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Create professional videos online March 12, 2008

Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Personal, Photos, Video.
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Animoto is a new online video editing service but unlike any you’ve used before. You can quickly and easily create impressive videos with your own photo’s and music and share them instantly via email or by embedding it on your website/blog. The special effects are extremely slick and professional quality. If you don’t like how things have been generated you can click the remix button and it automatically recreates the video (without touching the original!). You can also remix the original video yourself and change the images or music and again keep the original intact.

Here is a sample video I put together in less than five minutes! I just chose 10 photos (the minimum requirement) from my computer and added one of my favorite songs from my mp3 collection (The Simple Things) and let Animoto do its thing. It actually took longer for the service to render and produce the finished video than it took to design it!

But Wait There’s More!

You can actually use images you have stored online from Flickr, Photobucket, Picaso or other sites. You can also use music from Animoto’s impressive online music library.

When you’re done creating your videos they are all stored in your own library called My Videos. Another fantastic feature is its integration with YouTube! With the click of a button your videos can be exported to your YouTube account, tagged and bagged! You can also download your videos to save them to your computer.

Here’s their 60-second demo:

How Much?
OK, creating professional videos can’t be cheap, so how much will it cost? Well, the basic account is free which lets you create unlimited 30-second videos which is a great deal! If you want to produce a full-length video then you can either chose the pay-per-video option which is only $3 per video or the incredible unlimited videos and download package for just $30 not per month but per year! Amazing, huh?

Final Thoughts
While I love the unique remixing feature that never produces the same exact video twice in a row, I hope they someday give more options and controls over that feature. It would be awesome to be able to pick and choose whatever effects and transitions we want just like we do with presentation packages and full-blown desktop video packages. Still, who can complain about an online service that can offer this kind of high-quality type of product that produces such professional results so quickly and easily?

One last thing, don’t think of this as just for home movies and personal use. I have no doubts that many businesses will make full-use of this technology to produce cool marketing and promotional videos for their websites and viral marketing campaigns.

Hictu December 15, 2007

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Everyone is excited about Seesmic but it is going to be in private BETA for a long time before it is open to the public. In the mean time, why not try the original video twitter, Hictu ?

They launched a year ago in December 2006 and have not garnered much press or attention for some reason, but here is a good Mashable piece on Hictu.

Hictu lets you post short messages like Twitter (160 character limit vs the 140 limit for tweets) but here’s the twist, you can include a video message as well.

Here is the composition screen where you create your messages (text or video). Notice the option to send the message to your Twitter account.

Hictu also lets you create an online profile card with many of your different instant messenger contact information: Yahoo, MSN, GTalk, Skype and more. You can embed the card on any website too.

Final Thoughts: Until Seesmic does officially open its doors, we could give Hictu a shot. Here is an interesting post from Robert Scoble about Seesmic and Hictu. Checkout the comments where the people behind Hictu chime in with some interesting and valid comments regarding the love affair that Seesmic is having with the press and media and the unfair coverage that Hictu is receiving.


Searchles December 8, 2007

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Searchles is a unique service that lets you create playlists of videos from google, YouTube and MySpace (more to come). Their MyTV feature is the most impression and fun part because it lets you edit any of these videos online and actually select the portion of the video you want to play and share with others. Here is a brief but informative video demo of how it works.

Here is an example of someone’s channel they call The 8 Most Memorable Movie Cameos by Non-Actors . Notice how they’ve included 8 different clips that you can switch between or change like channels on TV. The possibilities are endless because it depends on the person’s creativity. Here is one I put together in 5 minutes with some Christmas videos. Tip: Click the menu button to change any video that is playing.

WorldTV and others need to study how Searchles does things and incorporate their slick and powerful video editing tools. Searchles was briefly covered in a previous piece on this blog called YouTV.

Al though Searchles does not provide a way to record your own webcam broadcasts at this time, you can still use your own videos and create your own TV channel and playlists if you upload your videos to YouTube, Google video or MySpace.

YouTV December 5, 2007

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It is becoming easier and cheaper to run your own internet TV station and broadcast from your webcam. The newer services also allow you to save all of your favorite videos in one place from multiple video sites such as YouTube, MetaCafe, Yahoo video and more! In essense, they become a sort of social bookmarking service for your video collection from all over the web, including your own webcam videos!

