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Shannon's ASCII Dreams (was Re: [videoblogging] Inner workings)

By M. Sean Gilligan | "M. Sean Gilligan" <seanlist@...> | M_Sean_Gilligan
August 1, 2004 | Post #494 | Topic #481

There are such beings, they love this movie: http://www.ljudmila.org/~vuk/ascii/deep.htm -- Sean >I use to have this dream that there were beings that perceiveds the world in ascii format.....so that if I took the ascii equivalent of a pornographic image and printed it out that the recipient of such bombastulence could par take in such a thing and then experience orgasmic stimulation. RGB space would be unnecessary. > >.s > -- [View]



Re: [videoblogging] Vblog Central

By M. Sean Gilligan | "M. Sean Gilligan" <seanlist@...> | M_Sean_Gilligan
August 3, 2004 | Post #538 | Topic #373

Hello Shannon, Jay, et. al., vBlog Central is not quite alpha yet. Yancy Lind [http://yancysvblog.blogspot.com], who has been helping us with pre-alpha testing (among other things), sent e-mail to this list and managed to get our site noticed a little before we were ready. (I'm not complaining, Yancy...) We are updating the servers this week (in fact there may be some down time in the next few hours) and will create accounts for the first alpha testers any day now. We will start out with a small number of testers and then add more as we get more comfortable. We will be giving priority to people who have contributed to this list. The service will be free for alpha testers, but we will need to limit storage and bandwidth usage. We have not finalized a pricing model, but we are investigating several options. We'll be soliciting input on pricing on our site in the near future. I don't want to "promote" what we are doing on this list, but I will answer any questions/issues that are brought up. Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions, issues, or suggestions. So, to answer Jay and Shannon's questions: >How much control and access would I have to my own material We do not plan on placing any limits on control and/or access for paying customers (or alpha testers). We have talked about free, advertising-supported plans, but figure most folks on this... [View]



Re: [videoblogging] Siggraph L.A.

By M. Sean Gilligan | "M. Sean Gilligan" <seanlist@...> | M_Sean_Gilligan
August 5, 2004 | Post #550 | Topic #546

What at Siggraph, in your opinion, will be interesting to vbloggers and/or video creators? If it sounds really good, I might be able to hop a plane from northern CA, but I think it would be hard to swing at this point. I'm sure I'm not the only one on the list that would be interested in a "trip report" or, better yet, vblog entry(ies) about the show. -- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Sean Gilligan : 831-466-9788 x11 Catalla Systems, Inc. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- [View]



Re: [videoblogging] vBlog Central

By M. Sean Gilligan | "M. Sean Gilligan" <seanlist@...> | M_Sean_Gilligan
August 5, 2004 | Post #552 | Topic #373

> >definitely need progressive streaming for QT. :-) wouldn't consider it >otherwise. I think vBlog Central is going to make progressive/psuedo/HTTP streaming the default as most vbloggers (at least the ones I've asked) seem to prefer that method. (My threats about starting a pro/con discussion on this list are not idle, but I'd like to start the discussion with a sincere attempt at covering all the pros/cons that I already know about, thus it will have to wait...) -- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Sean Gilligan : 831-466-9788 x11 Catalla Systems, Inc. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- [View]



Re: [videoblogging] vBlog Central

By M. Sean Gilligan | "M. Sean Gilligan" <seanlist@...> | M_Sean_Gilligan
August 5, 2004 | Post #553 | Topic #373

