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August 24, 2005

Those darn video blogging pioneers

Heather Green

In reporting for a video blogging story, I had a chance to look a little into what's going on with the video blogging community generally. I joke that they're a cabal, but there is nothing secret about them. They're a dedicated group of videoblogging advocates who are working to help all kinds of video bloom, whether commercial or personal. And they're making things happen.

Only about a year after being formed, the Videoblogging.info group at Yahoo, where people exchange tips and news, now numbers 1,200 people and they're thinking of splitting into subgroups, says Jay Dedman, the co-founder of the group. The group has ginned up presentation called Meet the Vloggers, which explains the basics of video blogging. And Apple has asked them to present in stores around the U.S. Meantime, online, a couple of early video bloggers, Ryanne Hodson and Michael Verdi, are using a stipend they are getting from software maker Outhink to run Freevlog.org, an online site that teaches people how to video blog.

There is also a lot of interesting work being done on video blogging tools. Vimeo is a video sharing version of Flickr from Zach Klein, Jakob Lodwick, two of the founders of the popular CollegeHumor site. It was purely a pet project by Lodwick, but now has around 3,000 members and has been brought inhouse to Connected Ventures, the company that runs CollegeHumor.

Just as interesting are the video aggregators Mefeedia and FireANT, from the folks at the videoblogging group. Then of course, there is Ourmedia, the nonprofit that offers free grassroots publishing tools and online storage space for video blogs. And the Google and Yahoo video search engines. Add it all up, and you have the beginnings of an interesting ecosystem. Check out this world map of video bloggers.

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Would love vBlogs but have found the files too big. I have broadband but it's not enough to get seriously into vBlogs even with BitTorrent.

What's others experiences.

Posted by: PXLated at August 24, 2005 06:23 PM

Subscribe for FREE to our New Media Video Podcast at the iTunes Podcast Directory or just visit our site by clicking on the link in my signature below for more Video and Audio on the subject of New Media. Thank you BusinessWeek for following last Friday's CBS Evening News "Eye On America" Rocketboom segment. I am having the time of my life transmitting Video news about what I think is important that the networks rarely or never cover.

The revolution is finally here. Cheap broadband and free serving. Wow! What a difference 8 weeks makes since Steve Jobs helped catapult this revolution with the iTunes RSS Client for multimedia reception. My life has redaically changed in just this short time and I expect to be a full time (as I already am) Video, Audio and PDF Podcaster for many years to come.

This is not dissimilar from the desktop publishing revolution Apple launched with Aldus PageMaker in the mid 80's. Here we are twenty years later and this time audio visual and print via PDF publsihing is almost free of cost to the publisher. We're back to creativity through new technology giving everyone an equal voice to be heard. Word of mouth marketing - viral marketing is the correct technical term marketers use - is back with a vengence thanks to blogs, email lists, FlashMeetings, Chats, VidChats, Free Long Distance Hi-Fi audio via Skype and Gizmo. I mean this is a miracle in the making - a revolution in a moment. The summer of 2005 will be looked back upon as the seminal moment in the history of media when every one got a way to transmit their voice to everyone else for free. I am so excited I can hardly eat. And it's been like that for weeks for me since I figured it all out.

Thank you thank you thank you BusinessWeek for noticing us. We are indebted to your attention. And we hope you will keep watching us as we develop this new medium over the years to come. I believe this is truly one of the most auspicious moments in the history of human communication.

Posted by: Taylor Barcroft, Video, Audio & PDF Podcaster, FutureMedia at August 26, 2005 10:22 PM

PXLated, try FireAnt. It's a program that allows you to subscribe to Vlogs you like and downloads them at a time you designate (default is 3 a.m.). In vlog parlance, that kind of program is known as an aggregator.

But in answer to your question, most videoblogs I've found through Mefeedia have been through freevlog's "compression course" and have learned to keep file sizes reasonable and incorporate "fast start" capability, which means the videos begin to play before they've completely downloaded.

Don't give up on the medium yet!

Posted by: Jan at August 27, 2005 06:55 AM

The video blogging community is maintaining a historical time line and an extensive resource list at Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlog#Tools#Tools

The video blogging group at Yahoo also has a membership updated resource and user vlogs link list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/videoblogging/links

Posted by: Jack Olmsted at August 27, 2005 08:57 AM

www.youtube.com allows users to embed their vidoes onto Blogger and MySpace. Video can be up to 100 Mb in size and there is no limit to the number of video that you can post. The process is very simple (I've done it myself), simply a copy/paste of an html code into the blog entry. I highly recommed it! The process is explained more at www.youtube.com/sharing.php

Posted by: Craig at August 29, 2005 09:24 PM

Video blogging without a good desktop search

& multimedia player ... impossible

I shoot all kinds of outdoor and local news

video. 5 Cents a gigabyte for DVD storage is

dirt cheap.

My search will randomly select a video, then

randomly pick a start point. Play a short clip

in slow motion and freeze for a few more seconds

on the final clip.

No thumbnails needed. Just play the first 5

seconds of every video file you have.

Play back those burst of stills that digital

cameras do. With a 1/10 second delay between

each.

Digital Video changes everything.

Video in paperwork.

Video legacy system accounts as they flash by

on the screen. Then start the video at any acct.

and a lot lot more.

Posted by: Doug Pederson at October 20, 2005 04:48 PM

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