It may take a 100 to make 1 …Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 by Roberto Saracco
Ever noticed how many people are taking pictures and filming at any event? Be it a concert, a sport event, a wedding or the recital at your kids’ school. I bet you did and probably you may also have asked someone near you to share a clip that you might have missed.
Well, Vyclone, a start up, is going one step further. They have created an app, running on iPhones, that can send a clip to their servers and at that point they will look for videos taken at that location (GPS mon amour) and at that particular time. If clips are found Vyclone will splice and mash them up returning a nice clip to you.
The resulting video contains just one soundtrack (you can decide the one to be selected) but provides different point of views since several cameras were involved in filming.
The Vyclone app has been made available for trials and it should become downloadable from the AppStore in the next few weeks….
So far there are several limitations: all people need to use an iPhone and should record through the Vyclone apps. However, just give it some time and Vyclone, or some copycats, will come up with more flexible options. I can easily imagine the interest (at least on my side) to mash up clips taken at different times. I can imagine taking a clip on vacation at a nice spot and wondering how that place would look like at dusk, or when there is a certain event… All of these can become possible since there are really no technical issues to spot this evolution.
As more and more people are taking clips and more and more cameras are continuously filming the world around (I always marvel at the number of car accidents being filmed live you can see on YouTube!) there will be a growing data base of clips to select and merge or mash up.
This, in turns, will provide us with a new interface to look at the world. Indeed, it is like extending our viewing capabilities, in time and in space.
Any given event, that we have witnessed from a certain spot, will become available for us to see also from a different point of view.
I can expect most sport arenas will have plenty of cameras filming what’s going on and once they make these clips available and you can use an app like Vyclone, then you can really start to appreciate the world with a whole set of new eyes. And of course the bandwidth demand will keep growing, at least in local areas and will once again transform our perception of communications. Not an infrastructure to transmit information from here to there but a fabric making all information ubiquitously available.