Re: [videoblogging] formats

On 28/06/2004, at 12:43 AM, Steve Garfield wrote:

> I'm concerned about the precedent of deep linking to all the videos,
> out of context from their original pages.
> That means anyone could grab my videos, use my bandwidth, and display
> my video.
> Maybe we should create a highlight reel that shows clips of everyones
> video?

this is an issue, and one that applies to blogs in general but that
video makies very visible. the web is an odd medium – the more
successful you are the more expensive it gets for the successful
individual. Yes, all movies have a url and anyone can then load that
url into their own webpage, and the traffic you pay for. This is the
case for all movies online but:

there are tricks around this. the best one (which does not prevent
specific hijacking) is to embed a poster movie on your web page. Now a
poster movie can have the href tag in side the embed tag, so anyone can
read the source code and find the full file. However, if you embed the
href inside of the postermovie, then it is not readable in the source
code of the page, it is literally embedded into the poster movie (the
.mov) itself and Quicktime can read it from there. I do this is in
Livestage pro, i used to use a free tool from Apple that did this,
called plug in helper. you can also set the disallow saving flag in
quicktime which means the movie can't be saved to the client machine.

the advantage of this is that it is harder of the novice to work out
the url of the actual video to put on their webpage. but they could
just embed *your* postermovie which would pretty much work in the same
way (though in livestage pro i can write a script that applies to a
poster movie that tests where the page request is coming from and if it
isn't what i say it is – my web page for eg – then it won't serve the
video to the poster movie).

regarding the content issue: once you start quoting each others videos
into videos then metadata, for example as text tracks, probably should
be included so that the original context can be retrieved, again ths is
*standard* in blogging and is something that ought to be translated to
vogging. the one i'm proposing using everyone else's work will do this.

Adrian Miles
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