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Sightspeed 4.5

February 13, 2006 10:36 AM | 0 Comments

Not a new player in PC-based IP Videoconferencing, Sightspeed has been building proprietary software for VoIP and Video for more than 5 years (a lifetime in this industry). The fresh and new CEO - Peter Csathy was kind enough to comp me a Premium account so I could play with it a bit. First impression was good, easy to download and get setup. Since they mention in their PR that they are leveraging Web 2.0 I would imagine they are using Ajax, it looks good.  

Sightspeed 4.5 

This new release is much more esthetically pleasing than past apps and includes some great tools for creating html links from the video/voice mail recordings as well. In Sightspeed 4.5, we can extract the MPG link from the webpage that follows the recording which is great but I should not have to go through that much hassle to find it.

The video clip can only be 60 seconds long and only as a local recording, I can't record a video conference that I am part of. Not sure if this is by design but if we look at the flickr model we get plenty of storage space for free and Counterpath offers a SIP Voice/Video softphone that records all media to AVI.

I would also like it if the link were made available in MP4 and WMV and include the media extension in the html link so that my media enclosures will pick it up. Skype got picked up by the bloggers because it was the easiest app to use that was freely available, it's still not easy enough. I should also be able to upload my own MP4, MOV, WMV etc.

Add some mobile integration not unlike shoZu and multi-party conferencing recording capabilities for the Desktop client and we would now have a very useful tool for citizen journalists worldwide.

I would seem that most apps like this are targeting an audience that is less technically inclined but I think that with a little more work they could also carve out a pretty cool niche in a market that needs tools like this.

Alec has some comments as well.

Video Blogging via VH1's Web Junk

December 28, 2005 10:14 AM | 3 Comments

Video Blogging will become real when those watching TV can view aggregated, edited and hosted shows. It looks like VHI's purchase of online video aggregator iFilm will come to life by way of Web Junk.

The show will apparently take over where traditional film shorts left off.

"Our intention as creators and aggregators of content is to treat our audience as publishers," Harrison said. "Now that we're going to be delivering a fully automated tool, users will be able to upload whatever video they want and they'll get a chance to get on TV as well.

"Web Junk 20" will include "celebrity material, current news material, local TV and clips like "cop shoots self in foot," an all-time classic, Hirschorn said. "The goal is to be reasonably current if something really stupid happens."

The Hollywood Reporter has more.

Nokia N70 - Video blogging

December 17, 2005 8:02 AM | 10 Comments

So my buddy Andy just sent me this fancy shmancy cell phone that does everything a video blogger would want. The video capture is so easy to use anyone can do it, really... I am not kidding.

Just pull down the camera cover on the back of the phone and you are ready to film. Push the big button in the middle of the phone to start recording and push it again to pause. You now have a video already in MP4 format.

Here is one I shot of my son Kyler as an example, my Mom and Dad are in Australia visiting my bro and my other bro is in Calgary, I thought they would all appreciate thissmile

Kyler - What is that thing?
355x288, Streaming MP4, 2MB, 2min, 500kbps
Click on the image to start the video.

The audio is pretty good and the quality of the Carl Zeiss 2 megapixel camera is also quite good. I could not get Lifeblog to work, not even for a text posting so uploading the movie from my direct to my blog was a no go, but I am sure I will figure this out. I could not get the USB cable to work with the software on XP either, good thing I have a MMC card reader in my laptop and PC, yes the MAC is comingwink

For me this is a handy tool, good for impromptu interviews and it actually works quite well as a cell phone. It's too bad these manufacturers are still struggling to combine a good keyboard with a multimedia cell phone. I would love to be able to IM on this thing as well but alas the keyboard sucks for that.

I have always said that Video Blogging will take off. Mac gets it. The new iPod launched today now supports video. Something else I thought was super cool is that new iMac has a built in video camera and there is also a new remote control that you can use to view your favorite video blogs. Nice one Steve, keep it up!

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