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Hello Videoblogers

By Eric Botticelli | "Eric Botticelli" <eric9897@...> | eric9897
October 11, 2004 | Post #1359 | Topic #1359

Hi everybody, I just started my videoblog a few days ago. The address is http://www.freespeeches.net I plan on posting at least 5 clips per week up there, if not more. All will be available in .avi, .rm formats for windows users, and .mov format for macintosh users. This past Saturday the idea occured to me that it would be great to start a blog where I'd put up clips from people's speeches / discussions. I watch a lot of CSPAN, and there are is some great discussion on that channel, yet it is time consuming for the average working American to watch straight unedited CSPAN as your news source. In addition, there are many things that are lacking in our current system of mass media, and I hope to be one resource that can help redefine what mainstream media is. Now for the technical details: My TV Cable is plugged into my VCR, which is RCAed to DataVideo's <A HREF="http://www.datavideo-tek.com/products/dac_100_main_page.htm">DAC-100</A&gt;. You plug in RCA cables in one end, and it translates that signal into Firewire for your computer. I capture that incoming firewire signal with a free program: WinDV (version 1.2.3). I then edit it mainly with VirtualDub (free as well) and use Camtasia (unfree) Studio to convert to .mov .rm or whatever I need at whatever size I need. I've found ipowerweb.com to be amazing for hosting. They have a blog you can use (b2) if you sign up. They also have stuff to setup an online store for free. I'm paying $10/month for 1 gb storage with 40 gb transfer bandwidth/month. Watch out if you sign up, I got surprised with a 30 dollar setup fee. Its worth it though... their servers appear to be very fast; not to mention the huge storage limit. -Eric