OpenSourceCinema.org Chooses Kaltura's Video Platform to Power
Interactive Video Functionality on its New Online Community
Developed by Raincity Studios
OpenSourceCinema.org selects Kaltura in order to allow users to
view, upload, and remix RiP Manifesto -- the first legally
remixable documentary about copyright and remix culture.
SXSW Conference, March 16, 2009 -- EyeSteelFilm, the creators of
"RiP, a Remix Manifesto", a documentary about copyright and remix
culture, announced today that it has partnered with Kaltura, Inc.
(http://www.kaltura.com), developer of the first open source video
platform and Raincity Studios, a web 2.0 community developer and
web design company, to power full video capabilities on its new
online community site www.OpenSourceCinema.org.
"When we launched OpenSourceCinema.org, the idea was to promote
a fair-use remix culture. With Kaltura's unique open source tools,
the collaborative concept becomes easy to implement” said
Brett Gaylor, Founder of Open Source Cinema. "Now, with the
online community that we've created in collaboration with Raincity
Studios, Kaltura's technology enables our members to easily
collaborate online in the joint creation of rich-media."
OpenSourceCinema was created to connect documentary filmmakers
and audiences to collaboratively create and distribute films.
OpenSourceCinema provides a full spectrum of tools to enable
collaboration: a pool of footage licensed under Creative Commons
licenses, Kaltura's web based advanced online editor, social
networking features that foster content distribution, and easy ways
for filmmakers to find crews, audiences and collaborators.
The first documentary to employ the OpenSourceCinema model is
"Rip, a Remix Manifesto", which is now available on the site for
registered users to view, upload their own media, and remix reels
and scenes from the film using Kaltura's video platform.
"There is no doubt that the open source and free culture
approach has proven itself in a wide range of business, technology,
and content fields. We are now seeing this approach taking off in
the world of rich-media creation and consumption. Our
partnership with OpenSourceCinema and Raincity Studios exemplifies
the great synergies to be exploited between an open source platform
and free-culture movements. We are honored to be a part of
this project," said Ron Yekutiel, Kaltura Chairman and CEO. "At
Kaltura we believe that advanced video functionalities should be
available for any publisher for free, and that is exactly what we
disruptively offer. Coupled with our video-related value
added services, Kaltura offers the most robust, flexible, and
affordable video solution in the marketplace today."
Open Source Cinema is a social network website to connect
audiences, filmmakers and subjects in the creation of documentary
films. Through a suite of modules, it will facilitate collaborative
editing, submission of user-generated content, viral marketing of
documentary films, and the power to act and change the issues that
documentaries explore. It has been created to produce the first
open source documentary, RiP: A Remix Manifesto, and the site is
being developed for broadcasters, filmmakers and audiences to
connect, create and transform media.
Kaltura provides the world's first Open Source Online Video
Platform. With more than 20,000 active publishers, Kaltura's
flexible framework empowers any site with advanced video
functionality. Founded in 2006, Kaltura's open source code is
available as a free Software Development Kit and as downloadable
packages for leading platforms -- such as Drupal, WordPress and
MediaWiki. Kaltura also provides supplementary paid services
including maintenance, support, integration, professional
development, streaming and hosting, ad serving, content
syndication, and aggregation of related third party services.
Since its public launch, New York-based Kaltura has won
numerous awards, such as the TechCrunch40 People's Choice award,
Mashable's 'Open Web' award, AlwaysOn's top 250 global company and
top 100 media company awards, and TV Week's 5 Video Startups to
Watch in 2009. For more information, visit www.kaltura.com.
About Raincity Studios Raincity Studios is a full service
innovation agency, strategically creating and hosting online
communities for businesses, organizations and publishers.
With a full crew of specialists, Raincity's extensive list of
competencies includes: Drupal content management system
deployments, graphic design for on and off-line applications,
strategic consultation about concept, traffic-building and
monetization, information architecture design, custom code
development, ecommerce implementations, plus a retinue of new and
traditional marketing tactics to encourage participation in your
community including SEO, blogging and podcasting. Beyond site
development, Raincity Studios offers turn-key shared or
enterprise-ready dedicated hosting solutions with redundant server
farms to maximize uptime and performance. Additionally, Raincity
offers comprehensive website support and maintenance agreements,
custom training and documentation creation. For more information,
Open Source Cinema