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Monday, January 1, 2007

Online Video Tools And Internet Television Trends: The Best Of 2006

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Online video, Internet television, IPTV and grassroots independent video publishing will indeed be some of the fastest moving new media sectors. All of them will see further changes, unpredicted disruptions and innovation, and lots of new fascinating video publishing tools and content opportunities during 2007.

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This is a tribute to all of the great video technologies and opportunities that have already emerged in the last 12 months, and within which, here below, you will likely find some of the true pioneers and innovators that will shape for some time to come, the online video universe.

In my 2007 new media predictions, this is what I have written about online video:

"As if 2006 hadn't seen enough of it, the online video publishing and sharing space will see further innovation and growth. Better and easier tools will facilitate small and large publishers abilities to post, edit and aggregate quality content online. In this scenario the greatest opportunity it still represented by those companies that will be providing the tool and means to facilitate the filtering, selection and distribution of quality video content out of the ocean of low-quality stuff being dumped out there. Video search engine and directories are in particularly favorable position to provide breakthrough tools and facilities to let quality content finally surface. One of my most wanted tools, the online video interview recorder, will also likely become a reality next year for the benefit of many online reporters and video producers."

Here is a short selection of the best online video reviews and internet television articles that have appeared on MasterNewMedia during 2006, followed by a selection of some of the most interesting smaller new entries into this field as we have first introduced through our weekly Sharewood Picnics.

  1. December 29, 2006
    Video Education: Free Online Learning Resources Mini-Guide
    2006 proved itself to be the year of online video, and as the medium has evolved more and more free online resources have become readily available for those willing to look for them. As universities get wise to the Open Courseware concept, and independent video producers...
  2. December 26, 2006
    Online Video Publishing - Customize Your Blog Or Webpage With Google's API
    Online video is a great way to add rich content to your blog or website, whether you are keeping a personal journal or running a for-profit operation. The Google Ajax Search API is a great way of being able to customize the way you display your video content in a visually rich way that you can adapt with the minimum of technical knowledge.
  3. December 4, 2006
    Open Video Platform Becomes Gateway To Internet Television Experience: Democracy TV Gets Better
    Online video, or what we are increasingly referring to as Internet television, can't be really appreciated unless there are tools that simplify, facilitate and enrich the process of searching, playing, sharing and publishing online video content.
  4. November 25, 2006
    Video Publishing Online: Where To Share Your Video Clips On The Web
    Where can you publish your video clips online? This mini-guide of online video sharing sites should give you a good reference to find your preferred online video publishing outlet.
  5. November 13, 2006
    Internet Video - How To Monetize Your Independent Video Content
    Online video pays itself. The opportunities to monetize online video are rapidly increasing. You need not find anymore a distribution house to make your video- or film-making passion pay back for your hard work.
  6. October 31, 2006
    Internet Television: Brightcove Launches First 360° Internet TV Business Platform
    Internet Television is indeed coming. But the best news is that small independent publishers, video makers and indie producers have now a new powerful ally facilitating their publishing, distribution and video monetization goals. And with such rapid expansion of online video publishing services, offering higher quality...
  7. October 23, 2006
    Internet Television: Corporate TV Goes After P2P Networks
    The phenomenon of Internet television is rising many controversies among the supporters and owners of traditional corporate TVs, because of the potentially devastating changes it might provoke in the mass media world. The unstoppable growth of the online social media networks automatically leads internet users...
  8. October 20, 2006
    Video Marketing Online: How To Effectively Market With Video On The Web
    Online video marketing is the key business differentiator for web companies wanting to communicate effectively their product profile and benefits within the shortest possible time. There is nothing else that comes close to the effectiveness and persuasion power of a well designed video message.
  9. September 28, 2006
    Online Video Advertising And Promotion: Share Your Video Online Is The Only Way To Go
    Online Video Advertising And Promotion: Share Your Video Online Is The Only Way To Go Online video publishing has indeed taken the Internet by storm this year, making the use of video for marketing, promotion, news and PR online a true key strategic component of any new...
  10. September 13, 2006
    Share Video Online: Link Deep Into Any Video Clip With Motionbox - Video Intro
    Want to share only a specific section of a video clip? Now you can. Thanks to the latest feature release from online video editing and publishing service Motionbox (being released today), the syndicating, mashing-up and repurposing of online video content may gain some of the...
  11. June 7, 2006
    Internet Broadcasting: Brightcove Makes Professional Online Video Publishing And Distribution A Reality
    Internet Broadcasting, Online Video, Internet Television: all these buzzwords stand to witness the booming popularity of video publishing and distribution on the Internet. Theatrical film releases may soon start to see their audiences first online and then through theaters worldwide just as the online movie...

and here, where it all started, my 2005 predictions about online video:

  • December 21, 2005
    Online Video: Why 2006 Will Be The Year Of Video
    Yes, 2006 will be the year of online video. This is what I wrote not more than a week ago here, while attempting to bring in to focus my first set of predictions on the upcoming web and new media future. Video will indeed be a disruptive.

