Archive for the 'Cool Tools' Category

For Mac users annoyed by DRM

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

Display Eater is “a tool that allows you to capture any video on your computer screen to a QuickTime movie. You can substitute custom cursors in your video, as well as export it to different media formats. Furthermore, you can do all your capturing, then render all of your clips at once later.” Audio Hijack [...]

Reviews of Video Sharing Services

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

DVguru has a useful comparison of online sharing services. MustSee has another. The new and the old roundups at TechCrunch are also worth reading. Cool, Useful, Free

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

Keepvid translates videos back out of “protective” wrappers used by certain online video services into standard video files that can be saved locally. Given the number of sites that take works they don’t own and then try to fence them in with some bogus bit of digital barbed wire, it’s refreshing to see at least [...]

DigitalSilo, VideoSilo, and MPEG Nation

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

Why these folks don’t consolidate their web sites and come up with a single name, I don’t know, but their services look great. I’d be curious if anyone reading this has experience with them. DigitalSilo offers low cost conversion from film and video tape to DVD, and QuickTime, Real, and MPEG formats, as well as [...]

Vara Software Releases VideoCue 2.0

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

Vara Software released a substantial upgrade to VideoCue, which now comes as either standard ($39) and Pro ($89). They’ve done a lot of work to make life easier for podcasters and vloggers, and they’ve added a chroma key (blue screen) feature that is especially cool.

UonTV: Satellite for Videobloggers and Others

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

The idea is an interesting one: offer cheap ($20 – $170 per half hour) access to free-to-air satellite broadcasting. UonTV reaches an audience of 3 to 6 million people who have a 30 inch dish and downconverter, allows time slots to be reserved up to three months in advance, and asks programmers to provide MPEG-2 [...]


Wednesday, June 8th, 2005

I’ve been meaning for close to month to write about Lulop‘s new version, Lulop2, an “Internet news gathering” platform. Lulop has been around for a while (four years), and it’s prime mover, Lorenzo Manes, has built a viable business that brokers video footage shot by professionals, and purchased by television broadcast networks. Lulop2 is now [...]

Mobuzz TV

Thursday, May 5th, 2005

MobuzzTV is another new production company cum broadcast network using the Internet to route around established channels of program distribution. Video programming isn’t only moving from RF to IP, but also from IP to RF. As with Rocketboom, the Mobuzz is doing a short (3 minute) daily show. It’s interesting to see people wrestle with [...]

Vimeo: FlickR for Video

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

It’s frustrating and lame to always explain the new in terms of the old, but FlickR for video is the easiest way to describe Vimeo. They have a ways to go in implementing all of their ideas, but the site is suggestive of some of the possibilities of sharing large collections of video clips, and [...]

Online Video and the Future of Broadcasting