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Stroome Brings Collaborative Video Editing Online

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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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7 Responses to “Stroome Brings Collaborative Video Editing Online”

  1. Like iMovie but with fewer features…Must be really basic if it’s a stripped-down version of an already stripped-down editing suite. But this is really interesting. I feel like labor-intensive tasks like video editing are one of the few reasons that some people will still need laptops. But if good editing software can exist in the cloud, then that’s just more reason to abandon your Macbook and get a beefed-up version of an iPad (someday, at least, when they can come out with a more advanced model).

  2. Dell Munch

    Stroome is different from predecessors in that its features are more robust (there’s an advanced editor) and their strategy of pairing up with education suggests some strategic thinking.

  3. Haven’t some video remix editors like this already come and gone? I know that JumpCut was shut down by its parent company Yahoo, and it seems like Stroome is very close to that former site. But I like seeing innovation in collaborative editing platforms, so I truly wish Stroome all the best going forward.