Tuesday, August 09, 2005

49MEDIA - Podcast: Interviews With The People Creating Weblog Media Content

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Anina lives in Paris and is on the internet at anina.net. We talked about her experiences at Blogher, her website, moblogging, her 360 Fashion Project and much more!

Friday, August 05, 2005

ADS Tech Ships Instant VideoXpress

Focused on meeting the price/performance needs of customers at every level, ADS Tech (www.adstech.com) announced today Instant VideoXpress™, the newest member of its award-winning USB Instant audio/video capture product line. Priced at less than US$60, Instant VideoXpress raises the bar for ease of use while setting a lower price point in the entry level video capture market. A complete, ready-to-use hardware/software solution, the new device will appeal to inexperienced users and people with limited time because it provides the industry’s easiest video capture; automatic movie-making; the ability to instantly create photo slide shows from snapshots and direct recording of home videos.

With Instant VideoXpress, users can grab snapshots while they view their video simply by pressing the space bar. They can even preview at 60 frames per second and grab de-interlaced images for sharper image quality.

Instant VideoXpress is an external USB 2.0 device that is instantly recognized when connected to a Windows® XP computer. With the high-speed connection, audio and video can be captured from any analog source--uncompressed as for the highest quality, or in the compressed .AVI, MPEG -1 (VideoCD) or Windows Media™ 9 (WM9) video format. When the VideoCD format is selected, one hour of video can be recorded to a single CD. For even higher storage capacity, WM9 compression can be used to record two hours of video to a CD. The device also includes support for the NTSC, PAL, and SECAM video formats for multi-national use.

A 30-day trial of Ulead’s VideoStudio™ is also included that enables Instant VideoXpress customers to take automated video editing to the next level. muvee autoProducer enables Instant VideoXpress users to quickly create professional-looking videos simply by importing the captured video, adding background music , and selecting a style for automatic production.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Today @ PC World - Makin' Movies With the Vidster

Most electronic devices aren't built to withstand being drooled on, dropped, kicked, rolled around in the back of a minivan, despite the fact that some of my colleagues like to call some products "drool-worthy."

In other words, they aren't built to withstand being abused by kids. So, being a relatively new parent who owns several electronics devices, I think Mattel's new Vidster digital video camera (below) sounds like a great diversionary tactic for the little ones. It's only $80, which, if you’ve shopped at a Toys R Us store, seems like the price just to get in the door.

When junior is done recording his epic saga, he--or more likely, you--can use the included Muvee software to generate a finished movie. Add music of your choice, choose one of 10 styles, and the software automatically inserts transitions to match the music and the style. It's not Adobe Premiere, but it also won't take you two hours, either. Write it back out to the SD Card, then play it on a television through the Vidster's composite-out port.


Thursday, June 30, 2005

Press Release: muvee Teams with Bango and Equal Mobile to Deliver muveeStyles Via WAP (MobileBurn)

muvee Technologies, the pioneer and global leader in Instant Personal Video, has partnered with Bango and Equal Mobile Ltd to make it easier for camera phone users to purchase and download muveeStyles to their phones. muveeStyles enable users to make simple edits and put clips together as a music video - all on the phone.

Nokia has embedded muvee’s Movie Director application into the 7610, 6670, 6630, 3230, 6680, 6681, 6682 models, and users can instantly transform their video and photos into slick "muvees" in hundreds of different styles.

From the application, users can now download muveeStyles from the WAP site wap.muvee.com, which is accessible through the browser function on their phones, as well as via muvee’s website at www.muvee.com/mobile. Using Bango’s technology, users are billed either by their mobile phone operator, or have their muveeStyle purchases billed to their credit or debit card.

Mikko Alanko, muvee’s sales manager for mobile products, said, “Our muveeStyles have been really popular with camera phone users and we decided to make it even easier for people to download new styles straight to their phones. Equal Mobile, a market leader in online content management, has created a site for a global audience, while Bango enables the muveeStyles to be quickly accessed, readily promoted and easily charged for, across all mobile operators in more than 130 countries.”

muveeStyles are unique, themed templates that allow camera phone users to instantly create compelling video productions on their mobile phones. Each style has its own effects, transitions, graphics, music and editable text messages that can be instantly applied to video clips and pictures to create a finished, stylized “muvee” that users can save and show on their phones, or send as a multimedia message (MMS). Multiple video clips and pictures can also be combined into a single montage.

Equal Mobile has an easy to use web-based content management system that creates mobile internet sites in WAP and xhtml. These mobile sites allow Equal Mobile’s clients to sell content to a global audience. For more information, visit www.equalmobile.com.

