You should check out Motionbox. It’s a new site for video uploads and sharing. The clips are an interesting mix of content – some cool independent filmmakers and lots of funky videos uploaded from mobile devices.
What is unique about the site is that it allows uploaded video to be catalogued by scene. For example, you can upload your hour-long beach vacation and create an index to specific scenes so your friends don't have to sit through the whole thing to find the sunset.
For the content developer, Motionbox has the functionality to actually tag individual scenes and create distinct urls for each clip, sort of in the way that Flickr creates a distinct url for individual photos in collections. The tags are searchable within the Motionbox network, but they will soon be maximized for blog and general search engines.
The company announced many of these new tools yesterday. Earlier this month, they closed on $4.2 million in venture funding.
CEO Chris O'Brien visited us today and explained how Motionbox works, complete with a demo of the site. To get more information, you should check out the company blog.
Do You Know the Way to San Jose? – Beet.TV Is Going West! – I am very pleased to say that Beet.TV has been named the Official Vlog of Streaming Video West in San Jose. What does official really mean? Not sure, but we will be publishing some great interviews with speakers before, during and after the conference. So, if you can't make it to the Valley, please keep an eye on Beet.TV.
Chris O'Brien will be a speaker at the show. And hey, I'll be a speaker too — on a panel moderated by CNET's Molly Wood with Robert Scoble, Bob Fogerty and Josh Owens. Should be great.
Commercials Find New Life on Web – reports New York Times media reporter Julie Bosman in Thursday's Advertsing Column — interesting to read how commercials have become viral through YouTube and Google Video.
— Andy Plesser