First time posting, long time lurker. Just wanted to say a quick hello. I feel like I know most of you personally now and thought it would only be fair to introduce myself. Some of you I know from the indtv blog/vlog and others I've caught glimpses of here and there. I've worked with the IMC here in NYC, so I feel like I've seen some of you around. Anyway, I'm trying to get situated w/ the whole vlogging thing. I'm documenting my move out of NYC to California...and whatever else catches my fancy. So I'm pretty excited to be packed in here with you guys. I posted something up on blogger in the meantime, but I guess I have to start linking and all of that. In any case, heads up - here's my first vlog: http://smashface.com/vlog. Hope to hear some comments. :) Thanks All, Zadi [View]
Bit Torrent and stuff
Hey Guys: Thought I'd share this with you, since discussion has been centered around Bit Torrent files, etc. (I still have to play a bit of catch up). Anyway, I regularly edit this web "novella" that is being distributed soley through file sharing networks. The production house was recently featured in Wired and Variety regarding the popularity of the thing. Basically it's a simple film series about a hacker and his friends who distribute pirated movies through P2P communities. This movie is being distributed through the same type of network. No major editing, it just shows them chatting online and doing what they do, with some indie music for ambience, and a small ad at the beginning. Last I spoke to the producer the files have been looked at more than a few hundred thousand times. I still don't know how that end works, they just ask me to encode the thing and then they give it to someone who knows what to do. Gettting it to the top level is most of the work it seems. If you want to check it out, the film is here: http://www.welcometothescene.com So, I'm really seeing first-hand in what direction we're traveling. Minimal bandwidth needed, people mirror eachother - seems pretty cool. On the flip tip, this is major for independent producers looking to get the foot in the door, maximum exposure, with minimal cash flow. It's pretty exciting how the studios are... [View]
Re: SURVEY: vloggercon sessions
Hey Steve: That's very cool. I'm a bit late in the game, so although I know the vloggercon is on the 22nd of January, I don't have much more info on it. Would it be possible to have an alert on the main page of the yahoogroups page giving pertinent info (who, what, when, blah, blah), or maybe on the calendar? I'm not sure how long each session is, but thought that some things could be combined and packed full of juicy stuff. Anyway, these are my thoughts on 5 sessions I would find interesting (while incorporating what you already have listed). You may be past this point already, but thought I'd give my 2 centavos - for what it's worth. promotion & distribution 1. available promotion sources like me-tv, ant, etc. 2. available technology: bit torrent/ RSS/ etc. 3. available platforms: blogger/ type pad/ etc. 4. generating new ideas creativity: do's and don'ts of content, shooting, and editing. 1. tools of the trade (cameras, lighting, audio etc) 2. generating good ideas for content 3. how to tell a compelling story through shooting & editing money & vlogging 1. supply and demand 2. ethics 3. creating a unique source model 4. ideas (q&a discussion) vlogging laws - know your rights 1. copyright laws 2. what to know while you shoot 3. media & censorship past, present, & future of vlogging 1. past: what trends led us to vlogging, what need?... [View]
Re: videoblogging and money
As far as the making money off of vlogging, if it's useful content, I might pay for it. Let's say someone started a cooking show, or whatever. They can give me a couple of recipes for free and maybe I'll want to support the site and pay for more content. I would be more inclined to pay for something instructional than just news though - my personal preference. Or maybe all of the shows are free but other things are sold on the vlog site to support content. Like PBS gives sells you those tote bags and DVDs for becoming a "member." So, as for trying to make money off of your vlog - I don't see anything wrong with it. Basically, the customer will decide whether or not to spend their cash. Also, thought some of you might be interested in this article in WIRED about the underground P2P world. I've been working with the guy featured in the article. They mention the film I posted about earlier. It's a fascinating read, if you're into hacking - or are a wannabe, like me. http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.01/topsite.html Zadi [View]
Re: Video & Audio compression
Michael: thanks for that. I followed the compression instructions from your PDF for my 1st 2005 vlog, and it seems to have saved a good amount of space. :) Zadi http://smashface.com/vlog > Hey Raymond (and everyone), > I just put up a page with a compression demo movie, a .pdf, and a link > to the 3ivx codec. Check it out and let me know what you think. > -Verdi > > http://www.michaelverdi.com/compression [View]
Re: Consumers think Digital Video is too hard
Here are some stats from the BBC on what Americans think about blogging: Blog readership has shot up by 58% in 2004 Eight million have created a blog 27% of online Americans have read a blog 5% use RSS aggregators to get news and other information 12% of online Americans have posted comments on blogs Only 38% of online Americans have heard about blogs That was only in the past year...and even though it's not a lot in the greater scheme, you can see where we are headed. And video blogging is only the next short step. And I found this about blogs vs. work: 12 RULES OF BLOGGING 1. Make it clear that the views expressed in the blog do not necessarily represent the views of the employer 2. Respect the company's confidentiality and proprietary information 3. Ask your manager if you have any questions about what is appropriate to include in the blog 4. Be respectful to the company, employees, customers, partners, and competitors. Criticise but be balanced, give opportunity for feedback, and be justifiable. 5. Observe company requests that topics not be discussed for confidentiality or legal compliance reasons 6. Ensure that your blogging activity does not interfere with your work commitments or employee relations 7. Tell the truth and write with balance and accuracy. Acknowledge and correct mistakes promptly. Acknowledge conflicts of interest 8. Keep records of original posts and indicate where a message has been... [View]
