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By Steve Garfield | "Steve Garfield" <steve@...> | sgarfield
June 6, 2004 | Post #6 | Topic #6

Hi, My name is Steve Garfield and I'm a Video Producer and Editor from Boston. As a New Year's resolution, I started my video blog on January 1, 2004, and in that first post, I called 2004 The Year of the Video Blog. http://stevegarfield.blogs.com/videoblog/ On the blog I'm experimenting with different types of video: Time Lapse and Video from my Canon S400 Digital Still Camera, and Digital Video from my Canon GL2 miniDV camera. I explain the process I go through for those that haven't done it yet. I also use the blog to post entries of things I'm learning to do with editing, like adding music with Apple's LiveType, while editing in Final Cut Pro. An issue we all face is bandwidth usage and image quailty. You'd like to post nice looking video, but the download it too long for a lot of users still on dial up. I'm very interested in producing reality news by citizen journalists and plan on doing some reporting from the Democratic Convention next month. Looking forward to the discussion, --Steve As Seen In TIME Magazine: http://makeashorterlink.com/?D50162E78 [View]



Re: [videoblogging] so where are we?

By Steve Garfield | Steve Garfield <steve@...> | sgarfield
June 18, 2004 | Post #50 | Topic #38

Hi Jay, I took a look at your video blog. Why did you decide to make the video post start playing video right away inside the post? This is the first way I started posting videos on my TypePad blog too. I also made it have one post per page. It was easy for me that way. Load the video to my host, then paste in some standard QuickTime HTML and voila, a video blog post. But, I was unhappy with the one page per post format, and didn't like the fact that every single time anyone went to that post, the video would play. It was a pain because sometimes I would click back to my own post and didn't want to see the video, yet another time. ( and use the bandwidth ) That's why I switched to having the video sit on an HTML page of it's own. Even though I have a template HTML page that I use, I'd prefer to have my weblogging tool grab my HTML template and edit the .mov filename. Further, I'd like the tool to be able to upload the new HTML file and my pre-compressed video up to my host via FTP. I worked on a project before where something like this was done with a UNIX command line on the Mac. I bet it would be easy for someone to write up an Applescript to do it. I could... [View]



Re: [videoblogging] videoblog-a-day

By Steve Garfield | Steve Garfield <steve@...> | sgarfield
June 20, 2004 | Post #62 | Topic #57

Yes, I spread my videos around to different servers. I could put a video up on TypePad, but wouldn't want it to load each time the page is displayed. You could link to the video file itself, without any HTML code around it, but then you'd loose the ability to give the viewer information about the video, with links back to your site. That's what I don't want to have happen, people just linking to the .mov file and loosing all the information about me and the video. --Steve On Jun 19, 2004, at 2:18 AM, Jay Dedman wrote: > So Steve, you have two separate host accounts? > one for your blog and the other for your video? > a good work around that saves bandwidth, but sucks it cant be all in > one. --------- [ Please Note ] --------- If my email hosting service is rejecting your replies, please give me a phone call. It's not you, it's them! [View]



Re: [videoblogging] My Videoblog (Day One) is online

By Steve Garfield | Steve Garfield <steve@...> | sgarfield
June 21, 2004 | Post #68 | Topic #67

Happy Fathers Day! Nice job with the video. You got a nice shot with the reflection of the sun in the cup of water. --Steve On Jun 21, 2004, at 6:19 AM, Eric Rice wrote: > Posted a little later than I wanted it to be, but I got a little > carried away with iMovie. > Tomorrow will be much rougher and centered around work stuff. There's > nothing feel > good about that I don't think. Heh. > > http://eric.blognews.com/blog/_archives/2004/6/21/92130.html > > Eric > > > > > > Yahoo! Groups Links > > > > > > --------- [ Please Note ] --------- If my email hosting service is rejecting your replies, please give me a phone call. It's not you, it's them! [View]



Re: [videoblogging] (unknown)

By Steve Garfield | Steve Garfield <steve@...> | sgarfield
June 21, 2004 | Post #72 | Topic #71

