Interactive video

There have been a view interesting interactive video projects kicking around recently, including some pretty cools stuff from quicktv and clickthrough,  but to me this technology from Yellow Bird is by far the most interesting thing I’ve seen for a while.

According to  their press release a variant of their technology is being using in the Google Street camera. The system has with six video camera, coupled with some pretty nifty software to produce an all-encompassing movie where the viewer can shift the camera angle to explore the scene from any direction, in a simple flash player format either via the web or offline.

Interactive or emersive video has been around for a while, but up until now its alway been a little clunky, the imagery a little distorted and the views a little jumpy, but the playback on this seems really quite fluid. The blog post that i spotted this video in was actually over 2 months old and when we googled it, we found several similar technologies.

I can’t wait to see how the creatives manage to utilize this kind of technology into all sorts of applications, while it obviously lends itself to concerts , events and virtual tours i’m sure there must be loads of other applications that would work just as well.

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