a tool for Steve's Mom

Alright, we got another project to work on.
We're going to dream up a videoblogging tool for Steve's mom.
She's the oldest blogger on the internet. Mildred Garfield is 78!
http://jenett.org/ageless/supporters/
Here's her blog: http://mymomsblog.blogspot.com/

Steve said:
My Mom is 78 and I asked her what she thought about Videoblogging week.
She loved it.
She liked it better than text blogs because it gave her a great idea of
what I was doing.
It's really a whole new way of thinking about blogging.
She said she'd be interested in video blogging if she had a camera and
if it was easy to do.

Now is videoblogging easy to do?
Debateable. Maybe, if you know a lot of tools and applications.
There's a definite learning curve.
So Steve's been exploring and will hopefully get his Mom videoblogging.
maybe with an I-sight web cam, Imovie, and emailing it straight to her blog.
A Mac workaround.
What we need to do is encourage her when she posts.
I know I make better videos if I know people are watching.

Now here's the project.
Let's imagine the perfect videoblogging tool.
One that is simple enough for Steve's Mom to use, and powerful enough for
the more experienced like us.
Many of the people in our group havent posted videos so I dont know how much
they understand the process of videoblogging.

Peter drew up real rough plans for a tool a couple months ago.
http://www.me-tv.org/wakka.php?wakka=DeskTopTool&v=15×7
Take a look.
Already I see that it needs an editing function.
Maybe just being able to put clips back to back, and cropping.
Maybe be able to add a soundtrack and narration.
Then, it should optimize.
Then, it should post.
What am I forgetting?

As your coments come in, we'll redraw the plans and take another look.
No one will build our dream tool till we get it straight for ourselves.
Remember this is for Steve's Mom.


Jay Dedman
Manhattan Neighborhood Network
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NY NY 10019
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