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Hello from Denmark

By Andreas Haugstrup | "Andreas Haugstrup" <videoblog@...> | andreashaugstrup
June 1, 2004 | Post #4 | Topic #4

Hi everyone! I'm Andreas (Haugstrup Pedersen) and I'm a 22 year-old student living in Aalborg, Denmark. Online I hang out at <http://www.solitude.dk/&gt; Currently I'm finishing my BA in Communication and in September I'll start on my Master's. My biggest interest - internet-wise - is hypertext, but after looking at video blogs for a month I've gotten interested. I have lots of thoughts to share - most of which will most likely be of a theoretical nature since that is the way I like to talk about things. I'm also insanely busy this week with my last paper this semester. I should return from the world of the stress-filled Monday. My own practical experience with recording video is limited, but not non-existant. I have recorded a short movie, recorded meetings and speeches and this semester I was part of a group who reccorded a music video for a local band. My theoretical background in regard to hypermedia and audio-visual communication is a bit more impressive (thankfully). That's also why I find the so-called "language of video-blogging" much more interesting than the practical problems. :o) [View]



Re: RSS, enclosures, SMIL?

By Andreas Haugstrup | "Andreas Haugstrup" <videoblog@...> | andreashaugstrup
June 18, 2004 | Post #58 | Topic #57

> Anyone wants to take this on? It would be ideal to automate this > central feed, but that might also be too much work. It'd also be a > good experiment with the pros and cons of various types of feeds... I've been busy thinking about SVG and not videoblogging, but... If everyone has either a SMIL template or an RSS (2.0 only, please) I can parse for timestamp and links I can make a script that creates a xhtml list and a central RSS feed. I have time to get this done Sunday before the American get out of bed. :o) Just send me a link to your RSS feed (with only the videoblog week entries) or SMIL file before 8am CET Sunday (that's... 2am Eastern Time). Disclaimer: I have no idea what a SMIL file looks like, but if it has a link and a timestamp it can't be too hard. :o) - Andreas -- Personal: <http://www.solitude.dk&gt; File Thingie - PHP File Manager <http://www.solitude.dk/filethingie/&gt; [View]



Feed up and running

By Andreas Haugstrup | "Andreas Haugstrup" <videoblog@...> | andreashaugstrup
June 20, 2004 | Post #61 | Topic #61

Hi People! I hacked together a feed for the Videblogging Week people. I haven't taken character encodings and time zones into account so I'm pretty sure that there can be some funkyness going on in regards to that. We'll see how it turns out. It might not become a problem at all. I have added the following feeds: - Peter's "Guide to Ease" - Jay's "Momentshowing" - Steve Garfield's Videoblog - Eric Rice (I have added "Main Site" feed. Let me know if that's the wrong one! You're not showing up on the site because you haven't posted yet.) If anyone else is participating or will be participating send your feed URL to the list so I can add you. Of course my hosting company has decided to *downgrade* the PHP version so I can't run it on my own domain (this reminds me once again to switch hosts). For now Aalborg University is providing space. I have set up a easy to remember forward at: <http://www.solitude. dk/archives/vog-week/> On that page you can view the feeds in your browser if you don't like aggregators. It's just a normal webpage explaining what it's all about. The solitude.dk will be the permanent address after the week has passed (hopefully my quick script will save all entries). So link to that one and not the university URL, please. The direct link to the RSS (2.0) feed is: <http://www.hum.aau. dk/~ahpe01/vog-week/feed.php> It's the university hosting... [View]



Re: My Videoblog (Day One) is online

By Andreas Haugstrup | "Andreas Haugstrup" <videoblog@...> | andreashaugstrup
June 21, 2004 | Post #69 | Topic #67

> Happy Fathers Day! Man, haven't they standardized this yet. Father's Day was June 5th here. :o) Aaaanway, I have been very impressed with the videos posted so far. I'll get around to writing down my thoughts on different types of video entries (or genres if you like that word as much as I do). I'll post them here or on my blog or on the wiki either tonight or tomorrow. If I can figure out how to edit wiki pages of course.. By the way, we have internet based blogradio in Denmark now (Blogradio.dk). It's just like any other radio show only the topic is blogs. Maybe something similar can be done with video. Bandwidth being of course a showstopper when it comes to tv-like shows. But maybe vox-pop type blurps are feasible in population dense areas. I'm thinking along the lines of "What's your opinion on anonymity online?" and then interview five different people. It's not necessarily a *good* idea, but it's an idea that popped into my head while listening to the lastest Blogradio.dk show. :o) [View]



