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Streaming video is a must-have; Acting skills aren't required, but a camera is.

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This story appears in the October 2008 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Derek and Justin Thomas Ostensen, 27 and 31, respectively, have long been videographers, from their film backgrounds to their DVDs-as-artwork business, Ambiance Visuals. The founders of the 6-year-old Laguna Beach, California, company offer ready-made and customizable DVDs featuring still photos or films for display on plasma TVs. Artists and galleries worldwide supply images, but the brothers shoot most of the video footage themselves, then stream clips online at ambiancevisuals.com.

"Digital video cameras--especially with the advancement of HD--allow us to capture the highest quality imagery," says Justin Thomas. "When we have the opportunity to shoot in, say, Ireland, we want to take the best possible technology."

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