On Jun 21, 2004, at 10:13 AM, adrianlmiles wrote: > are you also using poster movies? if you place a poster on your blog, > which could be on > typepad, then the poster movie can load the real video from any viable > url, which could be > from where you're hosting the video from. > > the other advantate of the poster movie is that viewers are only > looking at stuff that's the > same size as a jpeg and it only downloads if and whne they request it. I looked at poster movies a while ago and chose to use a jpg since it was smaller. But if you are saying that I can use a poster movie, a small file, and have that load the video only when the user clicks on the play button, it's a great solution for me on TypePad. I'll have to look into this some more. If it works, then the TypePad archive page for that video will still have all the info I want people to read. --------- [ Please Note ] --------- If my email hosting service is rejecting your replies, please give me a phone call. It's not you, it's them! [View]



Re: [videoblogging] new people welcome: MAKE A VIDEO

By Steve Garfield | Steve Garfield <steve@...> | sgarfield
June 23, 2004 | Post #83 | Topic #81

On Jun 23, 2004, at 1:55 AM, Jay Dedman wrote: > So Day 3 of videoblog week is over. > i just posted: > http://www.me-tv.org/wakka.php?wakka=VideoBloggingWeek&v=65c > All kinds of different ways you can post video. > personal, traditionally edited, experimental. > you can do a lot of work, or a little Where's the link to the video? [View]



It's quite an effort to put together a video every day.

By Steve Garfield | Steve Garfield <steve@...> | sgarfield
June 23, 2004 | Post #84 | Topic #81

It's quite an effort to put together a video every day. For this one I filmed what was going on at work, since I've been there all day, every day of the week so far. To produce this video I filmed it, captured it to my Mac, brought it into Final Cut Pro, added some music and then exported it. Next up I loaded it into Sorenson Squeeze and compressesd it for web delivery. After that I created an HTML page to host the video, FTP'd the video and the HTML file to my hosting site, and then created a new entry in my video blog, using TypePad, to link to the HTML page. I'm going to look into a new process that includes making a poster movie in QuickTime and only loading the video when the used clicks the poster movie. That'll reduce my steps by taking out the HTML page creation step. --Steve http://stevegarfield.com [View]



Re: [videoblogging] Day 4 entry up

By Steve Garfield | Steve Garfield <steve@...> | sgarfield
June 24, 2004 | Post #99 | Topic #81

I liked that one. You did a click to play, by setting autoplay to 'false', but every-time you load the page, you load the video. On Jun 23, 2004, at 9:53 PM, PeterV wrote: > I edited this one a little bit more, apart from that, same approach as > yesterday. > http://poorbuthappy.com/ease/archives/003046.html > I also did a "click to play" screen, but it still opens in a new > window. > Can you make it open in the same player as the "click to play" screen? > > Peter > > > > > > > > Yahoo! Groups Links > > > > > > --------- [ Please Note ] --------- If my email hosting service is rejecting your replies, please give me a phone call. It's not you, it's them! [View]



Linux Public Broadcasting Network

By Steve Garfield | Steve Garfield <steve@...> | sgarfield
June 24, 2004 | Post #101 | Topic #81

I just found this: http://www.lpbn.org/ Linux Public Broadcasting Network Free video hosting... [View]



Day 5 entry up: Office Monster Dance Party

By Steve Garfield | Steve Garfield <steve@...> | sgarfield
June 24, 2004 | Post #100 | Topic #100

I'm in an office with a bunch of creative people. they know I'm doing a video a day. So I told them that I need something quick and I start filming in 2 minutes. They came up with 'Monster Dance Party' http://stevegarfield.blogs.com/videoblog/2004/06/office_monster_.html I think this is how Saturday Night Live comes up with stuff. Put a bunch of creative people in a room and just do it. This is along the lines of what Peter says to do, just film yourself reading this email message. Ha! Tomorrow's video takes Peter's advice and shows me working on a special project. It's a project that I was working on as I read his email! I'm a big proponent of Citizen Journalism and want to get out and do a local story. Hopefully I'll be able to do one before the week is finished. --Steve [View]



Re: [videoblogging] Day Five

By Steve Garfield | Steve Garfield <steve@...> | sgarfield
June 25, 2004 | Post #109 | Topic #106

Hi, Steve Garfield from stevegarfield.com here. Ha Ha. Thanks Eric. I like how you say that all the time. My video for today is one I shot after reading the email that said to 'shoot what you are doing while reading this email'. Editing was relatively quick, but exporting and compressing and editing HTML, etc... took too long, especially since I have two project deadlines due today. Enjoy. --Steve Garfield from stevegarfield.com ;-) On Jun 25, 2004, at 2:11 AM, Eric Rice wrote: > > > Hint: this videoblog is exactly what I was doing when I thought, oh > crap, I better do a > videoblog. [View]



Re: [videoblogging] what we're trying to do….

