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With enhancements and new features being introduced, we thought we’d take a minute to update you on the Burst for Business full mobile video solution.  It’s easy to get started and get your reporters and users to upload media directly into your branded widget over the mobile web

Here’s what we are proud of (and we think you’ll love):

  • You can customize and brand our widgets to be seamlessly integrated into your web destinations.
  • Make money on your video content through out ad Integration (VAST 2.0 systems)
  • Our mobile-friendly responsive widget ensures the best experience no matter what screen your users are on.
  • Moderation/management of media:  You can pin media in preferred order, allow users to flag inappropriate content and require approval prior to publishing.
  • Smart Curation:  Burst does all the hard stuff to make your job easier.  With auto Montages of your media, Smart Stacks and one-touch effects right on the phone, it has never been easier to monitor your media
  • Smart Publishing:  Low touch content distribution through Keyword Bubbles, Autotagging & Autosuggesting saves time! We have industry-leading Twitter Player Card integration which allows multiple videos to play in-line on the social network.  All ad integration is honored there as well.  Game-Changer!
  • Bulk upload into a bubble over the web with multiple digital camera formats supported
  • Full Mobile Web Experience which includes camera capture and import from camera roll

BURST DICTIONARY OF TERMS

UGC: User Generated Content.  Burst is the simplest tool to harness the power of UGC.
Bubbles:  Media containers for collaboration and sharing
Keyword Bubbles:  Auto-distribution of content based on recommended tag
Autotagging and Suggested tagging:  Automatically tag content based on its origin or use your preferred taxonomy through our suggested tags.
Smart Stacks:  Media is compiled and clustered by pre-determined set of criteria (color, edge detection, metadata etc) automatically curating and making it simpler to navigate
Montages:  A highlight reel is automatically created from all the media in a bubble (a minimum of 5 pieces of media required)
Effects:  Add slow-motion, spotlight and zoom with just one touch.  Add them all at once or separately – your choice.
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BOULDER, Colo. –June 28, 2013 –VeloNews.com has hit the ground in France with two feet on the pedals for three weeks of dedicated coverage of the 100th annual Tour de France, offering cycling fans the most comprehensive news and behind the scenes access throughout the sport’s marquee event (June 29 – July 21, 2013).  Featuring daily video content powered by the Burst App, the new ‘Inside the Tour’ video player on VeloNews.comwill showcase behind the scenes highlights, interviews with the pros, stage previews and a little ‘flavor from France’ every day of the three-week race.

“Our new ‘Inside the Tour’ video player will capture sights and sounds happening behind the scenes in an unfiltered context for fans to truly experience the Tour de France’s 100thanniversary,” said Dan Vaughan, Vice-President of Digital for Competitor Group. “We are committed to original content that dives deep into every aspect of the event and reflects the global popularity of this iconic race, which will begin on the island of Corsica for the first time in history.”

A team of cycling’s most respected journalists will serve as on-site correspondents including Velobrand editors Neal Rogers, Caley Fretz andAndrew Hood, reporter Matthew Beaudin and contributors Ryan Newill and Dan Seaton. In addition to the ‘Inside the Tour’ video player, highlights of the 100th Tour de France coverage will include:

  • Exclusive photo galleries, daily analysis and race recaps of every stage
  • Pick Your Podium contest presented by Diamondback, which allows cycling fans to select their favorite riders for Tour glory and compete for prizes
  • Daily live blog from Velo editors, with blow-by-blow coverage from each stage
  • Real time twitter updates from the front of the peloton at @VeloNews

“Most of the story lines will be dictated by what happens during the early stages, we could potentially have two Americans, Tejay Van Garderen and Andrew Talansky, in the top-10 and that’s intriguing. Our live blogging platform is the perfect way to follow the tour, with minute-by-minute updates direct from the race,” said Beaudin “Cycling enthusiasts can interact with our editors on the ground in France or at our offices in Boulder and with special guest moderators, you never know which pro rider will drop in. It’s really a unique opportunity to watch and ask questions about the world’s largest bike race.”

For more information or to follow the Tour, please visit VeloNews.com.

About Velo

Publishers of the official North American guide to the 2013 Tour de France, Velo delivers the most authentic and authoritative editorial in the cycling industry, to a qualified and influential audience.Velo has a 40-year history of delivering compelling content that informs and entertains cycling enthusiasts worldwide. Velo reaches serious bicycle competitors – present, past and future – as well as the retailers, suppliers, and service providers who are at the leading edge of cycling. Online since 1994, VeloNews.comdelivers the most timely, trusted cycling content on the web. For more information about Velo, including advertising rate cards and an editorial calendar, visit CompetitorMediaKit.com.  For the latest cycling news, race results and more, visitVeloNews.com or follow @VeloNews on Twitter.

About Competitor Group

Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI) is the active lifestyle industry’s leading media and event entertainment company. CGI’s portfolio of media assets span the full range of the expanding endurance industry and include a robust digital community on the web and on mobile across the Competitor Endurance Sports Network of websites. Additionally,Raceit.com, a leading digital registration platform, is the catalyst for the company’s race services offering that looks to meet the needs not only for the company’s owned and operated events, but also for endurance events of all sizes on behalf of the entire industry.

