History

Established in 2011, Wiki.ezvid.com is a free-to-use video wiki published by the California technology company Ezvid Inc. Wikis are generally architected around a video, whereby a user is introduced to a concept in the space of a four-to-seven minute video presentation, and then additional text, images, data, and links to third-party information sources are provided to add more detail to each topic. The gentle nature of Ezvid's introductions to thousands of topics renders the Wiki particularly useful for teaching environments. Ezvid Wiki evolved from the message board surrounding Ezvid For Windows, first released in 2010. In those years it has grown from a small user-generated forum into the largest and most comprehensive video wiki on the planet, providing useful, unbiased information and actionable guidance to hundreds of millions of users around the world, in thousands of knowledge categories. You can contribute your own ideas and research to Ezvid Wiki by using Ezvid Wikimaker.

Editorial Staff

Alexander Perls
Alexander Perls | Design & Engineering

Alexander "Sandy" Perls Rousmaniere is an entrepreneur, writer, music producer, and software developer based in Los Angeles. He is CEO of Ezvid Inc., and he also composes music under the names 009 Sound System and Aalborg Soundtracks. His songs and audio productions have sold millions of copies worldwide since 1998. Alexander holds a bachelor's degree in history from Oberlin College, where he focused on economic history, and also studied at University College London. His diverse experiences include playing lead guitar in a jam band and working for the New York art dealer Barbara Gladstone. His expertise, built over a 20-year career in the technology and music industries, is in anything related to computers and audio electronics, including microphones, headphones, audio software, software development, monitoring equipment, sound reinforcement, and rack effects.

Brett Dvoretz
Brett Dvoretz | Editorial

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.

Tina Morna Freitas
Tina Morna Freitas | Editorial

Tina Morna Freitas is a writer who lives in Chicago with her family and three cats. She has a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in English, and has built a freelance career over the years in writing and digital marketing. Her passions for cooking, decorating and home improvement contribute to her extensive knowledge of all things kitchen and home goods. In addition, her 20 years as a parent inform her expertise in the endless stream of toys and equipment that inevitably takes over the homes of most parents. She also enjoys gardening, making and sipping margaritas, and aspires to be a crazy cat lady once all the children are grown.

Jeff Newburgh
Jeff Newburgh | Editorial

Jeff is a dedicated writer and communications professional from San Francisco with a bachelor of arts in anthropology from UC Berkeley. He began his career in computer consulting and later branched out into customer service. Jeff focuses on making complex topics easy to understand. With over 10 years' experience in research, his relentless curiosity fuels a love of writing and learning how things work, and has helped to build expertise in categories such as heavy-duty power tools and computer equipment. Jeff's passion for animals affords him a strong understanding of pet products, including dog houses, beds, and grain-free foods. When he's not writing, he prefers spending time with his family and three dogs, while kicking back and relaxing with a nice glass of red wine.

Andrew Randall
Andrew Randall | Voiceover & Editorial

Andrew Randall is a full-time voice-over talent who was born and raised in London, England, but now resides somewhere much warmer and sunnier (thank goodness). His voice has been featured in everything from video games and their marketing materials (including as Ghost in "Call of Duty: Operation Kingfish") to TV & radio commercials (Yes, he did do the GEICO gecko on a Pandora ad) to animations to audio books to corporate videos for Blue Chip companies such as Google, Ford, Walmart, GE and KraftHeinz. His English grammar expertise came as a result of a rather pricey education in England (Thanks, Mum and Dad), and his succinct writing capabilities were beaten into him by a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper editor under whom he apprenticed. These writing. editing and proofreading skills were then honed and perfected over the course of a decade in the unforgiving crucible of freelance work.

Daniel Imperiale
Daniel Imperiale | Editorial

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).

Lydia Chipman
Lydia Chipman | Editorial

An itinerant wordsmith with a broad constellation of interests, Lydia Chipman has turned iconoclasm into a livelihood of sorts. Bearing the scars and stripes of an uncommon diversity of experience -- with the notable exceptions of joining a religious order or becoming an artist -- she still can’t resist the temptation to learn something new. Lydia holds a master of arts in English from Georgia Southern University, and a bachelor of arts cum laude in integrative studies from Clayton College. Her expertise is in the areas of robotics, electronics, toys, and outdoors and computer equipment.

Quincy Miller
Quincy Miller | Editorial

After getting his bachelor’s from the University of Texas, Quincy Miller moved out to Los Angeles, where he soon found work as a copywriter and researcher, specializing in health and wellness topics for a major online media brand. Quincy is also knowledgeable about home improvement, as he’s had extensive experience with everything from insulation to power tools to emergency room trips, sometimes in that order. Sharing a home with three dogs and a couple of cats has forced Quincy to learn as much as he can about pet supplies, animal nutrition and, most importantly, the best ways to tackle the mountains of fur that accumulate in every corner of your home.

