Hello group! Great website.
Hello videobloggers, My name is Michael Manoochehri, and I am happy to meet your videoblog community. My new video blog is up at: http://www.m3blog.com (sorry, no QT capabilities yet - only real and Divx). I live in Oakland, CA, where I work doing tech and web media for various non-profit groups. I am a longtime Linux head, and I attempt to do all of my audio/video work on my Linux computer (yes, it can be done!). Perhaps I should start writing "How to videoblog on a Linux Box" for videoblogging.info...! Great website and group! Look forward to meeting and learning from you! Michael -- Michael Manoochehri michael@... http://www.mrsodaoverload.com/michael [View]
Re: [videoblogging] videoblogging with Linux
Hi Everyone! Thanks for the help! I am learning a lot. Actually, I am not looking for an open source player -I am looking for an "open-source" Quicktime ENCODER, because I don't have an Apple computer! "Mencoder" which comes with Mplayer, is supposed to enocde to some kind of QT codec, but i keep getting files that won't play! I'm still not sure how to make QT videos on my Linux Box for my Apple-using friends in this group! As noted, there are many open source players: Yes, Mplayer is truly a great one, best supported on linux but ports exist for other platforms. It plays almost EVERYTHING right out of the box. (The MacOSX version I tried at work was a little buggy). Helix (https://player.helixcommunity.org/), an open source project that is funded by REAL (I know, crazy huhn? I want to get Real off my site!). Helix is notable because it plays the patent free Mpeg-4 like codec called "Theora" (http://www.theora.org/theorafaq.html#10). Too bad "Theora" isn't very widely used! OK! keep up the good work! Michael http://www.m3blog.com > > I get an email from Michael Manoochehri > (http://www.m3blog.com)...who just started his videoblog. > He does it in Lunix.... > i asked him his process...so here it is... > >(by the way, he's trying to figure out an open source player....is > there a player that any computer can use well?) > > __________________________ > > > Q: why'd you start... [View]
Divx: download and streaming
Noble Videobloggers I seek your advice! I am thinking of possibly setting up a streaming DivX/Mpeg-4 server, but I am a little confused about player support on Windows and Apple platforms. Does Quicktime Player have the ability to view "streamed" mpeg-4 or DivX files? How support on Windows Media Player on the Windows platform? Can anyone give me a quick rundown? I apologize for my ignorance! Also: (a) This is AWESOME: http://kenyattacheese.net/projects/vogbrowser/ GREAT WORK! I am very busy these days, but I am a PERL hacker.. what type of help are you looking for kenyattacheese.net? and (b) Has anyone heard of the BBC video project Dirac? [http://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/projects/dirac/overview.shtml] "Dirac is a general-purpose video codec aimed at resolutions from QCIF (180x144) to HDTV (1920x1080) progressive or interlaced." I think BBC is fed up with all the different codec factions, they want something universal. (but we already have divX/mpeg-4!) Thank you - and happy blogging! - Michael -- Michael Manoochehri michael@... http://www.m3blog.com [View]
Creating a QT- compatible mpeg-4 format
>My suggestion is to encode a QuickTime-compatible mp4 format for deliver to >QT, there are several tools for Linux that do this. Yes, this is great information! Thank you for your help. I will try it out. Thanks Sean. >(BTW, you don't need an Apple computer to encode QuickTime, you can do it >on a PC running Windows.) I don't use Windows either, but this is good to know! -- Michael Manoochehri michael@... http://www.m3blog.com [View]
Push the limits of Content and Delivery
Yes I am with Chris... We really need to push the boundaries of the media, both the type of content and the way it is distributed, and if people on this list are serious about changing mainstream media, we need to work on accessability and outreach as well. Why don't more people get involved? Lack of understanding of what a blog is, and distance from the computer culture that many of us vbloggers take for granted. Many people out there don't find problems with TV/mainstream video media. In Oakland, CA, not enough people have access to computers, much less access to a decent education. Which reminds me, are there any SF bay Area people who would like to talk to me about setting up a video blogging program for high school students at oakland tech? Also, I wanted to add to that RocketBoom Troll post: I don't care so much about the editing/stylistic aspects of what people post. I do care about my own access to content, and I care about giving people the means to push the content envelope. For every RocketBoom, there is another blog that looks like nothing you've ever seen. The main advantage to "blogging" versus other philosophies of media production is that the ease and spontaneity of distribution allows for every stylistic niche to potentially be filled. Ok, I am still working on my blog, I just turned on my comments, and this weekend: trackback,... [View]
Quick Bittorent Explanation and why you should care…
