Mobile Launches

The mobile version of Video Copilot is now online! It’s not going to change the world but it may give you something to do while you’re waiting around town.

One day I was sitting in my doctors office and realized the blog and forum were a bit slow to load over a phone network. I talked to my developer Patrick and said “Let’s make a mobile version of the website!”, he promptly asked “What’s a website?” After sorting that out we moved forward.

The challenge was to make the blog and forum easy to read and load quickly from mobile devices. Our forum is currently set up with PHPbb and there isn’t a mobile template available so we had to “recreate” the layout and port the information. We brought over essential buttons and function but left out some of the clutter. Same goes for the blog.

The tutorials are really secondary because of the practicality of following along on such a small screen and load times are inevitably long. I decided to select 10 of the shorter tutorials plus the entire Basic Training Series. We may add additional tutorials in the future if things pan out.

Just type http://m.videocopilot.net from a mobile device and your in!

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11 years ago
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95 Comments

twinkle
8 years ago
gr8t news.....u are a massive inspiration
Codemonkey123
10 years ago
OMG!

I love it. It is now one my Iphone home screen. Even the tutes work.. FANTASTIC MR K and Co.
paul from germany
11 years ago
looks and works great on my iPhone.
andrew, if you have 19 seconds check out my first title animation... took me like 10 hours (probably doesn't look like it) to figure it out. I'm pretty happy with it.

www.youtube.com/lnrdshelby

keep up the awesome work.
AndrewYY
11 years ago
And yeah, I do watch all your tutorials on the computer :P That way, you can see everything.

And I don't know if you do it on purpose, but most of your videos are really easy to follow even if you're not looking at the screen!
AndrewYY
11 years ago
Here were the specs:

Video
Codec:avcl
Resolution:320x240
Framerate:11.9

Audio
Codec:mp4a
Channels:2
Sample rate: 48000Hz
Bits per sample: 16
Bitrate: 1536 kb/s

So videos that run on both ipod and psp are at least possible.
AndrewYY
11 years ago
I remember a while ago having a few "ipod" videos that played on my psp fine, so there should be at least one method of getting it working. I'll take a look at the specs.
Jason Sayer
11 years ago
Love the mobile site using it rite now will the header change when the main site does??
Erik
11 years ago
works great at my iphone, always nice to be up to date with video copilot!!

thanks guys!
Kyndel
11 years ago
Love it! Love it! Love it!. Been waiting for this ever since I got my iphone. Like many others i check 3 websites 1st thing in the morning right after i fix my coffee, and videocopilot.net is one of them. A big thanx to you for all you have done to grow this kick awsome community. Keep it up.
11 years ago
Nice. I have finally found something useful to use my e71 on. Unfortunately I travel to and from work in my car. Are you considering "blind" versions of the tutorials? :) Then I would be able to drive AND listen ...
On the other hand, I need to get out of my addiction to VCP, so I only check it a few times a day - on my PC instead.
11 years ago
lol :)
Shep
11 years ago
Looks amazing on the iPhone. Good work!! Thank you!
BODYTEMPLE
11 years ago
lol well since i heard it from you lol Andrew sir
i'll stay in my place and wont question it.

lol thanks for making it mobile at least i can read the blogs
11 years ago
The videos are formatted for iPods/iPhones, I'm not really sure of the PSP standard but trying to make them work on every device isn't really practical. Besides, watching them from a computer is the way to go!
BODYTEMPLE
11 years ago
There has to be some way that it works on the psp, I'm on this site every single day reading the blogs and trying to study this art form, its damn there my sunday school, i'm going away soon with no laptop and i have a boost mobile phone so videocopilot wont work on my type of cell phone the only hope i have is my psp...

SOME ONE PLEASE HELP WITH THE PSP
AndrewYY
11 years ago
@BODYTEMPLE: yeah, psp not working for me either. it says "format not supported" or something along those lines.

could it be the audio, or the bitrate?
AndrewYY
11 years ago
that's strange. psp should be able to take mpeg4 avc encoded video stuff...

Is there any one video that Definitely works that I can test on?
BODYTEMPLE
11 years ago
I opened it on my psp, and it looks great, but the tutorial video when I tried to open it even load it, it wont work.

Does anyone know what i can do to have it play the video tutorials.

mind you I'm talking about the videos on basic training
Bo
11 years ago
K i'm leaving this comment FROM my ipod touch just because i can lol.
Eduardo Torres
11 years ago
pages loaded very fast but unfortunately my Blackberry Bold was not able to play videos. At least the forum and the blog will make my day. Thanks.

Eduardo
AndrewYY
11 years ago
a lifesaver :D

...and unfortunately, tutorials aren't working on the psp. I tried downloading the spin orbs tutorial
mrk
11 years ago
well done guys :-)
KY
11 years ago
Amazing development...

I've been following VC for more than a year. Now I don't have go on the computer. I can read the blog/forum and watch the tutorials on my G1.

Btw, tutorials work well on G1, but why we don't see every single one of them.

