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User Accounts! Sign up Now!

Hey guys! We finally have user accounts! Sign up now!


Now you can control your MVGEN videos. You can delete them or remake them!
You can send them to our Youtube Channel for promotion – or take them down when YOU want to.
You can even add metadata to your songs – like your social media links, website or soundcloud page!

More information soon!

Oh! And there is a secret little trick you can do in the code now. You can repeat a keyword by using the notation x.

For example you could do DOG x10 in the keyword box and MVGEN will pull TEN dog gifs in a row saving you time from typing >DOG ten times.

Check it out!

1,000,000 Youtube Views!

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Happy New Years Guys! We hit 1 Million views on Youtube!

This is a grand day for us – a huge milestone. Not to mention it’s all because of your guys! We are trying to build a world on the internet where your music gets the most exposure ever!

We premiered USER ACCOUNTS Click the tab at the top and sign up! It gives you the ability to control the videos you make. You can upload em , delete em, rebuild them:
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More features coming soon – like putting your own logo on your videos and more!

We also added a LIKE button to the videos , so you can like and collect the videos you love.

There are some other changes too that sped up the code base of half a million lines of code and of course, more filters and fonts coming really soon!

Dont Forget to subscribe to youtube!: https://www.youtube.com/c/MusicVideoGenerator channel and spread the word.

Also subscribe to our new reddit channel too!: https://www.reddit.com/r/mvgen/

Email the Gift that Keeps on Giving

The MVgen team has been working hard to roll out cool new features as quickly as we can. Everyday we’re one step closer to seeing our tool grow into the app everyone thinks of when they want to create a music video. This past week, we got even closer still to that goal as well as working toward positioning ourselves for outside help. You may have noticed that Ads came in as of a couple weeks back, and user accounts are live at LONG last. Director and Hacker extraordinaire, John set them live — perhaps a bit before I was comfortable with  — but that put a fire under me/us to make the user accounts piece as seamless and user friendly as possible.

We hit a major hurdle though as we decided to get more “professional” with things and a) get official @mvgen.com incoming mail to work, and b) have user account emails transmitted appropriately/securely.

Back on Nov 29th user accounts were sending properly, meaning they were TLS encrypted and not sent to everyone’s spam folder. This changed as soon as I began adjusting Postfix/Dovecot settings to get both incoming and outgoing mail working  — at the moment we’re using gmail for SMTP, which is fine as long as we don’t hit their limit for number of emails sent out daily for a specific email address (1000 i think?). IF we ever get more than 1000 emails sent in a day, we’ll have to shift to a different method for SMTP, but like always, we’ll cross that bridge when it comes into view.

Right around Dec 1, email started not delivering and then also getting dumped into everyone’s spam folders. There’s a laundry list of things you have to do in order for google to allow you to use them as a SMTP relay, 85% of which I took care of back in October when I first started working on the email bit of MVgen user account setup. Even though I used the ISPs official documentation for setting up Postfix and Dovecot shit wasn’t working anymore. Suddenly, we started to get IPV6 PTR record errors (reverse dns) and lack of encryption messages and also that there wasn’t a valid PTR record for the mail server’s hostname? Some of this I was able to resolve by adjusting what was in our MX, TXT, and SPF records but there were still configuration issues. 

I lost count of how many test emails I sent to myself and John and how many times I created new user accounts on mvgen.com to see if they would again be labeled as spam. I was led astray by sites like www.mxtoolbox.com, only to be saved by intoDNS.com. We signed up for things like dnswl.org and postmaster.google.com. 

John ended up encrypting the outgoing message for new user within the front-end code, probably a good idea in the long run, and we went a couple rounds about whether to make the sender address the a valid gmail address or not. At some point in our testing, both a valid gmail and a perhaps not so valid domain email seemed to work. We eventually went with the former.