hey guys: this is a bit off topic, but if anyone wants a gmail account email me and let me know... I have 5 left that i can give out. Zadi http://smashface.com/vlog [View]
Re: INdTV in Wash.Post
does anyone here know what happened to the "unofficial indtv" forum that was on geekrolling.com? There were a couple of people in there that seemed like they would be interested in what's going on here, and maybe the vloggercon - but i can't access it... Zadi http://www.smashface.com/vlog --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Yves <toyves@g...> wrote: > Some of those suggested "edgy video submissions" look like no more > than what I would see on MTV during P. Diddy's "vote or die" > campaign... which is okay if you like that sort of thing... [View]
Re: Consumers think Digital Video is too hard
Well said - and agreed. My motivation to vlog was because I'm moving away from my family and friends (and I'm having detachment issues) so this is a way for me to feel connected to them - or them to me. I'm getting my brother and sister a web cam. I'm not sure if they would start vlogging, but it's a good feeling to know I can still be somewhat close to the people I care about. Plus, it's cheaper than a long distance phone call, and it's more creative. Zadi http://smashface.com/vlog --- In email@example.com, Lisa Harper <lisah2u@g...> wrote: > I think video blogging will go in directions far beyond either > journalistic inquiry or personal narrative. I think it may influence > the way we explore information, develop pedagogical curricula, train > employees and remember our lives. DARPA had a program called "Lifelog" > that had a very short life. It was all about finding a way to > passively track every day events so that your life was recorded in a > journal that you could go back and search, explore or share. Imagine > being able to really see into the lives of some of the most brilliant > and influential people of our century. Or vicariously experience the > lives of train conductors, waitresses, teachers or policemen. What I > hope is that media creation becomes so easy, that it becomes part of > everyday life;... [View]
Re: INdTV in Wash.Post
yeah, i was there in the forums with the rest of you and kinda saw something wicked this way coming. anyway, we'll see what happens. maybe it'll be what it said it would. i like this group though - the saving grace. Zadi http://smashface.com/vlog ps: Chuck thanks for the idea on the fabric. so simple. duh. --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Verdi" <michael@m...> wrote: > > --- In email@example.com, "Chuck Olsen" > <reallystinkyguy@y...> wrote: > > > Oh, how INdTV is engrained in my 2004 brain. Oww! > > My 2005 brain is reserved for videoblogging. > > And I think INdTV will be jealous of what we're doing. > > Don't be surprised if they approach us individually or as a group. > > Chuck's just being nice. INdTV came on with this pitch about being > open and transparent - ground up not top down. They wanted to hire 50 > full-time digital correspondants to travel the globe and make films > that they were passionate about. They wanted all kinds of people - > painters, freaks, writers, filmmakers, musicians, whatever. I was > very exicted about the whole opportunity - whether I got picked or > not. Then they they made some questionalble executive hires, shut > down the website, strung along 2000 applicants for weeks, the cool > people left and their ideas got scrapped, and now they want people to > submit freelance stuff that will net... [View]
Re: video, blog
To me vlogs are video logs. And what makes a video log is the underlying current of trying to communicate on a personal level with your audience. It's decentralized, it's raw and it promotes truth... either of a story, a place and time, or a person. I think there are different types of vlogs, some political, some comical, some experimental - but I think (at this point anyway) that the reason anyone sets up a vlog is for the need to communicate in a more immediate and personal tone. It's a reaching out with the knowledge that people on the receiving end can have a conversation with you if you want them to. So if a company or person posted a short film or trailer on their web site to promote their company/themselves, and so people can go see their film - to me that's not a vlog. If the same company or person posted the same film or trailer in order to open up discussion and commentary and to see what people think, or to share an opinion, or idea, or part of their life - then yeah, to me that's a vlog. I guess it's the intention. this is captain z. v-log stardate blah, blah, blah. Zadi http://www.smashface.com/vlog [View]
Re: Point Of View.
Like these: http://www.spygadgets.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=GLASSES&Category_Code= My dad is a PI and he has a pair like these for work. I wish I could nick them. so cool. These would be great for citizen journalism stuff. Getting into places that need to be exposed, etc. I've thought about doing that a couple of times. That's another arena videoblogggers could be of use. and it would be fun. Zadi http://www.smashface.com/vlog --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Ian <noservicecharge@g...> wrote: > I think that'd be too far up for p.o.v. it'd be cool to have a cam > built into some sunglasses. [View]
Re: Hear ye! Hear Ye!
um. I spread the word around about the vloggercon to my other yahoo groups. Lifilm (nyc film community) and FreeInNY. Both have well over 1,000 members. Is that a bad thing... oops. :/ Zadi http://smashface.com/vlog --- In email@example.com, Jay dedman <jay.dedman@g...> wrote: > > What is the space limit at Parson's? A moment ago the registration > > list had 40 names. > > Andrew can best answer this question. > I know 50 for sure...and i think he said 75 is the max. > but this is a good question. > > Jay [View]
Re: Finally a First Video!
