I bloody hate it when I'm stood behind someone at a gig who is filming the show on a smartphone rather than watching it with their own two eyes. But if they're doing so to power a platform like Evergig, I may well be able to forgive them.
Evergig scours the web for concert footage, intelligently grouping clips together based on their names (say, artist name, gig venue and date). It then uses an algorithm to analyse the clips, picking out those with the best audio and video quality and then editing them together into a single video. By analysing the sound files of each video, Evergig is also able to isolate unwanted ambient sounds and cut them out. Once it's done this with a run of songs from a show, it combines them all into one long concert video, complete with song chapter breaks. Check it out in action below, with a clip of the Manic Street Preachers playing London's O2 Arena back in December of 2011:
See how the clip jumps from angle to angle, without a hiccup in the sound? It's great! Of course, any crowd-sourced system such as this is limited to the quality of the original fan-footage, but with over a million shows now available on Evergig, there's at least plenty to choose from. The only gripe I have with it currently is that in some cases it offers shows that it hasn't yet compiled -- clicking on them pops up a message saying that it will notify you via email once the gig has been prepared.
It's a fascinating evolution of the bootleg gig video. While I'm certain there will be copyright concerns waiting just over the horizon for Evergig, the platform is looking to sure up its position by offering "B2B" monetising options, "entirely targeted at musicians". [Evergig]