Vancouver’s macProVideo.com has announced the purchase of Toronto-based online software training website, AskVideo.com. The deal includes AskVideo.com‘s full catalogue, brand, and other operational assets.
When macProVideo was founded in February of 2005, the company focused on training for Apple software applications like Logic, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, and GarageBand. The company’s library quickly expanded to include training for over 40 different software applications, including Photoshop and the Adobe CS Suite, Microsoft Office, and all major audio applications from Ableton Live to Propellerhead Reason. Their training catalogue currently boasts over 1200 hours of online software courses and more than 22,000 tutorial-videos.
AskVideo was founded in 2004 to provide training for audio software like Cubase, Pro Tools, and Native Instruments DSP plugins. As the first website in the world devoted to audio software training, AskVideo quickly built up a worldwide cult following for its Canadian-produced educational videos.
According to macProVideo’s Founder and CEO, Martin Sitter, “It’s a little known fact that two of the Internet’s pioneering producers of online education are actually Canadian companies. By combining both companies together, we’re looking to consolidate the Canadian online educating industry and bring our trademarked NonLinear Educating System™ to the larger world of Windows PC users.”
The NonLinear Educating System features HD tutorial-videos that play in web browsers, on desktops, and through iOS devices. There are also advanced search features that make it easy to find topics of interest, as well as tools for bookmarking videos, taking notes, and progress tracking that displays the viewer’s progress through each online course.
Users can watch free courses by creating an AskVideo.com account, or gain access to the entire AskVideo library by purchasing a Library Pass. Educational and corporate site licenses are available for universities and companies that need to train students/staff on the use of creative software applications for audio engineering, video editing, web design, and the graphic arts.
“We are particularly excited about the potential AskVideo has for the wider corporate and educational markets,” continues Martin. “Our full-featured site licensing system is not only cost-effective, but also provides teachers and administrators with full analytics so they can see what their students and staff are watching, and when they watched it. With our excellent support for iOS, students and staff can watch titles on their iPad or iPhone while commuting, at lunch, or any other time that’s convenient. This is true NonLinear Educating.”