Monday, October 31, 2011

VloMo2011 International Videoblogging Month

Once again, it is time for the vlogging/videoblogging and web video version of NaNoWriMo. Yes, thirty days, thirty videos. It is up to you to decide what you want to do but the goal is for you to plunk up one video a day in November 2011.

It is a carnaval of sorts. You create and upload the video to your blog or web host. You place a link in the Yahoo Videoblogging Group pages. Or you can use #vlomo2011 on Twitter.

In addition, I have set up a kind of tracking page on Tumblr at to make it easier for people to see the variaty of video content.

I don't know how many people will participate. It could be a few. It could be a lot of people. But with the bum rush of corporate and monetizing video being slugged up it would be nice if the bloggers, vloggers, independents and those that chuck a video up once in a while could have a place to show their stuff.

Vlog On!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Karen Kavett and Typography

Web video is a teaching tool. I did take a typography class years ago and man could I have used this as a crib sheet. It is a good video about typography but I'm calling attention to Karen's technique about communicating hard to explain concepts.

The video is entertaining and instructional. It it fun and the tutorial factor is a total win.

Not much more to say about it than check out her use of exiting and found objects to tell her story, how she uses cuts and a tip of the hat to perspective.

 Home Page for Smartphone and Tablet Users

Friday, October 28, 2011

Bicycle Mark - A Call to Action

Part of recording our life and times is the moment. A moment of passion, of commitment or a moment of change. I'm still working through my feelings and thoughts about the various Occupy movements. I am impressed by people doing more than damning each other to hell. This is Bicycle Mark at Occupy Amsterdam.

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It Happens Every Time I Want to Pick A Session

I'm scanning the speakers and sessions I might want to attended at  BlogWorld Los Angeles 2011. It is a pickle. I'm grumbling a bit because the sessions that I want to attend are happening at the same frigging time.

No joke.

Possible Sessions To Attend at 3:00pm
  • Speak Up - Empowering Women to Use Their Voices
  • Breaking Into Parent Vlogging - I'm not a parent but I'd like to know what is different about it.
  • The Rise of Social Media and the Opportunity Blogger (Huh?)
  • Exposed, When Blogging Gets Too Personal
  • The Tools Tricks and Art of Video Storytelling
  • How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck - I could just re-read the book but yeah I'd like to go.
It frigging goes on like this and I'm still in the 3:00pm time range. Can't believe it. And the 4pm sessions is more of the same. The sessions don't repeat. What is a woman to do?

Well, one of the things I am doing is I'm checking out the speakers blogs. For real, I'm clicking through to their blog or web site. If I'm not liking the blog I might not appreciate the session as much as another person.

The L.A. Convention Center is a big honking place. If the session I want is way over yonder then I'm going to have to go to the one I'm near.

This is known as foot mantenance. After trolling the Expo floor the toe bones will speak up about me tramping from one end of the joint to the other.

I sure do hope folks will be live blogging. (Yo. This is blogging conference. That is a given.)

Okay, I truly hope that there are enough electrical sockets for everybody and the Wi-Fi doesn't crash but once an hour.

Cuz the Anime Podcasting session looks like a keeper.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Copyright Basics Video from

Rights, I got you rights right here. They can be strong and rigid or as flexible as a bankroll at a casino.
Copyright hasn't really caught up with contemporary needs and consumer need to create work based on what has come before. I respect rights and try not to use unauthorized content. I do.

Yet, that which now passes for copyright law in 2011 is a serious change from the intent of the initial creators of copyright. We can moan in our soda about the changes but that doesn't excuse you from being aware of 21st century copyright responsibilities.

Over at, there is a free video for the watching about basic ideas about Copyright issues. If you create video or multimedia projects that you will display publicly you do need to be aware of this stuff.

You can also find it on YouTube; in keeping with the content of specific this video I guess I shouldn't embed it.

Aw, what the hell.

Note: is the Copyright Clearance Center. This is a private business that helps businesses and academic institutions with their copyright issues. It also has search feature to help consumers and creative folk to find the actual copyright holder of the material.

Which is why the focus of the video was from a business and legal point of view. Nothing right with that. Good to be aware of various positions in a discussion.

This is not the same as the U.S. Copyright Office which is located at, there you get the official governmental version of copyright basics and related issues.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

WeVideo Cloud Video Editing - Possible Option for Tablet Users

One of the things that I might have to compromise on is finding a workable native Android video editing software. If I do buy a tablet, one of the options I could consider is WeVideo, a cloud based video editing service.

