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Streaming Media NY - formerly Streaming Media East - was the smallest
event in its five-year history. Now owned by Information Today* and
co-located with the information conference, Streaming Media NY returned
to the New York Hilton, where it debuted in 1999. Although only a
dozen vendors participated in the trade show, the conference program remained
top quality and attracted attendance appropriate to the space. The
mood of attendees was upbeat and focused, indicating that the survivors
are poised to lead the next wave of streaming development.
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DVExpo held its second east coast event at the Javits Center.
This year a conference was added in addition to the trade show. PlayStream
was the sole streaming firm to exhibit at this robust event. The
World Wide Web Artists Consortium hosted a panel to present innovative
uses of digital video, which was well received. Of all the events
this summer, this one had the most energy and was the one that seemed to
expand in scope and attendance. It is also the least directly affected
by the fortunes of the Internet.
TechXNY, co-located with PCExpo, although held at the Javits Center,
was disconcertingly small for a generic tech event and was strikingly low
key. As an indicator of the general state of the tech economy, it
was not encouraging. Streaming was not altogether absent, as
Alley Station webcast live from the event.
WWWAC Panel Creates
Stir at DVExpo
The World Wide Web Artists Consortium
presented a panel at DVExpo of three ventures that are using digital media
to create new forms of expression.
Countless Stories dynamically
combines streaming video clips from a topical search of the Countless Stories
database to create a customized show for the web site visitor. The
excitement level of the audience indicated a recognition that this is the
kind of breakthrough application we all envisioned from the Internet revolution.
Developed as a project at Marymount Manhattan College, the technology needs
exposure and funding.
Neutrino Nation is a comedy
team that uses digital video for improvisation. Working with a theme,
the performances are created and captured on video, immediately returned
to the theater for on-the-fly mixing and presentation to the audience while
the performers venture out again to record the next segment.
Nora Barry, Director of the Streaming
Cinema Festival in Philadelphia, sponsored an ambitious international
project of digital filmmakers in several countries. Each created
a film based on the same story. These works were then independently
mixed and streamed, creating a new derivative work.
Each of these innovative projects is worth checking out.
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