Re: Automated vloging by script

Well, its a combo of both…

BT makes a .torrent file… this is sort of a treasure map that can
be widely distributed. That .torrent file contains information like
a) where can I find out who has this file right now? c) how many
files are there? d) what are the files called?

etc…

So, yes, you would have the file on your local machine, and then
you'd publish your .torrent file on your blog.

There are already TONS of people that distribute .torrent files via
RSS, so blogging with this sort of file would actually be somewhat of
an emerging standard.

So, you have it on your local machine, and then everyone out in the
world gets the .torrent file… Their computers then start to request
the file from your machine.

Once you have uploaded to atleast 1 or 2 other people, the
distribution of the file is then exponentially increased as then
those two people probably upload to 1 or 2 each, and so on.

So, it would probably only be practical for those with broadband
connections simply because they're always on, but you could very well
do this dialup.

The big concern is that if video blogs get big, you want to maximize
your exposure (BT certainly does that), but you don't want to tax
your hosting company (especially with the added bandwidth of people
downloading!)… The more popular your video blog, the faster
downloads will be and less bandwidth will be required on your part…
think of it like how a jet engine works… The more people transfer
your content, the better the ability for others to get it.

BT is the pinnacle of a lot of P2P technology because it can be
applied to special needs such as this.

First idea would be the process I talked about:

1) create video
2) create .torrent
3) publish .torrent on blog
4) "seed" file to requesting it from your machine
5) when there are a few seeds, quit.

But with RSS and blogging (as social networking software), this could
lead to futher automation like what you guys are talking about…
Like the following:

1) aggregate select video blogs into a single RSS feed
2) activate and download all .torrent files
3) use feed to combine the video in order

If you all standardized with how you were doing this… say… naming
all files a certain way, and in a certain folder… You could have an
automated video distribution method of all video bloggers, and it
could very well automatically combine video (so long as you
standardized on a type, or at the least, a playlist format)…

There are a lot of possibilities, but ultimately, the community needs
to:

a) keep video blogging, and keep evangelizing … !!!
b) find programmers, or learn! heheh… I recommend c#, but
bittorrent is written in Python… both are emerging and modern cross-
platform languages (c#, thanks to the mono project on linux/mac)

c) document the methods you guys are using now
d) think up programs, standards, ideas

… this would be like "hey… if we all used Quicktime, and always
named our files with like "20040513.mov" then we can make a playlist
of everyone's videoblogs for real-time streaming based on their rss
feeds!!!

There's a lot of room for documenting and dreaming up this stuff.

I guess most video bloggers on are on the mac? That would make sense
as a mac rocks for easy video…. Programming that seemlessly like
how Apple does is something that can be hard to obtain for some hobby
programmers.

Anyway…. thanks for listening to me rant. I believe that video
blogging is absolutely revolutionary… and the possibility of
having "video feeds" of friends, relatives, pundits, experts…. WOW.

Keep it up,

Thomas