Had a chance to sit down with Omnisio Co-founder Ryan Jubee last week, who along with his team have built quite a set of tools for next-gen online video. The Y-Combinator-backed site's been live now for about two weeks and has seen steady growth in both video content and visitors, with over 2500 video compilations so far. In a nutshell, Omnisio allows users to easily pull clips from videos hosted on the web at sites like YouTube, Blip.tv, and Google Video and create a single mashup video you can then play with. Take this Steve Ballmer meltdown mashup, for example:
The launch followed the idea that sometimes you have to let your product out there to fully understand its potential. So the team did just that, launching a consumer version of their tools which currently only allow for the mashups and in-video commenting. (You can toggle this somewhat distracting feature on/off.)
The real powerful tools are yet to be released to the general public, but several parter "channels" have been set up that make use of these gems. People-tagging and (powerpoint) slide sharing are the most powerful, in my opinion, and really can make remote learning a viable option. The Stanford/MIT Venture Lab is one of the early Omnisio adopters, really making use of the platform in this recent panel discussion on monetizing social networking. Try jumping ahead to a tagged person or specific slide. Check it out:
I'm starting to wish I could review my college lectures like this. There's definitely an opportunity here to leverage these tools - universities, online schools, internal corporate training - you name it. I commend the team on their ability to stay lean by allowing the external video hosts (YouTube, Blip.tv) to do the heavy lifting of file storage. One to watch in this space for sure.