Hi, I'm Alex Cohen, Jay asked me to introduce myself, so here goes:
I recently started undergroundclips.com, but i've been working with
video and the internet for quite a long time. My other main site is
Undergroundfilm.org, a 501c(3) non profit I created from the ashes of
Undergroundfilm.com when it was commercial, I acquired it and it ran
under my desk at UC Berkeley for about year until the 501c(3) got
started in Sept. 2003. There is absolutely no connection between
Undergroundfilm.org and undergroundclips.com. The opinions on
undergroundclips.com are my own.
My modus operandi:
I have a 160gb Replay 5400 machine and use DVArchive to transfer the
MPEG2's to my G5 Macintosh. I convert the MPEG2's with StreamClip
which allows Cleaner6 to handle the audio which is in MPEG layer-1.
Then I transcode it with Cleaner usually with the Sorenson3 codec,
although I've been experimenting with 3ivx for mpg4. For audio I now
use AAC and the container is QuickTime.
I then upload the video to my main machine and I run the www site via
Typepad. Not that I couldn't run everything on my own machine…but
Typepad does a good job and relieves me of design issues.
I'm very interested in Fair Use, copyright issues and intellectual
property in general.
Thanks for letting me participate!