Vann Vicente
Vann Vicente | Editorial

Vann Vicente is an undergraduate economics student and writer who lives somewhere in the eastern hemisphere. He spends about half of his time watching films and is still smiling about “Moonlight's” incredible Best Picture victory. Vann has researched and written extensively for Ezvid Wiki in the areas of home and office equipment, and specializes in difficult subject matter, such as construction equipment, where thorough screening of each potential item is often needed. An avid pet enthusiast, Vann's expertise in fish and aquarium care is second to none.

Melissa Harr
Melissa Harr | Editorial

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.

Sam Kraft
Sam Kraft | Editorial

In addition to his corporate career as a marketing and communications professional in Chicago, Sam runs a popular blog that focuses on the city’s flourishing craft beer and brewery scene. He received his degree in journalism from DePaul University (which spurred his interest in freelance writing) and has since spent years developing expertise in copywriting, digital marketing and public relations. A lifetime of fishing, hiking and camping trips has left him well-versed in just about any outdoors-related topic, and over several years spent working in the trades during his youth, he accumulated a wealth of knowledge about tools and machinery. He’s a travel junkie, a health and fitness enthusiast, and an avid biker.

Johnny Woodard
Johnny Woodard | Editorial

Johnny Woodard fled the sweltering South and a career in journalism to pursue comedy and edit a popular comedy/sports website in Los Angeles. Johnny specializes in sports and athletic subjects and has researched and written extensively for the Wiki on topics such as mixed martial arts, fishing, and surfing. He is also an expert in sports instruction, especially football and basketball.

Ezra Glenn
Ezra Glenn | Editorial

Ezra is a writer, photographer, creative producer, designer, and record label operator from New York City. He has traveled around the world and ended up back where he started, though he's constantly threatening to leave again. Ezra holds a bachelor's from Bard College, and is currently enrolled in the MBA program at UCLA's Anderson School of Management. His professional experience includes a stint at the Brooklyn-based website “Rap Genius,” and he has run his own artist management and development agency. For the Wiki, he has developed expertise in the areas of travel, exercise, and home goods, and has researched extensively in the areas of electronics, furniture, and pet care.

Chase Brush
Chase Brush | Editorial

Chase is a writer and freelance reporter with experience covering a wide range of subjects, from politics to technology. At Ezvid Wiki, he applies his journalistic expertise to a similarly diverse assortment of products, but he tends to focus on travel and adventure gear, drawing his knowledge from a lifetime spent outdoors. He’s an avid biker, hiker, climber, skier, and budget backpacker -- basically, anything that allows him a reprieve from his keyboard. His most recent rovings took him to Peru, where he trekked throughout the Cordillera Blanca. Chase holds a bachelor's in philosophy from Rutgers University in New Jersey (where he's from), and is working toward a master's at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism in New York City (where he now lives).

Sheila O'Neill
Sheila O'Neill | Editorial

Sheila is a writer and editor living in sunny Southern California. She studied writing and film at State University of New York at Purchase, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree. After graduating, she worked as an assistant video editor at a small film company, then spent a few years doing freelance work, both as a writer and a video editor. During that time, she wrote screenplays and articles, and edited everything from short films to infomercials. An ardent lover of the English language, she can often be found listening to podcasts about etymology and correcting her friends’ grammar.

Taber Koeghan
Taber Koeghan | Editorial

Taber is a writer from Santa Monica, CA, with a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of California, San Diego. After completing her degree, she began writing and editing copy for a host of high-traffic e-commerce websites. Her areas of expertise include the beauty, style, pet, and home products categories, and she has plenty of experience covering literature and art, too. Her personal interests in crafting and decorating inform her writing and -- she hopes -- add a good bit of insight to her work. Outside of copywriting, she is a reporter and columnist at a Los Angeles community newspaper and is currently pursuing a master of fine arts in creative writing.

Ben G
Ben G | Editorial

Ben is a writer from California. He mostly dives into film, videogames, and science fiction literature. Also Hello Kitty. He likes Hello Kitty a whole lot. Ben holds a bachelor's from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a major in literature and a minor in linguistics. He has worked as a technical writer and edited his own online magazine and podcast. His expertise is in electronics, decor, textbooks and nonfiction, especially in the sciences and humanities.