Yet there are cautions about the terms of service you should know about before signing up. I have words about that later in the post.

First, this is a commercial for WeVideo demonstrating the application:

You upload the video to the service. Next you can editing solo or with a team and then that video can export your video to Facebook or to a web hosting service like Vimeo or YouTube.

Currently the service is free to use but check out the details:
  • 1GB maximum upload
  • Maximum resolution of 360p
  • 15 export minutes per month
  • Access to their music track database
  • A watermark will be embedded on videos exported via WeVideo
Oh my.

With HD camcorders and recording devices it is not that hard to rack up a gigabyte of video. I don't have a problem with the 360 resolution since most of my videos are being displayed online.

I do see a problem with trying to collaborate with just 1GB maximum upload.  I'm thinking that if you are at a convention and wanted to work with team members to create a video experience then each member of the team would have to have an account. Not clear on how cross sharing would work in that situation.

At some point there will be the ability to purchase different subscription levels of storage and usage.

I should mention that if you decide to use this service you want and need an unlimited data plan or a really strong WiFi connection.

Checking out the Terms of Service

Let me see, need to be at least 13 years of age, warrant that you are the legal creator, only use the resources provided for the production of WeVideo only,

Aw hell no!
You hereby grant to WeVideo a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, transferable license to reproduce, publically perform, publically display, distribute, and use your user content submitted, posted, created, or transmitted on or through, or otherwise associated with your use of, the Site or Services (collectively your "User Content") and any WeVideo videos created using User Content solely in connection with the Site and Services.
Wait, there is more...

You further grant to WeVideo a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, transferable license to reproduce, modify, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly display, publicly perform, make, have made, offer for sale, sell or otherwise use any WeVideo video exported from WeVideo and posted on any other WeVideo site or property, such as to the WeVideo Channel, for example, with the right to sublicense each and every such right.

Nope. Deal breaker. I understand that a service might want to use a member video as a demonstration of what can be done using the service. That is acceptable.

What is not acceptable is that if I use WeVideo I give up my right to profit from my video to them? They can sell my work and I don't get a dime?

Nope. Nada, ain't gonna happen.

Your decision might be different. Many folks are going to upload family or social gathering type videos. You are not expecting to profit on them except in a social sense of sharing the experience with friends and family.

If you are into citizen journalism, journalism, education, or other types of video creation think about this before you sign up.

I still have concerns about the terms of service. But is it an option for tablet users who can't get love or a stable video editing option from their devices.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Art Howards Ten Video Tips

This is a good tutorial on how to record with a camcorder or video recording devices. This is a post I found on the Outdoor Photogear web site. 

Art Howard is a professional photographer that also records video. The photos on the site are excellent at explaining what we need to understand when recording a video experience.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Viddler Academy on Structure of Online Video

As is my habit I like to look around a site to see if there are other items of interests. This seems to be the first in a possible series of making better videos for the Viddler Academy.

In this video there are excellent tips on making a quality on-line video. Not all videos have to fit this format but really, it couldn't hurt to do at least one or more of these ideas.

To review, 10, 60 call to action. Easy to remember but not all that easy to implement.
It takes practice so get busy and crank out those videos.

The End of Personal Accounts on Viddler

I haven't thought of Viddler for a long time. I made other choices for my video web hosting activities but how can forget a name like Viddler?. On October 18, 2011 removed the option for free personal account.

If you have an existing personal Viddler account you will still have access to your data. No malice involved. It is just that on-going battle with spam videos and business moochers gets tiresome after a while.

The company is moving toward fee based/business web hosting.  Here is their video on what the Viddler service can do for you.

New users will have a 14 day free trial and then have to make a decision about which type of plan to use.

No lie, even on the basic Pro level $50 a month is a chunk of change. Then again, you do get to customize to your hearts content.

It is all about the options.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Inspired by Lev and a Look At Propaganda

One of the video series I admire is Tales of Mere Existence by Lev Yilmaz. I either read some where or saw one of his videos where he talks about his process. Lev writes down the narration first and then animates to the text. I've been wanting to try something new.

This is one of his videos called The Project:

I like that approach of crafting narration first. I wonder if that could be done for other types of video? I looked over at the audio podcasting fence and discovered a program called Propaganda.

Propaganda Audio Podcasting Software

The software is a self contained audio production studio for those of us that are not audio engineers. You can record audio, import sounds and effects, blend them together and export out to a mp3 or wav audio file.

I watched the software tutorial. It gave me ideas about laying down an audio track and then shooting to the audio.