Re: My Videoblog (Day One) is online

By Andreas Haugstrup | "Andreas Haugstrup" <videoblog@...> | andreashaugstrup
June 21, 2004 | Post #74 | Topic #67

> > If I can figure out how to edit wiki pages of course.. > > Practice a bit in the sandbox: > http://www.me-tv.org/wakka.php?wakka=SandBox Thanks for the link. :o) I had totally forgot that I own a webcam so I've spent the better part of today trying to figure out how to do a videoblog entry. Somehow I feel these things are easier on Macs. I put up my first attempt at: <http://www.solitude. dk/archives/2004_06.php#t20040621-20:05> It's only available as a WMV file as I haven't figured out how you make a QuickTime file without having to spend $700 on Adobe software. Oh, and my microphone is broken! What's up with that. It's just been lying around in a drawer for four years and the day I need it I find out it's broken. Stupid piece of... - Andreas [View]



Re: (unknown)

By Andreas Haugstrup | "Andreas Haugstrup" <videoblog@...> | andreashaugstrup
June 21, 2004 | Post #75 | Topic #71

Regarding the poster movies: I can't seem to play them :o( When I open any of Adrian's movies in QT I just get the poster - the normal Play/Forward/Rewind buttons aren't in the player. If I click the image it's like the cursor flickers between a normal arrow and the hand that designates hyperlinks. Nothing happens though. I'm running my browser without plugins because I don't like things like videos playing without me saying so. Thus I'm downloading all files to my harddrive before playing. - Andreas [View]



Re: the new guy

By Andreas Haugstrup | "Andreas Haugstrup" <videoblog@...> | andreashaugstrup
June 24, 2004 | Post #105 | Topic #81

> i can hear your video, but i cant see it. > i really want to check it out. > it's in quicktime? im viewing on a mac. Asmund encoded his video with the DivX codec so you'll need something that can play DivX files. Videolan does a nice job on my computer (though it has a clunky interface). It's open source and available for both PC and Mac OS X (and about a million Linux distributions). Download it at: <http://www.videolan.org/vlc/&gt; - Andreas -- http://www.solitude.dk/ [View]



Re: introduction

By Andreas Haugstrup | "Andreas Haugstrup" <videoblog@...> | andreashaugstrup
June 25, 2004 | Post #124 | Topic #110

> It'd be cool to have a webjay page collecting all the video's we have > posted this week. (pretty much all of them seem to be Quicktime). I was > thinking of handcoding a SMIL containing all of them, but if webJay can > do it, even better! Maybe someone can set that up? I will do some kind of page with all the videos from the week Monday before you guys wake up. Both for my own site and my own personal pleasure and for the wiki. I don't mind doing a SMIL also - not that I've figured out how to handcode such a thing yet. If I can use that webjay thing that would rock - it's been bookmarked. :o) You were wondering about the strength of videoblogging. As I pointed out on my blog yesterday I strongly believe that the strength of videoblogging lies in the ability to create narratives - something that audio-visual media is exceptional at. I also posted the music video on my blog at <http://www.solitude. dk/archives/2004_06.php#t20040623-11:00> At 121 megabyte I think it's the largest videoblog entry yet. :o) If you can call three months work a videoblog entry. Check it out though. The music is good even though the band were too much in their rock star mind to put in a decent day's work. I have my article on videoblog genres coming up really soon now. I was going to... [View]



Re: videoblogging from a i-mode phone

By Andreas Haugstrup | "Andreas Haugstrup" <videoblog@...> | andreashaugstrup
June 26, 2004 | Post #134 | Topic #108

> are these phones available for purchase? (NEC n400i) > just in Europe? > can they upload to any site...or just a specialized site? > are things just in the beta stage or are they ready for prime time? > can they edit or just straight capture? > youve really sparked interest... I-mode isn't available in Denmark, and I doubt they'll ever be. For the simple reason that we now have the so-called 3rd generation mobile network (a UMTS network). From what I can understand it is much like i-mode, but with more bandwidth. Videophoning streaming, video news and so on included in the package. The cheap phones are also huge and I can't justify spending so much on one of the smaller models so I haven't tried it out myself. I've played with a couple of the phones though. No editing directly on the phone. I think that stuff requires a lot of computer power.. - Andreas -- http://www.solitude.dk/ [View]