CGI owns and operates 83 events around the world, including the flagship Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, the TriRock Triathlon Series, the NFL Run Series and the REI Muddy Buddy Series, collectively delivering over 600,000 professional and amateur participants in 2013. Anchoring the company with rich content and marketing leverage are five publishing properties dedicated to running, cycling, triathlon and the world of multisport including Velo, Inside Triathlon, Triathlete, Women’s Running andCompetitor with a combined monthly circulation of more than 700,000. Further information about CGI and its digital, publishing and event entertainment properties can be found atCompetitorMediaKit.com.

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June 6th, 2013- Fanwood, NJ

NJ.Com reporters have been using Burst’s video sharing  platform to capture a variety of news content including High School Sports.  This week, reporters captured exciting  finish line footage, and behind the scenes interviews  at the 2013 High School Track Championships.

Using Burst, NJ Reporters set their own posting records as footage was automatically available on NJ’s  site as quickly as  the races were completed.

Check out the video footage (link below) which includes interviews by Jabrill Peppers and Oliva Baker,  and features Burst’s unique spotlight, zoom and slow motion functionality that reporters use to  highlight key racing moments.

View 2013 High School Track Championship Videos.

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One of America’s favorite pastimes is attending exciting sporting events. No matter the season, the level of play or even the sport itself, we’re hooked on the game’s action and the contagious exhilaration from our fellow fans cheering the players on. That certain feeling we get when we’re at these events keeps us coming back even when our favorite team is down. And, if you’re anything like us, it’s exactly why we want to remember every second of the experience!

Picture yourself at a sporting event of your choice (mine just happens to always be my kids’!). Now picture yourself in the stands snapping photos and videos, trying your best to capture every ounce of action in front of you. Sort of impossible, right?

Try as you will, it’s just too hard to be in five places at once—and sometimes that’s what it takes to make sure you don’t miss an important pass or the game-winning goal. That’s why we’re really excited about Bubbles—the newest way to Burst! Bubbles let’s you not only share memories with family and friends, but also collaborate and piece together the emotions, sounds and action of a particular event from multiple perspectives.

Think about it—we regularly attend group events such as birthday parties, school performances and weddings full of people each capturing different high-quality videos and photos directly on their mobile phones. Amidst the chaos that usually accompanies these types of events, we often miss the opportunity to capture all the moments on camera as they are usually unplanned and unrehearsed. With Bubbles, we can make sure we have access to that special shot, even if we weren’t the ones to take it.

Here’s how it works: friends and family are invited into a group via the mobile application or online through the Burst.com website. Group members then add moments (either photos or videos) from a certain event.  After a set amount of time, the Bubble “bursts” – delivering memories in a timeline and saved in the cloud. Oh how easy!

As a parent, I don’t think I’ll ever stop looking for a way to be in five places at once, but I’m glad I can at least pretend.

Want to learn more about how Bubbles works? Check out the press release announcing the news or view the ” how to create a bubble” video.

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Holiday Cheer with Burst

Looking for  last minute (free) ways to spread holiday cheer this season?  

Burst can help you spread some love and no mall shopping, maids-a –milking or gift cards are required.

Grab your phone, make sure you have the Burst App downloaded, and prepare to impress your friends & family with your technical prowess, some good old –fashioned fun, and lots of holiday feel good.

#1:  Create A Burst Bubble to connect with all  your loved ones during the holiday season. Hanukkah  Christmas, Kwanzaa, Solstice… Whatever & wherever you celebrate– use Burst to capture the sights AND sounds of your holiday traditions .Create a holiday bubble and invite those who can’t be with you (students abroad, military service etc.), to capture and share their holiday experience as well. Then enjoy a “shared holiday” via the magic of  your Burst bubble.   For added  holiday cheer– be sure and include eggnog, or  hot mulled wine and lots of holiday treats while “bubble viewing & commenting.” Click here to learn how to create a Burst Bubble.

#2:  If a visit to Santa is on your holiday activity list this year, while waiting for  the traditional Santa photo shot—use your Smartphone and Burst to capture a video of your child’s meet & greet with Santa. Whether tears, grins or amazing Christmas wishes ensue—you’ll have it all captured and can share with family & friends. Grandparents will love it. You can keep it forever—and even view it later when that child becomes a not- so -Santa -friendly teenager.

#3:  Capture videos/photos of your favorite holiday light displays and send it to someone you love.  From gaudy & garish to tasteful & elegant; ‘tis the season for lights and lots of examples to capture and share with Burst.

#4:  Holiday Concert, Programs, Pageants, & Caroling…. lots going on during this holiday season. Capture, and share the sights and sounds with others who couldn’t make the event or someone who may not have a busy holiday season but wishes they did.

