HP's Snapfish Snags Some Video Platform Goodness with Motionbox

In the ever increasingly complex world of company buyouts, Snapfish announced on Monday their purchase of Motionbox, a video platform for families and friends to share their memories online. To make things even more complex, this actually comes shortly after Motionb0x acquired the highly successful personal video blogging service Viddyou in October. While this may seem like a bold move for Snapfish, which deals mostly in printing and sharing photographs, it is upon closer inspection, a natural evolution for the company (which was bought out by computer giant HP in 2005). What Snapfish has realized is that even though photos are important ways to store and share memories, it’s no secret that with the dwindling cost of high end cameras and a veritable bevy of software to edit them with, that people have begun to turn to video as their main way of sharing memories with loved ones. At the same time, not everyone wants that video to be seen by thousands of complete strangers on sites like YouTube and Facebook, which is one of the biggest reasons for Motionbox’s existence. This same idea also held a lot of promise as an upgrade to Snapfish’s service, so HP naturally decided to join the fray by buying the already developed technology of Motionbox.

As for the site itself, HP says the “current Motionbox site” will remain open until August 10, after which the service will be moved over to Snapfish.com. Unfortunately this means that for users of Motionbox, their videos will need to be downloaded from the site before it moves over to Snapfish. Thankfully, for this trouble, Snapfish is giving Motionbox Premium members a free year of Snapfish’s video service.


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  1. We can only hope as video gets larger that they will start doing this kind of service. Thankfully if they don’t we still have options. VLC player has a great snapshot feature where you can take a still of the frame of video that you are paused on!

  2. Motionbox royally screwed it’s customers giving them literally 4 weeks to “get out”.

    SnapFIsh is crap and not anywhere near the quality of Motionbox, who evidently ran out of money and “had” to be sold.

    This is a perfect example of being VERY careful where you house your videos. These companies can change their policies on a dime, go from free to thousands of dollars overnight (Brightcove anyone?) or just abruptly shut down, like MotionBox is doing.

  3. This is good advice NEGuy. You do need to make sure that the place your hosting your videos is secure and has good business practices. However, much like the stock market, it is probably also a good idea to hedge your bets and use a tool like Tube Mogul to upload your videos to multiple platforms. Otherwise, if the site you’re using gets sold or goes down a lot of hard work will go away too!

  4. Snapfish video from MotionBox is a disaster. 2.5Tb of my video work has apparently been transferred to Snapfish but will not play. Anybody else having this issue?

  5. That is a lot of video work. I did a bit of research on this topic and it seems as if a lot of people are having this problem. Here is the best solution I could find from a representative from Snapfish: Video migrations to Snapfish began last week, however it’s not automatic. You’ll need to follow the email you may have received or to sign in to your Motionbox account and start the transfer from there – this has worked successfully for many folks, but if yours is having any trouble, please be sure to contact us at our Motionbox support queue – support at motionbox.com. We can follow up on any individual issues with the migration.

    The FAQ should also provide this information: http://www.motionbox.com/content/help

    Finally, if you just prefer to download all of your videos and you have many of them, please contact us for the solution to downlod via an rss feed. This information is also on the FAQ which we’ll continue to update until our site closing date.

    Kind regards,
    Anita W. | Motionbox CS

    Hopefully one of these solutions help and I wish you luck in your future video projects!

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