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Update: Download your videos, edit video titles and save the date

Improvements:

Reliving old memories is now easier. You can go to any video you’ve uploaded to Plays.tv and download it locally.

Download videos and edit titles of videos

We’ve also added the ability to edit your video titles. Just look for the pencil icon next to the title.

Bug Fixes:

  • You will now only see a desktop notification for your “First Video!” once… for uploading your first video.

Announcement:

Save The Internet With Plays.tv

On July 12, join Plays.tv in the fight to save the internet. Learn more here.

Update: More LoL-inspired stickers for your videos

We have 12 new League of Legends themed stickers for you! Check them out:

Poros Moustache    Dunked   Tibbers Poros Heart

These new additions join a family of unique League of Legends styled stickers that you can use to personalize your videos. Don’t forget you can also use special League of Legends emojis to react to your favorite videos as well!

If you want to learn more about the artist, Helmi Kinnunen (@Nemulaattori), check out our spotlight on the emojis here.

Introducing Highlight Reels and Send Direct

Highlight Reel Promo

Highlight Reels:

Share and relive the best moments from your games. Create summaries of entire games instantly with just one click. Key features include:

  • A personalized intro showing your Name, Champ, and KDA for the match
  • All of your kills from a match stitched together into one video
  • Transitions between kills showing the key event that happened
  • An end screen showing whether you won or lost the match
  • Highlight Reels are created automatically for you. After your match, click one button to create and share highlight reels.
  • Highlight Reels disappear after 7 days

Why Highlight Reels Are Awesome

What if you don’t have one clip that stands above the rest? What if you played a great game but there wasn’t a single defining moment? Highlight Reels solves this by letting you share an entire match.

You don’t have to worry about over-posting or spamming your friends. Post a Highlight Reel to your profile and the videos will disappear from your profile after 7 days.

Highlight reels are fun to watch too. Seeing one clip doesn’t always tell a story. When you watch a whole match, you can see how players snowball, get kills, team fight, etc. You see patterns that you’d never see from one clip.

Plays.tv does this automatically for you. We’ve started by rolling this out to League of Legends players. We will launch this for more games soon.

Send Direct:

Send Direct is a new way to send your favorite clips just to your friends. You can send your highlights to existing Plays.tv users and/or to your friend’s email addresses. There are lots of good reasons to use Send Direct. Here are a few:

  • Your friend did something dumb or embarrassing and you want to share it with just a few friends.
  • Maybe you and your friends are just being silly and made a bunch of funny clips.
  • You might have had a terrible game and want to share your mistakes with friends so they can help you improve

Whatever your reason, Send Direct makes it easier for you to send videos in a more private way to just your friends.

How’d the Parth coaching sessions go? Let’s talk about it!

TSM Parth and Plays.tv

Our coaching contest was a huge success! Thanks to everyone for spreading the word.

In case you were wondering how it went, both winners were able to coordinate with Parth and get really good gameplay coaching from it.

The winners were (Twitter handles only):

@jared_bezold
@ZadyEnglish

And the runners up were:

@JaredHatcher2
@AranIvy

One of the winners, @ZadyEnglish, told us this about his experience:

I learned to to take advantage of playing my main role (Caitlyn) and how to play her more complex. I also learned what to do in certain scenarios, how to think, where to go etc… How to play against different champions and junglers, where to ward, what supports are good with Caitlyn and what the supports should do in certain scenarios. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to evolve as a league player. :)

Here are some highlights from the coaching sessions via notes from Parth:

Continue reading How’d the Parth coaching sessions go? Let’s talk about it!

Release Notes 3/30/17: Desktop Notifications

Notifications and Invites ReleaseNew Features:

Desktop Notifications:

  • They’re also called Growls, but don’t worry they don’t bite!
  • Now you can get live feedback on your video activity.
  • If someone follows you or responds to your videos in some way, you’ll get notified on your desktop.
  • Not your thing? Totally fine, you can disable them in the preferences.

Invite Friends:

  • Inviting friends is now only a link away.
  • Visit the Find People page to find and copy your invite link to give out.
  • When your friends sign up with the link, they’ll automatically follow you!

Bug Fixes:

  • Clicking a notification link will no longer return the wrong page.
  • Champion Intros toggle will correctly remember it’s state for future share actions.