In response to Adrian Miles: >On 04/08/2004, at 12:07 PM, M. Sean Gilligan wrote: > >> Yes, you upload a "master" movie and we compress to multiple formats >> on the server. Once the compression is finished an entry is made in >> your existing blog (using XML-RPC) and the video can be played in >> multiple formats. > >is the compression customisable by the user? Compression is very customizable and configurable in the Catalla.Host product that vBlog Central is based on. In vBlog Central, we have tried hide this complexity, but I'm thinking we'll need an advanced option to re-enable it. > multiple format is ok but >relies on a very limited notion of delivery. it assumes that we're >putting up simple video (sound + image track). Like your very interesting Rule of Thirds post, for example. [IIRC, I once took a QT instructional video with multiple tracks (audio, video, background, text, image, and chapter) and replaced the audio and video tracks with streaming tracks. This allowed the user to select a chapter from the chapter list and skip to it without waiting for the full, 1-hour presentation to download. I was able to do this with "only" QT Pro.] > It would be good to use >a service like this for interactive work in QT (for example) where qt >is the only outcome but where compression will not break things like >sprite tracks and so on. Sounds like... [View]



[videoblogging] Re: Siggraph L.A.

By M. Sean Gilligan | "M. Sean Gilligan" <seanlist@...> | M_Sean_Gilligan
August 5, 2004 | Post #555 | Topic #546

>If you're in Norcal, there's a LobbyCon (the first one!) in San Francisco 8/12 at 7:30pm. It's on my calendar, and I'll do my best to be there. I'll bring my DV cam and a tripod. If enough people bring DV cams with tripods, we could set them up at different angles, leave them running (for the first hour) and then figure out a way of synching time code so we could edit the conversation from different perspectives to make a vblog summary. (disclaimer: I have no idea how the pros do this.) This could be surefire way of getting the hotel to kick us out... -- Sean -- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Sean Gilligan : 831-466-9788 x11 Catalla Systems, Inc. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- [View]



Re: [videoblogging] videoblogging: the Tv show

By M. Sean Gilligan | "M. Sean Gilligan" <seanlist@...> | M_Sean_Gilligan
August 5, 2004 | Post #558 | Topic #557

Go, Steve, go. (to the RNC and Jay's panel, that is.) -- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Sean Gilligan : 831-466-9788 x11 Catalla Systems, Inc. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- [View]



Re: [videoblogging] MPEG4 mime type

By M. Sean Gilligan | "M. Sean Gilligan" <seanlist@...> | M_Sean_Gilligan
August 6, 2004 | Post #570 | Topic #567

Don't know what to tell you about your webhost, but I've generally used the following line in mime.types for webservers that I have configured: video/quicktime qt mov mp4 Of course, this most likely forces the mp4 to play with QT, but that has generally been what I've wanted to do. -- Sean -- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Sean Gilligan : 831-466-9788 x11 Catalla Systems, Inc. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- [View]



Re: [videoblogging] MPEG4 mime type

By M. Sean Gilligan | "M. Sean Gilligan" <seanlist@...> | M_Sean_Gilligan
August 6, 2004 | Post #573 | Topic #567

I knew you were going to say that, and I agree with you in principle. However, I would guess that 95% of the MP4-capable clients out there are QT, so it was a pragmatic move. Do you know if video/mpeg4-generic works with QT? (It probably does if its in an RFC.) If you give me a URL, and it works with QT, I'll begin switching over my servers... -- Sean > > Don't know what to tell you about your webhost, but I've generally used the following line in mime.types for webservers that I have configured: >> >> video/quicktime qt mov mp4 >> >> Of course, this most likely forces the mp4 to play with QT, but that has generally been what I've wanted to do. > >Ack! Argh! !@#$! > >The choice of player should be up to the client rather than the server. > -- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Sean Gilligan : 831-466-9788 x11 Catalla Systems, Inc. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- [View]



Re: [videoblogging] New here

By M. Sean Gilligan | "M. Sean Gilligan" <seanlist@...> | M_Sean_Gilligan
August 8, 2004 | Post #608 | Topic #604