It could work as a narrative guide to creating concept videos. At $49 the program is affordable. I took a look at other audio podcasting software, some seem technologically abandoned or have changed the focus to cloud services.

Man, I like this software. The frugal side is saying I could do this with Audacity. I could. Yep. No question. But I like this interface and how quickly I could line up the edits and crank out an audio track. When I get time,  I'll download the demo and give it a go.

Benjamin Dowie and his iPhone 4S Video

Benjamin Dowie is not the first person to discover that point and share phones and cameras can tell a story but this is a nice video of his part of the world.

Benjamin is a professional photographer. Keep that in mind when you say, "damn that is a nice shot."

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Camcorder Guide - You Know You Don't Know Jack

I'm kind of jumping the 2011 camcorder buying season but it is a puzzlement. People say that they want to buy a camcorder. Then they purchase a camcorder and get upset that it doesn't meet their needs.

Research is not a dirty word. Yet I do understand that it can be time intensive to figure out what you want. No worries. Here are a few resources that you can use to narrow down your choices.

The Help Me Figure Out What I Want Method

One place for the time and research challenged folks to investigate is the CNet Digital Buying Guide. This will not take long, you make some decisions on:
  • do you want high definition, 
  • how much control you want over the camcorder
  • storage media; flash, hard drive or DVD
  • the size of the camcorder
  • do you want an external mic or other features
 Use this an an idea generator rather than what you should absolutely buy. Next, a little visual help.

The Can't You Just Show Me? Method

Consumer Reports does have a video that breaks down the type of camcorders and their features.

This is a good orientation about the types of camcorders, what they are used for and what to be aware of when you make a purchase. Consumer Reports is a subscription site but there are other videos on their Electronics video page that you can check out for more information.

The I Need Info Damn It! Method

Yes, you do need more information. If you reviewed the above resources you now are ready to boogie on over to Camcorder Info to get a better idea on what models are available and what you can expect at certain price ranges.  You also want to visit Steve's Digicams digital camcorder buying guide and the Buying Camcorder page.

See, it doesn't take long. Don't waste money on the wrong equipment, know what you want and need before you make a purchase.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

BlogWorld Expo L.A. Coming Up November 3 - 5

It is the gathering of podcasters, bloggers and all manner of social media poobahs. BlogWorld Expo and the New Media Expo are coming up in a few weeks. It is going to be at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles on November 3 - 5, 2011.

There will be exhibitors, swag, workshops, promises of great wealth generation, swag and people who actually know what they are talking about.

The people who actually know what they are talking about are worth meeting. I think I'm gonna go but trying to crowbar the wallet to decide which level.

The full two day blogger and pocaster access pass is steep at $447 but you can get in the door with an Expo floor/PodCamp Los Angeles pass for $47.

I saw a tweet from Steve Garfield about 20% off using promo code BWEVIP20.

Crunching the calculator that comes out to be $357.60 for a two day blogger pass. If you are fiscally challenged or just want to hang out at PodCamp $47 - 20% is $36.60.

The Twitter hastag for information updates is #BWELA. If you have some issues using the above promo code apparently there are others you can make use of to get in the door. This is also a good way to find out who is going and why.

So yeah, once I count the pennies I make a decision and go for it. I haven't been to one before so it could be kinda trippy.

(Psst. I'm not really fond of sales events, bad marketers and people with an inflated sense of importance telling me how holy they are. Doesn't matter the event. This has nothing to do with BlogWorld. It is more about traditional conventions. 

I think that is why I am not so gung-ho about this. I need to spend time going over the schedule and finding the sessions that really interest me and then check out the presenters.)

Monday, October 17, 2011

OWSLA Financial District March Video

I did a bit of walking on Saturday. I was trying to find a little different way to share the experience of the Occupy Los Angeles Financial District march. I was slicing and dicing and coming up with blah. It occurred to me that I could use a bit of a template. 

I started messing around with one of the photo programs that I had and discovered that I had a comic book slide show template. This only works for photos. Bummer.

Next thing I did was to extracted a few images from the videos and used them to get the animated comic book mask. Then I exported that slideshow as a. AVI video.

Finally, I opened my main editing program, imported the slide show and added some of the actual video footage.

This is the result.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Recovering Deleted Videos Using VirtualLab

VirtualLab Data Recovery is a paid service, it can do the same things but might have more power under the hood. There is a version of VirtualLab for Mac and for PC Users

You can download Virtual Lab and test it out to see if it can recover your files, that is free. If it can view the deleted files and you want to go forward then that is where the payments kick in.

