Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Education Videos, CPG Grey and His Take on Copyright

In the early days of broadcast American television there was a serious attempt at educational programing. There were TV shows for those trying to get their GED, learn a language and even classical music appreciation.

These programs were stuff into the early morning hours during the week or on Sunday mornings. From what I remember, most were talking heads with a blackboard or lectures with maps.

The intent was sincere but often they were dull as a butter knife. I don't want to disrespect that programing. It was hi-tech at the time. It was an attempt to honor the desire to use television to open education to all people.

That intent lives on; there is a growing wonderful class of Pro/Am Science and History Vloggers and people that creatively use web video to educate. John Green on History, Veritasium on atoms and the stars, Hank Green on Science, Vi Hart on Math, and the subject of this post, CPG Grey.

First, let us have a taste of what CPG Grey does with a concept or historical topic. This is his take on the origin of U.S. copyright and the long distance consequences extending the protection period.

The bashful Mr. Grey (he does not appear or wished to be seen in public) uses stick drawings, public domain images, graphics and text to convey historical information about the UK and the U.S.

I wasn't going to pass up a good explanation of  the beginnings of U.S. copyright law but last night I fell into his blog and started watching his videos.

How does he do this? Did he get the fact right? Is there a good balance of information and presentation? For the most part, heck yeah.

Because 15 hours later I still remember a convoluted process how to get elected the mayor of the City of London which is not the same as London, UK.

That is the thing. Will your audience remember what you were trying to convey long after they watched the video?

Much to do, so very much to do.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

One Day on Earth Project - Are You In?

No, it is not the end of the world again. That is allegedly on December 21, 2012. This is the One Day on Earth video recording project where people from all over the globe record what is happening where they live on the planet.

On December 12, 2012 or better known as 12/12/12,  people with camcorders and recording devices will be out recoding what they see and hear during that day.

From the web site:

It is not just individuals; it is non-profit organizations, the United Nations and a few private businesses. Take a look at the participant map. For certain regions of the world cameras and camcorders are being provided. They mean it when they say they want to record the world.

If you think that you would like to participate you need to get a move on to the web site and get the straight scoop.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Quick Look at Nikon Coolpix S01

There is small and there is, perhaps, too darn small. Not sure how to measure the Nikon Coolpix S01 but if you hear a rattle in the washing machine you might have your answer.

Nikon was late to the game when it came to point and share cameras. Took them a while to add video recording to their product line. This is another attempt to attract consumers. The first thing you notice? It is small.

This is a video review by Engaget:

You know, for an impromptu recording this could be workable. With a lot of work and practice. But first, let's look at the specs.

 Video Relevant Specifications
  • 10.1 megapixel CCD image sensor
  • 3x wide-angle zoom NIKKOR lens (29-87mm equivalent)
  • HD: 1280x720p at 30fps SD: 640x480 at 30fps
  • Video is in MP4 H.264 and yes, it does record audio
  • 7.3 GB internal memory, no memory card slot.

At $149 it is a bit pricey for what you get. And to me there are some logistics programs that you are going to have a hard time solving.

Problem 1 How to steady yourself so that you will not be shaking. I didn't seen anything in the specs about image stabilization. I reviewed the specs at the Nikon site, either there isn't any or somebody forgot to type it in.

No stabilization isn't necessarily a bad thing. After a couple a blurry videos you might be inspired to either stand still or rest it on an object. You would have to learn the old school method of tucking in and holding your breath as you snap a photo. Not sure what you'd have to do for video.

Problem 2 Your hands. If you have large hands or digits this is not the camera for you. If you don't like resistive touchscreens this is not the camera for you.

Problem 2a How do you hold it? Where is the Mic hole and how do you keep your fingers from covering it?

Problem 3 Portability. As is, if you are not careful this rascal will be ported away by person or persons unknown. Or you forget it in a pants pocket. That probably won't happy with the pink one.

