uvLayer allows you to search for videos and organize them in a Minority Report fashion. Do a search for any video and uvLayer will instantly provide you with a handful of videos matching your keywords in a collection. With the results, you can drag videos outside the collection and onto your canvas to play with them in a variety of ways. Here's a look at the Adobe AIR app for uvLayer.
You can group videos into a collection or organize them around one another in a really cool fashion. Just drag and drop videos right on top of one another and they'll instantly be grouped together. You can also watch all the videos in a collection as a playlist. If a video no longer fits, easily break apart the collection and reorganize the videos any way you want. Don't worry about playing videos in your browser. uvLayer also allows you to watch the video right inside the program.
There's a plethora of features for you to play around with and interact with the videos you choose. While the default size for each video you play is small, you can easily resize the video boxes on the fly. A URL is provided for sharing with friends including an embed url for the video. However, instead of a direct URL you get a a URL linking to the video in uvLayer, So when you send a link to someone else they'll end up checking out the video in the web version of uvLayer.Head to the 'More Info' section of a video to get the direct URL, the ability to post a comment to the video, an overview of video stats, ratings, and more.
Share With Friends
Want to share the video with a friend? Add your AIM, Google Talk, or Facebook account to uvLayer. When completed, you'll see a list of your buddies on the left side of the app to drag and drop a video to. While AIM and Facebook worked smoothly, we ran into some problems using Google Talk. If you choose to use your Google Talk account, keep in mind that the person you're sending the video to needs to be using the desktop version of Google Talk in order to receive your recommendations.
uvLayer has a great UI and ran smoothly even with the plethora of videos spread out all over the place. Other features include an inbox and activities box to keep track of videos sent and received and the ability to watch a video on your desktop instead of in the app.
Unfortunately, a maximum of 30 videos are provided as results with no way to browse for more other than readjusting your search terms. We'd like to see better integration with the current services you can add, with the addition of more services like Twitter, FriendFeed for sharing video links, and other sites such as Vimeo, Viddler, and DailyMotion. Youtube integration with the the ability to share or favorite a video right from uvLayer seems like another step in the right direction. For links that are sent to users with the AIR app, instead of opening them in a browser, wouldn't it be nicer to open them in the AIR app? Even with these small quirks, uvLayer is a great video search tool.