Interesting developments with video, blogs and mobile phones.
Videos of the panel sessions at Les Blogs 2.0 in Paris earlier this month are now available from Vpod.tv, a new video publishing venture from entrepreneur Rodrigo Sepúlveda. You can stream the video (amazing quality) or download the files (big, +/- 200 megs each).
Vpod, or "video publishing on demand," looks a very interesting concept. I'm finding it hard to find any detailed info about it, though. The bare-bones website via a Frappr group gives you an opportunity to sign up to test the offering, which I've now done.
One of the panelists in the podcasting/videocasting session I moderated at Les Blogs 2.0 was Gabe McIntyre, the man behind Xolo.tv and the video bloggers forum. Amsterdam-based Gabe produces a regular video show and interviews some interesting people. Will this develop into a European Rocketboom?
There's YouTube, a kind of Flickr-for-video concept, where anyone can upload video for anyone else to view. With this free service, you can blog the videos you take with your digital camera or mobile phone. This is a serious venture with financial backing from venture capital firm Sequoia Capital.
The service, called AnyFilms.net, has two primary offerings - short movies by up-and-coming directors to download for viewing on certain models of Samsung mobile phones, and interactive movies where you determine the storyline. Although it's not yet been launched, the website is already live.
I agree with Net - this could be very big indeed:
[...] The success of iPod Video combined Video Podcasting is obviously spinning off to our mobile phones. And that’s easy to understand, video is hot, videos produced by users themselves is even hotter - and when all this will be possible on handsets with high-quality digital video cameras - enabling users to create their own films on the fly - upload and share them - this market is just going to explode. For what is more compelling? A Blog, a Podcast or a Videocast ?