By Steve Garfield | Steve Garfield <steve@...> | sgarfield
June 25, 2004 | Post #127 | Topic #110

Or cameras? I just shot a few videos with my Canon S400. It takes avi movies. I'm editing it just a bit for tomorrow's post. Amazingly clear images! What if you could just push a button on the camera and have it posted to the web? --Steve On Jun 25, 2004, at 7:38 PM, Jay Dedman wrote: > I think that its the overall "thing" we've created here. > all of us, different styles and personalties, all make little videos > and > putting them online. > no one else is doing this that I know of. > everyone's videos make me laugh. I get to know people much better than > in > their text blog. > and hopefully, we can figure out a way to make it all easier. > easier tools. more storage. more bandwidth. > > this video phone concept is exciting me. > but it seems the US cellphones are way behind europe and Japan. > imagine if we could take videos, edit them in the phone, and post them > to our > blogs. > you could do this on your trip in India. > let's figure out a way to do this. > Maybe MAPAJ(our French friend) can advise us... > > > > Quoting PeterV <peter@...>: > >> >> >>> Wow. This videoblogging thing you guys are doing is >>> mindblowing when I see it in action. >> >> I guess you... [View]



Re: [videoblogging] formats

By Steve Garfield | Steve Garfield <steve@...> | sgarfield
June 27, 2004 | Post #152 | Topic #140

Peter, That cool! You might want to change your height="240" to height="256" because when you display QuickTime it takes up 16 pixels for the controls and if you don't add 16 to the height, the video does not display correctly. Thanks for sending the code on how to do this. When I clicked on Jay's link to this it was better, since it popped up a QuickTime player and I could control which video I wanted to see. Seeing my first video, come up first, is both exciting and painful. On that video I didn't put in credits, so no one is going to be able to link back to me. That's a problem and a lesson. You've got to include credits INSIDE the video itself, in addition to whatever web page displays the video. I think I'm going to make a lot smaller versions of my videos for this SMIL compilation. I want to keep the quality high on my page, but don't want to use up all my bandwidth for this page. I'll send along new links for smaller videos later today. Thanks, --Steve On Jun 26, 2004, at 11:47 PM, PeterV wrote: > Check it out: I made a SMIL compilation: > http://poorbuthappy.com/ease/archives/003053.html > If you don't want me deeplinking to your video like that let me know > I'll take it out. The SMIL code is below for the curious. (If you > include SMILtext and... [View]



Re: [videoblogging] formats

By Steve Garfield | Steve Garfield <steve@...> | sgarfield
June 27, 2004 | Post #156 | Topic #140

I'm concerned about the precedent of deep linking to all the videos, out of context from their original pages. That means anyone could grab my videos, use my bandwidth, and display my video. Maybe we should create a highlight reel that shows clips of everyones video? On Jun 27, 2004, at 10:01 AM, PeterV wrote: > One thing I can do in the next version of that SMIl file is include > links :) --------- [ Please Note ] --------- If my email hosting service is rejecting your replies, please give me a phone call. It's not you, it's them! [View]



Re: [videoblogging] formats

By Steve Garfield | Steve Garfield <steve@...> | sgarfield
June 27, 2004 | Post #160 | Topic #140

How do you do that? On Jun 27, 2004, at 10:53 AM, PeterV wrote: > You can of course dissallow linking with an htaccess file. --------- [ Please Note ] --------- If my email hosting service is rejecting your replies, please give me a phone call. It's not you, it's them! [View]



Re: [videoblogging] deep linking #2

By Steve Garfield | Steve Garfield <steve@...> | sgarfield
June 27, 2004 | Post #166 | Topic #140

