SINGAPORE: Share home video clips on Stomp website

Users can now upload video clips and leave comments on Straits Times' interactive portal

Straits Times
Tuesday, April 3, 2007

By Chew V'Ming

Stomp, The Straits Times' interactive portal, will now be the online place to visit for video clips made by Singaporeans for Singaporeans.

The nine-month-old website yesterday launched DIY Video, its "Shoot & Share" platform for video clips.

It aims to give Singaporeans a chance to share their special moments online -- anything from birthdays to zany celebrity impersonations.

Visitors to the site can also comment and rate the clips, just like on popular video sharing sites like YouTube, magnify.net and Revver.

The Straits Times' deputy editor of digital media, Mr Felix Soh, said the site will bring "much more exposure, and a large, specific local audience" to amateur or budding film-makers.

He said anyone who has tried looking for made-in-Singapore clips on international video-sharing sites like YouTube will have felt it was a hunt for a needle in a haystack.

Stomp's DIY Video will therefore be that one convenient place for Singapore video makers and viewers to meet.

Singaporeans have emerged among Asia's most prolific users of online video sharing. A recent informal poll of six countries by Mr Kevin Lim, 29, revealed that 23,000 YouTube videos -- 8.5 per cent -- are linked to the keyword "Singapore."

Mr Lim, who is working towards a communications doctorate on online communities at the University at Buffalo in New York, noted that for its small population, Singapore has a relatively high output of video content.

The contributor of the best video each month, as decided by the Stomp Team, will receive a digital video camera.