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Introduction

By Michael Verdi | Michael Verdi <michael@...> | filmguy1105
November 30, 2004 | Post #2035 | Topic #2035

Hi Everyone, I just joined the group the other day but haven't received any messages yet. So I checked the website today and found: "I convinced him to join the list, but I see I didn't convince him to introduce himself." "Looks like he's working with INdTV -- that's their streaming Flash player." Oops! So, I'm Michael Verdi. I live in San Antonio, TX and I'm a filmmaker. I don't make enough money at it to pay the bills so I also freelance as a editor, motion graphic designer, DVD producer, graphic designer, web designer, computer consultant - whatever I can get paid for and not mind doing. I've been working with video since 1990 when I started using it in my performance art. From there I moved on to creating stand alone video pieces - "video paintings" that were literally very slow moving video versions of paintings that I was making. Soon after that a member of my theater company asked me to create some video for one of his plays and we've since worked together on about 12 productions. Working on these projects is what interested me in creating narrative pieces. So I produced my first narrative short "The Nosferatu" in 2000. It was an modern vampire story inspired by the 1922 Nosferatu. It had no dialogue (not even title cards - nobody talked) and live music performed at each screening by local musician James Cobb. The next... [View]



Re: no messages

By Michael Verdi | Michael Verdi <michael@...> | filmguy1105
December 1, 2004 | Post #2045 | Topic #2043

I subscribed on Sunday and I just started getting messages last night but they are delayed by about 6 hours. [View]



Re: compression advice

By Michael Verdi | "Michael Verdi" <michael@...> | filmguy1105
December 3, 2004 | Post #2123 | Topic #2121

--- In videoblogging@yahoogroups.com, "ryan" <ryan_hodson@y...> wrote: > > am i crazy? > why the discrepancy between mp4s and .movs? > do you have advice? I don't know why it works that way but here's what I've done about it in the past. 1. If you are using compressor, when you submit your project, select the "presets" button at the top of the window. 2. Then click the "plus" button and select "QuickTime" from the drop down to make a new quicktime preset. 3. At the bottom of the window under the "encoder" tab you will see settings buttons for Video, Audio and Streaming. 4. Click on the Video settings and select MPEG 4 for the codec. I usually set it to "best quality", 15 fps, keyframes every 5 frames, and limit data rate to 125 KBytes/sec. Then click ok. (You can do the math here to get a good idea of how big a file this will make. A 60 second clip will be 60 X 125KB = 7500KB or about 7.5MB. To make a smaller file, just reduce the data rate.) 5. Now click on the Audio settings and select MPEG 4 audio for the codec. Try 32kHz, 16bit, mono and click ok. 6. For streaming, click the drop down and select "progressive" 7. Now switch over to the "geometry" tab and check that the frame size is something like 320 X 240. 8. Click on the name of... [View]



My website stopped working in IE – please help.

By Michael Verdi | "Michael Verdi" <michael@...> | filmguy1105
December 6, 2004 | Post #2274 | Topic #2274

My mom called me tonight and said she couldn't view my website. "It's just an empty gray page," she said. So I fired up Virtual PC and checked it out. It doesn't work in IE for both Windows and Mac. It does work in Firefox on both Windows and Mac. Can someone who knows html check my site and see what's up? It was working in IE last week when I checked. Thanks, Michael [View]



Re: My website stopped working in IE – please help.

By Michael Verdi | "Michael Verdi" <michael@...> | filmguy1105
December 6, 2004 | Post #2275 | Topic #2274

Arhhh! It's not working in Safari either. --- In videoblogging@yahoogroups.com, "Michael Verdi" <michael@m...> wrote: > > My mom called me tonight and said she couldn't view my website. "It's > just an empty gray page," she said. So I fired up Virtual PC and > checked it out. It doesn't work in IE for both Windows and Mac. It > does work in Firefox on both Windows and Mac. Can someone who knows > html check my site and see what's up? It was working in IE last week > when I checked. > Thanks, > Michael [View]



Re: My website stopped working in IE – please help.

