Re: Uniqueness of Video Blogging

Aloha Ed,

Interesting stuff…I have a couple of points to make here…

1. There is a more "intimate" and "human" element to video than to any other
medium of communication. When we see someone's facial expressions and
are able to actually see and "read" these expressions when they are
speaking, something very fundamental to us as humans is triggered and we
are somehow more able to identify with that person as another human being.
Versus, say, simply using text or even images to convey that same message.

2. The use of the internet and video blogging has enabled us to create
content with almost no "physical" medium! It's really amazing when you think
about it. In posting your video to the web, there is almost no physical medium
involved, it is almost a completely digital streaming workflow. I shoot the
video, download it to a drive, edit, add music/effects, export as a quicktime,
and upload it to a server. The only physical medium I have used is the tape I
used to record onto, and I won't even have to do that soon. I could actually
eliminate the tape today if I wanted to and just use the "capture now" function
in Final Cut Pro to capture LIVE to DRIVE, but I like having things stored on a
physical medium (it makes me feel kinda warm and fuzzy inside). So, in this
sense it is way more practical than burning something to disc or exporting
onto tape, packaging that something and physically mailing it to say, 1000
different people (and that's a low number when comparing to the internet).

Just a couple of things I was thinking while reading your post. It is very
interesting the possibilities of this movement and oh yeah, one other thing,…

3. It's virtually FREE!

Unfuckinbelievable in today's Capitalist-driven world!

Much Aloha Ed and thanx for the intellectual stimulation,

Randy Mills

— In, Ed Yarrish <ed.yarrish@g…> wrote:
> As I read the informative e-mails in this list and follow the
> suggested links that they often contain, I keep looking to increase my
> understanding of the uniqueness of this tool, and how that uniqueness
> helps to determine the best use of the tool. I appreciate, and learn
> from, the great creativity that many of you are exhibiting in the
> videos that you are making. I'm also looking to understand how video
> blogging empowers that creativity and is different from video that
> might simply be put on a CD and distributed in some other manner.
> Here are some of my impressions — I would appreciate it if you would
> add to them, or correct them, based on your more extensive, hands-on
> experience:
> — video blogging (in the context of the blog page, not the small
> video box) combines text, graphics, sound and moving images, to make
> it a unique, personally controlled medium.
> — it potentially allows each of these mechanisms to be used together
> so that the most appropriate one can be used for a specific
> communication's element, for example, a Web site link works best in
> text while a graphic might give an image of the web page or a video
> image might convey the emotions and commitments behind an idea, while
> a text transcript might be more easily shared and passed on by the
> viewer/reader. (The bias in this discussion is definitely video, with
> little commentary yet about the relationship of the other elements to
> the video [e.g. the paragraph next to the video link that convinces
> you in 10 seconds that it is worth investing one to three minutes to
> see the video], but with some attempts to include elements such as
> active links actually in the video itself.)
> — video blog's seem to work best when they are short, one to three
> minutes. This seems to be influenced by three factors, the mechanics
> to produce and edit a video clip, the expense of bandwidth and the
> blog medium which has primarily been short, newsy items.
> — Internet mechanisms for distribution of video (streaming, file
> download, RSS feeds, bit torrent, etc.) seem to get intertwined in
> the discussion, but I am not clear that they are unique to video
> blogging per se. It seems that these mechanisms could be used to
> distribute video without a blog being necessary.
> — video blogging with its newest item on top format seems biased
> toward new, and newsy, item prominence versus (if there were such a
> thing) a video Wiki might be biased more toward the accumulation of
> knowledge.
> — blogging in most cases appears as a personal, journal type medium,
> but a variety of group, or community, elements seem to have emerged as
> secondary elements (feedback comments, blog roll, track back, ping,
> etc.). I'm not sure if any of these are specifically impacted by
> video, but I have noted the attempts by several people to create
> individual video clips and have them linked together to produce one
> longer video feed. This attempt feels like a search for another
> community element to be added to the toolkit. (I have had specific
> experience with this type of linked video clips, where the clips were
> individual head shots and comments in an asynchronous dialog.)
> There is probably more to comment about, but that is as much as I can
> think of at the moment. Do you have any reactions? Comments?
> Corrections? Additions?
> Ed Yarrish
> Allentown Pennsylvania USA
> 610-821-7777