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By Jay Dedman | Jay Dedman <jay@...> |
September 3, 2004 | Post #1083 | Topic #1083

JD lasica is asking us to help test out the Open0Media server. This is huge. if everything actually happens, http://Open-Media.org will become the permanent archive for homegrown video. He was every impressed by ot "video comments" project and our website. i think we embody the creative and collaborative spirit the server will encourage. so first he said this: "why doesn't your group come up with say 2-4 pieces of video we can work with by next week, and I'll call Stewart on Monday (I'm not 100% sure he'll be back by then) and ask about the upload procedures." I said we could easily have 2-4 pieces of video ready. so everyone shoot something special over the weekend. The he said: "btw, not sure if you saw this in the Internet Archive Q&A: If people do provide a high-resolution video, do you transform it into several file formats, and isn't that labor-intensive? We have an automatic deriver engine that sucks out the original file and create an MP2, MP4, MP1." Then asked: "could you also clarify a question: will the process always be uploading video indivdually...giving it an individual HTML address to link to? or will people be given like personal spaces..." Then he said: "I'd like to set up Open Media so that people get their own personal spaces. I'm not sure what that would mean other than a listing of all the content you've uploaded, by category. That's a phase 2 item, tho. We're not even talking phase 1 here, tho ... we're talking letting you guys upload video straight to the internet archive's servers, and I don't know what the protocol is yet. Will ask. But it's gotta have a unique identifier for each piece of media so that you can link to it from your blogs." So this is exciting. we may soon have a place to store AND serve all our video without any guilt of going over our blog's limits. we will help make the uploading process easy, help them learn how to organize good listings of videos, andf test how fast their servers are. JD added: "Now, a question for you (you might discuss this with your group): What label should we assign your content category? That is, we've got: Music videos, check Digital stories, check Documentaries, check What should we call your stuff? I'm reluctant to say: Video blogging, because remember, users will be able to access it on the Open Media site, and there won't be any blog text around it. So: Grassroots video (kinda like that) Homemade video Street video Amateur video what else?" haha how what are the terms for our video? -- Jay Dedman Manhattan Neighborhood Network 537 West 59th NY NY 10019 212 757 2670 ext.312 http://www.mnn.org