Hey Ed: I started to watch the clip and then it started buffering, and rebuffering and then just stopped playing. I tried it a couple of times. > Anyone else have problems viewing the clip? http://users.RCN.com/edyarrish > > Ed Yarrish [View]
Re: Finally a First Video!
Hi Ed: I tried viewing it again today and it stopped in the exact same place - when the camera is on Nan as she's being interviewed. I'm using Windows Media Player 9 series for Mac OSX v.9.0.0. It hasn't happened with other videos - although it does happen every once in a great while. Don't know what it could be... I'll try and see if I find anything. Zadi http://smashface.com/vlog --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Ed Yarrish <ed.yarrish@g...> wrote: > Thanks, Zadi for the comment. What media player did you use? I am > trying to determine what the issue is - player? RCN host? Something > else I should do? [View]
email alert button
Question. Where can I get one of those "get alerted by email when I post a new vlog" buttons. I've seen them before, but now can't find where the heck I saw it. I need for my close friends and family to subscribe to my vlog, since I'll be moving soon, and they're not up to date on feeds, etc. So the easiest way for me to keep in touch with them "visually" is to have them alerted by email... Any thoughts? Thanks! Zadi http://smashface.com/vlog [View]
Content rating question
Here's a question for Michael Verdi (and anyone else who would like to answer). As a parent, do you feel a bit apprehensive when Dylan clicks on a video blog without knowing what it contains? Since you can't really tell what's in it until you view it, how do you go about filtering stuff. Or do you even filter at all? Would this bring up a rating debate? Ryanne, I was visiting your vlog and saw that you have a "not appropriate for children" as your tag. I started wondering if my videos should be rated... They aren't too explicit, but there is adult language, etc. And being that we have the "youngest vlogger" among us, I'm just wondering what you guys think. Does it matter? thoughts? Zadi http://smashface.com/vlog [View]
Re: Content rating question
That's refreshing to hear, actually. My sister is 12 and my brother is 16 = and we are a very open family, so we communicate a lot. Rather than try and= censor stuff, we talk about it. It's worked so far... there's just too muc= h to keep track of to try and restrict it all. But maybe a rating system w= ould be useful for certain people who don't feel the same way... dunno Za= di http:smashface.com/vlog --- In email@example.com, Jay ded= man <jay.dedman@g...> wrote: > > This is just my opinion which usually mean= s "most parents" think the > > opposite. I try not to shelter my kids from= the world. I don't go > > out of my way to make my 8 year old watch the S= opranos but I also > > didn't keep her from listening to Missy Elliot's "Wo= rk It" - she > > really liked that song. I think you can keep your kids fr= om seeing > > what they are interested in and then they'll just do it secre= tly which > > I think creates far more problems for people than being out i= n the > > open about it all. > > That's my 2=A2, > > Verdi > > you need to= form a parent groups and lobby congress and be a sane, fun > voice of reas= on. > why are the most... [View]
Re: No videoblogging on the NYC subway
that really is good footage. it needs to be archived. everybody is on edge. what an insane time in history we're in. Isn't it exciting that we're able to share it? I have footage of me and my dad going to central park the day of the big protest after they told everyone that converging on the great lawn would lead to arrests. I felt more worried for my dad because he's on the side of the law, yet very politically active...It ended up beng very peaceful. i should interview him about that... > I need to get my other version up. I have about 45 minutes that led up > [i put on high speed] up to the stop with about 8 or 9 more minutes of > cop interegation. I had a srgt come in and then awhile later secret > service. The srgt was the coolest actually because he quickly > determined I wasnt dangerous and was the only one who could understand > why I would want to be doing what I was doing. He was also the only > one sharp enough to ask if my camera was on. I flipped it off and said > no, its off. The secret service guy must have already known who I was > before he finally came over to meet me because he just wanted to hear > my story and then he walked away and a... [View]
Re: What do you use to vlog?
I have a sony vx2100, but i don't use it for my vlogs (it's a little too big to carry around spontaneoulsy) so I use my sony dcr-pc3330 mini-dv camera, which works fine. (though the 8 hour battery I have on it sticks out like a sore thumb). I want something smaller. natural/available light mostly. (the dogma 95 of vlogging) only the mic on the camera for sound (only because I like carrying my little camera around - you know fit it in my purse. doesn't give the best sound quality though.) final cut pro for editing (editing on mac osx) still playing with codecs. but i use quicktime pro. uh, think that's it for now. (totally different set of stuff for more quality jobs) Zadi http://smashface.com/vlog [View]