Problem 4 Internal storage. Non-removable internal storage. I had a camera like that once. If I wasn't extremely careful I could loose photos if the battery charge died. That was a long time ago. Nikon must have worked out a solution if you drain the battery. Right?

I don't want to hate on it. Not in love with it either. I've tried touch screen cameras and they are not for me. Yet with a resistive touch screen that might be an advantaged.

I think there is a market for it. I know that hikers, campers and travelers are always on the look out for a small camera that takes good photos and videos.

I can see it as a simple way to record short videos. They would have to short because you only have about 7GB of internal storage.

I would expect a sale or two around the impending holiday season of doom. If it dips around $89 or lower it might be a consideration.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Glossary - Understanding Project Settings

The talk today is a timely one that touches upon many things. Friends, do you have videos that look all squished up? Does Uncle Benny eye brows look three inches too long? Or do the black bars on the sides of your video get you all twisted in frustration?

Yes, good people, if you record video in 720p and render it out 640 x 480 you are gonna have squished up video. If you record at 480p and render it out to 720p (which you should not do) then you will have a stretched goofed up looking video.

Simply put, using the correct project setting in your editing program will match the video file type, frames per second (fps), audio and other doo-dads that will allow the video to be rendered correctly in the intended format.

Examples of Project Settings

I want to show three examples of how some of the video editing programs handle project settings. To be clear, this concerns the editing of your video inside of your video editing software.

Windows Live Movie Maker

Project Tab of Windows Live Movie Maker

Windows Live Movie Maker is a binary experience. Using the Project Tab, you have two choices to set the correct Aspect Ratio of the video. If you are recording 640 x 480 video you want to use the 4:3 Aspect Ratio and if you are recording SD widescreen or HD video you want to use 16:9.

Serif MoviePlus X6

Serif MoviePlus X6 Project Setting

Here is another example from Serif MoviePlus X6. You have more choices. In the example above are some of the settings for high definition video. You can see clearly what the size of the video is, the frame rate and you have the ability to create your own custom settings.

So if you have a camcorder that records HD video in 720p at 30 frames per second then that is the project setting to use.

Sony Vegas MovieStudio HD 11

MovieStudio New Project Window

In Sony Vegas MovieStudio your have the ability to work with just about type of video.

Here is a scenario. Let's say that I recorded video with a phone that records in standard definition 640 x 480. I know that I want to upload the video to YouTube or Vimeo. I'd like it to look like it is a widescreen screen video.

Verily, there is a Internet Video setting. In the Project window select Internet Widescreen. This would set up your project so that the video would be in the pseudo widescreen format, the audio would be in sync and there will be no bars if you export it out the same way.

After you finish editing your video you can export or render your video in a variety of formats depending on your needs. 

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Look at Reuters The Wider Image App

With the demise of Newsweek as a print publication you have to wonder does any of the major news and companies have a clue about transitioning content to media devices?

The answer is yes, of course some newspapers and print publications do understand that they have to make that move. The kicker is implementation. Reuters has a new app for the iPad.

It is called The Wider Image and it is a download at the Apple Apps store. This will be an advertiser supported app. You as the consumer will get to see great photography, video storytelling and documentary content.

You will also experience advertising; although I'm not sure what you can sell or promote during a civil unrest.

I'm paying attention to this because this is a way for Reuters to re purpose content. Hopefully it is a way to financial compensate professional photographers and video journalists.  But more than that, it is an observation of the on-going transition of visual media to the mobile platform.

Is this the way to go? Not sure.

Is this something that can be re-interpreted and expressed via other topics? Like you love motorcycle history and you want to document it?

Possible. Very possible.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Chip Dizard's Video Compression Lesson on Udemy

Amani Channel and Chip Dizard helm Web Video Chefs. They create tutorials for Mac users and basic video 101 skills. Seems like they are branching out and posting lessons on Udemy.

 There is a free lesson posted by Chip on video compression.

What is Udemy? Well it is one of many sites that want to allow people to take classes or lessons in a topic that you want to know more about a topic. There is a mixture of free and paid for classes.

