YouTube acquires Ireland's Green Parrot Pictures to improve its video processing chops for those shaky, amateurish videos it solicits.
YouTube, which is in the midst of a hiring spree to fuel its video platform
expansion, purchased Green Parrot Pictures to boost its video processing
capabilities March 15.
Google's video-sharing Website receives a lot of video each day-35 hours
uploaded per minute-ranging from professional quality to really poor quality
clips from amateurs using cheap video cameras and mobile phones.
The Catch-22 is that some of the more popular videos are created in the
latter category. These clips are shaky, blurry and just really poor quality.
Jeremy Doig, director for Google Video Technology, cited videos
of recent protests in Libya.
While these proved to be popular content for users, which Google craves because
it keeps users returning to the site, the quality may be off-putting to some
Green Parrot has built video processing software that can clean up images,
making them crisper and more steady as content makers upload the video to
YouTube. The technology also uses less bandwidth and improves playback speed.
The startup was created six years ago by associate professor Anil Kokaram at
the Engineering School of Trinity College in Dublin,
Doig said Green Parrot's software has been used by blockbusters productions
such as the "Lord of the Rings," "X-Men" and
That Green Parrot's technology has been used in feature films is a testament
to Google's interest in polishing YouTube content, once a playground for
simple, wacky videos of people goofing off or showing off.
Yet YouTube has shown bigger ambition of late. The company, which is
boosting its staff by 30 percent this year, runs Google TV, the search engine's
Web TV unit.
Next New Networks to fortify video production for
professionals and is testing in-stream video ads using DoubleClick's real-time
The site also aired its first feature film March 11, seemingly eyeing
the turf of Netflix and Amazon.com's streaming