by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor
Microsoft recently gave Neptune’s Mediashare online video sharing service a shot in the arm, announcing that it had chosen Mediashare as a component in its Windows Movie Maker. Movie Maker offers users a simple way to create and edit home movies, and Mediashare provides those users a convenient way to store and share their video albums online.
Mediashare, initially launched last October, is available for a $39 yearly service fee. Once aboard, users have 150MB of available server space, and can enjoy well-designed Flash templates, which include Java animations, as well as authoring tools for online video and still-image albums. Encoded for broadband speeds, Mediashare’s full-screen, full-frame streamed video (in QuickTime or Windows Media formats) is of very good quality. Neptune expects interest in online video sharing to greatly increase as the escalation of broadband access, DV camcorders and high-powered computers become more widespread.