With Udemy,  you do have to register in order to access the course but after that you can check out what they have to offer you..

Both men are working professionals,  Amani in broadcast journalism and Chip in educational media and religious broadcasting. They know their stuff.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Rekha Murthy's Video The Emperor’s New Onesie

There are alliances we could seek out. The ones between audio podcasters and web video folks. Certain types of non-traditional radio could benefit from the outreach that a video can provide.

There are some many more communities that could be connected with just a bit out outreach. You don't have to work in a silo. Unless you want to. That is okay too. But checking out what other people do can enhance your creativity.

This is a video by Rekha Murthy who received a grant to take a radio piece and make it visual. You can read more about it at the MIT Center for Civic Media.

I like anything that breaks down or at least provides access to different communities. It seems that there is a vested interest is keeping us apart or divided.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

A Look At Blogging Calendars or Planners

I have finally come around to the need of a blogging calender. I'm not a planner but I need time and in order to get it I have to plan for it. It is kinda like doing the laundry.

You have to commit. You just can't think those clothes clean.  Nor can a video edit itself. You need time and most of us are tapped out at the time bank.

Anyway, I was looking around as usual and Beckie at Infarrantly Creative has put one together that meets the needs of blogging folks. You should go to Beckie's blog and pick up a page or two.

For those of us of the left handed persuasion this is a score.  No pesky spine to interfere with our ink flow. Other folks are crafting their own calendars and planners as well, each has advantages.

There is a page at on Editorial Calendars that gives the reasons and advantages of using a blogging calendar.

Productivity Flourishing has a post about The Blog Post Calendar and Planner. There is solid information here. There will be links to download a blog specific calendar or planning page.

Now is there a planner for videoblogging or those of us doing web video? Well, it seems not in the sense of the above planners and calendars.

I haven't found any yet.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

The Future of Storytelling 2012 Videos

I'm not quite ready for the future of storytelling. Trying to work it into my day to day living is challenge enough. But I keep an eye out for people that are looking at the long view.

Once upon at time in 2012 there was a panel of thinking people talking about the The Future of Storytelling. That is not unusual, people talk about it all of the time. 

What if you could here a bit more about the presenters and dive deeper into the reason they create and interpret the world?  There is a collection of videos from some of the people that presented at the 2012 The Future of Storytelling.

The video above is Damian Kulash from the band OK Go. This is 12 minute exploration of how Damian looks at creativity, music, business and re-defining boundaries. Much good stuff in the video and two or more dogs.

Can't go wrong.

Other videos include biologists, game designers and more.  Make space on your media player of choice cuz some of this videos could get you through a long day.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Glossary - Camera Shots

When you are recording video you should try to have has many shot options as you can. Easy to say, but once you are in a recording situation you can forget to have coverage.

Coverage in this case means having an alternative video shot to or segment of a recording you could plug in as a replacement or creative choice.

One of the ways you can increase those options is record different types of shots. We know them when we see them after a lifetime of watching films and television.

This are their names and style formats; or a close to it as I could get.

Long Shot or Wide Shot

Establishing Shot

A Medium Shot

A Close Up

An Extreme Close Up

A Detailed Cut-Away

Long after Halloween this guy will stick in your mind as a reminder that the more recording shot options you have the more options you'll have to craft a better video.

Each shot has an energy that it transmits to the audience about where they are, what is being experience and in some cases, what is not being seen.

There are whole books written about getting the shots right. Part of it is planning.

Taking time to record a bit of the environment before the main action kicks in.  Record a bit of room sound and possible cut away shots.

It is a process. It takes practice but it is doable.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

My Experience Using SnagIt To Record A Video Tutorial

I wanted a quick way of creating a screen tutorial. I could have used Camtasia 8 but I hadn't reinstalled it on my new computer. I did update to version 11 of Snagit from TechSmith.  Snagit is available for both the Mac and Windows operating systems.

I want to take a moment to talk about the positives and a potential negative if you decide to record using the video capture feature of the program.

