April 19, 2011

MediaSilo – A Tool for Video Producers

Writers, editors, and designers have had access to hundreds of different collaboration and project management applications for years, and now the time has come for video producers to get access to a few tools of their own. MediaSilo is a content management and collaboration application that offers tools designed specifically for professionals who work with video content on a daily basis. Whether they’re producing videos for the web, TV, or the big screen, people who take advantage of MediaSilo can get more work done in less time.

MediaSilo is a web-app that has been designed for anyone who works with video, from casting agents and freelance producers all the way to advertising executives and university professors. Because MediaSilo is a web-based app, you don’t need to download any complicated software to begin. Just log in and upload a new video file. When you upload a video, you can add meta data, choose tags, and select which users should be notified when the file is online. Click on your new video to watch it and add your own annotations on the video timeline. Your clients can then log in to watch your video, see the annotations you’ve put in, and make a few comments of their own. Videos that are uploaded to MediaSilo are optimized for web viewing and can be viewed right inside the MediaSilo site, which means your teammates and clients don’t need QuickTime installed on their computers to see the edits you’ve made.

Although video collaboration is MediaSilo’s bread and butter, the web-app also offers a number of other cool features for users to take advantage of. One of these features is its web-broadcasting tool, which lets people feed video content directly from MediaSilo onto their websites or blogs. Another popular tool that MediaSilo offers is its transcription service, which people can use to get a searchable transcript of whatever video they are working on.

Practical Uses:

  • Give clients a way to offer feedback on videos you’re creating for them
  • Ask other producers what they think of a new commercial you’re working on
  • Collaborate with colleagues on a video you’re producing
  • Broadcast your own short films on a website or blog

Insider Tips:

  • Leave annotated messages at certain points within the video clip
  • Create separate accounts with unique permissions for each of your clients
  • Videos are stored online so users can access them from anywhere
  • Users can sync their MediaSilo account with their Final Cut Server library

What we liked:

  • Clients don’t have to download special software to watch videos with MediaSilo
  • A user’s entire online library can be access through his or her iPhone
  • MediaSilo makes it easier for video producers to seek approval from bosses or clients
  • The transcription service makes it possible to search for a certain word within a video

What we didn’t like:

  • MediaSilo charges extra for transcripts


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2007
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Founded by: Kai Pradel
  • Web site:


  • Home plan is free
  • Studio plan is $79/month
  • Hollywood plan is $99/month
  • Enterprise plan is $299/month


  1. Finally a proper tool for video producers. It seems like they have been ignored for sometime while their peers in other professions like writing and editors have a whole range of tools to choose from. Seeing as to how more businesses are incorporating video into their sites, there will be more professionals needing services like this.

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