Monday, January 30, 2006

InformationWeek | The Sundance Film Festival Online | Watch Sundance And Stay Warm | January 30, 2006

InformationWeek | The Sundance Film Festival Online | Watch Sundance And Stay Warm | January 30, 2006: "The Sundance Film Festival has long played host to cinematic innovators and their imaginative productions. Now the film festival is tapping into technology innovation to showcase video blogging, podcasts, and short films on the Internet.

http://festival.sundance.org/2006

For the first time, more than half --50 of 73--of the festival's short films are available online. It's rare for filmmakers to let the public view their original content on the Web.

The 2006 Sundance Web site underwent an overhaul to make navigation easier and to bring the film festival online. Improvements include faster downloads, sharper graphics, an expanded help section, and weather and news updates on the home page. "We're superexcited to be using Flash 8 codec this year," says Joseph Beyer, associate programmer, Sundance Film Festival producer, Sundance Institute Online. "We think it's an amazing upgrade to Flash video, and we're extremely pleased with the results." The films are being offered at 700 Kbps for high-bandwidth users. It gives them a much larger video window in which to enjoy the shorts." (more)

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