>Blogging is a great tool, but it relies on written English / other >written languages, which can make it inaccessible for Deaf people. Why do written languages make it inaccessible? Am I missing something? I can see how blind people would like audio blogs or the audio track of a video blog. > >For some time, I've wanted to see video blogging ... whereby the >entries are simply videos, which inevitably are signed by the Deaf >person. Are you implying "talking hands" instead of "talking heads"? > >I am aware this would take up an enormous amount of bandwidth, plus >server space .. so I question how realistic this dream is. Bandwidth and storage are, as Adrian eloquently called them, "contraints", but from both the art and technology perspective we can work around them. Bandwidth and storage will also be getting cheaper every year. > >Ideally, I would like to see blogging software such as MT, Blogger >etc, create video blogs and its not just uploaded files to a >standard blog. If that makes any sense? <promo-mode>That's what http://www.vblogcentral.com is trying to do.</promo-mode> Many of us think this type of approach makes sense. -- Sean -- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Sean Gilligan : 831-466-9788 x11 Catalla Systems, Inc. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- [View]



Re: [videoblogging] Another New Person

By M. Sean Gilligan | "M. Sean Gilligan" <seanlist@...> | M_Sean_Gilligan
August 8, 2004 | Post #611 | Topic #610

Hi Shawn, Welcome to the videoblogging list. (Shawn and I have done some work together in a related, but more technical context, QuickTime for Java. Shawn's interests and work are in the area of citizen video journalism, I believe.) Shawn, don't be so modest, post some links to your work and/or some of the press coverage you've received! Regards, Sean >Greetings all, > >Since everyone else seems to be introducing themselves, I figure I >should as well. > >While, I am not an active Video Blogger, I do and have done some work >on projects that use many of the same technologies (blogs, video >editing, streaming and so forth). > >I have been lurking for the past couple of days and have found the >discussion to be great. I am glad that their exists such a motivated >and active community. > >Last, I am somewhat technically adept and hope to be able to pipe in >here or there to answer some technical questions and perhaps to offer >some software and hardware suggestions. > >Keep it up! > >-shawn > > > > > >Yahoo! Groups Links > > > > -- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Sean Gilligan : 831-466-9788 x11 Catalla Systems, Inc. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- [View]



Re: [videoblogging] vblog rules!

By M. Sean Gilligan | "M. Sean Gilligan" <seanlist@...> | M_Sean_Gilligan
August 8, 2004 | Post #619 | Topic #617

>I just started testing vblog and it rules! > >It is very close to the tool we've all been asking for. Thanks, Steve, for the kind words. Thanks also for your diligent testing (Steve has given me a long list of bugs and feature requests already.) For those of you who have signed up for the alpha and not received accounts yet, please be patient as it did require a bit of technical support to get Steve going, we are a small company, and we don't want to admit more users than we can support. (We're working on trying to resolve an issue for Jay right now...) >Note: Don't use Safari if you're on a Mac. It's OK to use Safari to view pages made with vBlog Central. However, there is a bug in Safari that occurs if you view a web page, add another video to the HTML for the page, save the HTML on the server, and then hit refresh. In this situation, Safari gets confused and plays the old video in the new location. If you close the browser window, open a new one, and type in the URL to the vblog page, it will be displayed properly in Safari. This bug affects you when you are publishing a new video and you hit refresh in your browser to reload the page, but will only rarely affect visitors to your blog. (I'm pretty sure this is a... [View]



[videoblogging] Re: New here

By M. Sean Gilligan | "M. Sean Gilligan" <seanlist@...> | M_Sean_Gilligan
August 8, 2004 | Post #620 | Topic #604

> > Why do written languages make it inaccessible? Am I missing >something? > >Good question, and one that is asked by most people out there. > >Answer is threefold: <snip> >Anyone who has experience of using different languages should have >an inkling of what I'm talking about. Very interesting. Thanks for explaining it to me/us. > > Are you implying "talking hands" instead of "talking heads"? > >Well talking hands, facial expressions, body movement, placement >etc. Sign isn't just about your hands, although it might look like >it to an outsider. :) I understand. One of the subjects of discussion on this list (and elsewhere) is what value a "talking head" video adds over a text-only blog entry. In many cases the answer seems to be "not much". Sign language is a case where there is great value to having video. This is what I was beginning to understand when I asked the above question. > > <promo-mode>That's what http://www.vblogcentral.com is trying to >do.</promo-mode> Many of us think this type of approach makes sense. > >Excellent. I will take a look at it. Please sign up for the alpha. We'd love to get feedback from deaf users, I'm sure they'll bring a new and interesting set of feature requests. >Some of this stuff, needs to be taken out to the Deaf community, and >I am talking about internationally. What are the issues with "translating" from one sign language to... [View]



