No more posts from me for 2 WHOLE WEEKS!!! I am officially on vacation. See everyone soon!
I’m still experimenting with video, as you can see here. This was taken today, at my library’s First Fridays event. This month, we had a band performing on the stairs to our way-cool library parking garage. We also had free hotdogs and an information booth! It was fun (if you’re interested, I took some photos, too).
So… here’s an example of a video snippet taken of a library event. This snippet (assuming it’s good enough for the average joe – I’m no Steven Spielberg) can be used to showcase library events, future First Friday events, etc. If a library has a blog and/or an RSS feed, the video can be sent to patrons – what a great way to get the word out about cool library events!
And it’s done in more of a “story” format, rather than in a formal, “look we paid lots of money for a TV spot” style, which seems to be nicer for the web. The video briefly tells the “story” of the First Fridays event, and provides viewable snippets of the event at the same time.
Time spent on this? Let’s see… 45 minutes of actual video shooting (including time spent eating a hot dog). 1-2 hours of downloading, editing, and exporting to Quicktime. And that’s because I’m not used to it yet – it would be faster if … well … I was faster. And then the time it took me to upload the video to blip.tv and write this blog post.
I talk about videoblogging once in awhile… thankfully, I’m not the only one! Check out this CNN article: Video blogs, ready for prime time.
It primarily focuses on Rocketboom’s recent ads, how video blogs are growing, and how iTunes and iPods have given video blogs a potential audience of 40 million viewers!
So anyway – read it and start thinking how video content might supplement other types of content on your website.
I just found out about this book – Secrets of Videoblogging: Videoblogging for the Masses. Hereâ€™s Amazonâ€™s blurb about it (Iâ€™m going to get my library to buy a copy):
If youâ€™re ready to graduate from blog to vlog, and start creating your own video blogs, this is the book for you. After explaining what video blogs are and how to view them, the book introduces you to the range of vlogs that exist today.
From there, itâ€™s on to actually creating them. With chapters on assembling the right vlog toolbox (including camera,
operating system, editing software, jukeboxes and Internet connection), finding a story, shooting that first video blog, editing your video blog, preparing it for the Web, posting your vlog, and getting an
keeping an audience, youâ€™ll learn how to:
â€¢ Sort out the legal, ethical, and creative issues involved in vlogging.
â€¢ Apply compression
â€¢ Get the right lighting and sound
â€¢ Apply transitions and effects
â€¢ Choose a blog service
â€¢ Work with RSS feeds
â€¢ Promote audience interaction
â€¢ And more!
Filled with real-world tips on both the technical and creative aspects of vlogging, this fun, fast, full-color guide provides all the instruction you need to get going with your own video blog.
From the Online Publishers Association press release –
Watching online videos is becoming a routine practice for many internet users. Right now, online news videos are the most frequently watched videos. People actually visit specific sites to watch videos (they need to be introduced to RSS – imho).
So, some stats:
24% of internet users access video at least once a week!
46% watch a video at least once a month