It depends on the file size. It is easy to shoot a gigabyte of video. You might have to purchase the version that matched the amount of data needed to restore your files. That can be a bargain if you have a one of a kind video.

Here is the thing, you download the software but you will need to buy a subscription to use the recovery program. If you do not use all of the subscription you can't get your money back or have it prorated.

The last time I used the software I had left over data that I haven't used. It has been sitting for about a year now. I can access it if I want but it is what it is. As always, read those FAQs before buying.

If you need to recover files and don't have the money try using Recuva that can restore erased or deleted photos and videos. It is made by the good folks that make CCleaner and it is a free program.

The wizard can walk a novice user though the process but there are some things to know and understand.

What You Need to Know:
  • How to locate and open files from media devices and hard drives, C: is the hard drive and D: and and other letter is probably some kind of storage device.
  • How to store your recovered files in a new safe location.. This might mean creating a file folder or accessing an external drive. 
So if you have accidentally deleted a video and you need to get it back or you have erased the wedding kiss you might want to check out this option.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ideas via The Digital Storytelling Cookbook

The brain is fogged. I cannot think. I want my blankie. Oh, yeah. I have to go to work too. Probably something I should not admit in public but truth is truth.

Anyway, I need a hit of inspiration and idea generation. I have Kinetic typography on the brain but I don't know what to do with the phrase as yet. Hence, my look at the Digital Storytelling Cookbook.

It is a PDF on how to structure digital stories, the type of stories and how to ooze them out when your brain is less than cooperative.

I leave you now. I must pretend that I am a functional human. I am or will be by 8am. Which is a looong time from now.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

BBC Training - The Five Shot Rule

The Beeb is going through hard times. Cutting staff, not vetting guest and all. Yet, I feel for them. There is some good stuff across the creek and this is one of those nuggets I hope they leave alone.

Check out the tutorial from the BBC on recording video.

Sorry, I can't embed it, you have to go to the site. Give the video a little time to load, it is dark for about four seconds or so. Other Posts of Interest

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  • Poynter U - Online Video Storytelling

    It is that time when all good people with a camera/camcorder/recording device need to perk up their skills. The Poynter Institute's News U and the National Press Photographers Foundation will have an on-line workshop on video storytelling on October 15, 2011.

    I've participated in this before and it is a good investment to learn about recording outdoors, citizen journalism or journalism type events.

    There is a bunch of stuff happening this upcoming Saturday across the nation so if you can't attend the original workshop they do archive it for viewing later.

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    Monday, October 10, 2011

    Reminder About Photography and The Law

    Folks are getting busy going here and recording a protest or two. Many a mobile phone user have their fingers on set to record. Those of us on the camcorder vibe are itching to help document peaceful protests and other events are charged up and ready to go.

    I've written about Bert P. Kranges' The Photographer's Rights Guide before but it doesn't hurt to review it again. It is a free, pdf  guide to what your rights are as a photographer.

    The main highlights are:
    • That you have the right to photograph (or record video) in a public place and on public land.
    • Private owners of land can restrict access to their property but if you are across the street on public land you can record.
    • Taking a photograph (or recording) is not an terrorist act.
    However if you are in Indiana, Maryland or Boston be very careful. There have been criminalization laws put into place about recording police activities even during public protests and actions.

    Know the city and state laws of your location.

    Before you head out to document your protest of the moment you might want to spend some time reviewing a free guide.

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    Sunday, October 9, 2011

    Citizen's Media Guide to Reporting Occupy Wall Street

    For all the folks that are performing citizen journalism or witnessing duty at the New York Occupy Wall Street site this is a guide from the Citizen Media Law Project on what are your rights and responsibilities on covering the action in the community.

    As the post explains, this is New York City specific but it will give you the legal information you will need should some one in a blue or white police outfit wants to have a talk with you or your recording device.

    I keep saying it but be safe, be careful and when possible maintain distance from three or more officers.

    What can I say? I'm skittish about mace.

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    Friday, October 7, 2011

    Vimeo Has A Music Store for Your Videos

    There are other sites that have access to free, creative commons and commercial level music but the Vimeo Music Store has all of the tunes it in one centralized location.

    It is a freaking good idea. I'm skimming the Vimeo Music Store FAQs:

    You can get a music personal license for non-commercial and personal projects or a limited music commercial license for ad supported web sites, advertising a product or service or you charge viewers to watch the video.
    I'm skimming the FAQs but you should read them before you use the service to make sure that you stay out of trouble. You are buying a right of usage, not ownership.

