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Video Business Cards

Video Busienss Cards are the most impressive business cards separating you from your competition

Even in the age of Facebook, YouTube and selfies, one business tool more or less stayed unaffected by technology advancements- business cards. Business Cards have always been the first introduction of your business to the other party. Now, more than ever, people put all possible information on the cards, from the required name, title, address and phone, to a cell phone, fax, Skype name, URL, email(s), social media links, QR codes, or other contact info.

People who see the importance of business cards realize they must differentiate their cards. As a result, there are businesses that create plastic cards, metal cards, see-through cards, heavy/thick paper cards (with or without colored edge) and many others.

What is a Video Business Card?

Falling pricing in the microelectronic field created a new opportunity to update business cards with video and sound. A Video Business Card incorporates an LCD and a speaker embedded into a standard sized business card format. The front cover folds out and reveals a 2.4” LCD screen, perfect for showcasing a promotional video.

Video Business Card is the smallest Video Brochure available.


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How do Video Business Cards work?

Video Business Cards have several components:

Display 2.4" screen / 320 x 240 resolution
Memory 128 Mb (Default). Up to 4 Gb.
Board PCB Board
Port Micro-USB
Speaker Output: 2W
Battery Output: 500 mAh
Cover CMYK printed cover 3.5" x 2" x 0.25"
Automatic on/off functionality when opened or closed with a magnetic switch.

All the above components are assembled into a video card the size of a regular business card (3.5” x 2”).

Upon opening the card’s cover, the video is triggered by a magnet disconnecting the switch. The video playback loops until the card is closed. The card battery holds power for 60-75 minutes of playback. The typical length of the video is 30 – 60 seconds, though the card’s memory component is upgradable from the default 128 Mb to 4 Gb maximum, allowing longer playback.

A Video Business Card is essentially a USB drive with a screen and a speaker. The content on the cards is updatable (see later). Each card comes with a USB cable that connects the video card to a computer. After connecting the USB cable to the Micro USB port on the card and the USB port on the computer, the card shows up as a new drive, allowing the user to upload or download files as needed.


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Video Business Cards video format – explained

One of the most frequent questions is: Can I upload a new video to my Video Business Card?

The small, 2.4” video cards come in two different configurations: single format and multiformat.

Single format

In order to bring the price as low as possible, a PCB board with low decoder overhead is used, capable of playback of only AMV video files. The highly compressed files are a good fit for the 1 7/8” x 1 3/8” screen. There is, however, no widely available software able to convert videos to AMV files. We offer such conversion at no charge to our clients.

Multiformat

Like all other Video Brochures and Video Business Cards, multiformat Video Business Card plays typical video files like MP4, AVI, FLV, MPEG, MOV, and others. Because these cards require an upgraded PCB board, the cards are, on average, $2.00 more expensive per piece. Uploading a new video is as easy as copying files to a USB drive.

What to choose?

In most cases, our clients chose Single Format Cards with playback of AMV files. We converte the videos at no charge for our clients and uploaded the videos for free during the production. Because the cards are handed to potential clients, the cards do not require video update and customization typical with Video Cards and Video Brochures.



Video Business Card pricing

Video Business Cards price

Video Business Cards’ cost greatly depends on the order quantity. Higher quantity orders may be priced between $15 - $20 (per unit) while low quantity orders are at or above $50 per unit. Contact us to check the latest pricing and promotions.

Video Business Cards Design

Please download the Video Business Card template here. This PDF file is editable in Illustrator (preferred) and Photoshop. If you decide to create your design in Photoshop, please deliver the resulting file layered, with the template on one layer, and your design on the other (or in a layer group).
For a low fee, we are available to design the cards for you. If you decide to use our design services, please submit your existing marketing material, business card design (if available), logo in vector format, any images you may need on the card, and a copy. Please note that the card has four pages, so there is more space available than on a traditional card.

Video File Preparation

Because the cards are equipped with an LCD screen of the aspect ratio of 4:3, most video files must be adjusted for this screen. Be sure to consider this for your video production.
We would also advise avoiding any small text. The screen size is 320 x 240 pixels thus any small text in the video will be difficult to read.
Deliver your files for upload in the format of MP4 or AVI (preferred) in the 4:3 aspect ratio at a resolution of at least 640 x 480 pixels.

Purchase a Video Business Card sample

You can purchase a sample of our Video Business Card for $25 including shipping. If you decide to submit an order, we will credit your account with $25. Please purchase your sample here.


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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to produce my Video Business Cards?

Typically, the production takes 3 weeks, though high quantity orders (500 and more) may require extra time. The production starts after a deposit is paid or after approval of a proof.

What is the minimum quantity I can order?

The minimum quantity is 10 Video Business Cards, though the price per card is rather high.

Can I change the video on my Video Business Card?

Please see the section Video Business Cards video format – explained The short answer is yes, but your video needs to be converted to AMV file by our multimedia specialists.

What is the shelf life of the cards?

The cards can be stored for up to 6 months. After that, the batteries may lose power and the cards have to be recharged.

Are the cards rechargeable?

Yes, the cards can be recharged over and over by the supplied USB cable. The cable has a micro USB port typical on most Android phones (and other electronic devices).

What is the weight of Video Business Cards?

One card weights approximately 36 grams.

What are the dimensions of the Video Business Card?

The card’s dimension is 3.5" x 2" x 0.25". The LCD is 320 x 240 pixels and 1 7/8” x 1 3/8”

What are the technical specifications of the Video Business Card?

card size: 90x52x8mm | 3.5" x 2" x 0.25" Auto start Material: paper cards + TFT sreen + USB + Battery Screen: 2.4 " TFT screen Display area:48x36mm | 320 x 240 pixels and 1 7/8” x 1 3/8” Charge by: Micro USB port Power supply: Rechargeable Li-ion battery Accessories: USB Cable Memory Device: 128MB- 4GB Speaker: Built in, Maximum volume: 55dB, Optimum volume: 40dB Buttons: Optional Switch: Magnetic switch to trigger playback Video format: AVM (optional: other video files playback)

Can I split an order with 2 different designs?

Every new file is treated as a separate order, so 50 cards + 50 cards will have the price of 2 x 50 cards total. In higher volumes we do offer substantial discounts and quantities of 500 cards or more (for example 250 + 250) may be priced as a single order of 500 cards (lower price per unit). Please contact us for details.

Who is responsible for shipping?

Currently we offer free shipping. Insurance on the shipment is optional and recomended (USPS standard insurance fee applies).

Can I order large quantities (5000 or more)?

Absolutely. We can arrange a one-time delivery or delivery in preselected batches (i.e. 1000 each month). Contact us for details.

Can I purchase a sample of Video Business Card?

Yes, please process here to purchase a sample for $25. If you decide to submit an order, we will credit your account for that amount.

Can you help me design the card?

We offer free templates here. Our graphic designers can help with the custom design of your cards. Our rate starts at $90.

Can you help with the video production?

Yes, tell us what you need and we will produce your video according to your requirements.

Can you fulfill shipments to customers based on my database?

Yes, we work with a large shipping facility that can process direct mail.

Can I order one custom sample based on my design?

Unfortunately, no. The minimum quantity is 10 cards. You can, however, order a generic sample.


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