I was reading Jay's blog and I saw a mention of Bittorent. Bittorent is a great filesharing system - an awesome way to share big files, like video, with lots of users. Bittorent goes especially fast when lots of people are downloading the same file at once. Great for videoblogging. Why? Because, if someone posts a video one day, and we all share links to the video via RSS feeds, (or the kenyatta browser) most people could be Bittorent sharing the file ON ROUGHLY THE SAME DAY, making download speeds really fast. In case people don't get Bittorent, this is how I explained it: . . . . . . . Hi Jay, Just to clarify, Bittorent is a filesharing system better in many ways then Kazaa or Limewire. With it, you are able to download little bits of a file from EVERYBODY who who has a copy of the file (even if others only a bit of the final file). As you download, you upload what you have to other users. In short, it means that the more people downloading the file, the faster it goes! It's like playing huge game of Go Fish with your file, except without waiting for your turn! - Michael Manoochehri http://www.m3blog.com [View]
Re: [videoblogging] Quick Bittorent Explanation and why you should care…
> But i wonder if its really good for our little videos on our blogs... > now that we can upload video to the Internet Archive for free...no > need to use torrents. True, but Bittorent is a very good for sharing a type of media with many people at once - solving bandwitdh problems. What happens when you blog that video that everybody in the country just has to see? In fact, it would be cool if the Internet Archive (or C.C.'s uploader) created automatic bittorents for all of it's files after you upload them - that would be really smart! > But Torrenta are incredible good for HUGE videos. > so if you ever want to post a 30 minute video....use Bit Torrent. Yes, it might be a good idea for Video Bloggers to at least become familiar with Bittorent, as they have been with RSS, as it is a technology that really solves bandwidth problems. Hmmm, perhaps an Bittorent site that is made just for Videobloggers might come in handy when there is a bandwidth limit or a slashdotting? - Michael [View]
Re: [videoblogging] I laugh.. Ha Ha!
Don't worry Clueless, I think everybody here is trying to figure stuff out. But you are right, ok, one thing at a time. Relax! Posting videos is fun. However, I do think (and I am a heavy-duty techie) that video blogging is too hard to do for the non-tech. What I think really needs to be figured out, so we can tell new folks, non-techs, and even the press is probably: (a) "best format to post with" (some thing that EVERYBODY can use/watch) (b) A place to get started to easily post stuff (maybe http://vblogcenteral or something) (c) Explainations of simple jargon like: TrackBack and what a news feed is. > Help me out people! Can't someone already in the know post a simple > easy to follow (and as Deirdre suggested she might write a Video > Blogging for Dummies guide) process? I know there's all kinds of > already put out there bits.. but, man! Why can't someone just put it > all in ... well... a how-to-vlog!?! ;-) [View]
Videoblogging manual forum or wiki?
Perhaps we should create an online manual that everybody can add their knowledge to - maybe on videoblogging.info? We can post what we know as comments on a blog, or a forum, or even better use a web page that everybody can edit and add to - (these are known on the web as wikis!) Is there already something like this running somewhere? Maybe I can set up a videoblogging manual or wiki, then after a while, we can take the responses and make a PDF or, um eBook for people who want it in that format? - Michael > I too would appreciate a step-by-step manual > (downloadable ebook) or demonstration videoblog. > A mock vlog with glossary terms for each component. > And a service guide to various videoblogging host and > tools thats categoried by end users skill level(beginner, immediary, > guru). Also, with the ebook manual you > include practice exercises to help get beginners up > and running. > > Other suggestions: > Video capturing equipment guide > Listing videophones, digicams and webcams > that are ideal for videoblogging(mp4 vs avi format) > > Also, indicate if videoblogging services and tools > are free or not. > > If someone could provide the content, I be happily > willing to assemble it. It would be great marketing > tool to recruit new members. > > > > Subject: Re: I laugh.. Ha Ha! > >... [View]
[videoblogging] Good job on the manual/wiki
Sounds great! I will add stuff to the wiki (which, as jay mentioned before, is a web page anyone can edit, very useful for creating online manuals). Good work group! You all rule. - Michael > > > the wiki exists! > it was around before this list even > its listed in the intro to this group > hey gang - scan the previous messages, and go to the many many recomended > websites > do ya reasearch > you're all internet savy if you found this list or are considering > videoblogging > so knock yourselves out kids! > this whole videoblog thing is really for EXPERIMENTS right now > So give it a try > many people here are willing to give advice based on THEIR OWN TRIAL AND > ERROR > EXPERIENCES and that is very generous of them. > Try not to abuse it. > There is NO difinitve way to do this. > There is NO guidebook. > there is a wiki > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Yahoo! Groups Sponsor > > > ADVERTISEMENT > > > > > > > > > > > > > Yahoo! Groups Links > > To visit your group on the web, go > to:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/videoblogging/ > To unsubscribe from this group, send an email > to:firstname.lastname@example.org > Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to the Yahoo! Terms... [View]
Let's all go videobloggin' (2 g's) [View]
definition of linked video clips?
