Ken just sent out an email which details many of the recent changes and improvements at TMU (and addresses Animagics chatroom question). If you have been a member of TMU you may have received this email today. For others I will repost it here:"Ten years ago, the TMOA/TMUnderground community was born.
Now, as we begin our second decade, we've made changes to revitalize the community. We have new forum software, new movie site software, an integrated community chatroom, live video and audio programming, cloud storage for our members, and more. Let me briefly tell you about some of the changes, and invite you to our "Weekend of TMU" beginning February 19th, 2016.
The new forums: We've moved from vBulletin to IPBoards. Your existing forum username/password will get you in, and all of the threads and posts from the past 7 and a half years are there. IPBoards has a lot of nice features, and is quite an improvement over vBulletin.
New movie site software: After 7 and a half years, our Sharemixer video script was showing it's age, so we've moved to KVS. KVS is a modern video platform, using HTML5 to stream video. You can watch your favorite TMU films and new releases on any device - computer, phone, tablet. All videos, comments, PMs, friend list, etc. have been brought into KVS, and your existing movie site username/password will get you in. We've only had KVS running for a week and a half, and the formatting and interface are still works in progress, but we plan to concentrate on the movie site after the "Weekend of TMU".
Chatroom: Gone is the old Flashchat chat room we ran during TMOA shows. We're now running an chatroom that is integrated with our forum user database. If you log into the forum and click the Chat button on the navigation bar, you will automatically be logged into the full-featured chat. Like the video site, the chat is HTML5, so you can chat on computer, phone, or tablet without issue. No flash. No java. Just chat.
Live programming: We've revamped the TMOA interface, with an HTML5 player that will work on any device. More importantly, we've added live video streaming to TMU, and plan to host special live events (such as the "Weekend of TMU") and regular live community events like movie nights and director retrospectives moving forward.
Cloud storage: TMUCloud is now integrated into the site, which lets you easily upload and share files, embed screenshots in forum posts, etc.
With all that said, we're officially kicking things off (call it our Grand Reopening) with a "Weekend of TMU".
Friday, February 19th, 2016:
A live broadcast of iClone Film School, hosted by Ben Tuttle. 6pm Eastern, 3pm Pacific, 11pm GMT.
theBiz and Macwemyss look at their Favorite TMU films of 2015. 8pm Eastern, 5pm Pacific, 1am GMT.
Saturday, February 20th, 2016:
An encore presentation of theBiz and Macwemyss's Favorite TMU films of 2015. 12:45pm Eastern, 9:45am Pacific, 6:45pm GMT.
The live premiere of "The Great TMU Movie", a look at the past, present, and future of the TMOA/TMU community, with contributions from more than 40 TMU members. 4pm Eastern, 1pm Pacific, 9pm GMT.
Sunday, February 21st, 2016:
The TMOA 5-hour 10th Anniversary Show, with Ken, Roger, theMonk, RPOshard, and special guests. 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific, 7pm GMT.
You can get to any of these events, or any part of TMU, by going to http://forum.tmunderground.com and using the navigation bar at the top (Live for video programming, Radio for TMOA, and Chat for the chatroom).
Hope to see you in the community and at the "Weekend of TMU" events.
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