we are the golden guineau pigs

JD lasica is asking us to help test out the Open0Media server.
This is huge.
if everything actually happens, http://Open-Media.org will become the
permanent archive for homegrown video.

He was every impressed by ot "video comments" project and our website.
i think we embody the creative and collaborative spirit the server will
encourage.

so first he said this:

"why doesn't your group come up with say 2-4 pieces of video we can work with
by
next week, and I'll call Stewart on Monday (I'm not 100% sure he'll be back by
then) and ask about the upload procedures."

I said we could easily have 2-4 pieces of video ready.
so everyone shoot something special over the weekend.

The he said:

"btw, not sure if you saw this in the Internet Archive Q&A:
If people do provide a high-resolution video, do you transform it into several
file formats, and isn't that labor-intensive?
We have an automatic deriver engine that sucks out the original file and
create an MP2, MP4, MP1."

Then asked:

"could you also clarify a question:
will the process always be uploading video indivdually…giving it an
individual HTML address to link to?
or will people be given like personal spaces…"

Then he said:

"I'd like to set up Open Media so that people get their own personal spaces.
I'm not sure what that would mean other than a listing of all the content
you've uploaded, by category. That's a phase 2 item, tho.
We're not even talking phase 1 here, tho … we're talking letting you guys
upload video straight to the internet archive's servers, and I don't know what
the protocol is yet. Will ask. But it's gotta have a unique identifier for
each piece of media so that you can link to it from your blogs."

So this is exciting. we may soon have a place to store AND serve all our video
without any guilt of going over our blog's limits.
we will help make the uploading process easy, help them learn how to organize
good listings of videos, andf test how fast their servers are.

JD added:

"Now, a question for you (you might discuss this with your group):
What label should we assign your content category?
That is, we've got:
Music videos, check
Digital stories, check
Documentaries, check
What should we call your stuff? I'm reluctant to say: Video blogging, because
remember, users will be able to access it on the Open Media site, and there
won't be any blog text around it.
So:
Grassroots video (kinda like that)
Homemade video
Street video
Amateur video
what else?"

haha
how what are the terms for our video?


Jay Dedman
Manhattan Neighborhood Network
537 West 59th
NY NY 10019
212 757 2670 ext.312
www.mnn.org