Re: new videoblog entry

By Andreas Haugstrup | "Andreas Haugstrup" <videoblog@...> | andreashaugstrup
June 26, 2004 | Post #139 | Topic #137

> what I want to know is: > was it easy? i know you only had a webcam and a= shitty editing program. > what do you think of the process? > explain it = if you would. Idea: I was thinking about videoblogs last night and then I = remembered the Book-A-Minute website and I thought to myself that it could= n't be hard to do a Book-A-Minute on video. And with a lot of stuffed anim= als around I figured I could use those as actors. It's all very funny in = my head. :o) I should've done Hamlet though. Me being Danish and all. Shoo= ting: This part was the easiest. I knew I only had seven or eight quick sh= ots. The trick with a webcam is that you really can't move the camera - if= you don't keep it still the image gets all weird. Or rather, that's how *= my* webcam behaves. There's also some kind of auto-correction of the light= going on. This is fine if you're sitting still, but not so cool when you'= re moving your hands in front of the camera. Getting the clips to my comp= uter was much easier than what you all have to deal with. It's automatic w= ith a webcam after all. I record in the webcam software and then import th= e clips I want into Premiere after that. I had fun clearing my... [View]



Re: deeplinking considered n/a

By Andreas Haugstrup | "Andreas Haugstrup" <videoblog@...> | andreashaugstrup
June 27, 2004 | Post #172 | Topic #140

> As we've mentioned, there are two issues at work here: bandwidth and > context. The first is a technical issue, probably best addressed by > things like freecache.org or bittorrent. Thanks for bringing up context, Ryan. It was on my list, but I'm currently sidetracked by Denmark playing the European Championship's semifinals (0-0 so far, thanks for asking). In my world there's deeplinking and then there's deeplinking. Deeplinking to a page within a site structure - eg. linking to <http: //www.solitude.dk/about.php> instead of <http://www.solitude.dk/&gt; - is something I encourage. That's how hypertext work, and that's what makes it great. This is different from deeplinking directly to a movie file. In my world, anyway. Movies aren't hypertexts. The movies we're making now aren't hypermedia either. They are dead ends on the world wide web and as you say: Alone they have no context. The context is provided in the videoblog entry. The HTML page that describes the video and either displays a video window or has a link to the video file. So when I create a video entry what I'm saying is. Here's a work I created: It's a videoblog entry consisting of some hypertext (HTML) *and* an embedded video. Then normal copyright laws applies: Distributing another's work without their permission is a no-no. This will include showing the video out of context (in my world! I am not a laywer!). I'm paying money to make my work available... [View]



Re: [videoblogging] Videoblog definition

By Andreas Haugstrup | "Andreas Haugstrup" <videoblog@...> | andreashaugstrup
June 28, 2004 | Post #190 | Topic #187

> Is there a definition of 'what a videoblog is' that we all or mostly > agree on? For the article I'm still thinking about I wrote a small definition. It's very loose at the moment. What is Videoblogging The videoblog is a subset of the more typical blog or weblog. Weblogs started out as a form of personal website. They consist of frequently updated posts arranged in reverse chronological order. Each post can stand alone. Usually the reader can add comments to each post. For a more thorough explanation on weblogs see: XXX [this is where I'm supposed to add a reference]. A videoblog is simply put a weblog where the focus for the post is on a video segment. The written text exist mainly to provide a context for the video. Unlike the traditional weblog where the written text exist mainly to provide context and/or context for the links. Other weblog sub-genres exist for other types of expression: Photoblogs for photos and audioblogs for pure audio. The blog structure is not only being used for personal websites anymore. Both corporations and political candidates are using the blog structure to show that their websites are dynamic and frequently updated. I will only focus on personal websites in this document. The reason is that with corporations, organizations and political candidates the blog is a part of a larger market communication and organizational structure. Therefore it is more complex than a... [View]



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

By Andreas Haugstrup | "Andreas Haugstrup" <videoblog@...> | andreashaugstrup
June 28, 2004 | Post #192 | Topic #140

