RJI Futures Lab update #45

Multi-camera mobile video, managing social content and website push notifications


In this Futures Lab update, the Reynolds Journalism Institute explores technologies for combining video footage from multiple smartphones, finding and managing content from social media, and pushing notifications to readers on desktop and laptop computers.

PART 1: Multi-camera mobile video with Vyclone
Vyclone is a mobile app that allows users to easily combine video taken by multiple smartphones. It can pull together clips filmed in the same place and time, and its tap-driven interface enables nearly instant editing and posting online. RJI visits Vyclone's office in Venice, Calif., and gets a demonstration from Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer David King Lassman.

PART 2: Managing social content with Chute
Newsrooms and consumer brands increasingly use photos and video posted by the public to websites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Vine. San Francisco-based Chute has created a system for finding, managing and publishing social media content that also includes a system for securing rights to reproduce the content from the person who created it. Hear from Chute Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Ranvir Gujral about the company's approach.

PART 3: Pushing notifications to computer users
Technology from Apple now makes it possible for websites to send push notifications to computer users, similar to the way mobile apps can send text alerts, and several organizations are taking advantage of it. Roost is a vendor that offer publishers the ability to manage notifications with a bit of code dropped into existing websites. Hear about the technology from Roost's Founder and Chief Marketing Officer Tim Varner. Hear also from Paul Yorke, manager of technology for user-generated content and messaging at The New York Times, which wrote its own code to add the web notifications.

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