Truly, the biggest hurdle was the fact that he’d already setup mail on his VPS and it had worked at some unknown point in the past but he never really needed to use it regularly. And when setting up Postfix/Dovecot/MYSQL to work together emails, passwords and everything goes through Mysql. This in itself isn’t a bad thing but I came *this close* to switching to to another db because I couldn’t get dovecot to authenticate to mysql. It was impossible to do anything with mail until that part was fixed. Time and again I saw the same standard mysql authentication error in the mail.log. After about half a week I took drastic measures. There was nothing on google that was helpful. I’d reset mysql passwords and backed up and recreated the mail database to no avail. Nothing worked. And since it was the standard password error, there wasn’t any real detailed help available on google. This sad reality is something you’ll see a lot if you’re ever troubleshooting an issue that seems unfixable yet common. Nobody will help you because it’s assumed you’ve fat-fingered the username or password. In this instance, that wasn’t the case. However, there were a couple things I would have done differently in retrospect. 1. I would have started all over again with the mail database and user. 2. I would have named the username and db name the same thing via the handy menu in phpmysql. 3. I would have flushed privileges EVERY TIME I made a change to the database. I found out rather late in the process this was a crucial misstep. 

After some final massaging of configuration files not only do mail messages get received by the MVgen staff successfully, the mail sent from the website isn’t sent to spam or un-encrypted. And it only took about a week of hand-wringing and hair-pulling. Jeezy petes. Now to move on to more interesting projects, there’s always something to do in a startup, right?

MVGEN Coder / Director on Mars Magazine Podcast!

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Hey guys! MVGEN’s own John Threat is on the awesome MARS MAGAZINE podcast , talking about Science Fiction and Data Privacy , Hacking and more on Ep. 30: Valerian, Life, Hollywood sci-fi, hacker/director John Threat on data privacy.

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Check it out here:

Let us know what you think!

A Slew of New Filters , Bug Fixes and 20+k Youtube Views!

OMG! We got a slew of new filters coming online as promised. Here is a run down of them:

FILTERS:

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REVOLVER: Rotates the GIFS. There will be multiple speeds , but pair this with a frame rate to change the flow
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RING OF FIRE: A literal ring of fire around the frame. Burn Baby Bury like disco inferno.
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FIRES OF HELL: A roasting flame coming up from down below.
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ETHEREAL SHIMMER: Ghostly haunting sprites float around. Dreamy. <3 shimmerd
CYBERPUNK: A series of high tech overlays for that cyberpunk feel. [ Still in Beta ]
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GEOMETRIC ABUSE: A series of geometric patterns overlaid to mess with your head. [ Still in Beta ]
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STAB TO DEATH: When you feeling aggressive this filter with stab the gifs and make them bleed. Society is to blame.
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SHIA LABOUF: Not sure why one would need this, but it is there if you do!
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COLOR MODES:

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DISCO: Flashing strobe lights like a discotheque or is that disco tech?
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SPOOKY DISCO: This will do a intense inverse flash. Warning this thing is intense and could trigger epileptic fits.
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Please don’t overdose! Use your filters responsibly!:
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Don’t worry there are even more filters the way before the year end.

We are about to preview a Beta Redesign of the site.

We also knocked out a few bug fixes, related to submitting audio and it’s metadata. That’s all good!
It might be time to expand what kind of audio we can take in to include some other audio services.

Also thank you for 20k+ youtube views! Awesome! Subscribe and spread the word. Also check out the reddit channel and subscribe!

The fire rises my friends. Make videos. Do good.

Record Traffic! That’s a pun! 1000+ Twitter Followers and Expanded Server Space!

We thank you for record traffic! We want all the records! We love your vinyl as well as your mp3!

We also broke 1000+ Twitter Followers

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Aww yeah! And the biggest news is that we finally fixed our space problems using Amazon S3 buckets, your donations from Paetron (please donate!) and a all night coding bender. Now we have space when we need it!

We might even be able to bring back Google Deep Dream Filters!

So you keep on making those kick ass videos and we’ll bring those new filters online real soon!

Make Your Own Music Video At MVGEN.com

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Are you an independent artist who needs visuals for some music? Maybe you work for a label and need a video for an artist. It’s also a great way to be fun or be creative. All you need is an mp3 or a Soundcloud or YouTube link upload it at MVGEN.com. After that you can either choose to use lyrics (or keywords) or concepts.

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MVGEN : The World’s Animated Gif Powered First Music Video Generator

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Yup! It’s official: MVGEN is launched and out of control and making awesome videos.

I’ve written up a technical breakdown how it works if you want to geek out a bit here at johnthreat.com

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