Agreeing to the video blogging week was a big step for me. I've been putting my videos up for my weblog readership and friends. I realize that the videos are out there for the whole web audience to see, but I've never had any bandwidth issues. Joining up for the videoblogging week opened the door to discuss issues with video blogging. That's why we all did it. To see what issues we'd all come up against. I want people to watch my videos, I just don't want them to get popular. ;-) No. Wait. I guess I'd like them to get popular, but I don't want to end up with a huge hosting bill at the end of the month. At the end of this month I'll take a look at my bill and see how this experiment effected my bandwidth usage. Maybe it's not a problem. we'll see. On Jun 27, 2004, at 12:29 PM, Lucas Gonze wrote: > I don't understand. Why are you hosting videos if you don't want > people > to watch them? --------- [ Please Note ] --------- If my email hosting service is rejecting your replies, please give me a phone call. It's not you, it's them! [View]



I just used Ecto to post video to TypePad for the first time!

By Steve Garfield | Steve Garfield <steve@...> | sgarfield
June 27, 2004 | Post #170 | Topic #140

I just used Ecto to post video to TypePad for the first time! Here's the link: http://stevegarfield.blogs.com/videoblog/2004/06/ecto_post_to_ty.html I had read that TypePad supported video hosting and was meaning to try it. Works nicely and creates a thumbnail image too. This is cool. --Steve On Jun 27, 2004, at 1:51 PM, Jay Dedman wrote: > Im with you. > we all kind of jumped in to videoblog week. it was a great jump. > i know my Typepad account gives me 3GB of bandwidth per month. > Ive had about 500 visitors this past week. > > But this is good. > The Tools, Process, and Presenatation are one set of challenges that > we all > seem to be overcoming, or at least working on. > > Now there's problem of disk space and bandwidth. > Peter and I(jump in here Peter..) want to rent our own server > specifically for > videoblogging. > if we get at least 5 people, it'll be cheap and we'll have crazy > amount of > storage and bandwidth. > Peter has the details... > > unfortuantely, i dont see any other way around it. > Ive glanced at Bit Torrent, peer-to-peer, but i dont think it'll work > for a > video I want to host on my blog. > Bit Torrent seems to be best for downloading high-quality movies, > videos, and > DAT files. > My friend uses it to get... [View]



Re: [videoblogging] It's quite an effort to put together a video every day.

By Steve Garfield | Steve Garfield <steve@...> | sgarfield
June 28, 2004 | Post #181 | Topic #81

Got it! It makes uploading a movie a lot easier. No more HTML! I love that. On Jun 27, 2004, at 10:45 PM, Adrian Miles wrote: > i'd also buy ecto since that will upload your quicktime, pull out a > poster frame (I think) and write all the html for you. i think it will > talk to typepad. certainly talks to movable type. --------- [ Please Note ] --------- If my email hosting service is rejecting your replies, please give me a phone call. It's not you, it's them! [View]



Re: [videoblogging] formats

By Steve Garfield | Steve Garfield <steve@...> | sgarfield
June 28, 2004 | Post #182 | Topic #140

I see, but this looks like it will also keep ME from linking to my own movies and videos. On Jun 27, 2004, at 10:40 PM, PeterV wrote: > > >> How do you do that? > > Here's a link explaining how to do it for images. > http://www.javascriptkit.com/howto/htaccess10.shtml > Video is the same principle :) > > Peter > > > > > > > > Yahoo! Groups Links > > > > > > --------- [ Please Note ] --------- If my email hosting service is rejecting your replies, please give me a phone call. It's not you, it's them! [View]



Re: [videoblogging] Videoblog definition

By Steve Garfield | Steve Garfield <steve@...> | sgarfield
June 28, 2004 | Post #201 | Topic #187

On Jun 28, 2004, at 9:39 PM, Jay Dedman wrote: > i can be face to face with people all over the > world. I can get a sense of place, see the lines on the face, truly be > in > their moment. Just by sitting in front of my computer. Nothing between > me > and them. And this has never happened to humanity...ever. since videobogging week, I've been thinking 'videoblog' a lot. i bought a pair of shoes this weekend and thought that the salesman would have been great to get on my video blog. I was thinking about the difference of what that videoblog post would have been compared to my standard text based post. text = boring! now that i've been video blogging for a week, there seems to be no turning back. [View]