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By Dr. Philip Baczewski, Director of Academic Computing and User Services
There seems to be a bit of an
explosion of video on the Internet. OK, perhaps not an explosion, but
recent developments indicate that video is quietly becoming as
commonplace and ordinary as images in web pages. Part of this may be
due to the fact that most computers are now fast enough and have
enough storage and memory to play and even edit video. The other
contributing factor is the increasing availability of and subscription
to broadband Internet services in people's homes.
Video for You
On the Internet, we see sites like
YouTube.com growing as places for individuals to post their own
video selections. Some of these are snippets from broadcast
or other captured video, but in other cases, it's amateur productions
which might include a teen's attempt to produce their own music video to
showcase any talent they might have. Some of the material
YouTube has infringed on copyrights, but has also served to promote
the source material. YouTube as recently imposed a 10-minute limit on
video clips uploaded to the site.
Let them Entertain You
This trend toward online video is not being ignored by those in the
entertainment industry that produce such content. ABC recently
announced the availability of four of its shows as free downloads.
These include commercials, but commercial-free versions of ABC shows
are available for purchase on Apple's
iTunes Music Store for $1.99
per episode. Of course, with the introduction of the video iPod, Apple
has made music videos and other kinds of video entertainment via iTunes.
Your Future Living Room
The coming world of online video is not lost on the computer hardware industry. It's no accident that Dell now sells High Definition TVs. Dell also has a line of systems that it bills as "Digital Entertainment PCs". Apple has positioned it's Mac Mini as a possible future "set-top box." Apple has also included personal media production and player software with it's newly sold systems (their iLife suite). So not only is it easier to view video from online sources, but now, it's easy to make your own video productions and share them via Vimeo, YouTube, and similar sites. So, if you are a future Cecil B. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up...