Whattup!

Yo, 'sup. That's lingo I picked up from life on the street in the
OC. You know how it is in "the hood." Anyway, introductions…

My name is The Dane and I am a vidblogger.

After blogging for three years, things began to seem slightly stale
(to myself if not also to my longtime readers). Therefore, I decided
to expand in a different direction and so began to offer brief snips
of video (from my Sony Mavica – yeah, it records to floppy!) to
enhance the overall experience of my site. Never having heard of
video blogging before, I decided to call what I was doing
vidblogging (real inventive, I know). In retrospect, I probably
ought to have called them oblogs (following convention, if web logs
are blogs, then it serves reason that video weblogs should be
oblogs – or at the least, ologs, which doesn't sound nearly so
cool).

So. For five months I wasn't at all aware of any other videobloggers
out there. Comfortable in my isolation, I plodded along offering my
one-minute clips (remember, I record to floppy) and simply doing
exactly what I wanted to do with them. My one great disappointment
was that I had no adequate means of editing my video – I tried
Quicktime but it was bouncing my filesizes from 1.4 MB all the way
up to 15-30 MB. Eventually I hit on the idea of using Flash MX, but
just before this, I discovered that there really were other
vidbloggers out there.

Through back-tracking a Google link, I found Justin's vidblogs.com
and realized that there was a whole world of vidblogging that was
vastly different than my own. These guys had large, slick, edited
projects. I had small, pixellated things with no editing at all.
Initially, I was intimidated with what could be done with a vidblog.
These were focused on presentation, of sound, on aesthetics. Mine
were basically cheap humour. Then I realized that though our content
was entirely different, we were each fulfilling a necessary corner
of the vidblogging realm (I mean how sad a world would it be if all
movies were The Godfather but there were no Holy grails or
Zoolanders?).

Nowadays, I usually edit a couple clips together in Flash MX and use
Action Scripting to add features like a preloader – for poor saps on
dial-up – and navigation buttons at the end that function kinda like
dvd menus, allowing access to bonus material like deleted scenes
etc. On the whole Flash works really well for my needs – though it
can be a bit spotty on synching audio and video if you're not
careful.

Oh yeah, you can check out my vidblogs at
http://nowheresville.us/medi.php