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DemoFall '07 kickoff: Video gizmos

Introducing the first batch of onstage presentations at DemoFall 2007.

The DemoFall 2007 (more) startup fest is kicking off with a segment devoted to video products. There are more cameras pointing out from the stage than pointing at it. Here's what they're showing off:

    • Digital Fountain. Infrastructure company. Enables "entertainment-grade" video over any network. It puts the pieces together when you have a bad network. The company is launching a new content delivery network (CDN), Splash, for distributing video. Uses Amazon Web services for distribution. Trying to find the consumer angle here. Don't think there is one yet, although this might lower your cost for distributing your own video.

    • Global Communications This company is a DemoFall sponsor. Its "swerver" boxes can transmit up to 178MB of data bidirectionally over any existing copper network wire, like phone cable. Can extend the network using laser transmitters. Neat tech.

    • ClipBlast does video search. Releasing a new video widget so you can "search the video Web from your desktop." OK, pretty. But I'm just as happy to go to a Web page when I want to look at videos. Why? Because I don't want to be searching for video all the time. Would be nice if this widget was embedded into content sites, though.

    • FixMyMovie. Very, very cool. Magically makes your mobile phone videos sharper. Also lets you extract high-rez stills from blocky videos. See review.

    • MetaRadar is a new user interface for the Web. A "value add to the browser experience." A tool for navigating through "rich media spaces." It's a unified browsing experience. It looks good. The question is, do content providers want to shunt their content through someone else's UI, when they have a) high-priced designers for destination sites, and b) RSS subscribers who are bypassing those designs as it is?

    • Proxure is releasing a new product, Filmaroo, a Windows app for sharing videos. Like a private YouTube. But straight to the desktop for your friends, if they want. (See also Tubes.) What's weird: It's an app. I thought video belonged on Web services.

    • Your Truman Show lets users link from their own personal videos to those of their friends. The "video map" shows you who's linked to whom and which people are linking to other videos. A clever way to get groups to connect over video content they like. Now in an embeddable widget for your social network.