There has been a video capture in Snagit before, let say it was functional and leave it at that.

In the new version, the video capture feature you have the ability to select a window, a region or the All in One where you can select the specific region of the screen before you record. This can be handy if you are recording multiple sections of the screen and want to pick and choose the area as you record a series of takes.

The video records in mp4 format. The video playback on my screen was very good. For quick screen records or showing examples of a computer problem this is a great value at about $40.

Let me stress that my understanding of the enhanced video feature is that you record and upload to a video distribution service or a device that reads mp4 videos.

So What Is the Catch?

Well, yeah. There is one. What if you make a mistake and redo that section again. You want to edit the video. Or add a quick title.

Ten hours later, this is what I know from first hand experience:

Popped the video in Serif MovieStudio X6 .  There was a shift in the audio. It was moving ahead of the video Not good and nothing I could do with it.

I ran it though QuickTime Pro. Worked like a charm. I can cut and trim the video but can't add titles.

Tried Sony Vegas MovieStudio HD 11. It would not play the video. It represented the video as an audio file but wouldn't play that either.

Windows Live Movie Maker. It was able to play the video without problems.

Corel VideoStudio Pro X5 was able to play the video without problems.

Depending on your video editing software you may or may not have a issue with Snagit video.
I checked the web site. This might be a Windows 7 issue. Or not.

Again, my understanding is that video recorded with Snagit is for quick and easy screen video.  And it was, truly fast. There are some minor quirks like you have to open Snagit, then switch to your record area up and then hit the PrintScreen key on to bring up the Snagit record button.

Minor, but a quirk.

Later that day I installed my copy of Camtasia 8. I brought the Snagit video in and was able to zoom into a specific area of the video, add titles and snipped out the problems. I had what I wanted in 27 minutes tops.

I am not saying buy Snagit instead of Camtasia 8. These different software programs.

Camtasia is for folks that need to create tutorials, educational products, sales demos and that type of media creation.

Snagit is a photo screen capture program that now has a good video recording feature.

I am saying that before you do a plan a project using Snagit video test out your video editing software first.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Add Video Id Bug Using Sony Vegas MovieStudio 11

In this post, I want to share with you how to add that .png graphic file to a video editing program. In this demonstration video, I'm using Sony Vegas MovieStudio HD 11.

This video isn't perfect but there are no Chipmunk voices either. Yes, there is a tutorial in the wild with an intentional Chipmunk voice. Don't do that. Ever.

There are two ways of doing this task in Sony Vegas, you can use the Event Pan and Crop command or you can use the Track Motion one.

I took the road easiest to travel and demonstrate using Track Motion. Well, I thought that this is the easier road. More on that later.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Add Logo to YouTube Videos via The Video Mojo

Just saw this posed on BlogHer and want to make other folks know about Jennifer's blog,  TheVideoMojo. Jennifer is an educator and creates training videos for clients. There is good stuff over at that part of the Internet.

In this video, Jennifer shares with you how to add a video logo, watermark, Video ID bug or whatever you want to call it this week to your YourTube videos.

That is one off my lists but I need to get scampering to show what else you can do with a logo or Video ID bug.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Creation Tools for Logos for Your Videos ID Bug

I’m not an artist. Or a graphic designer. I can, however, find what I need to get the job done. In order to do write the next post on placing a watermark in a video I first need a logo.

I could make one in a photo illustration program but I seriously don’t have time. Or the talent. This will work for some people. Those of use in a frugal state of mind need alternatives. These are a few of them that I found that could be useful.

PNG Transparency Preferred

It doesn’t matter if you use a web service, a logo creation software or do it yourself, there are a few things to keep in mind before you add a graphic file to your video editing software:
  1. You need a graphic file that contains a transparent background. Not white; transparent.
  2. The PNG file format is supported by a wide range of photo illustration software and video editing programs. Make sure that whatever you decide to use allows you to specifically set the transparency level and save the file in the .png format.
  3. Yes, GIF files can be transparent. Limited to 256 colors, I believe. If you insist, you can use a .gif image. Your video editing program may or may not accept it.
  4. Yes, there is a variant of JPEG that can be made transparent. I haven’t a clue as to what that could be (JPEG 2000 but not sure) but why waste time? Use PNG!
As always, make sure your computer has protection to the max to make sure that you don’t download any nasty maleware along the way.