Linked video qusetion? Hi Ed, Can you give us a brief explaination of what you mean by linked video? Is it combining video the way hypertext is links text? A video stream is made by combining different videos from various urls? Or is it something else? - Thanks, Michael > > There have been a number of comments expressing an interest in a > method of linking video clips contributed by different people. I was > part of an experiment several years ago where such software was > developed. I just found remnants of the web site for that project in > the Internet archives. If you go to the archives > (http://www.archive.org/) and insert http://www.Knowledgeassembly.net into > the "way back machine" you'll get access to some of those old > web > pages. Be patient, seems to take a while for these pages to load. > > Michael T. Keehan from Prescott Arizona led this effort. I have not > been in contact with him for a few years, and the web site is no > longer active, so I don't know if the software is being used anywhere > currently. I'm sure he would be fascinated with what's being > discussed on this list, but I'm not sure how he feels about his past > project that did not work out as he hoped it might. > > Ed Yarrish > Allentown Pennsylvania USA > > > >... [View]
Re: [videoblogging] Which Camera (was PS)
I'd say that if all you were doing was videoblogging, then use a palmcorder! I use the exact opposite of the GL-2, I use a Canon ZR65 palmcorder. Less than $300! It is actually great for guerilla taping - small and unoticed when it needs to be. However, Steven is right, the GL-2 is a great camera, probably the best bang for the buck for the prosumer cameras. Michael m3blog.com > > > On the other hand, you want the video to be the highest quality that > you can get when filming. > > You might want to use it for broadcast when the TV networks come > calling... > > It happened to me. > > Check out this video: > http://homepage.mac.com/stevegarfield/movies/frenzy.html > > I was in the back seat during the ride through the tunnel and my > footage was used on the top story on the local news!!! > > Happy Thanksgiving! > > --Steve > > On Nov 25, 2004, at 12:18 PM, Jay dedman wrote: > > > > > > > > > > Yahoo! Groups Links > > To visit your group on the web, go > to:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/videoblogging/ > To unsubscribe from this group, send an email > to:email@example.com > Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to the Yahoo! Terms of Service. > > > > > > > > > > > -- Michael Manoochehri michael@... http://www.mrsodaoverload.com/michael [View]
Re: [videoblogging] TV online through Google
Wow, that is a good find Andrew! Many of the Slashdot naysayers were complaining about lack of available video search technologies... The Google article uses the text from closed captioned tv shows to match search with video. I wonder if they could just as easily use the description fields from our RSS newsfeeds to index our content. Or maybe someone should build that!? -- The article says about Google: "To build the service, the company is recording live TV shows and indexing the related closed-caption text of the programming. It uses the text to identify themes, concepts and relevant keywords for video so they can be triggers for searching." "The software allows people to type in keywords, such as "Jon Stewart,"... Refining the search results for the show "Crossfire" would display a page that looks similar to a film reel, with various still images paired with excerpts of closed captioned text of the now-infamous fight between Stewart and CNN's "Crossfire" hosts." [View]
Re: [videoblogging] TV online through Google
> There's no reason why someone should index your RSS. Well, ok mr. smart guy (who didn't read the article), do you know if someone at Google is actually going to index web video files, such as those on our blogs? Sounds like they are going after TV broadcast content (i.e. where the money is) and indexing them using the closed captioning of the files... Are you saying Google should use the HTML text from the pages that our video files are found on? The text near my video files says: "My video blog", "Email Michael" and stuff like that. I would like to be able to force the Google Robots to index my video files with my RSS data, so I can search video by date, description, title, whatever. Also Google has mentioned in the past that it is working on blog indexes that depend on searching RSS feeds. You may have not known that. Geez, look forward man! R.T.F.A.! - Michael http://www.m3blog.com > > What the hell. You have a blog right? Google is doing a much better > job of > indexing your HTML blog entries, and you can control a whole lot more > in > your blog. There's no reason why someone should index your RSS. > > - Andreas > -- > <URL:http://www.solitude.dk/> > Commentary on media, communication, culture and technology. > > Yahoo! Groups Sponsor > > > Get unlimited calls to >... [View]
Re: [videoblogging] TV online through Google
