Google Video Search, Veoh, Curt Schilling and Start-ups

Google Video, the much ballyhooed video site that was humbled by a more modest YouTube has decided that it is to go back to Google’s roots: search. After Google admitted defeat in the video-sharing space to YouTube and bought it for $1.65 billion, this switch to being a video search engine with an index of video from sites across the web, using an interface similar to the company’s image search engine is not such as bad move. Will they be successful? Continue Reading on NewTeeVee.

Other stories from GigaNet:

  • NewTeeVee: Online video site, Veoh raises $26 million, bringing the total the company has raised to $40 million.
  • Found+READ: Schilling’s Laws for Perfect Start(up)s
  • WebWorkerDaily: Four ways to personalize you portable workspace.

Cuts Makes Video Mashups Less Violent

Earlier this week we sat down with Evan Krauss, the CEO of San Francisco-based Cuts, who seemed remarkably calm considering his upcoming release schedule. The online video editing service his team makes is supposed to go into private beta Friday, and public beta a week from then. The UI is still pretty rough, but he promised it’ll be tweaked before the thing ships.

cuts1.jpgUI notwithstanding, I’m pretty enthusiastic about Cuts. It’s less about the features and more about the stuff behind the scenes, which could be crucial to succeeding in a relatively small market where one of the other players has already been picked off (Jumpcut to Yahoo).

Though Cuts helps you add captions, trim video, and insert goofy sounds into a video, it does not alter the source. The Cuts player is basically a wrapper for an embedded video, and doles out your alterations mid-stream. The original is left intact back on the site it was uploaded to, and the view counter ticks up a notch. Users don’t have to upload a video, just point Cuts to Myspace, YouTube, Google, Metacafe, or IFILM (with more to be added).

That trick takes the violence out of the mashup, so it should make copyright holders and creatives happy. Or at least less upset.

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Ch Ch Ch Changes

It’s time to grow up! And that’s exactly what we are doing over here at GigaOM – growing a little bigger and adding two new members to the core GigaOM team. I present to you some of the changes we are making, as we expand our little publishing business.

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G-Force: Acid Trip or Eye Candy?

The folks at SoundSpectrum wanted us to take a look at their G-Force product for them, so I was the one who got to play with it. I always enjoy a new software app or utility that can do something different, so this interested me.
G-Force as a visualization plugin that works on Windows and Mac, with a number of programs, and offers more visualizations than something like iTunes. If you’re confused about what I mean by “visualizations”, there’s a little button that has an icon that looks like a flower in the bottom right corner of iTunes. These basically morph the images and colors based on the waveform of the music. There’s a bunch of mathematical mumbo-jumbo behind all of this as well. It basically makes your music appear as an acid trip.
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Nokia Digital TV?

view_multimedia.gifAsh sent me this link about Nokia Digital TV line-up. It looks like a pretty comprehensive line up of satellite set-top boxes, including three models with hard disk drives and bluetooth. Seems like pretty cutting edge stuff to me, though doesn’t seem like that these are available in the US market. Asia and Europe are target markets for these set-top boxes. I wonder when they will show up in the US? Is this a new product line or an old one? Anyone got more skinny? Fill me in!

Optical Solutions rides the FTTH bandwagon

With all the hoopla around Fiber-to-the-premises, it is no surprise that Optical Solutions got another $15 million in funding from a sundry of investors including Cisco Systems. Established in 1994, OSI has raised a total of whopping $143 million to date, but it has products ready for the market, so it is not a big surprise that previous investors ponied up additional dollars for the company.