How To Create A Filter

  1. Install the ZingFilter Chrome extension.
  2. Create a ZingFilter account if you haven't already done so. You can create an account either inside the extension or on the website.
  3. Find a movie, TV show, or video to filter. Currently we support Netflix and YouTube, but more content providers will be coming online soon. Note: We allow up to three published filters per video and one per filter creator. Even if there are already 3 filters for a video, you can still create one for personal use; you just won't be able to publish it unless we unpublish one of the three filters for quality reasons.
  4. Click the red ZingFilter extension icon in Chrome, then click Create Filter. Note: If the icon is green instead of red, there is at least one filter for this video already. Let's suppose we want to create a filter for Jurassic Park:

  5. After clicking Create Filter, you should see the video title and source. In this case that is Jurassic Park, and Netflix. Click the Play icon to begin playing the video. If you don't see a source or title, or clicking Play doesn't begin playing the video, something has gone wrong. Try reloading the video and start again. If that still fails, please contact us.

  6. If everything looks good and the video begins playing, sit back, relax, and keep a finger on your keyboard's space bar. You will quickly press the space bar to add a marker wherever needed. Whenever you hear profanity or a vulgar expression—or see something that needs to be filtered—press the space bar. Do it for each instance throughout the video. You'll come back after the video ends and add details about each marker. If desired, you can click the Add Marker icon instead of clicking the space bar:

  7. Let's add a marker now by pressing the space bar:

    The most natural way to add markers is to press the space bar when needed and continue watching the video. Then come back at the end and enter details on all markers. Alternatively you can pause the video after each marker and add details as you go if you choose.
  8. Now that we have added a marker, some explanation is needed:

    Let's visit each item in clockwise rotation, beginning from top-left:
    1. Play/Pause - Control video playback while working on the filter.
    2. Add Marker - Add a marker. You can also press the <SPACE> bar.
    3. Positioned Marker - the red bar that runs through the middle of the slider control.
    4. Test Unfiltered Marker - Click to play the unfiltered segment between the start and end times.
    5. Reload Video Page - Sometimes the video crashes or becomes unresponsive. Click to reload video while keeping the extension open.
    6. Upload Filter - Upload filter to the server. You can do this at any time, and as often as you wish. Also serves as a cloud backup of your filter.
    7. Delete Filter - Be careful; this deletes the entire filter. If you have uploaded the filter it will only be deleted locally and you'll still have it on the server.
    8. Current Video Time - The current elapsed time of the video. This updates in realtime as the video plays.
    9. Return to Main Menu - Return to the main menu.
    10. Red Border - The red border around the toolbar indicates an unfinished filter, which means one or more markers don't have required details yet.
    11. Delete Marker - Delete just this marker; not the entire filter. This is convenient for when you add a marker by mistake.
    12. Category - The category of the mute or skip. (Language, Obscenity, Violence, Nudity, Sexuality, Disturbing)
    13. Skip - Cause the marker to skip an offensive segment of the video.
    14. Mute - Cause the marker to mute an offensive segment of the video.
    15. Adjusted End Time of Marker - The adjusted end time of the marker is a few seconds after the point at which you added the marker.
    16. Adjusted Start Time of Marker - The adjusted start time of the marker is a few seconds before the point at which you added the marker.
    17. Go To Next Marker - Go to the next marker.
    18. Jump To Marker - Jump to any marker in the filter.
    19. Go To Previous Marker - Go to the previous marker.

  9. Now let's suppose we have watched the entire video and added markers where appropriate. If you haven't uploaded the filter to the server yet, it would be a good idea to do that now, to avoid loss of the filter. Although the filter is continuously saved to your local PC or MAC, it's not truly saved until you upload it. You can upload it as often as you wish, and each subsequent upload will overwrite the previous filter, for this Source and Video only.
  10. Let's return to the first marker by jumping to it via the Go To Marker pulldown. Each marker must be set as either a mute or a skip. For the sake of the example, I have set Marker #1 as a mute, set the category to Language, and typed the first 2 letters of the word to mute out in the autocomplete box. In this case I typed "he", and then was able to select the word. When selecting a category of Language, you must also enter into the autocomplete box which word was muted out. To do this, simply type the first 2 letters of the word, then select the word. Typing only 1 letter of the word will do nothing. You can also click the eye icon to view all cuss words and select one, if that is easier for you. If a word or phrase needs to be muted out but it doesn't appear in our list of words, most likely you should choose the Obscenity category instead of language.

    Important: The Start and End times are just approximations to get you in the vicinity of the marker. You will need to adjust these times in all cases. Use the arrows on your keyboard to adjust and refine the start and end times so that you surgically remove offensive content and nothing before or after that. After you have entered the required details about your marker, you'll want to click the Test Filtered Marker icon, which will play the segment containing your mute or skip, plus a few seconds before and after the mute or skip.

    Testing the filtered marker is essential, and will often need to be re-tested several times, adjusting the start/end times after each test. When you have it perfect, move on to the next marker.
  11. Now suppose there is a violent scene we want to skip, such as when the dinosaur eats the lawyer. I have clicked the Skip icon (instead of Mute), set the category to Violence and the severity to Moderate. It would be reasonable to set the Category to Disturbing instead of Violence, but I thought this was more closely aligned with Violence.

    When selecting any category except Language, a box will pop up requiring you to choose a Severity level. Notice the link titled Detailed descriptions to help you decide. You should carefully read these descriptions and adhere as closely as possible to that guidance, in order to have consistency across all filters.

  12. Continue through each marker and get them perfect. Then upload the filter one final time. It is recommended, though not required, to watch your video filtered once more from beginning to end, with the extension box closed, as a normal user would. As you're watching the video with your filter applied (the ZingFilter icon will turn green if the filter is matched and engaged), there are some very handy keyboard shortcuts to help identify and track any filtering problems you may discover. Currently these only work with Netflix, but they will soon work on other platforms as well:
    1. ALT + L - Display the most recent Marker #. This is very helpful when you observe that a marker doesn't quite mute or skip just the way you expected. Seeing the Marker ID helps you know which marker to go fix.
    2. ALT + N - Skips forward to 3 seconds before the (N)ext marker. You can easily skip from marker to marker without having to watch everything in between. Warning: Aggressively and frequently skipping like this can sometimes cause markers to behave slightly differently from normal usage. So watching the whole video normally is recommended.
    3. ALT + R - Skips backward 3 seconds before the previous action, handy for (R)eplaying the most recent marker
  13. When you are ready to publish your filter, you will need to login to your account on the website and publish your filter. Once you do this, ZingFilter users will be able to start enjoying your filter and rating it.