Archive for the 'Video' Category

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

Poor video lighting isn’t something you can only find on the web. Amateur videos of all sorts suffer from its effects. I wrote a little article on three-point lighting at the Wikipedia that describes the most basic lighting setup. The three point lighting setup may be simple but it’s useful in 80% of cases – [...]

BBC’s Huge Archive plans

This is a follow up to BBC’s Ashley Highfield (he’s BBC Director for New Media) plan to move BBC beyond traditional media. We’ve started using SharePoint with Jabber for real-time comms to store and manage documents. We even got people asking how we did it! The BBC has more than one million hours of video [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Ask a Ninja: Writer’s Strike

Another special delivery from Ask a Ninja:

End to the writer’s strike?

According to Associated Press (as of a few hours ago): Hollywood directors (DGA) reached a tentative contract deal Thursday with studios, a development that could turn up the pressure on striking writers to settle their 2-month-old walkout that has crippled the entertainment industry. “Two words describe this agreement — groundbreaking and substantial,” said Gil Cates, [...]

Adobe slashes price on FMS

Finally, Adobe has realized that the high price of the Flash Media Server was hindering its more wide adoption. I hope the open source alternative, Red 5, will still keep its momentum. Here’s the summary: The latest version of Flash Media Sever, which will ship in January 2008, will be come in three versions, ranging [...]