When technology and consumers work well

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Now that I have a fantastic reason to use the new camcorder, I have been making some recordings and otherwise playing with the features. I recently posted two videos to Youtube.com, and the front-to-back process was really straight-forward...technology should continue to put consumers at the center of their world like this:

  1. Plug camcorder into computer, turn it on
  2. Load Windows Movie Maker
  3. Tell WMM to import video from the camcorder
  4. WMM detects the clips on the camcorder
  5. Take each clip you want to save, save the file as a seperate WMV
  6. Upload WMV file to YouTube

While the above process is really cool, here's how I could see it optimized even further:

  1. Plug camcorder into computer, turn it on
  2. Load Windows Movie Maker
  3. Tell WMM to import video from the camcorder
  4. WMM detects clips, but also stops when hitting the end of the tape that's been recorded on
  5. Take each clip you want to post, post the file (menu item/context menu) directly to YouTube - if login required, WMM can request, or integrate with the upcoming Infocard


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