Thanks Andrew and VC team...
electrikFrenzy
11 years ago
Perfect!
David Helberg
11 years ago
Amazing job! I love it, and it looks perfect on my iPhone. The tutorials work great over 3G and Wi-Fi, and I hope that eventually all the tutorials come out on this format, especially new ones that come out in the future. It would make my long bus rides out to college much better ^_^
11 years ago
Blog videos aren't meant for mobile devices. Sorry.
11 years ago
@Dustin James & BM
We setup a simple redirect from just the home page of the main site and now there is a link at the bottom of the mobile site to goto the full site.

@visitor
We have redone all of the links on the mobile site, try and see if they work for you now and let us know.

@Marty Lavender
It doesn't play correctly because the iPhone/iPod touch and other certain devices only support a specific type of video encoding and dimensions. This video wasn't encoded with these specifications in mind.
11 years ago
Format not support when I try to play the sample video for the ring blog post.

Should this play? its QT. I would think the iPhone would play it. Your Tuts play just fine.
11 years ago
try it again, I was doing some tests.
electrikFrenzy
11 years ago
@Patrick Otten

It is still dropping down under Blog. It is also under "Fancy Ring Design" in Z-space (same as before). Perhaps shorten the length of the button?
11 years ago
Hi! Love the mobile copilot! But, there is something wrong with the forum: I can't view any of the posts. It might be my phone(iphone 3g) or is everybody else getting the error?
Sandy
11 years ago
gr8 promotion for VCP............superb
11 years ago
Congratulation ^^
11 years ago
Your compression is very good...Is ti QT H264, can give a little more detail on this.

Thanks
ovendoor
11 years ago
Erm, "your in!" or "you're in!"?
I wish my AE was as good as my English. Keep up the good work.
11 years ago
hi andrew,
what a great idea !
working perfectly on my iphone, even at work !!!
11 years ago
looks nice, even on a non-iPhone!
(HTC Trinity)
Bo
11 years ago
Works great on my ipod touch 2nd gen. I saved the link to my screen, the link opened the site in about 2 seconds. The navigation was the same, and it took about 15 seconds to start one of the basic training tutorials then it started playing smoothly as it loaded quickly. Good job guys this is awesome.
Bo
11 years ago
Sweeeeeeet bro. Thanks =)
Mannu
11 years ago
A great job done!..works wondeful on my iphone, so a big big thanks for the mp4 conversion. Speed is pretty good even on my slow edge connection i got.

Mannu
11 years ago
Hey Andrew,

Isn't it a good idea to create an "iPhone application" for the video tutorials? Would make life more easier :P

Although nice to know I can see all the tutorials where I want. Looking forward to your reply

Grtz
11 years ago
Wonderful Andrew
Good Job
Haxn
11 years ago
congs :)
11 years ago
I love it andrew. It looks great and loads fast on my 3G iPhone
visitor
11 years ago
The site loads fine on my Motorola Q, but nothing is clickable. I'm running IE in Windows Mobile 6.
Andrew Hawryluk
11 years ago
Sorry I didn't test it out again earlier, Patrick.
Just saw your request to retry it, did it, and it works perfectly.

One design change I'd make is to make the Video Copilot logo at the top fit the entire screen. That's just a nitpick though (and might only apply to my phone), everything else is great!
Good work and thanks for the awesome addition to the site.
charlie18
11 years ago
everything except videos work on my dare
11 years ago
Lovin' it man...
11 years ago
Thanks guys!
11 years ago
Thanks Andrew
I tryed on my Nokia N80, and it works perfectly.

Sam Loya to President!
Dustin James
11 years ago
And by the way, The mobile site looks amazing! Truely!
Dustin James
11 years ago
@Patrick Otten in response to BM..

I think it would be better if the mobile site was set to default on any mobile device, but have a link to switch between a mobile version and the full blown version.

Google does this as does other well known sites.

Understandable that you would rather not..
zbx
11 years ago
It's a good way to make the branding of the Videocopilot,cheers!
nic
11 years ago
awesome! loads really really fast! this is posted from my htc apache pda :)
Derek
11 years ago
Looks beautiful on my iphone. + the app symbol on the home screen looks awesome as well.
BM
11 years ago
@speedbreaker & patrick otten. I will still check the regular site also on my iPod, but for smaller and simpler sites (like mine), the redirecting method is a nice feature. I bookmarked BOTH versions of the site.
vince
11 years ago
I am having a little trouble on my Treo700p. I have to load the page in 'wide' format because on 'optimized' format everything is crammed together and nothing makes sense. In optimized I typicaly have greater functionality with websites, and since I have to switch to wide format I lose a lot of how my phone navigates a website. Not a big thing, it's just I can't enjoy all your hard work easily. Thanks for all the hours and hard work you all put into your site. If only everyone could be as forward thinking as you all. Take care.
dashzed
11 years ago
thanks man, this will definitely rock!
11 years ago
@bm we chose not to do that so people could still access the main site. You could always bookmark the mobile site on your device or in the case of the iPhone/iPod Touch you can hit the plus sign at the bottom of mobile safari and choose "Add To Home Screen" and it will put a fancy custom designed icon on your home screen
DMG
11 years ago
YES! This makes having the iPhone so much more worth it! Thanks Andrew!
Speedbreaker
11 years ago
@bm
I don't think that's a good idea for Videocopilot.
The regular page has additional features, so if I only want to check
the forum I can use the mobile version, but if I want to use a feature on the regular site I can still choose to use it with my iPhone.
11 years ago
Looks good on my iPhone 3G as well, but um... if it looked good on dai's and not on mine, I suppose the problem would've been on my end.

