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Re: [videoblogging] Vblog Central

By Jay Dedman | Jay Dedman <jay@...> |
August 4, 2004 | Post #539 | Topic #373

sorry, sean always bad with names. gilligan. Sean is the first to actually try to put together a host specifically for videoblogs...so big up. im going to be an alpha tester to see what works. id like to heqar what eevryone else thinks about ads. would you pay 10$ per month for no ads....that offered a web-based editor, compressor and post? or pay nothing and allow ads to be put before your videos? Quoting "M. Sean Gilligan" <seanlist@...>: > Hello Shannon, Jay, et. al., > > vBlog Central is not quite alpha yet. Yancy Lind > [http://yancysvblog.blogspot.com], who has been helping us with pre-alpha > testing (among other things), sent e-mail to this list and managed to get > our site noticed a little before we were ready. (I'm not complaining, > Yancy...) > > We are updating the servers this week (in fact there may be some down time in > the next few hours) and will create accounts for the first alpha testers any > day now. We will start out with a small number of testers and then add more > as we get more comfortable. We will be giving priority to people who have > contributed to this list. > > The service will be free for alpha testers, but we will need to limit storage > and bandwidth usage. We have not finalized a pricing model, but we are > investigating several options. We'll be soliciting input on pricing on our > site in the near future. > > I don't want to "promote" what we are doing on this list, but I will answer > any questions/issues that are brought up. Please feel free to e-mail me with > any questions, issues, or suggestions. > > So, to answer Jay and Shannon's questions: > > >How much control and access would I have to my own material > > We do not plan on placing any limits on control and/or access for paying > customers (or alpha testers). We have talked about free, > advertising-supported plans, but figure most folks on this list don't want > ads. > > > and do I like the "streaming" way of showing my stuff? Not sure. > > vBlog Central is built using a media server that Catalla has spent 5 years > developing. The underlying technology supports both "true streaming" (such > as rtsp) and "psuedo-streaming" (http) and is configurable on a per-movie > basis as to which "delivery method" is used. For the vBlog Central alpha, we > have (somewhat arbitrarily) configured the system to use HTTP for Windows and > Real, but RTSP ("true streaming") for QuickTime. This is one area where we > are looking for feedback. There are pros and cons to each method (I could > start a thread on this list with a list of pros and cons...) > > > >One thing I noticed on the sight was that when I went to view a number of > the vBlog list of those using the service so far that there were a number of > these messages "The movie specified cannot be found." > > These sites were mostly for our own testing and weren't really meant as demo > sites. Now that we have become visible (and you reminded me) I removed all > references to movies that no longer exist. (We'll also be deleting the music > videos shortly.) > > >sean milligan is the creator of Vblogcentral. > > It's Gilligan, like the island ;-) I'm only one of the creators of vBlog > Central. > > >in this alpha stage, he offers uploading and compression(?) and hosting. > > Yes, you upload a "master" movie and we compress to multiple formats on the > server. Once the compression is finished an entry is made in your existing > blog (using XML-RPC) and the video can be played in multiple formats. > > >what do you need more in a videoblogging service? > >i can think of one: > >an editing tool. > > Jay has explained to me why he thinks this is important and we are > considering it for a future release. I'd love any other feedback about needs > for this feature. > > -- Sean > > > -- > --------------------------------------------------------------------------- > M. Sean Gilligan : 831-466-9788 x11 > Catalla Systems, Inc. > --------------------------------------------------------------------------- > > > > > Yahoo! Groups Links > > > > > -- Jay Dedman Manhattan Neighborhood Network 537 West 59th NY NY 10019 212 757 2670 ext.312 http://www.mnn.org