[videoblogging] Re: New Post: Terror Free

By M. Sean Gilligan | "M. Sean Gilligan" <seanlist@...> | M_Sean_Gilligan
August 12, 2004 | Post #669 | Topic #667

Hi Mica, >so what program/compression situation is it that you are using >to post the video there? He's using the vBlog Central alpha-test version. > i think its the same one that jay used to >post today? Yes. > i comes up funky on my computer -the images is >watery and low res and doesnt play while its loading. Hmm. I'm guessing you're playing back with QuickTime. The current compression settings for vBlog Central are not producing the quality of QuickTime we would like, and we will be updating them shortly. (There is a tradeoff between visual quality and bandwidth and I think we erred on the side of reducing bandwidth utilization too much.) We also have QuickTime currently set to use a "true streaming" format so that may explain why the playerbar behaves differently than what you expected. We will be changing the QuickTime setting to use "progressive download" as our Real and Windows Media settings currently do. There are many applications where "true streaming" is preferred, but given the feedback I've gotten from folks on this list, vblogging is not one of them. > also >doesnt allow me to use the playerbar to watch part of it over >again - You should be able to do this with a streaming movie. In face, one of the advantages of true streaming for long movies is that you can skip ahead into a long movie before that part would have... [View]



Re: [videoblogging] vBlog Alpha tests

By M. Sean Gilligan | "M. Sean Gilligan" <seanlist@...> | M_Sean_Gilligan
August 13, 2004 | Post #676 | Topic #667

>a question- i selected a download option once >for the 'alpha's' but it no lognger asks me >if i can get the option to come up up ill try each >to see the difference. The first time you view a video you must select a player. After that your choice is stored in a cookie, but there should be a "Select Player" link below the video that allows you to change your settings. > >i am yes, using Quicktime ( I really love QT) BTW, it seems that iTunes has given QT a big boost in installed base, which is good for videobloggers who are posting in QT only. >but-get this, my work computers arent even on OXS!!! I think the same (instant on) setting should exist in QT 6.0.3 (the latest version available for OS 8/9, see http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/version.html) -- Sean -- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Sean Gilligan : 831-466-9788 x11 Catalla Systems, Inc. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- [View]



Re: [videoblogging] a minor triumph

By M. Sean Gilligan | "M. Sean Gilligan" <seanlist@...> | M_Sean_Gilligan
August 13, 2004 | Post #677 | Topic #675

Hi Deirdre, >Jay said he missed the play controls in my latest video, so I have >finally figured out a solution. I, too, missed the controls, but I also missed the thumb/progress-indicator: +----------------------------------------------------+ | (*) | +----------------------------------------------------+ so I could know how far into the movie I was and how long it was. I think people like to know how big if a time commitment the video requires. Imagine how it would feel to start reading a novel, but not knowing how many pages long it is. With progressive download, I also like to be able to drag the thumb back to the beginning of the movie if it starts stuttering. >The new catch is that the buttons don't work in Firefox, but >everything works as expected in Internet Explorer... They also don't work in Safari, BTW. (That's the frustrating thing about JavaScript.) I don't know that much about Flash, but you may be able to create a Flash movie controller in a separate SWF file that sends signals (play, pause, etc.) to the SWF file containing the movie. I've seen this technique used to create custom movie controllers for QuickTime. Regards, Sean -- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Sean Gilligan : 831-466-9788 x11 Catalla Systems, Inc. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- [View]



Re: [videoblogging] video permalinks (was vBlog Alpha tests)

