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re: Python for videoblogging tools

By alan | alan <akb@...> | akbakb2000
June 28, 2004 | Post #198 | Topic #140

PeterV writes: > > Freevo (open sopurce Tivo) is done in Python, and Adam Curry's new > videotool (coming up) also seems to be in Python. It looks like > Python is a good language to build client side video tools. Any > comments? I've started hacking on Freevo lately, its my first real python project. I've got a development patch that downloads multimedia from RSS enclosures, integrates with BitTorrent, and will hand gnutella, kazaa, edonkey links to outside p2p clients. I'm looking for beta victims^H^H^H^H testers. Coming from more of a perl background I find python code lends itself to being more readable which speeds up the development process, especially on group projects. There's nothing that particularly recommends it for programming for video per se, like perl it has a very large amount of libraries specialized for whatever you might want. Freevo closely uses a utility multimedia library called mmpython, they seem to be growing together. BitTorrent is written in python that did speed up integrating it into Freevo. From what I gathered torrentocracy that was recently released to add BitTorrent for MythTV (which is in C++) doesn't integrate it very closely. In general, I think the fact that Freevo is written in Python will allow more addons and plugins to be developed quickly for it than MythTV. hth alan http://demandmedia.net/ Collaborative Video Blog [View]

Re: [videoblogging] Re: deeplinking considered n/a

By alan | alan <akb@...> | akbakb2000
June 28, 2004 | Post #200 | Topic #140

Andreas wrote: > The way it is now I wouldn't like SMIL playlists at all for the > simple reason that there isn't any metadata at all. Sorry to be jumping in this late in a conversation, but take a look at this SMIL playlist: http://demandmedia.net/playlist?vtype=real Does that have enough metadata? In designing the playlist and the aggregator website that goes with it I made it a requirement that the user submits good metadata to try address these concerns. alan http://demandmedia.net/ Collaborative Video Blog [View]

Re: [videoblogging] Re: deeplinking considered n/a

By alan | alan <akb@...> | akbakb2000
June 29, 2004 | Post #207 | Topic #140

> Does this way of adding text work in all SMIL players or just real player? Frames and text are part of the SMIL spec. The template I have does not work in QT, I believe it has to do with the use of "Realtext" in the text frame. But as Lucas pointed out, the problem w/ launching a SMIL file from a MOV discouraged me from looking much into it. There are SMIL authoring tools, it might be worth looking at those. Check out : http://www.w3.org/AudioVideo/ which has the spec and links to all kinds of resources. > And I would like it to look prettier Can you tell I'm not a graphic designer? :) > Is there an easy way to bundle the video > itself and the SMIL data into one file for download...? That would be up to the individual player. I'm not sure how that behavior works with the various players if they are launched on their own versus when they run in a browser. Quick rant. If you have multiple video formats to support, SMIL is no good given how fractured the video market is. Real and QT support SMIL but you can't mix the two in a SMIL file, and that doesn't even take into account WM. Mpeg4 was supposed to save us but it will be years if ever its widespread enough. I came to the unfortunate conclusion that the way to... [View]

Re: [videoblogging] Re: deeplinking considered n/a

By alan | alan <akb@...> | akbakb2000
June 29, 2004 | Post #209 | Topic #140

> I think that mpeg video is supported by all major vendors. At the > least, Real, Winamp, and WMP. Do you mean mpeg1 or 4? Mpeg1 is too bandwidth inefficient, mpeg4 is not in wide enough use and does not look like it will be for a couple years, if ever. Encoders are costly and users are not switching quickly from WMV and Sorenson. Mpeg4's promise was that it could be the mp3 of video, I think WMV is likely to prevent that from happening. > That said, if you export video to *both* Real and WMV, Webjay will > do the work of keeping them sorted out. Well, Webjay can't tell if they are the same video. They may be, but one version may be a longer version at a lower bitrate, part two, or a different video entirely. You need metadata for that, either from the user or potentially from Atom's alternate mechanism. > A user with WMP will get only WMV, a user with Real will get only > Real. I think Webjay is the bee's knees but format incompatibilities mean the technology dictates the user experience to an excessive amount. If a group of videobloggers want to make a playlist of their combined week's output and some use mov and some wmv they are up shit creek. The web could not have become what it is if its components competed to the extent that video... [View]