CoolText is a free web service that allows you to select a style, type in your text and within seconds you have a jazzed up text logo. Or a cheesy one; depending on how you feel about free logos.

CoolText has a number of file types that you can down load including the Adobe .psd if you want to do more work with the logo inside of the Photoshop program. Probably works with Photoshop Essentials and other imaging software as well.

Example of a PNG file from CoolText
For those of you that want more there is a symbol and text generator version that allows you to select a graphic to appear with your text. I really like the Terms of Service – you can use the logo however you want.

Xara3D is an inexpensive software that can add a texture, surface or light to a bit of text and then render it out as a .png file. There is more.

You can import Windows Meta File(.wmf) images and apply 3D type styling. It also can animate that new custom logo you just created. You can use it to create titles, web introductions or object animations. I have to say for under $40 you get a lot of kit.

It is not by any means a motion graphics program. It is a way to create a more personalized logo in the .png format.

Before you peel off a couple of Jacksons or Hamiltons think about how often you might use this program. If you can incorporated into you normal production or it fills an on-going need then, yes it can be worth it.

If you can draw, design or conceive of an idea and rendered but can’t afford anything other much more than the rent you have to look at Pixlr.

There is the Pixlr-o-Matic entry level guided mode, The Express mode will allow you a bit more control but offer up goodies to speed you along. The Advanced more is a virtual photo illustration program.

You probably want the Express or Advanced modes in order to export out to .png. Let’s say you have clip art that you want to customize. Perhaps change the color, add a glow or distress it a bit. Pixlr can help you do that and then export to, you guessed it, a .png format.

This is a free web service owned by the company Autodesk. Yes, that Autodesk, the technical CAD, science, engineering company. It appears Autodesk wants a stronger presence in the graphics and video industry production area.

Whatever the reason, make time to play a bit at this site. Otherwise, go forth and create.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Creating Text Video ID Bug with Corel VideoStudio Pro X5

So you have decided that adding a video watermark or Video ID bug is a good idea. It can be for specific types of videos. The video editing software that you are using could have the capability of making a simple text Video ID bug.  I got one word for you, Titles.

In this example, I’m using Corel VideoStudio Pro X5. Your software might have similar features or uses another approach. I’m trying to demonstrate a concept more than a strict how to do it.

I am using the Timeline mode in the program. I've added a motion background video supplied in the program to the video track to make it easier to see the process.

The next step is to use the Title feature. In the example below, I've types my text and moved it to the lower right corner of the screen. The rectangular box is a visual reference to the title safe area. You want to stay within that rectangle.

In Corel Pro X5 there is a specific Title track. Now I could leave text that way however Video ID bugs should be visible but not really interfere with viewing the content. I need to make the text transparent.

On the right side of the screen is the Title panel. The animations presets can help you to make stylized titles. Below that area are two tabs, Edit and Animation.

You will want click the Edit tab.

The Edit tab allows you to change the font, the size and other attributes of the title. There is an Background/Shadow/Transparency attribute. Click that rascal.

The attribute window will appear. You click the transparency box to create a transparent or "jelly" Video ID bug. You can add a shadow effect or change the line color but this will do for now. Click the OK button to accept the changes.

That is it. You can return to the Timeline to add effects like transitions, extend or shorten the time the Video ID bug appears on the screen or continue to edit your video.

Bone easy to do this in Corel VideoStudio Pro X5. The software you use may or may not be as easy to do the same effect. In some editing programs there are more steps but more option for customization.

In other video editing programs, well it makes me think of that song, "It's Crying Time Again."

