Hulu Is Up

One of my favorite parts of Hulu is that it's halfway to the video grammar in which I hope our culture gets to participate. What do I mean by that? Well, imagine the ability to take bits and pieces of video content and mash it up to create new…

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One of my favorite parts of Hulu is that it’s halfway to the video grammar in which I hope our culture gets to participate. What do I mean by that? Well, imagine the ability to take bits and pieces of video content and mash it up to create new stuff. How cool would that be?

It starts with the ability to share discrete portions of content. With Hulu, we can do that. Check out this bit of The Office. I selected the scene at pretty much random, but it shows how discrete units can be shared:

http://www.hulu.com/embed/5wxxSMNLXPxMi6RnYpkjqw

This is a big step.

9 thoughts on “Hulu Is Up”

  1. “Unfortunately this video is not currently available in your country or region. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

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  2. Except that it’s only viewable in the US, which means 95% of your audience can’t see what you’re talking about.

  3. clearly it’s a strike against youtube. one of the major advantages of youtube versus tv network sites is that you could find just one particular scene from a show instead of having to view an entire episode. this negates that advantage to some extent (though not entirely as the clips/scenes would have to be shared elsewhere and not right on the hulu site)

  4. It is great that they allow you to embed specific clips, but it is still a long way from being able to “mash it up” with other pieces of video content. Still, a big step in the right direction.

  5. Well, imagine the ability to take bits and pieces of video content and mash it up to create new stuff. How cool would that be?

    John,

    In reference to your excitement about video mashups, perhaps you should have a look at the Annodex technology – it enables exactly the kind of video mashup you’re talking about. You can find examples of this in a recent talk by Shane Stephens at Linux.conf.au. Note that Shane is now working for Google, so who knows, maybe some of this functionality may eventually find its way into YouTube?

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