seeking vlog submissions

By alan | alan <akb@...> | akbakb2000
July 20, 2004 | Post #363 | Topic #363

Hi, At a couple people's request I've added a "personal" section for vloggers to the video aggregator site that I run. The site accepts submissions through a web form, where they go into a queue. The site's registered users vote on submissions in the queue and after a set period of time the score that it has achieved determines whether it makes it to the site and how prominently it appears. So, please submit your own or other's video bloggings that you find interesting and register to vote on others' work. To get things started I submitted a few video blogs that I've found interesting, you can see what I've got so far: http://demandmedia.net/section/personal Overall the audience of the site is lefty political, so I expect that most "personal" submissions will not get voted onto the front page but to the section page. I hope this serves as a good way to give interesting personal video blogging more exposure. alan http://demandmedia.net/ Collaborative Video Blog [View]

Re: [videoblogging] New Video: 150 Feet

By akb@demandmedia.net | akb@... | akbakb2000
September 16, 2004 | Post #1214 | Topic #1176

Jay wrote: > he's doing exactly what activists have always dreamed. and starngely few other > people are doing this...other than IndyMedia when they gather for big events. Taking nothing away from Steve's excellent work, that's not an accurate statment about Indymedia or video activists in general. Before blogging (or even the Internet) existed there was an activist video scene. Much of it has moved onto the Internet, some of it has not. Here's a few groups that do have a lot of work on the Internet: - Freespeech TV - They have a channel on DISH network, there are hundreds of activist clips in their archive, produced by them or others. http://freespeech.org/ - Dyke TV http://dyketv.org/ - Global Justice Video Project http://globaljustice.ca/ - Working TV - Primarily labor but also environment and general social justice http://www.workingtv.com/ - New Global Vision - Italian group http://ngvision.org/ - Kanal B - German http://kanalb.de/ - Beyond TV http://www.beyondtv.org/ As for Indymedia, most of what it does happens outside of large protests. There are over 150 Indymedia groups around the world, most of them will never see a protest that gets the attention of the mainstream press. Over the last couple years the network has produced thousands of clips that are not of major protests. Here are a few examples of what you might consider activist video bloggers, I could give many more: Bill Carpenter regularly covers activist type events and posts to SF... [View]

automatic quicktime smil playlist

By akb@demandmedia.net | akb@... | akbakb2000
September 24, 2004 | Post #1264 | Topic #1264

I've implemented an automatic SMIL playlist for quicktime (and mp4) that people submit to demandmedia. This is in addition to the Real SMIL playlists that were already there. There's a playlist for each section, so probably of interest to this group is the videoblogging section: http://demandmedia.net/playlist?vtype=quicktime&section=personal or you might be interested in a random sampling from of whole site: http://demandmedia.net/playlist?vtype=quicktime Its kinda beta so feedback is appreciated. In particular I haven't tested in on a Mac yet. Relevant to the current discussion, if there's interest I could implement a script that automatically generates a SMIL playlist from an RSS feed that contained videos. alan http://demandmedia.net/ [View]

Re: [videoblogging] automatic quicktime smil playlist

By akb@demandmedia.net | akb@... | akbakb2000
September 24, 2004 | Post #1269 | Topic #1264

Ugg. Sounds like a mime issue. I'm sending, as per Apple's docs, application/x-quicktimeplayer. I figured if they got it right on Windows, they would be able to get it right on their own bloody OS. What version of Quicktime do you have, what browser are you using and what are its mime settings for anything with the word "quicktime" in it? I can of course send video/quicktime, but then it will display in the browser rather than in a seperate QT player. If I'm forced to display the playlist in a browser then I might as well use html and javascript. SMIL is supposed to be cross platform and thus have all sorts of wholesome goodness attached. The reality is Real and Quicktime need SMIL tweaked so as to be incompatible with each other. alan [View]

Re: [videoblogging] FCC raids a micro (pirate) radio station in Santa Cruz…

By akb@demandmedia.net | akb@... | akbakb2000
September 30, 2004 | Post #1331 | Topic #1321