By M. Sean Gilligan | "M. Sean Gilligan" <seanlist@...> | M_Sean_Gilligan
August 13, 2004 | Post #678 | Topic #667

>Another vBlog issue: entries don't have URLs. The HTML has a URL, but the >video URL is obscured and is a one-use thing designed to prevent linking. > We have several methods of providing permalink URLs under investigation. I also know there has been some discussion on this list (and elsewhere) about how best to do this. Since vBlog Central allows you to post in multiple formats/speeds, a permalink mechanism should allow for the user (or an app they run) to choose a format that they can actually play. Another issue is that some vbloggers may only want the video to be viewable with the text from their post and others won't mind the video being deep-linked. We think the videoblogging community would be best served by a standard mechanism for doing this within the context of RSS and/or Atom. Can anyone provide links to any existing work in this area? -- Sean -- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Sean Gilligan : 831-466-9788 x11 Catalla Systems, Inc. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- [View]



Re: [videoblogging] QT MP4 Sorenson Real Aarg!

By M. Sean Gilligan | "M. Sean Gilligan" <seanlist@...> | M_Sean_Gilligan
August 13, 2004 | Post #679 | Topic #672

>I've been struggling to truly understand codecs and such. I understand >there are 3 main players: Quicktime, Real and Windows Media. But you >can do Sorenson compression on Quicktime AND Real (I think). So I >don't really understand the relation between those formats/codecs/... >Does anyone have a good link that explains these things? This site is a little old, but relevant: http://www.siggraph.org/education/materials/HyperGraph/video/codecs/Default.htm (may also be a factor in where the "central" in vBlog Central came from) This PDF is an excellent overview of the whole process, but also a little out-of-date: http://www.valand.gu.se/personalen/boardy/QT_kurs03/pdfs/HowToProduceGreatQT.pdf Ben Waggoner is a recognized expert who writes books and articles on compression/codecs. I think he may have written the above PDF when he was at Terran Interactive, the creators of (Media) Cleaner. His site, which lists his current books, is here: http://www.benwaggoner.com/ -- Sean -- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Sean Gilligan : 831-466-9788 x11 Catalla Systems, Inc. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- [View]



Re: [videoblogging] video permalinks (was vBlog Alpha tests)

By M. Sean Gilligan | "M. Sean Gilligan" <seanlist@...> | M_Sean_Gilligan
August 17, 2004 | Post #714 | Topic #667

Sean Gilligan wrote: > > We think the videoblogging community would be best served by a standard > > mechanism for [providing links directly to the video media] within the context of RSS and/or Atom. Can > > anyone provide links to any existing work in this area? At 2:50 PM -0400 8/13/04, Lucas Gonze wrote: > >Well, in most ways *we* are the standardizing force for web multimedia. >It's up to us to figure out what we need from an application perspective, >then dig into the standards to figure out how to apply them. > >Can you talk a bit more about what functionality you're looking for from >RSS and/or Atom, Sean? My guess is that you're thinking about the >method of pointing to videoblog media in an entry element, is that right? I think so, yeah. I've had so many ideas about this subject over the last 5 years that it'll take me a few hours of good hard thought just to write down what functionality I'm looking for, let alone try to make a protocol. The Catalla software that powers vBlog Central has an undocumented and proprietary mechanism of exporting links to the raw media, so we have previously put some effort into these issues. Give me a few weeks and I'll be ready to start discussing/designing solutions. My highest priority right now is making the tools a little easier to use. (If nobody posts video there'll... [View]



vogroll used on Blogger.com

By M. Sean Gilligan | "M. Sean Gilligan" <seanlist@...> | M_Sean_Gilligan
August 18, 2004 | Post #723 | Topic #705

Don't know if anyone has already done this, but I embedded the vogroll movie on my Blogger blog: http://msgilligan.blogspot.com/ -- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Sean Gilligan : 831-466-9788 x11 Catalla Systems, Inc. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- [View]