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Uniqueness of Video Blogging

By Ed Yarrish | Ed Yarrish <ed.yarrish@...> |
November 17, 2004 | Post #1809 | Topic #1809

As I read the informative e-mails in this list and follow the suggested links that they often contain, I keep looking to increase my understanding of the uniqueness of this tool, and how that uniqueness helps to determine the best use of the tool. I appreciate, and learn from, the great creativity that many of you are exhibiting in the videos that you are making. I'm also looking to understand how video blogging empowers that creativity and is different from video that might simply be put on a CD and distributed in some other manner. Here are some of my impressions -- I would appreciate it if you would add to them, or correct them, based on your more extensive, hands-on experience: -- video blogging (in the context of the blog page, not the small video box) combines text, graphics, sound and moving images, to make it a unique, personally controlled medium. -- it potentially allows each of these mechanisms to be used together so that the most appropriate one can be used for a specific communication's element, for example, a Web site link works best in text while a graphic might give an image of the web page or a video image might convey the emotions and commitments behind an idea, while a text transcript might be more easily shared and passed on by the viewer/reader. (The bias in this discussion is definitely video, with little commentary yet about the relationship of the other elements to the video [e.g. the paragraph next to the video link that convinces you in 10 seconds that it is worth investing one to three minutes to see the video], but with some attempts to include elements such as active links actually in the video itself.) -- video blog's seem to work best when they are short, one to three minutes. This seems to be influenced by three factors, the mechanics to produce and edit a video clip, the expense of bandwidth and the blog medium which has primarily been short, newsy items. -- Internet mechanisms for distribution of video (streaming, file download, RSS feeds, bit torrent, etc.) seem to get intertwined in the discussion, but I am not clear that they are unique to video blogging per se. It seems that these mechanisms could be used to distribute video without a blog being necessary. -- video blogging with its newest item on top format seems biased toward new, and newsy, item prominence versus (if there were such a thing) a video Wiki might be biased more toward the accumulation of knowledge. -- blogging in most cases appears as a personal, journal type medium, but a variety of group, or community, elements seem to have emerged as secondary elements (feedback comments, blog roll, track back, ping, etc.). I'm not sure if any of these are specifically impacted by video, but I have noted the attempts by several people to create individual video clips and have them linked together to produce one longer video feed. This attempt feels like a search for another community element to be added to the toolkit. (I have had specific experience with this type of linked video clips, where the clips were individual head shots and comments in an asynchronous dialog.) There is probably more to comment about, but that is as much as I can think of at the moment. Do you have any reactions? Comments? Corrections? Additions? Ed Yarrish Allentown Pennsylvania USA 610-821-7777