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videoblogging with Linux

By Jay dedman | Jay dedman <jay.dedman@...> | kinshasa2000
November 18, 2004 | Post #1817 | Topic #1817

I get an email from Michael Manoochehri (http://www.m3blog.com)...who just started his videoblog. He does it in Lunix.... i asked him his process...so here it is... (by the way, he's trying to figure out an open source player....is there a player that any computer can use well?) __________________________ Q: why'd you start videoblogging? you kind of came out of the blue. A: You asked about Camera, Editing, Posting on Linux: Camera: Canon ZR60 (cheap! refurbished!) Editing: Firewire capture to my Linux Box (I basically use Slackware 10, Linux kernel 2.4.26, and compile most of the video programs from scratch) For capture and most editing, I use Kino (http://kino.schirmacher.de/article/static/2), which is really very underpowered - but perfect for videoblogging! I wish that Adobe would get off their asses and at least give the Linux people a build of Premiere, I mean geez, us Linux guys might have 2.8% of the desktop market share - thats a lot! Mac guys have 3-4%, right? For titles, and stills, I use the Gimp (http://www.gimp.org), and for any audio editing I have to do I use Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/about.php). If I need to do fancy effects, such as on my "About" post, I composite the video using Blender Media Composer (http://www.blender3d.org/). All the software I use is GPL'd (Free, Open Source Software), except for RealProducer, and of course, the DivX codec has some patent issues. I export my final edits to Mpeg, DivX, DVD VOB, mp3 and Vorbis formats right from Kino. I wrote a little script that takes my Mpeg video, spits out raw frames, and then encodes that to Real format. I stream the real video and some of the DivX right out of my bedroom. I still haven't quite figured out how to give the Mac people a QuickTime format. Hmmm. Posting: I currently use a hand rolled PHP/MySQL web backend, but I may give that up and use Drupal (http://www.drupal.org), which already has Trackback, and a great comments system. I do enjoy the minimalism of my layout, so I want to keep that! Somebody is working on a videoblog module for drupal, I may ask around the list. I like the system that some of the other use, Steve Garfield, for example has a great TypePad setup. So, it is mostly automated, but I still upload my DivX files and Audio Files by hand! If I could 2 free nights, I could easily write some glue code to better automate my system, but I have been so busy I haven't yet! The other thing I haven't done yet, which I am supposed to do, is automate "Bittorent" torrents for each of my posts. Maybe I can set up a Bittorent Tracker for the group, to speed up downloads! So why did I start VideoBlogging? I have wanted to for a while now, but I just got my camera! I basically beleive that everybody should be able to post media and have equal access to technology and viewers. Ok man, I love this mailing list. I have learned a lot already! Talk to you soon... - Michael Manoochehri http://www.m3blog.com