Christmas Letter 2.0: Storyblender Releases Free Video Holiday Letter Creator

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The service allows anyone to use photos, webcam video, voice narration, and holiday music to create an online "holiday letter" video to share with family and friends via email, blogs, and social networks.

People spend so much time agonizing over writing these holiday letters today publicly announces the launch of its free "Video Holiday Letter" service, an easy, quick tool for creating and sharing multimedia greetings with family, friends, clients, and coworkers. The service, built with casual Internet users and busy parents in mind, allows anyone to create a unique video Christmas letter or holiday letter using personal photos, webcam videos, and a variety of holiday themes and music. The Storyblender service goes beyond the current standard for e-greeting and slideshows by allowing anyone to use a microphone to narrate photos, or to record a personal video greeting using a webcam. Once completed, video holiday letters can be immediately shared via email or through social networks such as Facebook or MySpace. Email notifications can be scheduled for delivery on a future date, such as on Christmas Day, on the first day of Hanukkah, or on New Year's Day.

"People spend so much time agonizing over writing these holiday letters," said Yong Hyoung, Storyblender CEO. "But why write about how much the kids have grown, when it's even easier to narrate pictures of the kids with your own voice? Or to record the kids on webcam as they deliver their own holiday wishes? Our holiday tool leverages our core Storyblender platform to let anyone create something very unique and personalized. We think that once people have a chance to use it, they'll see that video creation can be both fun and easy - and that's what Storyblender is all about."

Visitors to the Storyblender Web site first choose from among seven different holiday themes for their video and type a quick text greeting. Those with webcams then have the option to then record an introductory video greeting. The next step is to upload personal photos, with the option to add text captions or voice narration to each photo. After recording an optional final video message, the user chooses one of fourteen holiday songs - from rap to classical - to play as background music during the duration of the finished video. The video is then complete, and can be shared with anyone via email, social network, or direct URL link. Storyblender further simplifies the process by allowing users to automatically load email contacts from their Gmail, MSN/Hotmail, or Yahoo! Mail accounts.

"The Christmas letter or holiday letter is a tradition that extends back for generations," said Mark Barthelemy, Storyblender Vice President of Marketing, "but busy lives and changing times mean that fewer of us have the time, patience, and penmanship required to carry on this tradition. Meanwhile, people have started to display a ravenous appetite for adopting new tools - particularly video - into their communications arsenal. We hope Storyblender's Video Holiday Letter service will help to both sustain and redefine this cherished holiday tradition."

About Storyblender:
Storyblender aims to empower everyone with the ability to create fun and useful online videos. At - the company's video creation community - anyone can "blend" their own content with pre-existing content available on the web. Storyblender CEO Yong Hyoung is the founder of Cyworld, South Korea's first and most-popular social networking community. The company is based in San Francisco with an office in Seoul.


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