I first heard of anyclip when they received runnerups in the techcrunch50 awards. So I signed up to the private beta immediately to test it out. I’m still waiting on my invite though.
Now, I’ve just seen the demo video and I really dig it!
A service that lets you find “Any moment from any film ever made”. That’s a very powerful tagline. Kinda like the Bill Gates vision “A computer on every desk”.
Watch the entire video for the demo and the questioning.
FYI the guys on the judging panel are:
- Scobelizer (Robert Scoble) is a huge tech blogger, former Microsoft guy
- Sean Parker, founding president of Facebook and co-founded Napster, Plaxo and Causes. And now joined Yammer!
- Reid Hoffman, once an aspiring Academic and Rhodes scholar (i think), founder of Linkedin and mentor to many of the top web 2.0 CEO’s
- Dick Costas, founder of Feedburner, Head of Google Social Products, and now COO of Twitter
- Mike ?, he used to be chief engineer at Mozilla Firefox, now Chief Engineer @ Facebook.
As you can see, its the who’s who of Silicon Valley.
1) Aggregate short form video (less than 4 mins)
2) Allow people to metatag and categorise
3) have monetization models so you can buy the video or download or rent it
There are valid questions around legals, getting buy-in from the studios re content and also discovery.
Discovery is a good point, because that’s how I find a lot of interesting content on youtube from browsing other videos. I also think its going to be an incredible challenge getting the studios on board. But they did it with Hulu via a JV.
Ultimately, the guys behind it are right suggesting that it reinvigorates our love of movies. By me watching that scene from the Big Lebowski, I wanted to go to the video shop and rent it immediately. It might encourage others to go find the torrent, but they were never going to buy it anyway.
My other question is that can’t Youtube do all of the above? Youtube’s biggest problem at the moment, is that the most watched videos and biggest traffic driver is amateur videos. Not professional. If the anyclip guys have figured out a way to automatically tag, categorise and scale it, that could be a winner.
I’m out like long form video,
Matt aka Inspiredworlds