Re: [videoblogging] introduction

On Fri, 25 Jun 2004, Jay Dedman wrote:
> very cool if it works…

That's the trick. 🙂

> have you tried to do video with this application?

Yes. There are several people doing video on a daily basis with it. My
nightly news show, after work, is a news playlist, and it works well
enough. The flaws are usually annoying rather than fatal.

> Can you briefly explain to us how we could use this to edit video?

Browse webjay a bit to get a feel for the ideas. Create a webjay account.
Hit the "create" tab and then the "create playlist" button. Fill in the
song field with the URL of a video. If you want to add more than one
video, hit the "add song" button and fill in the video URL in the song
field. When you're done, play the playlist in Real (for SMIL) or Windows
Media Player (for ASX), depending on whether your clips are Real or WMV.
If your clips are mpegs, you can also view them in Winamp or VLC (M3U).

This more advanced functionality only works in Real/SMIL for now: you can
have two separate but parallel "tracks" with video, audio, or a GIF. To
do that you need to know a hidden feature — in SMIL it doesn't matter
whether you call something audio, video or img; Real will figure out what
to do on its own. How to do that with Webjay is (1) when you're editing
or creating a "song", hit the "show advanced fields" button (2) in the
image entry field in dialog that comes up, you can put video, audio or an
image to execute at the same time as the item in the "song" entry field.

For examples, you can always make an exact copy of someone else's
playlist. (1) log in to an account. (2) view a video playlist. (3) hit
the "cannibalize" button. You'll then have an editable copy which you can
use to figure out how other people did things.

> does it post straight to a blog?

For now, no. Playlists are not quite the same as weblogs. However there
is RSS for playlists and a tool that lets you include a live-updating view
of a playlist in the gutter of a weblog.

> Optimize?

No. That's beyond the current level of sophistication of the app. We're
still hacking around to figure out what we need from the app.

– Lucas