Yahoo Sports App Updated With GIF Creation From Full-Game Video

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Yahoo has updated its Yahoo Sports app with a new feature called Loops, which allows users to create GIFs from footage from any of the four major sports leagues in America (the NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA).
    Users first scrub through footage from entire games from the major four sports leagues, choosing any point in any game to "loop". Once users choose a moment, they can add text or effects to their "loop". Finally, they can upload it to the Yahoo Sports app and share it via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or send a link to their Loop via email or Messages.

    Along with Loops, Yahoo Sports was also updated with a redesign for iOS 7, improved scoring indication for football games, new team and player pages, and various bug fixes.

    Yahoo Sports is a free universal app available in the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Yahoo Sports App Updated With GIF Creation From Full-Game Video
  2. macrumors 6502a


    May 8, 2010
    London, England
    I like how a "haters gonna hate" gif was used.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Jul 11, 2008
    Wait till the networks says this constitutes as rebroadcasting, and demand fees....
  4. macrumors 6502


    Aug 1, 2009
    Los Angeles
  5. macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    I get all the sprot info I need front the nhl game center app.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Feb 19, 2006
    Dearborn (Detroit), MI, USA
    Exactly, there is no way that this is going to last. It's one thing to let users post copyrighted material it's another to have an app that creates it for them.

  7. Contributing Editor


    Jun 2, 2011
    Durango, CO
    I suspect it's licensed.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2009
    The more I read MacRumors forum comments, the more I'm convinced that some forum participants believe that other forum participants run Fortune 100 companies.

    Appalling, really.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2002
    I was wondering how they managed to get a license for these games???

    The entire game is there including commercials.
  10. mpantone, Jan 3, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2014

    macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2009
    My guess is that Yahoo Inc. has a business development team that understands some of the nuances of sports marketing.

    Also, Yahoo Fantasy Football is a pretty big deal. A tighter relationship between the NFL and Yahoo will probably stoke interest from both a social networking standpoint as well as live game viewership.

    Heck, the NFL can't even put out a decent iOS app. NFL Mobile is by far the weakest of all the four major US league sports official apps. MLB At Bat blows doors on the NFL app and the football league has WAY more money.

    The NFL's efforts in mobile marketing are absolutely pathetic vis-a-vis the league's actual value.

    Since the regular NFL season is over, the fantasy football league's influence is probably nominal. Both Yahoo and the NFL are probably interested in finding something else that drives audience participation.

    We'll see how long this lasts. This might just be a one-time experiment with post-season games for the NCAAF and NFL.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2008
    Somewhere in Florida
    Some neat gifs from the clemson game. It's an interesting smack talk mechanism. I was surprised they got nfl license for the video
  12. macrumors 601


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    It's odd, they don't have a license for any pro sports video. Watch all the Yahoo Sports shows from their studio, all they show from in-game is still photos, never video, not even highlights. Hard to see the NFL being OK with this, they are extremely protective about rights, downright nasty about it even.

    That said, it's a cool feature if well-implemented.
  13. macrumors 6502


    Jun 7, 2009
    It works really well. I just made one of Crosby from yesterday's Penguins game.

    I think this may replace ESPN's ScoreCenter app for me. Less intrusive ads and they don't charge you to make game picks.
  14. macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
  15. macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2012
    Unfortunately, this update mandates that a user is running iOS7.x. While I can upgrade both of my iDevices to iOS7, I do not like it so I have chosen not to do so thus far. Since an app can be updated to meet iOS7 requirements without breaking compatibility with older versions, it is sad to see developers dropping those users by the wayside.
  16. macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2007
    Giffer lets you make gifs out of videos and only requires iOS 5.0+.

    Disclosure: I made the app. :D

  17. macrumors 601


    Mar 11, 2013
    I only recently discovered what a "GIF" was! :eek:

    I always just called them short videos on a loop...
  18. macrumors Core

    Oct 17, 2011
    Depends on what they use in the app when they update it. Updating for iOS 7 support doesn't necessarily mean just making it compatible with iOS 7 but can mean using new APIs and features made available in iOS 7, which makes it incompatible with versions prior to iOS 7.
  19. macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2012
    Nothing from the change log suggest there was a need to use new APIs and features. I wish in such situations the devs explain why they HAD to ditch the previous version compatibility.
  20. macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2010
    Gee, I wonder if yahoo has any lawyers working for them?
  21. macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2009
    There's a chance that Yahoo deliberately designed the feature so one can't share with other social networks like Facebook-owned Instagram.

    Just a guess though.

    Instagram is over the hill anyhow.
  22. macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009

    That doesn't make sense as they allow sharing with Facebook
  23. macrumors Core

    Oct 17, 2011
    Perhaps simply support for new extended multitasking or some enhancement like that. The changes/improvements don't really have to be something that must be done or needs to be done just something new and better that might be available for use in a new version, given that it would make sense to go with the latest and greatest with a new and latest version.
  24. macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2012
    Yeah, I suppose. Clearly they made a calculate decision to move over to iOS 7, c'est la vie.

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