Archive for the 'News' Category

BBC newscasts

Recently, I upgraded to the latest generation plasma TV from Panasonic (probably last too). I found that BBC news is one of the last bastions of low-rez programming (720p). Yet, I’m still hooked to their news reports and the Business section with Sally Bundock. Content is King.

Vidize Beta gear: web camera

Now that the Vidize is in beta, I plan to go over the list of recommended equipment. I start with the absolute must-have – a Web camera. A while back, there was a discussion about USB 1.1 vs USB 2.0 web cams. This discussion is mostly obsolete now as the majority of new web cameras […]

ITV blogs from Afghanistan

ITV has started blogging recently. You can find the individual blogs here. Here’s a sample of the video blogging from Afghanistan:

Politkovskaya killer “known”

“The killer of dissident reporter Anna Politkovskaya is known to Russian authorities but has not yet been charged…”. That’s the statement of the chief investigator on the case that appeared in an interview on Monday. Here’s a bit more from Reuters: “We have so far not charged the killer but we know who he is,” […]

BBC website £36m over budget

According to BBC’s Trust, the company has overspent its new media budget by an impressive margin. It looks like Ashley Highfield got carried away with his task to move BBC beyond traditional media. According to A review of published today by the trust shows that the actual spend in the 12 months to […]

Ira Glass on Storytelling

Ira Glass is creator, host and executive producer of This American Life. Here’s a segment of his interview where he talks about the common pitfalls when doing a talk show for broadcast. Update: You can view more videos on storytelling at

Great video with Youtube

Here’s a few tips from Cinetech on how to get better results from Youtube’s encoder. 1. Learn to shoot better quality videos for the Web. 2. Your source video needs to be ideally high resolution. For instance: MOV or AVI file, NTSC 720×480 or VGA 640×480. 3. You need to get a high quality video […]

Jeffrey Sachs on freedom of speech

I just stumbled upon an article marking the 75th anniversary of the BBC. About one third of it is based on Jeffrey Sachs’ Reith Lectures. Here’s a few important points: A terrorist shot in Sarajevo provided the pretext for German aggression which started World War I. 9/11 was used by the Bush Administration to launch […]

Vidize Review

Nicolas Kayser-Bril has done a review of the Vidize beta (in French). You can read it here although if French isn’t your first language, you can read a loose translation from Google.

Adobe will test new Flash player 10

Adobe has scheduled the beta test of the new Flash player 10 (codename Astro) for today. There doesn’t seem to be any substantial improvements in the video department but here’s the feature list: 3D Effects – Easily transform and animate any display object through 3D space while retaining full interactivity. Fast, lightweight, and native 3D […]