Thursday, March 15, 2007

Jump Cut

Internet video services are getting more advanced by the week. YouTube dominates the web 2.0 video uploading and sharing market with a huge community. YouTube has the people. However, a new web 2.0 video sharing website service called "JumpCut" enables users to not only upload and share video, but also edit and remix videos.

About 10 years ago, a person would have had to fork over thousands of dollars to buy video editing equipment and software. Now, we can do some light editing on the internet (no software neccessary) FOR FREE! My how things change. If you are interested in testing it out, check out their site here -

1 comment:

Patrick Higgins said...

Here is my issue with jumpcut, in a nutshell: I am piecing together a wiki for a team of 8th grade teachers and they would like their students to be able to create digital stories as a part of their wikispace. In going through the various online video editing apps to make up for those students who do not have access to MovieMaker, Photostory, iMovie or any other software package, I came across jumpcut. I did the research and it looked like the best out there at the moment for editing. I was just about to link it to the resource page on the wiki, when I see on their page a video with a guy wearing nothing but a helmet.

I am all for open access and limited firewalls, but no teacher in their right mind could ethically link to jumpcut with that on their front page. Why doesn't jumpcut allow for some filtering in that regard?

This is a tough situation. Asking my teachers to explain that to parents is a little too much for them to handle. If that type of material appears on the screen in the classroom, that is a teachable moment and you move on with how to react appropriately. When a parent sees that, yes they should treat it as a teachable moment, but their first reaction is going to be "your teacher gave you that link?"