#5:  Last Minute gift ideas… you know you’ll find them while out shopping for others. Capture and send them to the people who are desperately searching to find you the perfect gift.  Everyone wins!

#6: Create a Holiday Party Bubble to capture the good, bad and even the ugly Christmas sweaters at all the Holiday parties you are invited to. Warning: May not be appropriate for certain office parties- you know which ones…

#7: The perfect bottle of wine, a great decorating idea someones yard, the perfect holiday dessert…. Capture & save them with Burst. Memories may fade… but Burst videos/photos will be saved forever.

#8: Capture the first snowfall, snowman, snowball fight or snow fort and send it to relatives/friends in a warm climate.  Conversely— if you are travelling to or live in a warm climate; capture and share the joy of swimming, basking in the sun, or fishing & hanging out on your boat. Share your holiday environment with family & friends …the grass is always greener.

#9: Capture & document your holiday decorations, so you can remember what you did when it comes time to decorate next year.   You’ve made it special- capture it forever. How did I arrange those nutcrackers anyway?

#10: Capture the end of 2012— your thoughts and feelings as the year comes to a close. What was awesome, what wasn’t, and what are your hopes for the New Year. Save pen & paper and capture via video—that way when you look for it next December 31st, it will be easy to find. Burst videos/photos are stored safely on the Burst cloud and accessible by any internet enabled device.

Back in June, our company Burst, a mobile solution for families, issued a survey to find out how smartphone users felt about public sharing.  We found that more than half (52 percent) of mobile users are concerned with sharing personal information over public or open sites and nearly three quarters (73 percent) of those respondents said these concerns stop them from sharing photos or videos with friends and family. Of the specific concerns, nearly half (49 percent) of respondents cited that being able to control who sees content and when was the main reason they didn’t share content. Other concerns include discomfort at sharing private moments with a public audience and the time it takes to upload and share.

The idea for Burst came as a solution to this problem.  Our goal was to find a way to allow parents, families and friends to share special moments selectively with those that actually matter.  Realizing smartphones are progressively becoming the norm for picture and video sharing (especially for parents), we knew a mobile app was the way to do it.

Digital sharing is something we are becoming accustomed to in today’s technological world, but not everyone wants to post their child’s first day of school on Facebook for all to see.  We hope our app provides an outlet for parents, teachers and families looking for a way to share the special moments that mean so much to them with those who appreciate it most

Tracy Deforge is one of the founders of Burst, a mobile solution for families.  She is a graduate of Seton Hall Law School, the founder and President of the national organization Women in Sports and Events (WISE) Boston Chapter and has completed six NYC marathons.  She is also the mother of two beautiful children.

September 18, 2012 09:00 ET

From Apple Picking to Trick-or-Treating, Don’t Miss the Top Video and Photo Ops for Families as the Leaves Begin to Change

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwire – Sep 18, 2012) – With crisp mornings and school bells upon us, Burst, a mobile video solution for families, today unveiled a list of the top fall moments to capture with your smartphone this season to ensure your family memories last a lifetime.

Parents today are increasingly turning to their mobile devices to keep in touch with loved ones and with several new high-tech smartphones hitting the market this month, taking pictures and videos from mobile devices will be easier than ever before. Through Burst, a mobile solution that allows for secure sharing and organizing of photos and videos, users can easily, with a few taps, share their special family moments with those that matter most and safeguard their memories so they will last a lifetime.

Burst’s Best Moments to Capture This Fall:

1. Leaf pile play: After you spend the morning raking the yard of all the yellow, red and orange leaves, your little ones are bound to want to play. Bring out your smartphone and snap a video of the leafy fall fun

2. Apple picking:  One of the best fall family activities is a day at the orchard. Take advantage of the beautiful scenery and capture some action shots of the picking (and eating!) to have for years to come

3. Halloween:  Never forget the great costumes and rounds of trick-or-treating that come with this October evening. Take a short video to capture your little princess or superhero as they take on the night and share them with grandparents and friends who cannot be there

4. Pumpkin carving:  Document a delightful afternoon of carving family pumpkins and be sure to capture the jack-o-lanterns as they light up the night

5. Youth sports games: Take a quick video or photo of the action on the ice, the soccer field or the gridiron to capture your very own highlight reel and send it to loved ones

“Fall is a wonderful time of year and there are so many great family memories that come out of the season,” states Bryant McBride, CEO of Burst. “At Burst we are committed to helping families connect by easily sharing those special moments like jumping in a leaf pile or getting ready for trick-or-treating. With the power of smartphones today, it’s easier than ever for parents to quickly shoot a video with Burst and securely share them with those who can’t be there for the action.”

Burst is the simple and private way for family and friends to capture and share life’s moments. Burst provides a safe and organized place to access videos and photos from any Internet-enabled device. It is easy, mobile and free.

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About Burst
Burst, a mobile solution for families, is providing the next generation of video and photo services for today’s mobile and social users. Burst is based in Boston and is backed by an influential and successful group of high-net worth angels that have worked with Burst executives for more than 10 years. To learn more visit www.burst.it.