By Michael Verdi | "Michael Verdi" <michael@...> | filmguy1105
December 6, 2004 | Post #2279 | Topic #2274

Thanks! It's all fixed now. --- In videoblogging@yahoogroups.com, Joshua Kinberg <jkinberg@g...> wrote: > really quickly, I noticed that you didn't close the comments on the > javascript code in the <head> of your document... > --Josh > > On Tue, 07 Dec 2004 02:26:18 -0000, Michael Verdi > <michael@m...> wrote: > > > > > > My mom called me tonight and said she couldn't view my website. "It's > > just an empty gray page," she said. So I fired up Virtual PC and > > checked it out. It doesn't work in IE for both Windows and Mac. It > > does work in Firefox on both Windows and Mac. Can someone who knows > > html check my site and see what's up? It was working in IE last week > > when I checked. > > Thanks, > > Michael > > > > > > > > Yahoo! Groups Links > > > > > > > > > > [View]



Re: Please help me test my rss ViCast

By Michael Verdi | "Michael Verdi" <michael@...> | filmguy1105
December 7, 2004 | Post #2304 | Topic #2297

--- In videoblogging@yahoogroups.com, Joshua Kinberg <jkinberg@g...> wrote: >...enclosures and pubDate in the right format. > Those are the two crucial elements. > --Josh I reencoded all of my videos in QuickTime but I have no idea what to do with my rss feed. I use blogger and it generates the rss feed for me. Is that good enough? Do I need to use something else? Thanks, Michael [View]



Re: vogroll v. 3

By Michael Verdi | "Michael Verdi" <michael@...> | filmguy1105
December 9, 2004 | Post #2391 | Topic #2333

--- In videoblogging@yahoogroups.com, Adrian Miles <adrian.miles@r...> wrote: > > On 09/12/2004, at 2:50 AM, leslye james wrote: > > > Have you considered using Flash for the vogroll (maybe 4.0)? I just > > came across the Flash Video Gallery > > > > http://www.macromedia.com/software/flash/flashpro/video/gallery/ > > > > Seems like a very similar application. > > i'm dyed in the wool QT. > > the flash gallery doesn't call content from other sites which others > own (as far as i can tell). it loads to the stage stuff into the player > but what is loaded is contained in the flash project. > > cheers > Adrian Miles > > +++++++++++++++++++++ > http://hypertext.rmit.edu.au/vog/vlog/ Actually you can have a flash movie load stuff from an external source. When I had my videos in flash there was a small "player" .swf file that loaded an external .flv video. Also, the masthead/nav section on my website loads .jpg's from a seperate folder. FWIW, I like the vogroll but I have weird display stuff happening - at least with firefox. Sometimes the videos duplicate themselves outside the browser window and then don't want to go away. - Michael [View]



3ivx Compression Settings

By Michael Verdi | "Michael Verdi" <michael@...> | filmguy1105
December 13, 2004 | Post #2447 | Topic #2447

I've been playing around with the 3ivx codec this week and I've put together a pdf on what settings to use to produce results like the videos on my site. http://www.michaelverdi.com/download/3ivx.pdf [View]



Re: QT Easy Annotations

By Michael Verdi | "Michael Verdi" <michael@...> | filmguy1105
December 14, 2004 | Post #2496 | Topic #2478

--- In videoblogging@yahoogroups.com, Adrian Miles <adrian.miles@r...> wrote: > if you're already using QT pro then: > > 1. open your vid > 2. Movie/Get Movie Properties (Apple J, which I assume is Alt J on pc??) > 3. Left drop down menu in the properties window should say Movie > 4. Right drop down menu should say Annotations (if it doesn't just > choose it). > 5. Click Add... (button at bottom of properties window) > 6. Choose which metadata you want to add. > 7. Save your movie. I did that with my last video and it would not start playing until it was completely downloaded. So I put up a copy that didn't have anything added to it and it worked like normal. - Michael [View]



Re: forum

By Michael Verdi | "Michael Verdi" <michael@...> | filmguy1105
December 15, 2004 | Post #2541 | Topic #2539

