A new collaborative online video editing suite dubbed Stroome is going into public beta this week, with an official unveiling planned for Wednesday at the USC Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism, where Stroome was developed as a graduate project. Stroome is based on the Kaltura video editing suite, but extends the online editor with community tools that make it possible to work on videos together and remix other people’s work.
Stroome co-founder Tom Grasty told me that the site will eventually adopt a freemium model and offer paying end users or companies licensing Stroome more storage for their raw footage, as well as HD capabilities. One of the first licensing partners is USC Annenberg, where the editing suite will be used in classrooms, as well as for its campus cable channel Anneberg TV News and its online journalism project Neon Tommy.
Stroome allows users to upload footage and mix these clips with photos, audio tracks and other video footage available online in a video editor that resembles something like iMovie, albeit with less features. The resulting video can then be saved as a project and shared with either a closed group of collaborators or the entire Stroome community. The final video can be shared through various social networks, but there’s no function to republish content on YouTube (s GOOG) or any other video sharing site yet.
I played a little bit with Stroome today, and I can see this turning into an interesting way to work on some projects together that don’t necessarily need too much post-production. That being said, the editor is still fairly limited (e.g. there’s no way to incorporate subtitles or other forms of text), and it was tough to get a good sense of all the social features with very few people currently participating.
The site also seemed a little sluggish at times, which is something that Grasty attributed to the fact that there’s still active development going on to get Stroome ready for Wednesday’s official launch. That being said, users who want to play around with it can already sign up. Check out the screenshots below for some first impressions, and if you do give it a try, please let us know what you think about it in the comments!
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