Friday, July 16, 2010

The Videoblog is Dead? No, Just Evolving

This is a video by Clintus who is talking about the early days of videoblogging and the reasons why he has transitioned to YouTube. This is his opinion.

I understand what he is saying in the sense that there are so many more ways than the traditional method used by the original pre-YT videobloggers. They figured it out and was uploading videos long before YouTube and

YouTube made it easier to just upload videos without having to start, edit or create your own blog. You didn't even have to edit the video, just upload. There is no denying that it made it easy for all kinds of people to watch video and comment.

My biggest objection about YouTube is ownership of content. I just checked and section 6C they have address a portion of my major concern:

6c For clarity, you retain all of your ownership rights in your Content. However, by submitting Content to YouTube, you hereby grant YouTube a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the Content in connection with the Service and YouTube's (and its successors' and affiliates') business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Service (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels.

I left a comment at his post but I want to flesh it out a bit more.

I understand what Clintus is saying but I think that relying on one distribution source such as YouTube isn't good idea. I support all distribution paths included user generated. There are times when I don't mind the YouTube branding and other times it is not appropriate for the video.

Also things are changing again with mobile/smartphone/iPad video and multimedia content requirements. It can be an explosion of opportunity if we YouTubers, people that work in web video and Videobloggers take advantage of it.

I don't want to see a recreation of only multi-billion dollar sources controlling content.

We cannot and should not go back to those three channels on the television days. There is a vital need for open source media and distributed content. It is how this whole thing got started in the first place.

Create and distribute content in whatever mode you choose,

Vlog On.

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