So it looks like some camera companies are thinking about this. Casio has released their new Exilim cameras with high resolution mp4 high quality video inside their tiny camera. This is very close to what I was talking about. Here's an example of their "Short Movie" feature. The problem for me is the format. Web Browsers do a sucky job handling video. Really bad. And video playing applications like WME or QuickTime are too bulky and shitty. This needs to be seamless inline video to share.
Kodak's v550 also touts heavy video capabilities, but you'll be hard pressed to find it on their site. Man this site sucks.
This is what I want:
- A "Video Snaps" feature that records 5 second clips exactly when I want
- Up to 640 x 480 resolution video
- The first frame should be a high resolution digital photo that can be used for printing, etc.
- The output should be a new format that can easily be embedded in a browser, shared with other devices, or viewed on a monitor... No freaking cumbersome codec or application to view them
- File sizes should be small. 'cmon! How hard is it really?
- A site like flickr to share these with friends and family
- A way to stitch them together so they can tell a seamless story. Blending, cross-fades from one to another.
Ok just so you know. I coined the phrase "Video Snaps" just now. So don't mack my name man. It's much better than "Short Movie". I don't care what these guys say. If that can't be the name, then it will be something like "snappr," or "flack," or "vid.lic.io.us," or "clipz" or some shit.