videos and storage
  • No video size limit
  • No video length limit
  • HD playback
  • SD quality fallback for those viewers not on a fast connection
  • Embeddable videos
  • Automatic transcoding between formats – including iPhone compatible.
  • Privacy and sharing features (easy to view by intended recipients)

R.I.P. MotionBox, I think you’ve left plenty of disappointed customers behind.

8 thoughts on “MotionBox Sold to Snapfish

  1. A close 2nd that I can think of is Vimeo. With a premium subscription you get unlimited HD streaming and uploading. I however don’t think they off iPhone playback. They do have a HTML5 player.

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  2. That’s the one I am leaning toward right now. I would have thought it would be a more crowded space by now, I’m really surprised.

    Have you any personal experience with it?

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  3. I’ve uploaded a few videos, but since recently acquiring an HD camera I’ve been sticking with YouTube because it’s free, no limit on uploads, and you stream HD.

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  4. Keep me posted. Vimeo was 2nd to motionbox for me, haven’t signed up for anything yet.

    Haven’t considered youtube, didn’t htink it had privacy features. I know it has a 10 minute limit.

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  5. I still haven’t made my mind up on a replacement, but here are the leaders (positives and negatives listed:

    Vimeo
    ————
    + Affordable ($60/year)
    + No video time limit
    – 5GB/week uploads
    + HD video
    + Embedding
    + Great reputation, reliable

    SmugMug
    ——————–
    + HD support
    – 10 Minute video limit
    +/- I just got a tweet saying they upped the limits to 1GB per video
    + I’m already a Power user, so it wouldn’t cost more

    Pixorial.com
    —————–
    + Affordable ($25/year)
    + “No time limit on videos”…but
    – 800 MB file limit

    Roll my own
    —————–
    This is tempting, a combination of Amazon S3 for storage and bandwidth and JWPlayer for viewing on my blog.
    – Time/effort
    – not fixed cost, storage expense grows over time
    — no easy “private” sharing w/ family

    That’s it for now. My search continues.

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  6. It is really sad that HP purchased a company that offered such a great product to elimate the competition and offered a product that was so inferior

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