The power of collaborative video

One of the features which make Final Cut Pro so popular is the ability to easily transfer content across the web and compose a finished product. Some online directors are pushing this capability to its extremes, and the results are breathtaking, to say the least. One group regularly producing great content is the online music community. We don’t know if all of these were produced on Final Cut Pro, but they all certainly can be, in addition to much more.The Youtube Symphony Orchestra is probably the most widely-publicized of recent efforts. Sponsored by the London Symphony Orchestra, the project consisted of an open audition across the world of musician’s playing the same piece: Tan Dun’s “Internet Symphony No. 1 ‘Eroica.’” The different videos were compiled into a single video, which can be viewed on the Youtube Symphony Channel.Bjork is known for her choice of idiosyncratic music video directors, including Michel Gondry and Chris Cunningham. For her song “The Dull Flame of Desire” from the album Volta, however, she couldn’t choose just one. Instead, she reached out to three different directorsChristoph Jantos of Berlin, Masahiro Mogari of Tokyo, and Marcal Cuberta Junca of Gironawho each filmed a different segment of the video. The finished product was edited together in London, and shows three very different artistic perspectives.Artists C-Mon & Kypski are behind one of the most inventive music videos, in which single frames of fans in different poses are spliced in with those of the band members. The video is being composed at the site, and more than 19,000 people have already contributed. Check out the site for yourself, and join in if you’re feeling the urge to move. It doesn’t hurt that the song isn’t half-catchy, either.