Gregg Parker
Gregg Parker | Editorial

Gregg Parker is a writer and puppy enthusiast who divides his time between Los Angeles and the rest of the world. A graduate of the University of Southern California, his eclectic career has involved positions in education, health care, entertainment, nonprofit fundraising, technology, and literature. A points and miles expert, he's well-versed in all topics related to travel, including luggage and travel accessories. Other areas of expertise include pet care products, teaching resources, kitchen appliances, and anything related to coffee or barbecue.

Christopher Thomas
Christopher Thomas | Editorial

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

Gia Vescovi-Chiordi
Gia Vescovi-Chiordi | Editorial

Born in Arizona, Gia is a writer and autodidact who fled the heat of the desert for California, where she enjoys drinking beer, overanalyzing the minutiae of life, and channeling Rick Steves. After arriving in Los Angeles a decade ago, she quickly nabbed a copywriting job at a major clothing company and derived years of editing and proofreading experience from her tenure there, all while sharpening her skills further with myriad freelance projects. In her spare time, she teaches herself French and Italian, has earned an ESL teaching certificate, traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States, and unashamedly devours television shows and books. The result of these pursuits is expertise in fashion, travel, beauty, literature, textbooks, and pop culture, in addition to whatever obsession consumes her next.

Gabrielle Taylor
Gabrielle Taylor | Editorial

Originally from a tiny town in Virginia, Gabrielle moved to Los Angeles for a marketing internship at a well-known Hollywood public relations firm and was shocked to find that she loves the West Coast. She spent two years as a writer and editor for a large DIY/tutorial startup, where she wrote extensively about technology, security, lifestyle, and home improvement. A self-professed skincare nerd, she’s well-versed in numerous ingredients and methods, including both Western and Asian products. She is an avid home cook who has whiled away thousands of hours cooking and obsessively researching all things related to food and food science. Her time in the kitchen has also had the curious side effect of making her an expert at fending off attempted food thievery by her lazy boxer dog.

Joseph Perry
Joseph Perry | Editorial

An avid reader and outdoors enthusiast, Joe earned his doctorate in literary studies before making the lateral leap from academia to technical writing. He now lives and works in the inter-mountain West where he creates technical and marketing content, including white papers, solution briefs, and courseware for some of the world’s largest information technology companies. With more than 14 years of experience in the field, he has learned more than he ever thought he would know about such enterprise IT topics as cloud computing, storage, databases, business software, and networking. When he’s not writing about business computing, he can be found outdoors, probably hiking with his family and dog.

Daniel Goldstein
Daniel Goldstein | Editorial

Daniel is a writer, musician, and frequent traveler with a bachelor’s in creative writing from the State University of New York. In recent years, his writing chops have developed alongside his musical skills, thanks to a rich double life. During the day, he apprenticed with “Rolling Stone” journalist and critic Will Hermes, and when the sun set, he and his NYC-based, four-piece band gigged at high-end venues across the northeastern United States. His affinity for sharing things he's passionate about has culminated in nine years of experience as a music teacher at elementary schools, where he honed his ability to simplify and elucidate concepts to the uninitiated. All considered, he feels most at home writing about instruments, audio electronics and backpacking gear.

Karen Bennett
Karen Bennett | Editorial

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s.degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.

Kevin Flores
Kevin Flores | Editorial

Kevin Flores is an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker whose work has been featured in several major media outlets. Word thrift and clarity were pounded into his prose by merciless editors during his days as a breaking news reporter for a wire service. These days he can usually be found trawling through public records and tracking down shadowy shell companies for a nonprofit media organization he co-founded. He enjoys his time away from the screen by pursuing a hobby restoring furniture, giving him special insight into woodworking tools and materials. His filmmaking experience also turned him—willing or not—into something of an audio and video equipment fiend.

Rafael Perez
Rafael Perez | Editorial

Rafael Perez is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Rochester. His primary focus is the metaphysics of time and the philosophy of mind, with a particular interest in artificial intelligence and antirepresentational models of the mind. He has extensive experience as a mechanic, a construction worker, and a general repairman. This has allowed him to gather a wealth of knowledge on automobile repair, auto parts, carpentry, masonry, welding, and the tools used in those trades. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, woodworking, and fishing.

FAQ

How does this differ from other websites?

There is a problem with the Internet, and we want to fix it. What’s the problem? Information overload. Here's an example: We were looking recently on Wikipedia for information about USB, and this is what we found.

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We do believe that for many queries, Wikipedia provides the most authoritative and useful response. That's one reason we support the Wikimedia Foundation, and why you should, too.

But our website aims to answer questions on the Internet in ways that are accessible to anyone, without technical jargon or unnecessary digression. To this end, we’ve built our own best-of-breed video wiki creation engine, based on our massively popular video editing software Ezvid, currently in use by millions of Windows users around the world.

