Review: Online Video Editing Sites

In this article I will review a few online video editing applications. These tools allow you to cut, edit and add effects and audio tracks to your own videos. Some of them even allow you to start with an online video, such as a youTube clip, and modify it to your liking.

These tools are in no way, shape or form a replacement for high end editing tools (such as Avid and Adobe Premiere) but give users the ability to manipulate their content with little effort.

YouTube Remixer (www.youtube.com/ytremixer)
YouTube Remixer has been kept deliberately simple in its form and function. While JumpCut and EyeSpot target users focused on editing and integrating their content with other users' content, Remixer is a simple tool adequate for the large constituency YouTube captures.

EyeSpot (http://www.eyespot.com/)
Users can upload videos (100MB file size limit) for editing or just edit other user's content and can choose either to keep their videos private or share with others. The site presents video clip usage in two ways: the user can see which other videos were produced using their cut piece; and viewers of the cut piece can see what raw clips it consists of. The site uses simple drag-and-drop functionality to take clips and order them into a longer film. Effects include: fade in, fade out and dissolve, rotation, colour washes and speed effects.

JumpCut (http://www.jumpcut.com/)
Similarly to EyeSpot, JumpCut integrates aspects of social networking into their service. Jumpcut has a web–based application that will help you create a new movie or mix movies that are already uploaded. The ability to edit, mix and match videos creates a variety of content that you won’t find on other video share websites. To quote the creators of the site: "If creating a movie or a slideshow and publishing it to the web seems like a challenge, we think you’ll find that jumpcut makes it easy and fun. If you’ve been wondering what to do with the video you shoot with your snazzy new camera (or your phone), jumpcut is the perfect place for you to be creative. If video isn’t your thing just yet and you just want to make cool slideshows with your pictures, jumpcut is still the best place. Finally, a free online location where you can use all your media, create great looking movies and publish to anyone you choose."

Motionbox (http://www.motionbox.com/)
The creators behind Montionbox had a goal in mind: to make it very easy for someone to share their videos online as easily as they share photos. Their mixer lets you edit video right within your browser. From there, you can invite family and friends to watch your completed clip, and even download it to their own computers. You can make videos public or private, so only those you invite can see them. They also have the notion of "Motion Books", similar in concept to Flip Books. Users can create a Motion Book from any video you upload to Motionbox. The system then break it down, frame by frame to create they book.

One True Media (http://www.onetruemedia.com/)
One True Media helps you edit digital photos and video (without any software downloads) -create slideshows, and video montages and set them to music and other audio -share photos online with friends and family. Create photo books which make for great albums and portfolios -convert old film, slides, and pictures to digital

Cuts (http://www.cuts.com/)
The people behind Cuts state their mission as enabling "easy control of the video experience." Cuts lets you edit out sections of your video, add captions, insert sound effects, and produce loops. It also lets you share your creation via email or by embedding the video into your blog. The service doesn't actually perform the edits on the original video, but creates sort of an overlay that presents your edits. In addition to entering a URL from one of the three sites mentioned above, you can also edit a video for which you have the direct FLV (Flash Video) URL, such as those provided by blip.tv or Youtube.com. FLV is the format used by YouTube, Google Videos, Yahoo! Videos, and MySpace.

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