Re: [videoblogging] Re: Automated vloging by script

A comment on RSS, videoblogging and BitTorrent: if you're using RSS
enclosures, you really really want to be serving BitTorrents. If you're
not serving BitTorrents, you probably don't want to be using RSS
enclosures.

– Lucas

On Tue, 3 Aug 2004 antipast0@… wrote:

> Well, its a combo of both…
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> 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?
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> etc…
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> So, yes, you would have the file on your local machine, and then
> you'd publish your .torrent file on your blog.
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> BT is the pinnacle of a lot of P2P technology because it can be
> applied to special needs such as this.
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> First idea would be the process I talked about:
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> 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.
>
> …
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> 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:
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> 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
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> 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)…
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> There are a lot of possibilities, but ultimately, the community needs
> to:
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> 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)
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> c) document the methods you guys are using now
> d) think up programs, standards, ideas
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> … 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!!!
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> There's a lot of room for documenting and dreaming up this stuff.
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> Keep it up,
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> Thomas
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