On Mon, 28 Jun 2004 15:16:18 -0000, petertheman <peter@...> wrote: >> So keep the world wide web alive by linking to the HTML page and > not >> the video file. It is only fair to the author. > > But then you're saying we can't do playlists (as in SMIL playlists in > a player)... Which would be too bad because the videowatching > experience in a playlist is very different from clicking around from > site to site... I'm not sure what the solution is... That would depend (this is still my personal opinion of course). 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. I'll have to read more about SMIL to find out what kind of metadata can be added. Lucas' XSPF format looks alright when it comes to metadata (after a first read). Without metadata I don't feel it's the same work. With metadata it's different. Thank you Ryan for making me think more about metadata instead of just dismissing it like I did at first. With metadata I can make the same information available in the video file (SMIL, XSPF etc.) itself. Essentially it'd be like making an RSS feed (same content different audience). Actually it would be very nice that way since I would be able to have the video file on it's own and then pull the metadata... [View]



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

By Andreas Haugstrup | "Andreas Haugstrup" <videoblog@...> | andreashaugstrup
June 28, 2004 | Post #194 | Topic #140

On Mon, 28 Jun 2004 11:22:19 -0400 (EDT), Lucas Gonze <lgonze@...> wrote: > The (still embryonic) XSPF playlist format has explicit support for this > etiquette. See the playlist/trackList/track/info element in the draft > spec at http://gonze.com/xspf/xspf-draft-2.html It looks pretty good after a first read. I have a couple of questions: There are a couple of references containing xspf://. Are you planning to use this pseudo-protocol when referring to XSPF playlists? I hope not, it'd be the same mistake as serving RSS over a feed:// protocol. You're just serving XML over http so it should use the http:// protocol. :o) I would like to see the license element available to tracks as well as the playlist. It's pretty uninteresting to know which license the playlist is released under. I'm not even sure a playlist is copyrightable (under Danish law anyway) - I doubt it constitutes a 'work'. What's important though is the license of each track. The other big thing I'm lacking is hyperlink references. I'm all about hyperlinks (that's what makes www different from all other media). I would like links under license, playlist author (scratch that - it's already there), track author and definately links in the annotation. Keeping the annotation in text/plain is not cool. Having it in text/html (well, application/xhtml+xml really) would be much nicer - simply for the sake of links. All in all I think it's a fantastic work. :o) I could see myself... [View]



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

By Andreas Haugstrup | "Andreas Haugstrup" <videoblog@...> | andreashaugstrup
June 29, 2004 | Post #202 | Topic #140

On Mon, 28 Jun 2004 21:46:05 -0400, alan <akb@...> wrote: > 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. That's the way to do it! Yesterday I was trying to figure out how to embed hypertext into SMIL to create the exact effect you have here. Does this way of adding text work in all SMIL players or just real player? Of course, personally I would like more metadata (along the lines of XSPF), but with this technique you can add the amount of metadata you find necessary for each individual clip. And I would like it to look prettier, but I suspect that I can change font sizes and colours pretty easily (can I control it with CSS like I can with SVG images?). Yesterday I came up with a completely different problem after sending off my last e-mail. If I have a neat SMIL file with all my metadata in it I will want to have people download that to get the context, but if they only download the SMIL file they would pull the video itself from my server every time they open the SMIL file.... [View]



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

By Andreas Haugstrup | "Andreas Haugstrup" <videoblog@...> | andreashaugstrup
June 29, 2004 | Post #205 | Topic #140

>> Is there an easy way to bundle the video >> itself and the SMIL data into one file for download...? > > But wouldn't you *still* have the same bandwidth issues if you bundle > them? They are still downloading from your server, right? Not necessarily. If they are bundled the visitor can download the package (meta+video) once and have it on their harddrive for later viewing. If they come seperate the visitor will only download the SMIL file (meta), but every time he wants to see the video he would open the SMIL file and then redownload the video file. It's not a problem if every visitor only views a video once, but more than that it's extra bandwidth. -- Personal: <http://www.solitude.dk&gt; File Thingie - PHP File Manager <http://www.solitude.dk/filethingie/&gt; [View]



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

By Andreas Haugstrup | "Andreas Haugstrup" <videoblog@...> | andreashaugstrup
July 2, 2004 | Post #243 | Topic #110

