According Martin Green, head of CNET’s WebShots site, about 20 percent of users of digital cameras are aware or have used the video function on their digital cameras. He says more and more are figuring this out and sees it as a big trend.
CNET’s Webshots has responded by incorporating video upload and sharing. The site provides simple uploads through both the desktop and the Web. Like most photo sites, there are two levels of membership:a free, and a premium service which allow more and longer videos to be uploaded.
The videos can be shared publicly or kept private in an "album." Martin says that many users are creating multi-media albums comprised of photos and videos. He shares his family video with us along with some public content.
Videos on WebShots are not just from digital cameras, of course. There are many high quality videos shot on camcorders which look great on a big-screen, fast loading Flash player. Here’s the clip:
I wish I knew what percentage of You Tube videos are created on digital cameras. I would imagine it’s close to half. The reality is that much of the revolution in consumer generated video is being made possible by inexpensive digital devices namely the humble, $200 digital camera.
Programming Notes and Coming Attractions
We have some really great interview coming up over the next few days including an amazing development from StumbleUpon, more interviews with Chris Anderson, the great Om "GigaOM" Malik, Jane "Chow" Goldman (former Industry Standard honcho), SixApart evangelist Anil Dash — plus Beet.TV’s Kate Lyon raps it down with Joanne Colan for a behind the scenes look at the making of Rocketboom! Stay tuned.
Here’s the lovely and witty Joanne Colan of Rocketboom. Kate interviewed her on the set of the show in Manhattan earlier today. Photo by Steve Garfield.
(Coming clean: CNET Networks is a client of Plesser Holland public relations, the publisher of Beet.TV)