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Sharing Digital Video...Along With Photos

Boot Camp feature for Friday, July 28, 2006

You already share digital pictures… why not video. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. With so many cell phones and just about all digital still cameras…having video functions as well…lots of people are shooting these days. In fact….sales of Web cams by Logitech were up more than 50 percent last quarter. Webshots…the online photo sharing service owned by Cnet Networks… says the demand is there… so it is allowing users to upload video as well. VP Martin Green…

"We're re-launching the site. The beta rolls out in the first week of August and it's paving the way for integrating photos and videos into the same experience. Right now, people have digital cameras or camera phones that take short video clips. They do something, they go to an event, and capture both still images and videos. Right now, lots of times, the videos just stay on the device or the computer. So as of September, that's going to change. You'll be able to for free upload videos and photos, make them either private or public and share them on the Webshots community."

That community approach, Green says, is what sets Webshots apart from competitors like Kodak and Hewlett Packard. Because video files can be so large, uploaded clips will have to be no longer than three minutes. Also on tap from Cnet, a new food site…chow.com…

"Lots of people today have specific tastes and places that they like to go to. We can connect them with others who share those interests. And we also can provide, I think, a different tone. That food is fun and there's lots to explore."

The site will take advantage of Cnet's acquisition of ChowHound.com earlier this year. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.