Here a small selection of the most interesting new entries during 2006 in the field of online video and Internet television. This is not a ranked chart, nor a comprehensive list of all the new online video tools and internet television services that have come out during 2006.

It is just a small roundup of some of the best online video tools and internet television services that during 2006 we were able to discover, and give some visibility to

  • Agggregate and compile the best video clipsvideos from YouTube, Google, Yahoo, Revver, to create your own unique video channels: Magnify
    Magnify is a platform that allows you to create a video site that collects videos from YouTube, Google, Yahoo!, Revver, and many other sources based on the reviews and recommendations of a community. Online publishers can use the Magnify to allow videos that are relevant to them and their users to be discovered and shared. To "Magnify" a video, you need to submit it to one of the many communities that are building their video repertories on the Magnify platform. This means that over time, user-generated video will get better, and searching for video will become more relevant and useful. Free to use.

  • Online service that allows you upload, store and edit your videos online: StarterStash
    StarterStash is a web-based service that allows you upload, store and edit your videos online. You can also record directly from your camcorder or digital camera with StashPad to create a library of video that you can organize on your local computer and sync with your online StashSpace. You can mash together scenes from any video in your stash to create exciting new movies on the fly. StarterStash comes with the following subscription plans:
    • StarterStash: free with 5 Hours of Video / 500 photos

    • Nickel Stash: $5/month or $50/year with10 hours of video / 1,000 photos

    • Dime Stash: $10/month or $100/year with 25 Hours of Video / 2,500 photos

  • Website that gives exposure to the work of independent filmmakers and producer and allows them to create video channels: Dovetail
    Dovetail is a service that gives exposure to the work of independent filmmakers and producers. On Dovetail videomakers can increase their exposure by launching their own independent TV show and by creating a branded channel. The audience will see all film in DVD or high definition format just as their producers conceived and directed them. Free sign up, both for audiences and for producers.

  • Upload, share and buy user-generated content and hundreds of movies and TV shows: Guba
    Guba is an web site that allows you to upload, share and buy user-generated content and hundreds of movies and TV shows. Guba enables rapid download to the PC, iPod, PSP, and other portable devices. Users can watch videos in Flash, QuickTime, Windows Media formats. You can watch movies for $0.99 and TV shows for €0.49. Guba also provides an archive of free videos, which are the ones produced by the community. Free sign up.

  • Online video channel lets you upload and stream your videos and promotes video contests: Ziddio
    Ziddio is a online and on demand channel featuring user-generated content. With Ziddio you can create, watch and share videos; it is also possible to participate to video contests promoted by Ziddio. You'll need a camcorder, digital camera, cell phone, or just a webcam to get started. Once you've recorded your videos, you can upload them and select the appropriate contest. Currently the upload limit is set at 100MB per video. Free To use.

  • Video hosting and sharing service lets you collect your favorite videos and upload yours from your mobile: MyWaves
    MyWaves is a service that allows you to create your own video channel and collect all your favorite videos. You can also send web-based videos from the most popular video sharing sites to your mobile. Additionally, you can store the videos you shoot with your mobile on MyWaves and share them with your friends. You simply need to download the mobile MyWaves application. MyWaves works with all the major carriers in Europe, US and Canada. Free sign up

  • Video publishing platform allows you to upload or collect your favorite videos and create your personal collection: VodPod

    VodPod is an online video service that allows you to create a collection of videos about a specific topic or theme. Once you create the collection, the VodPod provides a place for you to watch those videos together, to let others know what you're watching and what you like. You can start a channel, upload your own videos and build a collection for free. During initial part of the beta trial period, you'll be able to upload both basic and hi-resolution videos for free, but VodPod plans to require a "Pro" subscription to upload hi-res video in the upcoming months.

  • Video sharing community rewards its members with prizes on a daily basis: WeWin
    WeWin is an online video sharing community that rewards its members with prizes. WeWin members have daily opportunities to win valuable prizes and connect with people who share their interests. WeWin members can view each others' photos, videos, profiles, communicate and meet new friends on the service, post comments and describe their interests. Free sign up.

