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February 25, 2013

Switchcam Director App Combines Multiple Shots Into One Video

By Robbie Pleasant, TMCnet Contributor

One has to admire film editors; the way they can splice footage together to create a single cohesive video is quite impressive. However, it’s now easier to do that than ever, thanks to a new app from Switchcam (formerly Veokami), the Switchcam Director, which automatically collects and synchronizes footage from multiple cameras, combining them into one interactive video.

Switchcam Director was just recently released to the public, and uses a sound recognition algorithm to synchronize footage from multiple cameras, combining them into a single video of the same event. Users can then switch between cameras and angles at any time, providing the same scene at the same time from a different point of view.

There are several uses for this, not only for amateur filmmaking, but even for group events to make crowdsourced productions, or even at concerts. Curators can also promote and feature certain shots or angles, or promote those they believe are worth viewing.

The app is free to use and hosted on the site for free, with an embed code for sharing them on blogs. If you want to crowdsource and compile footage to publish, however, there is a fee to export the videos.

"We're not trying to build a professional-level video editing tool – instead we're trying to make it really easy for anybody to create a multicamera video," said Brett Welch, CEO at Switchcam.

This is shortly after Switchcam raised $1.2 million from investors such as Turner Media Camp and Mark Cuban, so it has the backers and the funds to make a truly great product. Switchcam Director is a great tool for video editing, easy to use and providing many new shots and scenes that would be unavailable from a single camera alone.

Edited by Braden Becker
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