Re: [videoblogging] Re: New Video Blog post from the DNC

On Friday, Jul 30, 2004, at 04:15 America/New_York, The Dane wrote:

> — In, Ryan Shaw <ryanshaw@S…>
> wrote:
>> Well, one thing to think about is that Flash video,
>> unlike other video formats, won't be indexed by
>> multimedia search engines. That might not seem like
>> a big deal right now, but it will be a huge deal
>> pretty soon. Just as Google killed search-unfriendly
>> content management systems dead, multimedia search
>> will kill search-unfriendly video formats.
> This is really too bad and I think both Google and Macromedia should
> find a solution (and I'm sure they will)

(Note: I hurt my hand, so can't type much).

Not doable. Flash is a sealed box to the rest of the web. You can't
use fragment identifiers like #section1 to index into it, you can't
render Flash in anything but a web browser, you can't script 3rd party
Flash apps with Javascript.

Flash is fantastic for what it does well, but there are compelling
reasons why TV based on Flash will never happen.

> As far as standards go, Lucas, I don't see why it has to be an
> either/or sort of thing in the realm of video promotion. Pretty much
> everybody can play mpeg. Pretty much everybody can play Flash. And a
> whole heckuvalot can play Quicktime. Can't they all just get along?
> I think Steve Garfield's stuff wouldn't look half as good if it
> weren't in QuickTime, but I know I wouldn't have half the usability
> if I stepped away from Flash. Personally, since I'm not looking for
> an audience, I don't worry about the promotability of Flash for
> myself, but what about other vidbloggers who see Flash as a means to
> create a hip kind of experience they wouldn't otherwise be able to
> create? Do they just get left out as unpromotable? Simply because
> they didn't hold an arbitrary standard?

Yes, they just get left out as unpromotable. People don't have to have
one TV for ABC and another for CBS, and if they did nobody would watch
TV. The web as a whole is not divided by browser, the a/v web will not
take off until it isn't either.

> Pax out,
> The Dane

Pacem to you too, The Dane.