Sunday, May 28, 2006

Feeds from Space - new format test

Feeds from Space - test run

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Quite some time back, I said that I wanted to get more videos posted and thus start vlogging. Well, it looks like I am getting started, finally.
This short video is just a test of the new video layout for "Feeds from Space" (see previous posts 2005-05-15 one and two )

This is a test for the new format of Feeds from Space by Handmade Enterprises films
Real content to be included soon!
Music by BeatFreak via
Images via NRAO VLA collection additional attributions provided via VLA images page 1 and page 2
Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5


Saturday, May 27, 2006

What's Important Project Interview - Arlene 2006-05

WIP-interview with Arlene

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As I have mentioned in past postings, there is a effort by Ken Chan from Perth, Western Australia to document the opinions and important factors in peoples' lives around the world. It is called the What's Important Project (WIP). Not much has happened in the recent months, but Ken is trying to get more videos and assemble them into a library of shorts that may be of interest to others.

To that end I have joined the ranks in trying to capture some of this footage.
I don't have the video skills that Ken delivers, but what the heck, everyone is vlogging so how hard could it be.

Besides the challenge of finding enough time to perform the video shoots, the editing and finally getting it uploaded somewhere, there exists the uphill battle of getting people on camera. You would think that everyone would love to get their face, their opinions and their voice plastered all over the Internet. Surprise, it just isn't so. Hopefully, now that Arlene has shown that it isn't embarassing nor lame to say what you believe, perhaps it will be an easier task to get even more wonderful thoughts on what's important from many more interesting people.


What's Important Project -

Information: Seattle, WA USA  2006-05

Interviewer: Rich Hand

Comment: Arlene's interview was the first in the series from Rich Hand.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

How to create an Awesome Logo

Learn how to create really good logos with an in depth step by step "how-to" in adobe photoshop, with the guidance of a really well regarded designer.

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

How to create a speech in less than 10 mins?

Most of us don't really have the luxury of creating speeches weeks in advance. And even if we do, we tend to leave it till the very last minute. I'm definitely guilty of that. This entry talks about how you can create a speech in less than 10 mins that is equally effective and to-the-point (without all the fluff!)

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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Sights and sounds of the Seattle Arboretum

Sights and sounds of the Seattle Arboretum

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Quick video snippet of the Seattle Arboretum.

BTW, I just wanted to say that this video and the previous Japanese Garden one in another post were made using the movie option on an Olympus SP-310 digital camera.

Just happened to have it with me and surprise they came out quite good for a 640 by 480 15 fps digital camera capture. This surprised me because I have a wonderful 3 CCD Panasonic DV camcorder and have yet to do regular posts to my videoblog. So to get started, I plan on carrying Olympus camera everywhere (not able to carry the camcorder all the time) and capture whatever...

Who knew? Okay, probably everyone but me...


Japanese Garden - Koi Magic

Koi Magic
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On a wonderfully warm Sunday in May, we went to the Washington Parks Arboretum. The day was filled with flower sights and smells, birds flitting and chirping and of course dozens of folks enjoying the day as we were.

However, part of the day was spent at the Japanese Garden which turned out to be one of the best days in a very long time. This very short video demostrates the "magic" of the day.


Monday, May 08, 2006

Videoblogging, is everyone doing it? No, why not?

The question above is actually a bit rhetorical, since thousands of folks are in fact videoblogging. Everything from the musings of a teenager in her room talking to the world as if they all knew her (or even cared) to the daily posts of dozens of news-like knock-offs.

Please don't get me wrong, I am addicted to listening to all the podcasts I can get my hands on. Also note, that in previous posts I have rambled on about and on and on...

All that said, there are two things that if everyone knew about them, thousands more would be videoblogging away.

First, there is an application which I may have mentioned previously, but bears mentioning once more. It is called VLOG IT by Serious Magic
. Of course, you don't absolutely have to have VLOG IT. You can do everything manually and probably get as good results... well maybe. It kind of depends on your techno factor. Some times it happens that techno and artist aren't compatible or even a desire on the artist's part. If this is the case, take a gander at VLOG IT.
You will still need some sort of video input device, but hey, why are you reading this if you're not serious about it.

As mentioned above, is a great source for information. Well, they went one better. Michael Verdi and Ryanne Hodson wrote the book "Secrets of Videoblogging". It is pretty basic, but crammed full of great information and an insight or two for those wishing to get started. This would make a great resource for a video blogging course... wait, I bet it is ...

The book covers everything from finding videoblogs to listen to... to what software, hardware and camera you can get. It also covers some of the lesser thought about issues like getting permission to film places and people (with a great hint about using the video to record permissions). And many subjects in between like - videoblogger collaboration; video compression; finding your story and attracting an audience; adding free music to the video and of course how to setup RSS feeds to spread your story. Don't have a techno fit, Michael and Ryanne make it all understandable and you don't need to work for NASA to figure out a single bit of the book. Really!

Well, that's about does it for now. I think these two tools will finally be the push I need to get off my lazy arse and start producing real vid's instead of just "talking" about it.