Andreas, you are speaking from a very text-centric standpoint. All I am trying to do is address an important issue for videobloggers, and that is how to search for video files. A video maker doesn't care about the text on someone's web page, they want some C.C.-licensed video to re-edit. When I look for images on Google Image Search, I don't care at all what text is on the page. I would use Google Text Search for that. > That's a dead end. You already have the same information on the HTML > pages that Google has already indexed for you. Really? Then try to find a picture on Google Image search (http://images.google.com) using a search for a post on a particular day. Yup, you can't. Didn't think so. Now try to do a date search on Google Groups (http://groups.google.com/advanced_group_search?hl=en). Surprise! You can do it! Why? because Google pops the metadata from the emails it gets from these newsgroups (date, sender, group name) into it's database. RSS can be used this way - but it's even better, cause you can CONTROL WHAT GOES INTO THE NEWSFEED! Cool huhn? How would it work with a [Google] Video Search? Explain, don't nay-say. > More like looking backwards, adding complexity for the same of having > complexity. Indexing RSS is just stupid. You search for video using Google's Text Search? Hey, if you like that approach, then go for it, it's already there.... [View]
Re: [videoblogging] Re: ants
ooh sounds Cool... I was just telling my friend about video aggregators, mentioning that I wanted one where I could watch the latest videoblogging.info-fed (feeded?) posts in a browser window somewhat automatically without clicking too much - I could watch a lot more videoblogs that way, and sate my hunger for "non-tv!" Anyway, If you need some civic space/drupal help, I have set up a bunch of drupal sites, so I can throw some advice/themeing info your way, but looks like you are doing a good job! - Michael > > Was planning to make an announcement soon. ANT is the evolution of > Vipodder. Jay signed on a software developer to help with the project > and we're hoping to launch the beta version of our video aggregator > for OSX soon. Get your feeds ready with enclosures! > > ANT stands for ANTs Not Television (a recursive acronym reminiscient > of GNU -- GNUs Not Unix). But, please let's not get into another > ridiculous conversation about what is and is not TV. I think all of us > can agree that we have a somewhat love/hate relationship with > television, and that's is really what the name is driving at. > > More to come... > > --Josh > > On Wed, 01 Dec 2004 22:34:28 -0000, contactmica >;contactmica@... > > > > > > -- Michael Manoochehri michael@... http://www.m3blog.com [View]
Re: [videoblogging] Any Drupal experts out there?
Hi Joshua - I have used Drupal/Civicspace for many sites, but have never seen that particular error. Are you sure you have: (a) used separate email accounts for each user? (b) Given yourself adequate permissions to approve new registrations? Check users->permissions in case you are not the admin. Let me know if you need any more help, I have been using drupal for quite a while... - Michael michael@... On Fri, 2004-12-03 at 21:15 -0500, Joshua Kinberg wrote: > Having trouble configuring the ANT site. Specifically, if there is > anyone out with experience administering Drupal, perhaps you could > lend a hand? > > I'm having trouble with user registrations... I cannot approve any new > users. In fact, I can't seem to modify any information concerning > users without generating an error. I can manually create new users -- > but then their info cannot be modified. > > Here is the specific error returned: > > user error: Duplicate entry 'stevegarfield' for key 2 > query: INSERT INTO users (name, mail, status, signature, timezone, > created, changed, uid) VALUES ('stevegarfield', > 'ant@...', '1', '', '-18000', '1102126279', > '1102126279', '33') in > /homepages/16/d90044543/htdocs/antnottv/includes/database.mysql.inc on > line 125. > warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by > (output started at > /homepages/16/d90044543/htdocs/antnottv/includes/common.inc:402) in > /homepages/16/d90044543/htdocs/antnottv/includes/common.inc on line > 215. > > Yahoo! Groups Sponsor > ADVERTISEMENT > click here > > > > ______________________________________________________________________ > Yahoo!... [View]
Re: [videoblogging] Re: Excuse me?!?!
> > OMG! I sure *hope* the Government doesn't try to take it over. We'd > > be one step away from Iran... Ha ha ha! As an Iranian-American, I would like to say this: Defend your freedoms on the Web at all cost! Don't give an inch, and don't let anyone take away your right to free speech. And fight work toward peace. :-) Blog blog blog!!! Michael Manoochehri michael@... http://www.m3blog.com [View]
About Creative Commons and Theora
Hi V bloggers As requested by Courtney I have begun making videos to help new people get up to speed on blogger jargon. First up is a short blather about what the Creative Commons Licenses are all about: http://m3blog.com/display.php?post_id=17 Basically, a Creative Commons license is a type of copyright that, as they put it, makes "some rights reserved" (such as the right to make copies), rather than "all rights reserved" (the "right" to pay money for crap DVDs). Also, for you hardcore freedom types (like me) I am proud to say that this is my first post that has a "theora" file option available. Theora is a cool patent-free video format from Xiph.org, that attempts to compete with mpeg4! As far as I know, the most universal player to watch theora files on is the open source Helix Player: https://player.helixcommunity.org/ :-) blogging my blather from downtown raider nation - Michael -- Michael Manoochehri michael@... http://www.m3blog.com [View]