> Most of the people that were in the crowd viewed it (solely) as a free > speech issue, but if everyone could just set up a transmitter and > start broadcasting, and there were no restrictions regulations, what > would stop some Clear Channel classic rock station from blowing them > off the airwaves? To characterize the position of low power radio advocates like this is wrong and dangerously so, as it is often used by the broadcast industry to scare people into opposing licensing low power broadcasters. If a community station has been running a station for 10 years, why on earth would they want to interfere with anyone, especially a full power station that is 1000 times as powerful? No one would be able to hear them. There are of course some people that have the extreme position of no regulation on philosophical grounds, but there are people that take extreme positions on any issue. > I don't know the details of the technology and law for FM > broadcasting, but I think the reasonable solution would be to change > the law (or regulations) to allow micro-broadcasting under reasonable > conditions. There has been a movement doing this for nearly 2 decades. Some have chosen civil disobiedience (like Free Radio Santa Cruz), some have chosen to take on one of the most powerful lobby's in DC. I think they work together pretty well. Laws protecting civil... [View]

lpfm info

By akb@demandmedia.net | akb@... | akbakb2000
October 1, 2004 | Post #1337 | Topic #1337

> Do you have info on this bill? S.2505, introduced by Sen McCain: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:s.02505: In addition to prometheusradio.org for info take a look at Free Press, a more wonky media reform site. http://freepress.net/lpfm/ Jay mentioned a host of media activist issues, Free Press does a good concise job of covering a wide spectrum of those issues for those interested in those type of wider policy discussions. alan http://demandmedia.net/ [View]

Re: Re: calling quicktime experts

By akb@demandmedia.net | akb@... | akbakb2000
October 21, 2004 | Post #1462 | Topic #1457

Andreas wrote: > how was I supposed to go from -43 to "Andreas > you idiot, you forgot to upload a file"? Google. http://www.scirius.com/docs/docs.html Of course it would be foolish to expect human readable error messages or even that Apple would document their error codes on their own site. Jay wrote: > how do you create an RSS 2.0 feed that reads our videoblogs and > grabs the videos..sending them out as enclosures? I modified the Scoop collaborative engine, its the software that runs kuro5hin.org. It runs under mod_perl, I added the video specific parts. The basic way it works is there is an open submission web form that anyone can fill out that has the video info. It goes into a queue where the site's users vote on which ones they like. Highly rated videos appear on the front page, less highly rated ones appear on the section pages, less highly rated ones drop out of the queue. The RSS 2.0 feed with enclosures is just a few lines of perl. I also generate an Atom feed with the "related" tag which is analogous to enclosures. a http://demandmedia.net/ [View]

atom was Re: [videoblogging] Re: Re: calling quicktime experts

By akb@demandmedia.net | akb@... | akbakb2000
October 21, 2004 | Post #1465 | Topic #1465

At some point in the past I attempted to figure out from the Atom gulag of wikis, mailing lists, articles, pages claiming to be specs, blog posts, etc if there was any support for an enclosure-like thing. From my survey I concluded that things were leaning strongly towards using the "related" attribute. However, from what you say it appears I was wrong, that there is no concensus and that there is not likely to be any soon. Oh well, and I thought the entropy of the universe was less than it actually is. I guess I should un-implement this feature to not make things any worse. a http://demandmedia.net/ [View]

Re: I Want My MTVlog

By akb@demandmedia.net | akb@... | akbakb2000
March 11, 2005 | Post #7579 | Topic #7557

There is a participatory music video blog already, check out http://videos.antville.org/ The quality varies, sometimes its amazing, sometimes its pretty lame and mainstream. There is a community of people that post that make music videos, so the sensibilities can sometimes be both high quality and snobbish. They have an RSS feed but it doesn't support enclosures. I wrote a scraper that looks for videos in posts or any of pages linked from their posts. http://demandmedia.net/xml/antville-rss2.xml Also of interest to those looking for music video blogs is Punkcast. This site was operating well before blogs and has been a favorite site of mine for many years. A NYC music scenester (him sells band pins) goes around and has recorded shows and put them online since **1997**!! The shows are the kind you could see at your favorite local bar and there are some real gems, I find it much more interesting than 99% of mainstream produced music videos. The website is http://punkcast.com/ and the feed is : http://demandmedia.net/xml/punkcast-rss2.xml alan http://demandmedia.net/ Collaborative Video Blog [View]