FWIW, I like the message board setup much better. Also, I think it's a good idea to do it in a community space like me-tv.com or videoblogging.info rather than someone's personal site. -Michael --- In videoblogging@yahoogroups.com, "petertheman" <peter@p...> wrote: > > I have some thoughts on forums vs. mailing lists. In the end, it's > personal preference - both have pros the other doesn't. All these > things are easy to set up, but in my view, it's important to keep a > mix of users and techies in one list. It's too easy to shatter the > conversation. We now have a general list (this one), a tech list and > another content list and a forum. > > That said, would it be useful for people to have a forum on me-tv.com? > You could watch videos and discuss videoblogging at the same place. I > don't want to set up too many channels, so I'll only do it if people > think it might be useful. A lot of new users are signing up to me-tv > and not all of them are making it to this group. > > Thoughts? > Peter [View]



Re: Is anyone using vidblogs.com?

By Michael Verdi | "Michael Verdi" <michael@...> | filmguy1105
December 16, 2004 | Post #2595 | Topic #2594

I saw that Steve Garfield was using it so I set up a profile last week. Then this morning I clicked on your link and saw myself on the front page. I checked my site stats and found I got 150 visits from them - pretty cool! I don't know about comparing it to me-tv - I think it's just links to sites - no way to watch videos. -Michael --- In videoblogging@yahoogroups.com, Joshua Kinberg <jkinberg@g...> wrote: > Does anyone use this site? > http://vidblogs.com/ > > Can you compare/contrast with Me-TV? > > +J [View]



Re: New To The Group

By Verdi | "Verdi" <michael@...> | filmguy1105
December 21, 2004 | Post #2753 | Topic #2730

--- In videoblogging@yahoogroups.com, Jay dedman <jay.dedman@g...> wrote: > ah..too many michael's in here... I just switched my yahoo profile to show me as "Verdi" which is what people end up calling me because there are too many Michaels everywhere. [View]



Re: video etiquette and law

By Verdi | "Verdi" <michael@...> | filmguy1105
December 22, 2004 | Post #2786 | Topic #2777

I try to ask people before I tape them for something I know I'm putting on= the internet. Last week I had a couple of people decline to be filmed an= d when I was editing I realized I had some shots of my daughter at school = that had other kids in them so I cut them out. Four years ago I shot a sce= ne of film in a nightclub. We let everyone know upon entering that a film= shoot was going on and that they were consenting to being in the film. E= veryone was enthusiastic about at the time but one person contacted me afte= rward with concern. I showed her what ended up in the film and she was fi= ne with it. -Verdi --- In videoblogging@yahoogroups.com, Deirdr=E9 Straugh= an <lists@s...> wrote: > > One thing that's been in the back of my mind al= l along is the > etiquette, ethics, and legality of shooting video of peopl= e and > posting it for public consumption. A professional photographer frie= nd > told me that in all his career he never took a photo of someone who > = didn't want him to (though in some cases he worked hard to persuade > them)= , even though it meant missing some great shots. > > Have any of you run = into people who didn't want to be videoed? Or had > any objections... [View]



Dylan's video downloaded 1885 times!

By Verdi | "Verdi" <michael@...> | filmguy1105
December 24, 2004 | Post #2823 | Topic #2823

Wow, this is crazy. Waxy.org and Metafilter posted a link to Dylan's video (along with lots of others) and it's been downloaded 1885 times in the last 60 hours (1657 in the last 24). It's used up 25GB of the 50GB monthly traffic I have for my website. I guess it's time to move it to internet archive. I guess she'll have a good answer when she gets back to school for "What did you do over Christmas vacation?" -Verdi [View]



Re: Dylan's video – now QuickTime link question

By Verdi | "Verdi" <michael@...> | filmguy1105
December 24, 2004 | Post #2832 | Topic #2823