  • BBC opens news archives: BBC Open Video News Archive
    BBC News announced a breakthrough recently by opening its news archive to the public under a Creative Commons-like license. Available only to UK residents, the news archive currently houses around 80 clips of many of the top stories of the past 50 years, including the uprising in Tiananmen Square, the fall of the Berlin Wall and other landmark events. Users can then use this footage to create new works that build on the existing BBC material, without fear of reprisals from the British media giant. The license utilized, BBC' own Creative Archive license, is similar to the Creative Commons license, with stipulations for non-commercial, non-endorsement use, as well as for share-alike and attribution usage. Although the offerings are currently small, opening the archive is another step forward for the BBC following their move last fall to allow users to remix BBC content. Free to use.

  • Peer-to-peer platform enables producers and publishers to spread original content among the community: Azureus
    Azureus is a peer-to-peer platform with millions of active users. If you are a producer or publisher of original content, use the Zudeo client to expose your talent to the world. You simply need to download and install the Zudeo client and enjoy great content in high resolution. There is no cost to publish or distribute content, including storage, hosting or bandwidth. Free download.

  • Create your own media hosting site, or link hosted media to your pre-existing website: SmartVideoChannel

    SmartVideoChannel allows you to create your own media hosting site or link hosted media to your pre-existing website. Each new site hosted on or through SmartVideoChannel is available to viewers as a channel. Channels can be public or private: public channels will be listed on the SmartVideoChannel homepage and available to all viewers. Private channels are only accessible to users who know the channel Url. Free to use.

  • Upload and share videos with anyone with an email address: Fliqz
    Fliqz is a web site that allows you to upload and share videos with anyone with an email address. Recipients don't need register with Fliqz to view videos, meaning that a simple e-mail link will have family and friends watching in no time. Fliqz also offers superior organizing and cataloguing capabilities, all geared toward the long-term storage and preservation of irreplaceable videos.
    Free to use.

  • Video hosting service that allows you to upload any video under 10MB without registration: ZippyVideos
    ZippyVideos is a video hosting service that allows you to upload any video under 10MB without registration. You can also decide to join the community by creating a free account and take advantage of bigger upload limits, free prizes, contests and your own custom video page. The free account offers unlimited video count and enables you to upload videos up to 20MB. The service is also useful for linking great and funny videos on message boards, posting videos on personal websites, and on blogs. Free to use.

  • Video sharing community offers a revenue sharing program through Google AdSense: Flixya

    Flixya is a video sharing community where users can share videos from YouTube, Google Video, DailyMotion, and other video sharing sites. Flixya offers a revenue sharing program (requires Google AdSense account) and a rewards program where users can win prizes. You will make 50% of the Google Adsense revenue generated by the videos you submit. In addition, Flixya has a charity feature, which gives back to the community. Free to use.

  • Web service that allows you to share photos and videos and embed them on any website: DropShots
    DropShots is a web service that allows you to share photos and videos. DropShots supports MPG, AVI, MOV, WMV, and 3GP from all major digital cameras. DropShots uses the Flash plug-in to stream the video and allows you to embed your content in a website. This service provides support both for Windows and Mac users and is designed to be kid safe. Free to use.

  • Video clips aggregator complements Revver: CubeBreak
    CubeBreak is an online video clips aggregator whose aim is to offer a break to bored office workers who need to be freed from their daily monotony. CubeBreak allows you escape your office cube by watching bizarre and funny online video clips. The site contains the best videos posted to, therefore the volunteer creators of these clips make money every time you click the advertising frame at the end of the video. Anyone is invited to submit his own works or favourite videos across the web. When you watch videos on CubeBreak, you need to have Quicktime installed on your computer. The service is free and CubeBreak gives creators 50% of the revenue generated when visitors click the ads.

  • Video clip recording and hosting: BlogCheese
    BlogCheese is a service for creating and hosting video blogs. With BlogCheese you can shot and share your very own videos, record as many one-minute video posts and video comments as you want and view other people's video blogs. BlogCheese takes care of storing and sharing everything for you. Currently, BlogCheese does not allow users to edit their videos online or import existing videos from other services, but these features will be added in the future. No downloads or plug-ins are required. All you need is a computer with a web camera attached and an internet connection. BlogCheese is completely free to use.

  • Broadcast your personal video and audio clips on your website: Castpost

    Castpost is a new web-based service that offers an easy way to broadcast your personal video and audio clips. With Castpost, you can share your personal media - like a home movie, a reality TV show audition, a voicemail message, a weekly podcast show - with family, friends, and other folks. Your clip can be seen and heard both online and offline - from your Castpost account, from your existing Typepad or Blogger blog, from another website, or from a mobile media player like an iPod. Users who sign up during Castpost's alpha test period will receive a year of free basic service. Alpha accounts will have unlimited bandwidth and 100MB storage.