Like I said, I'm going for concept. There were a few minor hick-ups.  I wanted to add a symbol. Couldn't do it from the keyboard. I could add symbols via the fonts Wingding and Webdings. I would have to spend time finding the symbol I wanted and the letter associated with it.

I needed an apostrophe. What I got is a degree mark. I probably would have to dive into the fonts provided to see if one had the correct punctuation mark. Or find another way to get that apostrophe.

Now you might not think it is a big deal. I have to tell you, there are grammar police everywhere. Many of them have access to e-mail.

 My point is that you don't want to provide a distraction. Be aware of those things that would cause your viewers to go "Hun?"

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Glossary - Video Identification Logo or Bug

We have all seen the transparent logo of a broadcast or cable stations in the lower right corner of a television screen. They came into being when broadcast television, cable and satellite programing created a massive amount of content for users. Some bright person came up with the id of adding a image for all of their programing. Others copied it and here we are.

A video logo or bug is a graphic that appears on the screen to mark or identify a particular television channels, cable station or now days, a video that appears on the Internet. Some folks user the term watermark; conceptually they are correct but watermark is traditionally associated with print media.

I don't know why the industry calls it a bug; haven't found an authoritative history of name. I'll pop it in when I do find it.

I know that if I see an ESPN logo in the corner I am free to move on down the road. No offense to ESPN, some of you feel the same way about the History channel.

But we are web video people. What has an identification bug got to do with our world? Well, if you are doing a regular program or video project it could be very important.

It is a way of branding your video to show who created the this video. You video can pop up halfway around the world. The user might want more you your work. A ID bug can help to lead folks back to your blog or web site.

There are all kinds of options to make a simple video logo bug:

  • Text
  • Transparent logo or symbol
  • Animated or motion graphics (Ok, not simple but an option.)

Along with the options come choices; a static persistent ID bug or one that appear x amount of times in the video? Transparent or color?

The good news is that you probably have what you need to make a simple video logo bug on you system. Upcoming posts will point out some examples of how to do that with the software you have on your computer. 

I think the first question you need to ask yourself is "Do you really need to use an ID bug at all?"

Well, if you are doing a web series or some kind of on-going production I think the answer could be  yes. If you are using video to drive traffic to your business that is another vote up for its use.

A creative, artistic video? No so much. However, I have seen ID bugs on museum and gallery web site videos.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Monosnap for Screen Image Captures

If you are doing any kind of computer instruction, demonstration or tutorial blogs or videos you need a screen capture program. Currently I use SnagIt by TechSmith because it has a lot of features such as the blur a section of the image, arrows galore and some photo-editing option. It is not free but worth the money.

For those of you that are fiscally challenged you might need another option. Monosnap is an application that works on the Mac and Windows operating system. It doesn't do everything that SnagIt can but do but it might be worth your time to check it out.
  • Ability to blur.
  • Highlight sections of an image.
  • Customize the area of a capture
  • Store the image on your computer or in a Monosnap cloud storage. 
Why everybody wants to place their stuff in cloud storage confuses me but that is another story. This seems to be a version 1.1 of the software so expect that things may or may not go according to plan.

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Dyland Bennet - A Simple Guide to Depth of Field

If you are a photographer or a video person in serious training you are going to need to understand the term depth of field. Depth of field is kind of like a grammar concept.

When you want to take better photos or shoot video you need to shift your visual perception about what is in the foreground, what is in the background and how light will affect the quality of the image or recording. Add the lens, focal length and a bunch of other factors to juggle; it can be overwhelming

Dyland Bennet has a tutorial video on explaining depth of field. This is one man's attempt at an explanation.

If you like this one also check out his video explaining F-Stops and Understanding ISO.

If you a casual point and shooter you do not have to watch this video. Nope. I don't want to call it vidgeeky but it is 16+ minutes for a reason.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

When You Need A Cough Try

Still transferring software and files from the old to the new computer. It is a slog but there isn't anyone else to do it. Which doesn't mean that I don't have an item of interest to share. Cuz I do. can be used like a search engine to find just the right cough, cry or laugh you happen to need. What is a little different about this site is that not only can you download sounds but you can upload as well.

