Paul HinesPaul Hines: 'simplified version'One of the unsung secrets of TrueTube, the BETT 2009 Award-winning online video-sharing service for young people, is its innovative video-editing suite. Learners in or out of school get free online access to powerful editing facilities that will work with even low-powered computers on a broadband connection.

They can upload their own footage or use the wealth of clips and copyright-free music already on the site - and best of all for schools, this happens in a secure environment.

TrueTube commissioned Forbidden Technologies to create the suite from its own CLESH (clip, load, edit, share) service - with the accent on ease of use. All learners have to do is register and log into the site. "Forbidden created a simplified version for us," says TrueTube junior editor Paul Hines (above) who created the online "masterclass" videos to help users get the hang of CLESH. "Most kids already have all the things they need to get going - a mobile phone that can shoot video, and a computer." There's no limitation on what they can upload and edit, but anything they ultimately submit will be vetted by TrueTube.

TrueTube is not resting on its award laurels, however, and is working on a string of innovative developments: a primary service; mobile support with TrueVan; international "franchised TrueTube sites; public action events, TrueVents; online games for exploring youth issues, TrueGames.

Erik van der SchaftEditor Erik van der SchaftTo find out more, read the full interview with TrueTube editor-in-chief Erik van der Schaft (left) on the Futurelab site. Best of all, pay a visit to the TrueTube site. As the organisers say, "TrueTube doesn’t judge, we don’t take sides and we certainly don’t think we have THE answers. We just want to give you food for thought."



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