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Web based editing opens up new avenues for collaboration

film editing image For those who thought the move from linear tape or film editing to computer based non-linear editing was a big step, a host of US companies are touting what they claim is the next big thing - web based editing. Allowing, for example, a group of people who filmed a public event to upload their footage and work together on a final cut, systems such as JumpCut and VideoEgg are aiming to bring the process of editing to anyone with a browser (and a fast connection).

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From the New York Times...

The music video for the surreal folk song "I Got a Bunny," written and performed by Juanito Moore, is not something you will see on VH1.

But the video, shot on a rainy sidewalk in front of Moore's home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has another distinction: it was assembled, not in a traditional cutting room or with PC-based editing software, but entirely on the Web, using an online service called Jumpcut.

The minute-and-a-half video was shot with a digital still camera, which Moore occasionally swings around by its tripod as he lists the bizarre animals in his imaginary menagerie.

While sites like YouTube and Veoh have lately become popular for allowing users to share their self-produced videos, Jumpcut  is part of a new class of sites that also offer simple tools for stringing together video clips and then adding soundtracks, titles, transitions and unusual visual effects.

All of the sites, which include Jumpcut, Eyespot, Grouper and VideoEgg, have been introduced within the past year. This summer, they will be joined by another site, Motionbox, based in New York.

continued at International Herald and Tribune 

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