Re: [videoblogging] Re: deeplinking considered n/a

On Mon, 28 Jun 2004 21:46:05 -0400, alan <akb@…> wrote:

> Sorry to be jumping in this late in a conversation, but take a look at
> this SMIL playlist:
> Does that have enough metadata? In designing the playlist and the
> aggregator website that goes with it I made it a requirement that the
> user submits good metadata to try address these concerns.

That's the way to do it! Yesterday I was trying to figure out how to embed
hypertext into SMIL to create the exact effect you have here. Does this
way of adding text work in all SMIL players or just real player?

Of course, personally I would like more metadata (along the lines of
XSPF), but with this technique you can add the amount of metadata you find
necessary for each individual clip. And I would like it to look prettier,
but I suspect that I can change font sizes and colours pretty easily (can
I control it with CSS like I can with SVG images?).

Yesterday I came up with a completely different problem after sending off
my last e-mail. If I have a neat SMIL file with all my metadata in it I
will want to have people download that to get the context, but if they
only download the SMIL file they would pull the video itself from my
server every time they open the SMIL file. That would really make me sad
and broke due to bandwidth. Is there an easy way to bundle the video
itself and the SMIL data into one file for download…?

– Andreas

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