Using our unique set of core competencies, we have developed tens of thousands of wikis, and assisted millions of people with their own research by communicating knowledge through video.


How is Ezvid Wiki's research funded?

We’re glad you asked. Our primary goal is to build a large and authoritative information resource that will come to rival the most prominent ‘nonfiction’ websites on the internet like Wikihow, Wikipedia, and Ask.com, but with the added explanatory power of video. We started with a team of talented contributors, and have now opened the Wiki to the public via Ezvid Wikimaker.

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Information provided by Ezvid Wiki is general in nature and is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. All reviews of third party products and services are provided as journalistic opinions only.

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How are the rankings in Ezvid Wiki's research devised?


40% Value For Money

In the opinion of our editorial reviewers, for the average consumer, does this product represent a good deal? Note this is not necessarily a question of "price", and comparisons can only be made within category. There are a lot of subjectivities here, but we're mostly looking at what a product is offering, and how much it costs in comparison to other offerings on the marketplace. For this criterion, we may estimate and/or project figures from marketplace analyses, published consumer uptake data, and make gross average comparisons thereof. In each case an editorial reviewer may apply his/her judgment against the data to arrive at our final ranking.

20% Predicted Length Of Consumer Attachment

This is our editorial estimation of the length of time that the consumer will stay with the proposed solution. We're addressing here the problem of "churn", which is destructive for both consumers and for society at large. Each year, hundreds of millions of dollars worth of products are returned to retailers: We're trying to do our part to reduce this number. You don't want to waste your time buying something that you give up on in three weeks, and the retailer doesn't want to waste his/her time selling it to you, either. Our lists are short, typically ten products or fewer. We're careful to only include possibilities where, in our editorial estimation, the solution will be long-lasting. We don't want you to waste your time.

10% Predicted Prospect Of Consumer Uptake

This is our editorial estimation of the likelihood of a consumer purchasing the reviewed item. Why is this so important for us? Because while some categories of consumer products that we are analyzing might be generously described as "unexciting" to many consumers, at the same time they do encompass a range of products which must, in many cases, be eventually acquired by the consumer. In these cases, the biggest challenge consumers face is motivating to actually do the deed: Whether you need a bicycle helmet, to choose a home security system, or anything in between, your biggest problem may not be which product to choose, but just choosing any product at all. This speaks also to our general aesthetic policy: We put our video first, at the top of the page, because our research shows that information in this format is most readily absorbed by our users. These videos are there not only to educate, but also to entertain and motivate, to get you off of your couch and choose something. Because often that is the biggest hurdle.

10% Manufacturer Reputation

This is important, but we're very careful here. An interesting test scenario reveals why: Your choices for a nationwide wireless carrier are few: Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile -- this may be a nearly complete list. How do consumers actually feel about these companies? By and large, they are hated, and with passion. And here is where it gets tricky: There are dozens of smaller, often regionally operating carriers, who might, in aggregate, have better reviews from consumers. But typically, these regional carriers are simply reselling the services of a larger, national network. So, when analyzing the reviews of a smaller network, what we might see is a lot of noise, instead of a useful and globally addressable opinion space. We may take into account the published ratings of organizations like the Better Business Bureau, media mentions of the brand, and the like.

10% Third Party Expert Reviews

We may take into account journal reports in relevant industry publications, opinion from experts in related fields, any academic consensus that may exist, the findings of any government inquiries, the transcripts and reports from trade associations, or organizational events, information gleaned at international or domestic conferences, the results of relevant textual searches, both on the Internet and in proprietary relational database management systems. In certain cases, we might ask a panel of service users, or of experts, to form a consensus that we could use as a counterbalance to this data.

10% Extra Product Features

For non-fungible product categories, we look closely at what added value the brand can bring to consumers. We may look for technological or business process innovations that the brand has brought to market. If the brand offers features beyond the scope of the average market participant, we might rank the product higher if in our editorial opinion we believe that those features are useful. If the product provides something that other similar products do not, this can be a big deal.


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If you’re here for the consumer product reviews, here is a common use case:

You need a new car seat for your infant, and you are not sure what to get. You have unique concerns about the size and comfort of that car seat. You could spend hours on end researching user reviews, trying to find out which reviews are actually real. You could try to determine which of these reviews genuinely apply to you. But after all that, it’s likely you will have information overload, and you might just give up in frustration. (Yes, it’s happened to us, too.)

We’ve got a better alternative: Spend five minutes watching the video on our car seats wiki. We did the research for you. We spent hours upon hours scouring the web to find the latest and best of anything -- and we created a video for you. We did the heavy lifting by taking in to consideration price, features, availability, other user’s reviews, and all the other important points about the items we review.


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