On Fri, 2 Jul 2004 10:50:17 +1000, Adrian Miles <adrian.miles@...> wrote: > but once you've got wireless everywhere then you could put a video feed > into whatever you like. wearables, your car, your bicycle, a book > cover. video in these contexts will no longer be 'video'. much like > writing in a blog isn't a 'journal' - simply live blogging a conference > demonstrates how blog writing is not journal writing! Forgive me if I'm not being coherent. I just woke up and decided to read all your e-mails in one go before breakfast. Can you elaborate a bit on this? It sounds very interesting about how the context will change. - Andreas -- Personal: <http://www.solitude.dk&gt; File Thingie - PHP File Manager <http://www.solitude.dk/filethingie/&gt; [View]



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

By Andreas Haugstrup | "Andreas Haugstrup" <videoblog@...> | andreashaugstrup
July 2, 2004 | Post #244 | Topic #140

On Fri, 2 Jul 2004 11:06:51 +1000, Adrian Miles <adrian.miles@...> wrote: >> This is different from deeplinking directly to a movie file. In my >> world, anyway. >> Movies aren't hypertexts. The movies we're making now aren't >> hypermedia either. They are dead ends on the world wide web and as >> you >> say: Alone they have no context. > > another good point, but one that suggests our movies should change, not > our deep linking practices. eg, any of my vogs, click the question mark > in the lower right of screen and it will load a web page. *Every* movie > should link to another object, there should not be a dead end. Either or. I still haven't been able to view any of your movies. I've gotten a little further - now they only crash Quicktime after I view a microsecond of the video. It sucks ass and has made me hate quicktime. However, I'm allowed to change my mind slightly and I can see your point when you make the video itself link back to a referencing webpage (your blog post i presume?). I think a backlink like this would actually satify almost all of my metadata needs and - like you say - it would make quotation possible even if the video gets distributed by other people. This is very important to me, since I as a general rule don't mind people sharing... [View]



Re: [videoblogging] videoblogging research (was: deeplinking considered n/a)

By Andreas Haugstrup | "Andreas Haugstrup" <videoblog@...> | andreashaugstrup
July 2, 2004 | Post #248 | Topic #140

On Fri, 02 Jul 2004 08:29:12 -0700, Ryan Shaw <ryanshaw@...> wrote: > I'd like to request that you ask/answer questions through the list > (unless your project has to remain secret). Might as well share the > knowledge. Sure thing. :o) I'm forced to write in Danish so I can't publish the final report to the list anyway. I just didn't know if anyone was interested in a poor student's work. Unless I find a company to work with of course. Those people throw a non-disclosure agreement at you faster than you can say "moblogging". Unlike my engineering-student of a twin brother I fortunately don't have to worry about patentable work. :o) We'll see if I can get a couple of other master's student to work with me. All project work here is group oriented and it's kind of stupid to go about writing projects alone. - Andreas -- Personal: <http://www.solitude.dk&gt; File Thingie - PHP File Manager <http://www.solitude.dk/filethingie/&gt; [View]



Re: [videoblogging] hello from Craige

By Andreas Haugstrup | "Andreas Haugstrup" <videoblog@...> | andreashaugstrup
July 6, 2004 | Post #265 | Topic #262

On Mon, 5 Jul 2004 23:52:06 -0500, Jay Dedman <jay@...> wrote: > so who has a PC and can help Craige do his first videoblog? Hi Craige and welcome! I'm glad you like the concept of videoblogging as much as the rest of us. :o) The first step is to get Movie Maker to recognize the files. For that you need to convert the MOV files to something else - preferably AVI. If you want to spend cash Quicktime Pro should be able to both handle this and should have editing capabilities. I DON'T OWN the program though so I have NO IDEA what it looks like and what it can do. That's my disclaimer in capital letters. Quicktime Pro costs $30 from <http://www.apple.com/quicktime/&gt; I am thinking about buying Quicktime Pro myself because it looks like it has better compression capabilities than what I'm using now. Aaaanyway, I googled a bit and found this: <http://www.winmpg.com/mov-converter.html&gt; It should be able to convert MOV files into AVI files that you can then import into Movie Maker. The free trial version will only convert the first five minutes of a video file, but that isn't a limitation in your case. So try out the free trial and see if it works. Once you work a bit with Movie Maker you'll start cursing it's limitations (only one video track and one audio track). I haven't yet found a free or cheap, lightweight editing program... [View]