Meet the latest contender to plunge into the deep end of the YouTube-killer pool. Say it five times fast: Next New Networks. The bloggers are all talking about this recently-announced Web video endeavor today, and most of them are pretty cynical--especially since Next New Networks is not the brainchild of some ambitious entrepreneurs, but rather a bevy of big-media veterans, led by former Nickelodeon president and MTV Networks vice chairman Herb Scannell. After all, when the broadcast TV networks announced a plan to team up, Captain Planet-style, on a YouTube rival, bloggers were skeptical. (They're more optimistic about … Read more
Re-encoding videos is a necessary evil of sharing things on the Web and getting them on your portable devices. If your computer is more than two years old, the chances are that the encoding process takes far longer than you have patience for. The good news is that if you've got a high-speed connection, you can use Hey!Watch, a new Web-based video encoding service that's both free (sort of) and pretty speedy if you've got a good connection.
You can upload nearly any type of video file to Hey!Watch's dashboard. A small progress bar … Read more
There's all kind of content out there that's available for cell phones: games, ringtones, wallpapers, some of it cool and some of it just plain annoying. Now that iPods are capable of just about everything short of dialing up the local pizzeria (no, this is not a post about "iPhone" rumors) it's about time that third-party Web sites started offering loads of multimedia to fill up your little Apple device. (Can't you see it's hungry?) Enter Mogopop, which is a way for iPod owners to download a wide range of media to their … Read more
If you really want to find online video that you like, YouTube and its smaller brethren can be a daunting bunch. Wading through a swampy mess of "Watch my cat eat a Wii remote!" and "Funny Star Wars Kid impersonator" clips can get your metaphorical feet pretty dirty. In fact, I'm familiar with more than a few people who don't bother with the search and browsing functions on YouTube for that reason; the only way they find out about cool online videos is if they're alerted to them by a friend or a … Read more
Musicovery is a new Internet radio browser service that combines streaming music with some really neat visual navigation for discovering new (to you) music.
Musicovery is controlled with a sidebar and a song list that's strung together by genre in small clusters. Each color represents a different genre, and you can dig even deeper by selecting your mood. The playback controls are shown on each individual song, along with the title and the artist.
What's even cooler is that similar songs can get linked together by choosing the mood and tempo, so if I pick out that I'… Read more
Despite the year of video coming to a close, the surge of video hosting sites hasn't really stopped. Jumping into the fray is Liberated Films, a niche site aimed at bringing film enthusiasts and filmmakers together. Liberated Films takes it one step further with a charity service they intend to implement once they have a large enough user base. After-tax profits would go to user-selected charities or help organizations.
It might be Christmas Eve, but the blogs are still abuzz--mostly with speculation about the big changes in the tech scene that we may or may not be seeing 2007. Over the past couple of days, momentum has been building on a number of stories that are starting to paint what might be one of the first concrete trends we see for '07. Will the coming year be the year of the "killer," the year when big and not-so-big companies join forces to try and topple the products that seem to have a stranglehold on certain niches of … Read more
Short of paying for hosting services or using P2P tools such as Pando, there aren't many ways to upload and share large video files. Viddler, which launched its public beta earlier this month, is a video hosting service with some new tools to enhance both the sharing and viewing experience. Videos can be uploaded to Viddler in batches as opposed to one at a time, a really nice feature. Unlike YouTube and Google Video, which have 100MB limits, individual video uploads are capped at 500MB. During the uploading process, you're shown two separate progress bars; one for the … Read more
There seem to have been a ton of video-browsing tools lately, but few have managed to change the user experience for those with computers doubling as entertainment centers. I use my PC for both work and play utilizing Windows Media Center, and navigating through videos with a remote beats using a mouse when you're lounging. SofaTube from Red Kawa (makers of several video conversion applications) is an attempt to create an easy way for people to enjoy video clips on their entertainment center PC or browser-enabled video game console.
On the PC side, SofaTube works very well. You're … Read more
Video clips are everywhere. It's hard to go a day without getting an e-mail or an instant message that has a link to a movie from a friend. If that doesn't happen to you, maybe you need new friends, or maybe you need Feedbeat, a playlist service that lets you create your own video channel. Clips can be pulled from a number of providers and ordered to your liking. You get your own custom Feedbeat Web page that other users can bookmark and watch almost like a TV channel. Adding more videos to your Feedbeat playlist is simplified … Read more