Release Notes 3/15/17: LoL Champ Intros, Reactions, and More

New Feature Video IntrosNew Features:

Add a custom intro personalized to your champ for League of Legends! 

  • Show off your favorite champion plays in style.
  • No matter what you main, you can now add a short intro to your LoL videos that features the champion played.
  • Sometimes showing is better than telling, check it out (page refresh may be needed):

  • If an automatic bookmark was selected, the type of highlight will display (for example: kill, assist, etc.)
  • Here’s where the toggle lives for those interested:How do I...oh there it is

Reactions: 

  • React to videos with a bit more emotion now. Let people know you more than Like them; you Fire Like them.
  • Choose to laugh, cry, or thinking_face when all else fails. There’s more too!

Improvements:

  • Unlisted videos no longer show up for others on your profile page; only you (and you alone).
  • 56 more stickers added for your video decorating needs.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed some DX12 issues.
  • Fixed an issue where double-clicking some client buttons lead to a maximized window.

Wish Plays.tv Had a Partner Program? Help Us Get Started

Without content creators we wouldn’t have so many great videos to watch. We want to reward those that go the extra mile and want them to be recognized for their efforts.

Let us know what you would want out of a partner program so we can make it awesome. Fill out the following and we may contact you for more detailed info on what you’d benefit from the most. Continue reading Wish Plays.tv Had a Partner Program? Help Us Get Started

FIXED Website Issues 2/28/17: Fun With AWS

This Is Fine.

UPDATE: Amazon Web Services has fixed the issue and we are back to normal.

Hey everyone! Wanted to give you a heads up on some web issues we are having today. We use Amazon Web Services (“AWS”), to host content like videos and images for Plays.tv.   AWS is experiencing “Increased Error Rates” today.

Plays.tv will still automatically record your games and let you replay them.  But you may have problems with watching and uploading videos to Plays.tv.  Here’s the latest status from AWS:

Increased Error Rates
Update at 10:33 AM PST: We’re continuing to work to remediate the availability issues for Amazon S3 in US-EAST-1. AWS services and customer applications depending on S3 will continue to experience high error rates as we are actively working to remediate the errors in Amazon S3.

For more info and up-to-date status: AWS Health Dashboard. Please send flowers, cards, and wishes for a speedy recovery.

Release Notes 2/16/2017: Video Personalization, Unlisted Videos, and More

Add some cheese with stickers!Features to Check Out:

  • Add text and stickers to your videos for that extra spice.
  • Videos can now be Unlisted if you want, only view-able if you have the link.
  • Dashboard of your video stats and performance is available in beta form.

Improvements Detail:

  • Video Personalization:
    • Add text and stickers to your videos while editing.
    • Just hit the T or Circle icon in the yellow clip window like so:How to Add Text and Stickers
    • Text and stickers can be moved and resized.
    • Text can also be colorized to really dazzle!
  • Unlisted Videos:
    • Your uploads no longer have to be totally public.
    • Choose Unlisted when uploading to get a shareable link.
    • Only those with the link can view the video.
    • The video will be shown on your Profile page with an Unlisted overlay and be un-clickable.
    • You can change your video to Public later if you wish, or vice versa. Learn more.
  • Dashboard (Beta):
    • Everyone has access via “Dashboard” in client; additional smaller group has access via “Dashboard” on Plays.tv Home
    • Find stats on your videos like views, comments, and Likes.
    • Sort by day, week, or month to see your top trending videos.
    • Green arrow means an upward trend, keep it up!
  • Notifications:
    • Got a comment on a video? Now you can see what that comment was in the notifications list.
    • Get notified when people you follow post for the first time in awhile.

Release Notes 2/1/2017: Exploring Videos and New Preferences

Feature Intro - Push to Talk

Browsing videos and customizing your recording experience just got easier

Improvements:

  • Check out the new Explore pages:
    • The main page has a bird’s eye view of the hottest videos.
    • Each game also gets it’s own page to narrow things down: from Overwatch to ETS2.
  • Your preferences have a shiny new update:
    • The menu has a new full-sized, night-themed UI.
    • Push-to-Talk has been added to Audio; no more ambient background noise added to your videos, unless you’re into that sort of thing.
    • Manage Applications gives you real authority over which games get recorded, and which don’t.
    • In-Game Overlay has more info and control over what you see, or keep it minimal. The power is yours!