Each week at
ajaxLaunch, we're announcing a new ajax program designed to shatter
what people think is possible. In the last two weeks I announced
ajaxWrite and ajaxSketch. These programs were significant because they
load in seconds via a web browser, but look and operate like
traditional applications. Amazing technology, but hardly fun. Today,
I'm announcing something amazing and fun - video editing. Yes, video
editing ajax style - in a web browser like you have never seen before.
The product idea came from David Dudas, one of the many MP3.com alumni now venturing
out and starting their own companies. He told me about his vision to
offer a video editing suite using only a web browser. Video editing has
historically required expensive desktop software, a powerful PC and
lots of time. Offering a web-based solution is an ambitious if not
foolhardy proposition. Just the kind of idea I like!
I immediately wrote a
check for $50,000 and became an angel investor in the newly formed
company eyespot. I gave him the same
advice I give every entrepreneur: Run fast! He's been checking in with
me every couple months and making terrific progress. Today I'm happy to
help him announce the first
publicly available version of their online video editing and sharing
service eyespot, which is like
nothing you've seen.
Here's how it works. First, you need to get your videos into the online
account eyespot provides. One handy
method is to shoot video with your cell phone and send it as an MMS
message to your eyespot account, e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org
or whatever your username may be. The video usually shows up in your
account in less than 30 seconds. You can also email audio tracks you
want to use as background music.
For videos already on your PC, eyespot supports uploads in most popular
formats (.wmv, .avi, .mov, .divx, etc.) up to 25MB in size. Eyespot
uses ajax on the upload page to give real-time upload status. This is a
nice touch since most video hosting sites give you no feedback during
upload, which leaves you wondering if they are even working.
The Media Manager
displays all your personal media - uploaded video and photos in your
clip gallery, music or narration in your audio gallery, and final
mixes. Even if you have hundreds of clips, you can quickly scan through
your pages because ajax generates the "next" page before you ask for
it. This is an example of how ajax makes video editing practical.
The real magic
happens in the Mixer, where you can edit your videos, add soundtracks
and more in a point and click manner. First you drag and drop video
clips or photos onto a timeline. Then you drag an mp3 file into the
timeline as a soundtrack. Click the "create this mix" link, wait a few
seconds, and the mix is done. The same functionality can literally take
anywhere from 15 minutes to many hours with desktop video editing
software. Remember, there's no software to purchase or install - this
all happens inside a web page.
Not every video clip is going to be perfect, so eyespot provides some
editing features such as the Trimmer. If you upload a clip that is too
long or starts with a black frame because you started filming with the
lens cap on, you can click "trim" and launch the Trimmer and carve the
clip up in seconds to just the pertinent part.
Once you've created your video masterpiece, you can send video to any
cell phone or post it to the net on your own vlog (video blog) at
eyespot. Every video has a "send" link next to it. Click it, type in
someone's mobile phone number, and eyespot automatically resizes and
compresses the file according to the destination handset and then
delivers the video.
Another innovative aspect of eyespot is video remixing. See a video you
like on eyespot? Add it to your account with one click, mix it with
your own videos, and publish it back to the eyespot community. This is
going to take off!
Eyespot is off to a stunning start on their bold vision to provide an
ajax video editing platform and will eventually challenge products like
Apple's iMovie, Microsoft's MovieMaker, and Adobe Premiere for all
smaller video editing needs. At the same time, they are proving that
just about anything is possible using ajax. Watch the video of the Mixer and
sign up for
you own free account to see for yourself.
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