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The Advent of Mobile Video Technology in Our Lives

When cell phones were first introduced they revolutionized the way people communicated and left the old methods of using landlines, telegrams and letters. Slowly and gradually new developments were made in customizing the look and features of mobile phones and thus after sometime they started appearing in more sleek and smart models which were a delight to the eye.

Along with all these developments there were was the introduction of uploading videos to your cell phones as well which given rise to the usage of mobile videos by people. Since the inception of this technology people have not only used them for personal purposes but also share the different mobile videos with their friends which include brief advertisements, song videos or else some funny commercial.

Mobile videos also offer convenience to users who can capture a video at any time something which you cannot do with your handy cam as you cannot carry it around. Today there are several forms of mobile videos such as 3GP, MPEG-4, Flash Lite, RTSP etc. Among these formats the most widely used and offered is the 3GP format.

If you search for mobile videos on the internet today you will be surprised with the huge amount of websites which offer free downloading of videos to upload in your cell phones. Thus we can clearly see the way this trend is quickly expanding over time. Another advantage of cell phone videos is that they can also be incorporated into your vehicles all you have to do is have a screen with a player installed. This innovation has added to the entertainment of people and now most cars come with stock video panels installed in them as well.

In the past when mobile technology was not as advanced as it’s now people faced many difficulties such as long loading times, buffering and playback problems. This is one thing which has been looked upon and today all mobile videos which are uploaded on sites or else through the web are encoded in such a way because of which these issues are not present anymore. Therefore people are now able to enjoy watching videos on their cell phones without any interruption.

Truly mobile phones have changed the way we communicate but over time have also become a source of entertainment for us through the introduction of mobile videos and other such creative ideas. Yet this is not the end as the future has other advancement in store where videos are concerned.

The Accuracy of Video Based Testing – Not a Fad For the Serious Recruiter!

You have heard the saying a picture paints a thousand words! Well what about video? The average frame rate is 29 fps(frames per second) so could we say 30,000 words. On that light note let us start to explore the relevance of video based testing and the human resources fundamental!

Well you have seen the explosion of the likes of YouTube on the net which shows that there are plenty of takers for video technology once it starts to work seamlessly. With so many people adapted to this technology, large firms create products to facilitate that need (volume sales with lower prices). So now you have cell phone firms that allow cameras on phones at a cost close to nothing, broadband carriers allowing the larger population to get fast connection at a cost never seen before and top rated shows like CNN touting Ireporter to create the “hipness” of using such technologies for the masses.

With such technologies being present, why has this craze not been rapidly absorbed by the employment industry? As stated earlier, video can offer accuracy as never viable before on the HR scene. It is stated that the online jobs marketplace will rise to 20bn in 2009 from 3Bn in 2003. With this growth, no doubt more and more jobs will filter through this route. Once the net was a place for hardcore techies, now it is commonplace.

Sure there are filters out there today but how far can you go with skills to job match databases, with the increasing responders to each job. Also how many calls do you need to make to get the right connection with the best candidate. With these thoughts, here comes our notion of efficiency. Make something that can filter quickly without removing the quality of traditional methods. Video can offer just that.

Now there are many ideas out there or partial solutions but none that offers a real solution, or so you think. For example, a product called called Captivate by Adobe, seems at first glance a product that allows you to easily create video based questions… Well wait a minute, read the fine print – Do you know how to use Flash, or do you have an integration reporting tool – Woe – did that just become complicated! Or how about the costs associated with integrating such technologies – seem too much..

One has to believe that for the HR industry to use video, it has to be within budget, save them more money then they are currently spending and actually address practical problems. So let us examine those to see the viability of video to these key areas.

Video technology has to be readily available for rapid deployment and as I have explained the average budget cell phone has video technology.

Video technology needs to integrate without additional cost (or significant cost) to current mediums. So the idea is that everything should be uncomplicated from the upload of the video, to the running of the tests, to the reporting of the results via the net, cell phone etc. For best results these should all reside on one platform which is easily managed.

The time factor and current spend has to be reduced while the quality of candidates per spend improves. This is a practical reason for a change.

You only have to go to supercandidate.com to see that this exists! However the importance of such technology has to be leveled against usability. What would you use it for. Sure there is video technology (which means pictures, motion and sound) but how could it improve your selection process?

Consider a technical job where the person offering the job role understands the critical processes with that job. Shooting a video to show that process and then uploading it to a question which asked a possible candidate to provide a correct procedure, could make a fundamental difference between the right person for the role and someone who just has skills on a resume! How about a customer services role where the reaction to an irate customer could mean the difference between repeat business or lost sales – again recording the soundbite from the department where the work is to be carried out, can easily be transferred to the questioning process for a accuracy never achieved by traditional techniques or text based questioning – just image that customer facing role included bilingual skills – how relevant could the native language skills be exploited in the selection process.

The bottom line is that video testing can really work for those who require pinpoint accuracy for jobs that expect the person to be knowledgeable for a role. For example, someone after simple typing skills will not see any improvement in using video based testing for accuracy. However there are a host of skilled trades that depend on up to date experience of a possible candidate and the best way to see if they have the skills before you get them into the interview them or worse still place them in a job, is to allow interaction with the original employer, using the net and video technology to heavily improve your filter process while removing unnecessarily costs and time constraints you currently have by not deploying such methods.

Video Technologies Can Enhance Life in Ways From Inspirational Videos for Students to Modern Worship

Over the last two decades, the rate at which new technologies have emerged has been blindingly fast, and it is estimated that it would take about fifty years to catch up to the discoveries that we have right now. These modern technologies are now apparent in almost every aspect of life from the conversations that we engage in each day to the latest online investment opportunities, and the influences are sure to increase in the future.

One of the most versatile and popular applications of modern technologies is in the use of video, and as these techniques and the components themselves have evolved, more and more uses for them have been discovered. The various video applications from professional productions to web-cams have found use in hundreds of aspects of personal and professional life including business applications, education tools, online dating, and even modern worship.

The Power of Video

Video technologies have been employed in business and educational applications for many years, but what is unique about modern times is the widespread applications and uses that the current components allow. The technologies are so sophisticated now that just about anyone with a computer and even a low-quality camera can create effective and impressive productions for safety training, new product launches, ongoing training, and many other applications using the latest software programs for editing, and the vast majority of these programs are totally free.

Video in the education world is also a familiar tool, and just as with the other applications, it too has seen a much broader implementation of video uses in recent years. Today, schools offer a variety of tools from inspirational videos for students to entire lesson plans on a particular video format ranging from online files to DVDs. The modern video technologies have also enabled a whole new range of opportunities for teaching like the ability for students off-campus to participate in the same classroom as students on-campus through live video chat or other means.

Video Applications in Personal Life

The many modern video applications of the professional and educational worlds are not the only popular uses for these amazing advances, and they are being utilized more and more by individuals and companies everywhere for online dating services, Internet cafes, charitable or community functions, and much more. The online video biographies used by dating services allow users to learn much more about a potential date than just a written one, and they also allow users to get to know each other better through real conversations in which you can see and hear the other person.

Religious organizations and churches have also taken advantage of these new technologies from distributing free Sunday school lessons for kids to online sermons and other functions streamed live over the web to millions of outlets across the world. With the rate at which new applications are being realized, it is sure that these technologies will be playing an ever-growing role in the personal and professional lives of individuals everywhere.