  • Video sharing platform allows you to publish videos and broadcast them from your website: SelfcastTV

    SelfcastTV allows you to upload and share your videos, search for and download others. As a SelfcastTV user, you will also be able to embed your video files into other websites such has MySpace, eBay, Xanga and BritJournal. Users will soon be enabled to publish videos direct from their mobile as well being able to download content to their iPod or PSP. Free to use.

  • Create chapters within your video and audio file to help your audience: Veotag
    Veotag is a service that lets you display clickable text, called "veotags", within an audio or video file. Your audience can see the veotags whenever they play your file on the web. With Veotag you can make your video and audio files more informative and convenient for your audience by dividing video and audio files into chapters and segments. Clicking on a veotag lets your audience jump right to that part of the file that they are interested in. Your veotag text appears automatically in all the major search engines. Veotag is completely free to use.

  • Free breaking news video player for your site: Reuters Video

    If you have not yet seen the new free news video player from Reuters
    , you should certainly give a good look at it. Launched this week, this Flash-based video player can be integrated within any web site or blog in a matter of seconds providing your readers with the ability to watch the latest Reuters video stories as they break, directly on your web pages. Just apply, and receive via email a snippet of code to place inside your next article or within the template of all your web site pages. That is right: you can place and display the news video player on as many pages as you want, while Reuters keeps all maintenance, publishing and bandwidth costs for itself. The Reuters news video player has up to 20 of the latest breaking stories from around the world which your readers can watch right in the context of your page. No pop-ups, no software installs. The Reuters video news player is free though it, next to news items, it may display some advertising.

  • US-only legal film downloading service: Vongo

    Vongo is a major step in the Online TV revolution that will let you download films and other video content to your Windows PC, laptop, TV or handheld device. A project from Starz Entertainment, the download service will consist of over 1000 video selections users can download and watch at any time for the monthly fee of $9.99. Available only in the US, Vongo will also feature a streaming Starz TV channel and will offer several pay-per-view options for $3.99 each. Registered users can download content for use on multiple devices, although the company has promised a strong digital rights management system.

  • Local video news outlet shows future of online video:
    hamptonroads_logo.gif is a local information site featuring video content about the southeastern coast of Virginia, USA. HamptonRoads shows the potential for online video for local information-sharing. The site has several offerings of video content that presents useful information that many residents would not have discovered otherwise. Compliant with the emerging social web, anyone can upload a video to the site and inform fellow residents of news, sports or any other event. Look for many similar local video sites to spring up in 2006.

  • All-in-one web-service to record, upload, encode, and publish video clips online: OpenVlog

    OpenVlog is a free web-based service that allows anyone to record, upload, encode, publish and share their video in a simple and straightforward manner. There is no software to download or configure and the service works with all types of computers including PCs, Macs and Linux boxes. OpenVlog utilizes Flash-based technology to convert, encode and display all videos uploaded to its servers. The nice feature, pioneered a long-time ago by services like and more recently by Video Egg, is the ability to record your own video directly while using your own computer webcam. OpenVlog also allows the direct upload of existing video clips and it supports most existing video file formats. Max duration for video clips uploaded is five minutes. Free to use.

  • Open-source collaborative computer-graphics movie project: Orange
    Project Orange's prime target is to create an outstanding computer-animated movie short. The participating team is made up of a diverse mix of artists and developers from all over the world, all united with a common goal: research efficient ways to increase quality of collaborative Open Source projects in general. The result of this project will be a short movie, which will be distributed under a Creative Commons license which means it will be freely available worldwide for public viewing and redistribution. The movie will become available in three ways: a) Downloadable version, b) DVD, extended edition including The Making-Of documentary, all the digital files and software (GPL) as used for the production, c) 35 mm film targeted at movie theaters and festivals. The project was scheduled to start at the end of last summer and you can follow its evolution by checking out the always updated Orange Project weblog. The project is a co-production of Montevideo and Blender Foundation,

  • Video clips clearinghouse serves gossipy, untraditional and graphic content: Your Daily Media
    Yourdailymedia is a website that collects video clips, comments and other popular, gossipy and scandalistic content. The content ranges from the humorous to the ludicrous and it includes Tv clips captured from popular US shows. Content can also be very graphic and disturbing. Free.