Nice stuff, guys!
dai
11 years ago
Tanks Andrew!!!
Looks grate on my iPhone3G.
BM
11 years ago
Looks great on the iPod Touch. Very nice job. Everything loads very quickly, and the videos start playing after just a few seconds. One thing I did with my website was automatically redirect the mobile browser to my mobile site, even thought it has a different web address. That way, people won't have to remember a different address when they're on the go.
Jan
11 years ago
I have a Ericsson T68i. So I wont even try this.
Jason
11 years ago
I have a Storm as well. It loads up the site just fine, but the message comes back about the videos not loading and my device may not be supported. Will there be anything that will change that, from your end or Verizon/Blackberry support? Should I contact them about future OS upgrades. Looks great otherwise. I can read the blog and forum.
11 years ago
@electrikFrenzy

Check to see if the button is carrying over now, it should at least not do that :-o
11 years ago
lol...
"what´s a website?"
fcpuser
11 years ago
Looks amazing on my phone!
funson
11 years ago
hey, what kind of phone do u have andrew?
electrikFrenzy
11 years ago
Works great on the Google G1 phone with one exception that the Tutorials button at the top gets shifted under Blog and Forum.
Joe Avino
11 years ago
Looks great! Now I can check your blog posts on the go.
triphazard
11 years ago
Well it was definatly based on iPhone use. Looks pr0 guys. Dan
LGFN
11 years ago
Thank you very very much Andrew and Patrick!

Keep up your excellent work for the world! The world loves it! (At least my part of the world...)
11 years ago
The Storm uses a mobile browser. I've updated the user agent check script to allow for a wider range of mobile browsers so the Storm should work now.

Please let us know if your mobile browser doesn't work and we'll get you up and running quickly.
Some Guy
11 years ago
Wow! This is the first time I visit your website from a mobile device. It's looking great on my smartphone with Windows Mobile 6 Pro and the tutorials are playing without any problems.

PS: "What's a website?" LOL You are funny.
Jasper
11 years ago
Ment safari and safari mobile at the browser part. Getting late so I don't think clear anymore :#
Jasper
11 years ago
Good reason to go to bed and grab my iphone and check it out ;)

@Andrew Hawryluk

Maybe a blackberry uses a normal browser instead of a mobile browser. e.g. for the pc you have the Oprah browser, and the iphone uses Oprah mobile.

If that's the case I don't think you'll be able to watch it as normal browsers (like the one on your pc) redirects to www.videocopilot.net instead of the mobile version.

You can try to search in the manual if you can change it to a mobile browser, or call a service point.
11 years ago
Everything, including the tutorials work properly on my iPhone 3G!

Great work VC team, as always :)
isi123
11 years ago
Hi,

Site works great! But tutorials only play with sound on my N95 :(
sebastian
11 years ago
I tried. I'm receiving the message: PAGE IS TOO LARGE TO SEND BACK. I'll try to sort it out. If I succeed I'll let you know. Bye, Sebastian.
Andrew Hawryluk
11 years ago
It doesn't seem to work for me.
I go to m.videocopilot.net and it just loads the regular site (which still works, but I want to test out the mobile version)
Also tried it with www. at the start as well as http:// because I know sometimes those don't work with mobile sites.

I'm using a BlackBerry Storm.
    11 years ago
    @Andrew Hawryluk

    try it again and let me know if it works or not.
sebastian
11 years ago
That explains it. It sounds Dutch. It's a common name here.

I of course meant Greetings but my Nokia wants to be smarter than me. Which by the way is probably true.

Greetings,

Sebastian
sebastian
11 years ago
Thx Patrick. I'll try.
Btw: are you dutch?

Meetings, Sebastian
    11 years ago
    I'm 3/4 German, that is where my last name comes from. I was born and raised in America though.

    Be sure to let us know if it works on your phone ;-)
S Gilbert
11 years ago
Nice... I am about to purchase the new blackberry Curve 8900, I now have something great to look forward to...
11 years ago
If you tried the tutorials on your mobile device, try again, I made the videos more widely available. If your device supports .h264 you should be able to view the tutorials.
11 years ago
yep.
Sebastian
11 years ago
Hi Andrew,

looks great. My Nokia E71 won't play the tutorials as you know. But the Blog and the Forum are great.

Awesome!

Bye from the Netherlands.

Sebastian
11 years ago
I'm guessing we need internet on our phone?
    Nathan
    8 years ago
    Well done genius
Aamir N.
11 years ago
I am sooo cheking this site during lectures on my m8s iphone lol!

Viva la Copilot!
David K.
11 years ago
sweet
Justin
11 years ago
Looks great on my phone!