Daniel Feane, Equal Mobile’s Managing Director, said “We’re excited to be working with muvee – they have a fun product, and it’s good to know users can now get more muveeStyles worldwide from their phones. Bango was the obvious choice for mobile billing, due to their global reach.”

muveeStyles are available through the WAP site at US$3.00 each, and are compatible with Nokia models that feature the Movie Director application. The styles are available in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese. Users in the UK can get a free WAP Push link to the muvee mobile site by sending the text message “go content” to 85080 (valid only in the UK and optimized for Nokia Series 60 phones).


Wednesday, June 29, 2005

ABC News Podcasts Steve Jobs Interview || The Mac Observer

ABC News Podcasts Steve Jobs Interview || The Mac Observer: "The ABC News Shuffle, a newscast hosted by Jake Tapper and available either in streaming MP3 or as a podcast, on Wednesday posted an interview with Apple CEO Steve Jobs. During the chat, Mr. Jobs discusses Tuesday's roll-out of iTunes 4.9, which brought podcasting into the popular music software, and notes that the over 3,000 podcasts currently available are 'gonna remain free. Although I do think we may start to see some advertising tagged onto them in the coming months.'

Mr. Tapper also addresses the issue of podcasting guidelines, prompting Mr. Jobs to respond that Apple's attitude toward podcasting is 'it's the Wild West' with a few guidelines against pornography and copyright infringement. Mr. Jobs also refuses to speculate about a possible video-capable iPod and deflects criticism that Apple is focusing on the iPod at the expense of the Mac by saying 'our Macintosh computer sales are growing at three to four times the rate of the rest of the industry.'

You can hear the entire interview, or read the transcript, at the ABC News Web site."

Monday, June 27, 2005

Multiply Introduces Video Blogging and Music Sharing; Unveils Pay Upgrades

Multiply becomes the first Web site to let users share and discuss videos, music, photos and blogs with their social network.

Multiply has added video and music to the popular types of content its users can share and discuss with family, friends and their entire "social network." Multiply users can also upload digital photos, blogs, events, classified listings and more -- on their own personal Web site.

"Devices that record video have become ubiquitous; you have camcorders, digital cameras, even cell phones. But until now there wasn't an easy, convenient way to share the video," says Peter Pezaris, Multiply's president. "By making it convenient for users to put their videos and music on the same site as their photos, blogs and events, we're opening up these types of media to a mass audience."

The addition of video and music coincides with Multiply's introduction of subscription "Gold" and "Platinum" accounts. While all Multiply users get unlimited storage for their videos, music, and photos free of charge, users with premium accounts get higher monthly upload limits.

"Our pay upgrades allow us to provide a better experience for everyone, including non-paying users," says Pezaris. "Our power users can share a ton of media, and our more casual users don't get hit with the barrage of advertising prevalent on other photo and video-sharing sites."

In addition to the higher upload limits, pay subscribers get more tools to customize their personal home pages, discounts on photo print orders, and other premium features. More information about Multiply's Gold and Platinum subscription options can be found at:

About Multiply Inc.
Multiply Inc., based in Boca Raton, FL, is privately owned and operated. The company's flagship product, Multiply (http://multiply.com), is at the forefront of the growing field of social communications.

Google To Launch Online Video Playback Today

John Battelle's Searchblog: News: Google To Launch Online Video Playback Today: "I've confirmed that Monday Google will launch an in-browser video playback feature based on the open source VLC media player. This is the logical next step for Google's video search and upload function, which began taking uploads from anyone who cared to submit back in April.

Google will not disclose the raw numbers of videos that have been uploaded to date, but the company will make all those which were tagged as 'free' available for real time streaming through the VLC player, which Google has modified and will make available for download Monday morning. The company also intends to make its VLC code available to the open source community as part of their Google code project. "


BBC NEWS | Technology | Google to start 'video blogging'

Search engine firm Google is to begin an experiment in "video blogging", according to co-founder Larry Page.
Mr Page told a conference in San Francisco that the company would be archiving people's video clips, starting in the next few days.

The move to let people upload video to Google's servers comes as the firm trials a video search service.

Google Video provides transcripts of TV clips and links to downloadable content, where it is available.

Google's interest in blogging - web logging - stems back to 2003 when it bought popular blog site, Blogger.com

Video blogging - vlogging - is still a new phenomenon but is expected to take off as web space becomes cheaper - or even free - and digital cameras become ever more sophisticated.


Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Nikon PictureProject Plug-ins Launched - PhotographyBLOG

(Press Release) TOKYO — Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of three optional Plug-ins for expanded functionality. Nikon’s exclusive PictureProject software is bundled with every Nikon digital camera and Nikon Capture software is purchased separately. PictureProject COOLPIX Remote Control Plug-in enables users to operate the COOLPIX 8400 and COOLPIX 8800 cameras remotely from a computer. The nik Color Efex Pro 2.0 Express Edition, compatible with Nikon’s PictureProject and Capture software provides users a host of highly creative visual effects. PictureProject DVD Show allows automatic creation of advanced videos made from still images and movie clips that are combined with music and special effects, then saved on a recordable CD or DVD. (more)