  • Open-source Linux software provides full DVR/PVR capabilities: MythTV
    MythTV is an open source software that brings basic 'live-tv' functionality to your PC using a TV tuner card component. Features include:
    • Pause/Fast Forward/Rewind
    • Multiple simultaneous recording of your favorite programs
    • Completely automatic commercial detection/skipping
    • A fully themeable menu that displays program information
    • Basic video editing abilities
    • Picture in picture support
    • Electronic program guide and program finder
    • Scheduled recordings of TV programs
    • Rip, categorize, play, and visualize MP3/CD Audio files
    • Create complex playlists (and playlists containing playlists)
    • Supports RSS
    MythTV is a Linux application. Free.

  • Video publish, share and remix community: vMix
    Upload, publish and share your own videos. vMix supports easy upload of Quicktime (MOV), Windows Media (WMV), Audio Video Interleave (AVI), MPEG 1, MPEG 2 and MPEG 4 video file formats (no limits to the number of videos uploaded - max size allowed 200 MB per video) as well as tagging and the ability to create your own compilations or "playlists" of your favourite vide clips. vMix is built on Flash technology and all video clips uploaded are converted into the highly portable Flash-based video format. At least for now, videos cannot be downloaded. Video clips uploaded require from thirty minutes to two hours to be approved and published. Any video author gets notified by email when a video clip goes live. Video clips can also be easily syndicated and republished on other sites. A cool new type of audio-visual slideshows are also supported by vMix. Here is one good example. vMix has been created by artists, musicians and executives from the original Free to use.

  • Digg-like social bookmarking resource for video only: Woomu
    Woomu is an online community where you can vote and select your preferred video clips available online. It is kind of a digg for video clips. You submit links to videos you think are good and then other people vote in favour (woo) or against (mu) those very videos. If a video clip gets enough woo votes, it makes it to the main page. The result should be a constantly updated collection of the best videos on the internet. Check it out. Free to use.

  • Add navigation, images, ads and external links to your video clips and track users selections: Syncrocast
    Syncrocast allows you to add chapter marks to your videos in order to let your viewers jump to their favorite sections. Trough Syncrocast's interface you can modify your video file and create pages that will display banners, images and also add links to them. Playback is monitored from Syncrocast's servers, which also provide reporting features. Through reports, you will be able to track how many times a video was loaded and played. Thus, you will easily get to know which were the most watched segments or chapters and get click through ratio from your banner ads. Take a look at the demo. Free trial sign up.

  • Videoblogging, podcasting and video sharing service offers you a free blog: Blip

    Blip is a videoblogging, podcasting and video sharing service. When you register with Blip you get your own blog, whose web address will look like "". Once you upload your videos, you can easily publish them on other web sites. Blip works better with a modern browser like Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer 6. Recommended operative systems are Windows XP or Mac OS X 10.3. Free to use.

  • Video sharing community whose content is raised by user's ratings: vSocial
    vSocial is a video clip sharing community that enables you to upload your videos and embed them into any web site. vSocial is a video clip site that is similar to or like those sites, favorites (or as they call it "talked about") clips are chosen by popularity. You can subscribe to new clips or talked about clips via RSS. The videos are all hosted on vSocial servers and are organized by tags. Free to use.

  • Video publishing community allows you to upload and share your favorite videos over AIM and email. AOL-born: AOL UnCut Video

    UnCut Video is a service provided by AOL that allows you to upload videos from your web camera or camcorder. You can watch videos and share them with your friends over AIM and email. Videos are rated and commented by the community and you can add them to your AOL Journal. There is not limit to the number of videos you can view or upload but the maximum video length has been set to 5 minutes. Video search and uploading from mobile phones coming soon. Free to use.

  • Online video community that enables you to share, rate and download your favorite videos: Metacafe
    Metacafe is an online video community that enables you to share, rate and download your favorite videos. You can also embed videos on the most popular blogging services, such as MySpace, Blogger, Xanga and Friendster. In order to download videos, you need to install a free Metacafe application on your computer (Windows only). Free to use.

  • Download videos from YouTube, Google Video and into your computer: VideoDL
    VideoDL is an Ajax application that allows you to download online videos into your computer. VideoDL supports YouTube, Google Video and In order to download the videos you like, you simply need to copy the link of the page with video and paste it into the textbox. Then, click "Get It!" and follow the instruction. After you have saved the files into your hard drive, make sure the extension of the file is .flv. You can then download a free flash player like FLV Player or VLC Player to open the flash video file. To decode FLV files from downloaded Google Video, YouTube, use video converter such as Riva FLV Encoder or Total Video Converter. Free to use.

Robin Good -
Readers' Comments    
2007-01-14 21:55:24

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2007-01-02 12:53:30

Marshall Kirkpatrick

Wow, what a list! Very useful, thanks.

2007-01-01 17:38:50


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