    I'm always up for a new tune so I'll be checking it out.

    Thursday, October 6, 2011

    4 Examples of Non-Talking Head Videoblogging

    I do go on about how there is a diversity that exist in web video or videoblogging. I try to show examples of other people's work but I really do have a lot of videos that I've recorded over the past few years.

    So I want to show you what I did with very cheap camcorders and 56k modem transmission speeds.The days when you had to make videos small so that the viewers with dial-up connections could get a glimpse of what was going on.

    Nikki Giovanni on Finding Time

    Not A Cornfield - Drumming Nature

    Pasadena Slim Gage Trains

    Los Angeles Open Mosque Day

    It was a time, my friends. It was a time.

    Way Back In the Day at the Apple Store

    I certainly want to offer my respect and appreciation of Steve Jobs and Apple. There was a time around 2004- 2007 when members of the Yahoo Videoblogging Group did tutorial demonstrations about how to videoblog at Apple Stores. I've been looking to see if I have video of that time. I think I do but I can't find it at the moment. It was kinda cool that they allowed us to come in and give our talks. This happened in New York, Los Angeles and other cities. There was usually a good crowd of folks asking questions. I suspect someone from corporate sitting taking notes. I remember lusting after the video iPod each and every time. I couldn't buy one but that didn't stop me from wanting it something fierce. It seems like a very long time ago. Anyway, just wanted to add that memory of something cool that happened at the Apple store.

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

    Release Me - A Model Release Application for iPhone/iPad

    I'm spending some time in the Apple iTunes store. Release Me at $8.99 is pricey but ultimately can save you money or time spent in a court room. The ability to get a photo and a signature at the same time is amazing.

    This is a video from the vendor web site:

    Basically, the application allows you create a photo enhanced model release that can create a signed Adobe pdf copy. You can print or e-mail a copy to the model, publisher or whoever needs proof of permission.

    If you plan to record folks and use their image for public display or for profit you need a release, paper or electronic. This is a good option. This is an excellent idea and it is a investment that can save you hassles later.

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    Monday, October 3, 2011

    Filmic Pro - Get You Slate On

    All the talk of the Kindle Fire tablet has diverted my attention from iPhone/iPad applications. This is a temporary condition because the new Apple gizmos will be released tomorrow.

    The rumors of a low cost device is gaining ground. If that is true, then I need to look around for apps that I'd want to stock up on for my imaginary purchases. Filmic Pro would be one of them.

    This is a video from Filmic Pro that shows you what you can do with the software on an iPhone or 4th generation iPod Touch:

    I have this sudden sadness come over me. I can hear "The Love I Lost" in the background. I'm crying on Dr. Smith shoulder as we both moan, "The pain, the pain."

    This rascal not only does the framing, aspect ratios, white balance, but it can also do a slate and has color bars and tone.

    It cost $3.00. 

    Aw this is madness. Because even if Apple does release a low cost iDevice it will not run this beauty of an application. Plus, you gotta factor in the cost of the device, the data plan, other apps that will seduce me, stabilizers and whatnot.

    I'm looking at Android land and I've got....nothing to currently compare with this app.

    I just I have to go meditate or something.  
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  • Sunday, October 2, 2011

    Comcast XFinity VidBlogger Nation

    Well, if you can't get them off of YouTube then you start your own tube. Or cable channel. Comcast XFinity has recruited known videobloggers/social media participants to provide content for the new cable channel. Those of you still on cable can check out VidBlogger Nation.

    Long time videoblogger Zennie Abraham talks with Marc Scarpa talking about the channel:

    You can read more about Zennie's participation on the new network on his SF Gate post.

    What Is A Rose By Any Other Name?

    The term videoblogging can be a contentious one. To me, it is video on a blog. That video can be talking head, travel, how-to, citizen journalism or whatever you want it to be; but I lean toward non-corporate user generated. I do have exception, there are corporate and business video blogs I'll watch but I want to hear from local, regional and international voices.

    There are other people who believe that it is personal narration, essay, performance, entertainment that is one person and one camera.
    So this channel seems to be a mash-up of the two concepts except that it is not on a blog. My head hurts.

    How To Find The Channel

    Part of the challenge is that the channel is not exactly front and center on a menu system. Not to worry. Chawman shows you how to find the channel:

    VidBlogger Nation is in a few markets at the moments. Time will tell if this is a go or not. If you want to learn more or who is participating check out the VidBlogger Nation web site.

    P.S. I have nothing to do with Zip. Nada. Just passing information down the line.