No typo, I'm simply celebrating the return of the official NFL officials, as dubious as their officiating may be. Clearly they have some rust to knock off their stripes, and maybe some new prescription glasses. Anyway, let's take a peek at what was going on in online video news this week.
AOL ON all your Devices
The AOL On Network announced the launch of native mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. With more than 420,000 videos that feature topics from technology to breaking news to cooking and more, The AOL On Network provides viewers with the top content they need to see at the right time. Already accessible through the desktop web and 10 connected TV devices, today’s launch of native apps for mobile and tablet devices gives consumers nearly ubiquitous access to AOL On’s content. The announcement was made at Advertising Week 2012 taking place in New York City, October 1-5, 2012.
The mobile apps will include a feature that allows users to search for and “favorite” videos with just one touch, making it easy to discover and share videos from popular sites including Engadget, TechCrunch, HuffPost Live and Moviefone as well as content from partners such as Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Travel Channel and E!. The iOS versions are also Airplay enabled, allowing users who have Apple TV to seamlessly display videos from a mobile iOS device onto the television.
Source: Press Release
Flip Cam Software group Returns with Givit for iOS
Unrestricted by length, number of clips or automated editing, Givit has cracked the code in the this race with a powerful, simple new iOS app that transforms raw footage into something polished and shareable on Facebook or YouTube in about 30 seconds.
Unlike any other social video app on the market, Givit’s unique features include:
- Live Highlighting – While recording a live event, simply tap to highlight critical moments. Tap to recap back seven seconds, or start/stop record at any point.
- Multiple Clips – There are no limits to the number of video highlights that can be combined to create the final product.
- No Length Restrictions – Share highlighted video reels of any length or size.
- Effects - Add motion effects (slow-motion, speed-up), music and transitions to polish and finish the highlight reel.
- Sharing Options – One-click social sharing to Facebook or YouTube; or, share video privately and securely by email.
- Cloud Storage – Upload highlighted videos to the Givit cloud for permanent storage, or highlight videos from any other source imported from Givit.
- Facebook App – Watch and share highlighted videos directly from the Givit Facebook app.
- Free – Givit is free for anyone to use, offering 5GB of storage at signup and premium packages for avid users.
Source: Press release
Kaltura releases version 4.0 of MediaSpace
Kaltura announced today that it has released Kaltura MediaSpace Version 4.0 – the newest version of the company’s out-of-the-box video portal, which serves as a centralized video portal for any organization. Kaltura MediaSpace, often dubbed by enterprises as their “Corporate Tube” or “YouTube for the Enterprise” and by universities as a “Campus Tube,” allows users to integrate video into the fabric of social collaboration in order to enhance their internal and external communication.
MediaSpace is intended for any organization looking to launch a video portal. The modular application can be customized to fit the organizations’ needs – including modules for community and user generated content, customizable look & feel, numerous design templates for fast deployment, and several options for single sign on and security. MediaSpace strikes the right balance between empowering users to create and share content, while retaining full control over who can access which content, and what content gets uploaded.
- Easy search and browsing of content, including full transcript search
- Enhanced support for user profiles and user generated content
- Native mobile support for every device – iOS, Android, and Blackberry
- Built-in video authoring tools (desktop and mobile upload, webcam recording, screen-capture, video/PPT synchronization and more)
- Easy control of user and content entitlements including content moderation options
- Public and private channels (allowing to create controlled content areas)
- User based analytics (showing activity on a user level)
- Sharing and social features
Source: Press release
Blueberry launches Version 4 of its screen recording software
Blueberry Software Ltd has launched BB FlashBack version 4, the eagerly anticipated upgrade of the company’s best-selling professional screen recorder.
BB FlashBack 4 combines outstanding performance with a host of fantastic new creative features, including fade transitions, an easy to use annotations ‘gallery’, blur tool, the ability to add notes to the movie at record-time, export to GIF, and much more.
What’s new in BB FlashBack 4
• Fade Transitions – Now you can add transition effects to join clips when creating your movie. Add them during editing, or let the software add them automatically when inserting a FlashBack movie or video file.
• Gallery - Simplify the editing workflow by creating a gallery of in-movie annotations like textboxes, images, highlights etc. You can just drag objects in and out of the gallery to save them and add them to a movie. The gallery includes a range of annotations to get you started.
• Blur Tool - Blur out sensitive details in a movie - great for creating movies that feature sensitive or personal data.
• Record-time Notes - Make notes during recording and see them as textboxes in the movie. Just move the cursor to the top of the screen and start typing into the popup Notes window. Recording will auto-pause and restart when you’ve finished.
• Export to GIF format - For easy embedding into Web pages.
Source: Press Release
Becky Reams (from MasterChef) Gets New Foodie Gig
I know, this doesn't really sound like something that we would cover here, but I (heart) Becky Reams, so deal with it...
Becky Reams’ passion for food radiates in her cooking, food photography, writing and spirited sense of humor. That made her the perfect choice when the editors at culinary lifestyle website, WhiskedFoodie.com were looking to add a new personality to the site. The self-taught chef and former contestant of Fox’s MasterChef joins the website to offer her expertise and West Coast perspective on all subjects related to food, cooking, restaurants and kitchen culture.
At WhiskedFoodie.com, Becky and the Whisked Foodie editorial team will produce demonstrational and instructional cooking videos as part of a new weekly web cooking series, the Foodie Next Door. She will contribute many types of food-related content including:
An Ingredient Spotlight where she introduces or reacquaints viewers with feature ingredients by discussing their complexities, histories and various uses;
Los Angeles News & Trends, a section about culinary happenings in her current hometown covering everything from food festivals, tastings, special dinners, charity events and cool new places;
Restaurant Reviews, where twice a month she reviews a new restaurant in the Greater Los Angeles area from Manhattan Beach to Hollywood;
and Rant, a smorgasbord of various gastronomical topics including food fads, favorite vegetables, ingredients, kitchen culture and others.
Come to think of it, it shows how strong online video and original web series creation is doing that it can pull a reality TV personality like Becky Reams into it. I'm sure she had loads of offers when she showed up on MasterChef. I still think she could have won it all.