To be specific, you can upload sounds that you generate or actively record in the wild.  You don't have to register to hear or download the sounds but if you do register you can manage your own personal sound library.

Yes, you will see ads on the site. You can ignore them. Or not. It is up to you.

As usual, I petition you to read or at least glance over the Terms of Service. The usual stuff including the sound effects are provided "AS IS"; meaning if something doesn't work the way you feel it should or you catch a cootie then you have little to no recourse in being compensated for your trouble.

Let me see what else, you have to have permission from any human you record, you can't upload copyrightable content, makes no due diligence to confirm quality of said records or copyright status but if they get hit with a DCMA copyright notice they will yank your stuff.

Oh, and be over 13 years of age to use the site.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Videocollectif - Three Minutes In Your City

Things are jumping all over the joint. Ah, well. I do the best I can. If I could, I'd write more about the experimental/artistic possibilities of what people are doing with video. Currently there is a bum rush to monetize and bump up the viewers with formulaic content.

Nothing wrong with that, there can be great work created in a structure. But what if you are not the structured type? This is a video by Camille Geoffray

My French is almost non-existent but my understanding from the English side of Videocollectif is that there is (was?) an on-going on-off collective of folks who record video of their environment. Those videos can be artistic, experimental or documentary in nature. However the artist define what they do.

There can be an organized display of the work but not necessarily. From what I can figure out, if you are so moved you can make your own three minute video with 10 seconds worth of credits to show the slice of heaven or hell you currently occupy.

I don't know more than that. This might be just an archive of prior submissions. I'd like to think of it as a touchstone of possibilities waiting for the next group to move it a bit forward. Dive in, sample and think about the alternatives to L7.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Japan and Copyright Math with Rob Reid via TED

Japan has just put into law the most restrictive law concerning copyright and downloading from the Internet. Two years in prison and a $25,000+ fine. Uploading is even worse and it might be a Japanese ISPs are also getting the squeeze or shakedown.

Now it has been said that some of the lawyers and known agents of myopic copyright thinking were buzzing into the Japanese legislators air space. They told of the number of monies lost and the people who would not be employed.

The lobbyists and attorneys got to talking. Money and contributions changed hands. And this is how you get a draconian law that goes way beyond what is necessary.

What could constituent downloading? Watching certain YouTube videos? The act of even watching YouTube? If a copyright holder objects and they trace it back to the Japanese viewer well...

Anyway, if you think this has nothing to do with you I invite you to watch this humorous video from Rob Reid.  The video pokes a hole in the allege monetary suffering the poor old RIAA and MPAA have kinda, sorta experienced from all of this free expression, recycled viewing of old media  and re-use of content.

For the record, I do support right livelihood and the right to protect your property. That is a given. Using amped up laws that will result in some granny going to prison because their grandchild watched a Gangam video on their computer or tablet? It is gonna be ugly.

Y'all need to think about the long distance implications.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

CicLAvia Is Rolling Around Again – Bring Camera

CicLAvia Is Rolling Around again. I copied the name from the site to make sure I spell it consistently. Here in Los Angeles we have a day where we shut down the cars and let the bike freak flag wave high. It is going to be this Sunday, October 7 from 10 to 3pm.

It is a lot of fun to ride in CicLaVia but to photograph and record is even better. The laughter. The looks of pissed off drivers trying to go the wrong way. The hidden contradictions that pop out at you when you are on street level.

Don’t take my word for it, let Tawny school you up on it.

If you can’t find 30 seconds of a story here you need to hang it up and breath. Lots of fun, good walking, documentary opportunities all over the joint. Not to mention the bacon wrapped hot dogs with grilled onions and jalapeno peppers.

Oh, the dude with the bicycle cranked ice cream with mango chili vanilla I will be looking for you. That was so good.

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