Video Sharing News
Dozens of new video sharing websites have sprung up, with some of them offering addictive features for would-be video and movie producers:
Yahoo, based in Sunnyvale, CA, recently acquired Jumpcut after looking at the trajectory of Internet video, says Jason Zajac, general manager of social media at Yahoo. He says that more people are participating in online content creation than ever before, from publishing photos on Flickr to sharing bookmarked webpages on Delicious (both companies are owned by Yahoo). For Yahoo, Zajac says, Jumpcut had the best approach and technology to effectively stir the average person to put together personal movies.
Jumpcut has "enabled real-time video editing through the Web browser," says Mike Folgner, cofounder of the company. Using an advanced Flash-based application, people can preview changes while editing. "This real-time feedback mimics the desktop editing experience that people are used to," Folgner says.
Using the software is straightforward. You can upload your own video clips (each up to 100 megabytes in size) and then play around by changing their order, speeding up time, and adding special Flash effects that, for instance, make butterflies flutter across the screen. If the thought of starting a project with a blank slate seems daunting, there are plenty of clips and videos already available on Jumpcut, just waiting to be remixed. The preexisting clips are provided by other users and sponsors.
Other companies have raised the stakes in video quality for full screen video--far and above YouTube and even better than DVD video!
Available at Zudeo, users can upload, download and comment on videos in a manner similar to other video sharing sites like YouTube, Metacafe and Revver. But instead of the low-resolution video offered by competing services, the Azureus system promises internet video at better than DVD quality, thanks to BitTorrent's ability to distribute huge video files speedily.
"Try watching a YouTube video in full-screen mode," says Azureus CEO Gilles BianRosa. "You can't make out the details of what's going on. We've changed all that."
Azureus is best known for its popular file-sharing client of the same name, which allows users to download big files from each other using the peer-to-peer BitTtorrent protocol.
BianRosa says his company's video service is more than just another YouTube clone.
"Our main target is high-definition video, which is a whole new market online," he says. "People will be able to post any kind of quality on our platform, but on top of that, we also make it possible to post videos that exceed DVD quality."
BianRosa says the company, which is based in Palo Alto, plans to add television shows and full-length feature films to the service later this month. Azureus has inked distribution deals with 12 television, film and media companies, he says.
If Azureus can bring HDTV to online fullscreen video, and provide a quality service to online customers using a workable online business model, they may be able to stick around long enough to compete with the Google and Yahoo machines.
Online video is just now appearing on the radar screens of old media. For them, it could be too late.