Here are some of the best services that can help you launch your own YouTV!

WorldTV is the latest player in town and it is impressive. They make it easy to launch your own video TV station in minutes along with your own logo and URL (www.worldTV.com/PaiTV).
Upload your own recorded webcam sessions or add videos from just about any of the video services out there and arrange your playlists and start broadcasting. You can drag and drop videos from your locker to the playlist any time because you are the program director. Here’s a Scoble video interview of the founder of WorldTV.
***Breaking News***
WorldTV just announced they will provide a new feature that will display the globe where we can click anywhere in the world and watch the TV stations in that area.

UStreamTV is purely a webcam broadcasting system that makes it very easy to launch your own TV show live on the web. It recently partnered with Meebo the web-based messenger which means you can now launch a video chat session during text chats.

Stickam lets you broadcast your own TV shows live as well as video chat with friends.

Kyte.Tv does things a little differently. It lets you mash many types of media onto your TV playlist such as webcam video, audio, text, and more.Vidd

Non-Live YouTV Services: These sites let you create your own channels or playlists of your own videos but you can’t broadcast live like the other services.

has the best video player which allows viewers to post comments on the timeline.

Excellent quality videos and lots of creative things you can do to videos you upload.

Veoh Offers high quality video because it does not convert them.

is the most popular video site ever so not much needs to be said about them. The biggest complaint is their low-quality resolution videos.

is similar to YouTube.

Here is a comparison of video services from wikipedia.

And now for something completely different:

Searchles does not broadcast or record webcam video but it lets you create playlists of videos from google, YouTube and MySpace. The most unique thing about this site is that it will let you edit any of these videos online and actually select the portion of the video you want to play on what they call MyTV. Here is a brief but informative video demo of how it works. Here is an example of someone’s channel they call

The 8 Most Memorable Movie Cameos by Non-Actors . Notice how they’ve included 8 different clips that you can switch between or change like channels on TV. The possibilities are endless.

Best Free VMail Services December 4, 2007

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Sending video mail (vMail) is much easier these days thanks to the following services. Many of them don’t even require any software downloads or installation as in the old days.

All you need is a webcam and a computer with Internet access and you are good to go. Here are some of the best vMail services:

MailEmotion.TV is a new service that requires no downloads or installations to send video emails.

VoxLite is another no install service that lets you either record from your webcam and send video message thru email or even upload an existing video file to email. There’s even a no sign-up way to use their service.

BedroomTV (Formerly SpringDoo) appears to be the market leader when it comes to web-based video/webcam recording that you can share on websites or emails.
They call their video mail feature SpringMail. They also have SpringMob for mobile access. SpringCast and SpringBlog for posting videos to websites and blogs.
No service comes close to the features that SpringDoo offers and all for free!

EyeJot has a free account that allows 60-second messages, 30 days of storage and webcam recording. There is a widget for your websites and blogs.

There is also something unique called EyeJot This which lets you send a video of yourself along with a link you want to share with someone.

Very simple service that makes it easy to record and send vmail.

VLIP Offers a nice interface and a public directory of other vlips. You can embed the videos or vmail it.

HelloDeo is a free video/webcam recorder from Odeo, the same people who brought us the world famous Twitter ! Don’t expect anywhere near the same level of wow here though.

All of the above services are web-based video mail sites that do not require any installation. Here is one site that offers an excellent webcamm recorder client for free (for windows and Mac)!

SightSpeed offers a premium package and a free version.

OoVoo offers free video mail and the ability to group video chat with up to six people.

If you have a webcam then you can send video emails instantly with any of these services. In many cases, you don’t even have to install anything. Here’s a list of all these video email services that will be updated with new services when they are active.

PodTech:San Jose Mercury News photojournalist uses VuVox to tell photostory November 26, 2007

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Incredible new technology that brings still photographs to life! Could be the future of newspapers online as well. Awesome for family scrapbooks and perhaps for blogging too?

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Voicethread & video doodling November 25, 2007

Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Audio, Fun, Video.
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Here is a new service that is interesting. VoiceThread offers video doodling which allows you to share audio and text comments as a group while viewing the same photo’s or videos. It’s all part of the trend towards more collaborative multimedia social networking services. Watch for this to become a common part of all websites and blogs.