Bought by Yahoo in late 2006, Jumpcut feels like a web-based version of a basic desktop video-editing application, such as iMovie or Windows Movie Maker, but with video-sharing abilities to boot.
Jumpcut is arguably the leader in online video editing, but it faces increasing competition from new tools found at better-known sites such as Brightcove and YouTube, in addition to mashup-culture alternatives like Eyespot and Motionbox.
On Jumpcut, a single video is combined with others (that you, or anyone, has uploaded) to create a movie. You can create movies and photo slideshows easily in the flash-based Jumpcut Editor through the judicial use of titles, music, effects, transitions and edits. A brilliant movie-making wizard helps you become familiar with the interface, and template styles and keyboard shortcuts are also available.
Uploading our test file took about 5 to 10 minutes using the non-flash-based upload option, and the video was live almost immediately. You or your friends can also upload video to Jumpcut via email, and import photos directly from Flickr or Facebook.
You can set your Jumpcut videos to be viewable by anyone, or by only those that you send your link to. You can also disable the ability of others to remix (or "grab") your Jumpcut content.
Video quality looks good - about what you'd expect for a Flash 8.0 video - but audio does seem a little weaker here than elsewhere. We also don't like that Jumpcut's "full screen" viewing mode is really only a slightly larger viewing window that's surrounded by black.