Digital Lava offers agencies another option in video publishing
- By William Jackson
- Jan 25, 1999
Digital Lava Inc. of Los Angeles is aiming a new release of its video publishing
software at the federal market.
The first version of its VideoVisor desktop viewer, released in 1996, found few federal
customers, chief executive officer Joshua D.J. Sharfman said. But he expects the new
release, called vPrism Publisher, to do better, especially in the Defense Department. He
said DOD has a huge training burden to deliver to many locations over various
kinds of networks.
Digital Lava distinguishes video publishing from video streaming or store-and-forward
video because the published data can be manipulated and re-purposed rather than merely
viewed. Video files can be indexed, annotated and linked at the desktop for storage in
their changed versions, much like word processing and spreadsheet files.
The package combines video content with links to other data such as text files, Web
sites or Web-enabled programs, and then publishes it in specially formatted VideoCapsule
files. The files are viewable with the VideoVisor Professional desktop client, which lets
the user rearrange content, add subtitle text or transcripts and make annotations.
The changes can link to specific video files, and both video and text can link to other
Web sites, desktop files and applications.
The software runs under Microsoft Windows 9x and Windows NT.
It works with Microsofts .avi and Active Streaming Format; Motion Picture Experts
Group standards 1, 2 and 4; Apple QuickTime; and RealNetworks RealVideo 4.0 and 5.0.
VPrism Publisher costs $8,995 per copy, and VideoVisor Pro is $295.
Contact Digital Lava at 310-841-1149.
William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.