How do I make a Quicktime movie that links to Dylan's video now up on the internet archive? What I'd like to have happen is all of the people who click on the direct link to her video located on my webserver be redirected to the video on internet archive. It would be cool if it loaded up the new video automatically without having to click another link - like the thing you can do where you point one web page at another. Thanks, Verdi --- In videoblogging@yahoogroups.com, Jay dedman <jay.dedman@g...> wrote: > > Wow, this is crazy. Waxy.org and Metafilter posted a link to Dylan's > > video (along with lots of others) and it's been downloaded 1885 times > > in the last 60 hours (1657 in the last 24). It's used up 25GB of the > > 50GB monthly traffic I have for my website. I guess it's time to move > > it to internet archive. I guess she'll have a good answer when she > > gets back to school for "What did you do over Christmas vacation?" > > yes, wow. > but the more i see videoblogging unfold...i see a time when everyone > is going to go online expecting to watch original video. > "okay, i check my email, i scan google news, and i watched some videos > while i drink my coffee." > so i see getting hits of like... [View]



Re: Dylan's video – now QuickTime link question

By Verdi | "Verdi" <michael@...> | filmguy1105
December 25, 2004 | Post #2836 | Topic #2823

Hey Dave, That worked with just one slight change. You do the export as a QuickTime Media Link and then open that and Save as a QuickTime Movie being sure to check "Save Normally" and not self-contained. This gives you a .mov file which I replaced on my server. Now when people click the link to the movie it opens a small (88K) .mov that downloads the video from internet archive. It's totally seemless - there is no difference for the viewer at all. That's pretty cool! Thanks Dave! --- In videoblogging@yahoogroups.com, David Wolf <dpwolf@m...> wrote: > Hey Michael, > > Once you have the video up on archive.org open it up in Quicktime player (you can just copy and paste the url into the 'open URL in new player' window) you can then do an 'export Movie as Quicktime Media Link'. You can click to change the settings (for full screen playback etc. - don't really need to change much here). Export this file and change its name to the same as your original video file on your server. Replace the one on your server and all links/embeds should automatically reference the one at archive.org. > > Maybe try it on another vid 1st just in case ;-) > > Merry xmas and all that... > > Dave > > > > On Saturday, December 25, 2004, at 04:37PM, Verdi <michael@m...> wrote: > > > > > > >How... [View]



Re: Dylan's video – now QuickTime link question

By Verdi | "Verdi" <michael@...> | filmguy1105
December 25, 2004 | Post #2837 | Topic #2823

The cool thing about this is that you can upload the video to your own server and have it available for people right away and then replace it later once it's up on internet archive without having to go back and edit all of your links. Also it allows you to keep track of it in your websites statistics because people are still downloading a file from your webserver. --- In videoblogging@yahoogroups.com, "Verdi" <michael@m...> wrote: > > Hey Dave, > That worked with just one slight change. You do the export as a > QuickTime Media Link and then open that and Save as a QuickTime Movie > being sure to check "Save Normally" and not self-contained. This > gives you a .mov file which I replaced on my server. Now when people > click the link to the movie it opens a small (88K) .mov that downloads > the video from internet archive. It's totally seemless - there is no > difference for the viewer at all. That's pretty cool! > Thanks Dave! > > --- In videoblogging@yahoogroups.com, David Wolf <dpwolf@m...> wrote: > > Hey Michael, > > > > Once you have the video up on archive.org open it up in Quicktime > player (you can just copy and paste the url into the 'open URL in new > player' window) you can then do an 'export Movie as Quicktime Media > Link'. You can click to change... [View]



Re: Vloggercon 2005

By Verdi | "Verdi" <michael@...> | filmguy1105
December 26, 2004 | Post #2865 | Topic #2843

> what i need to know is...who interested in coming? I'd love to go. I just have to figure out how to come up the money to make it happen. I'm pretty sure I can do it. [View]



ABC News

By Verdi | "Verdi" <michael@...> | filmguy1105
December 29, 2004 | Post #2922 | Topic #2922

Hey ya'll, This morning I got a call from ABC News wanting to interview Dylan about her blog. They are doing a segment about blogs for tomorrow. They sent a crew to my house this morning and well see how much they use. So now that I have this ABC news producer's contact info I sent him an email giving him a heads up about videoblogging, which he'll want to do a story on soon, and a bunch of links - videoblogging.info, me-tv, ant, etc. Anyway, all of this - the videoblogs, the new tools like me-tv, the recognition - wired news and business week, this is all very exciting because it's going to be huge. Maybe we should declare 2005 the year of the videoblog! -Verdi [View]