Post Longer Videos on YouTube

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Non YouTube partners are starting to see longer time limits for their uploads. If you have no strikes against you for copyright infringement or other reported issues as well as held an account for some time, then you may get blessed. It doesn't seem to be anything you can request, rather just wait for it to roll out over time.

You can find more details on the
YouTube blog.

YouTube won't officially say "how" long the limit is (I've uploaded a clip that was over an hour with no problems).

Here's the official release –
http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2010/12/up-up-and-away-long-videos-for-more.html?

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Adobe Posts Its First Billion-Dollar Quarter

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Great news for those who rely on Adobe software... according the Associated Press:

"The software maker Adobe posted quarterly earnings on Monday that exceeded analyst expectations and provided a rosy outlook.The company’s shares rose as much as 5.7 percent, to $30.85, in extended trading, after closing at $29.19 in the regular session."

To put this in perspective, "adjusted earnings were 56 cents a share in the latest quarter, surpassing the average forecast of 52 cents a share among analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters. Revenue rose33 percent to $1.01 billion from $757 million last year. It was Adobe’s first billion-dollar quarter."

Here's the whole story –
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/21/technology/21adobe.html?_r=1&src=tptw#

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The Pew Internet & American Life Project

The Pew Internet Project, which is an initiative of the Pew Research Center, a nonprofit, nonpartisan “fact tank.” This group provides information on the issues, attitudes, and trends shaping America and the world. The project studies the social impact of the Internet and shares its findings at www.pewinternet.org.


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Top 10 Countries by Percentage of Internet Users

Some interesting stats about the Internet:
Top 10 Countries by Percentage of Internet Users
  1. Iceland 285,700 93.20%
  2. Norway 4,235,800 90.90%
  3. Greenland 52,000 90.30%
  4. Sweden 8,085,500 89.20%
  5. Netherlands 14,304,600 85.60%
  6. Denmark 4,629,600 84.20%
  7. Finland 4,382,700 83.50%
  8. New Zealand 3,500,000 83.10%
  9. Australia 17,033,826 80.10%
  10. Luxembourg 387,000 78.70%

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New Web Video Book

The staff of RHED Pixel just finished updating our web video book. This book significantly expands our original book on podcasting. We've added coverage of lots of brand new things. Here's the official listing:

Want to create professional quality web video that stands out in a crowded playing field? Gain a complete understanding of the opportunity, limitations, production, and distribution process with this book. Step up from the flip-cam experience with this solid introduction to professional planning and production techniques, ensuring that your video meets the same standards you set for every other element in your communication program.

  • Follow the RHED Pixel team as they detail every step of the way with engaging illustrations that demonstrate the process from concept to distribution including:
  • Preproduction planning of concept, scope, budget, and casting
  • Web-specific techniques for audio, lighting, and videography
  • Detailed overview of editing and encoding of web video
  • Effective branding and storytelling aids including b-roll, images and motion graphics
  • Distribution alternatives including HTML5, Flash, podcasting, RSS, and website hosting
  • Effective techniques to promote and monetize your video

Now available for pre-order.


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Create a Client Screener Disc


Check out this video to learn more about creating a screener disc for your clients.
This a sample of the 6 hours of video included with the book
Video Made on a Mac.
You can also visit the website
www.peachpit.com/videomac in order to download sample files.

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Social Media - Is it Real?


It seems that everywhere I turn, social media comes up. Independent producers as well as top studios look to harness social media to raise awareness for their productions. Customers are using it to talk about products and companies they love -- and hate. People look to re-establish their personal networks during tough economic times. Heck, your mother (or your kids) may be connected to you on Facebook.

But is this real? Specifically, can social media help your business grow?

The answer is a bit complex. Let's say it's both real and fake. I'm thinking 60/40. We'll see. You may think I'm being non-committal, but I'm not. The social media movement is filled with a lot of hot air right now. Just like the real estate market, the social media boom will pop.

But people need homes, and people have a real need to communicate with others in meaningful ways. Social media is a real communication medium that can be incredibly valuable, but getting started is like being thrown into a raging river and learning how to swim. It can be overwhelming at first, and if you look for help, you'll encounter a lot of bad advice. That's why I am writing this article, to offer you practical advice and real world experiences about how social media can help those of us who work with traditional media.

Continue reading the article here.


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Shooting and Capturing Great Video Assets

I found a pretty good list of tips for shooting better video. This list is excerpted from a new book (one I didn't write).

  • Get a closing shot.
  • Get an establishing shot.
  • Shoot plenty of video.
  • Adhere to the rule of thirds.
  • Keep your shots steady.
  • Follow the action.
  • Use trucking shots.
  • Find unusual angles.
  • Lean forward or backward.
  • Get wide and tight shots.
  • Shoot matched action.
  • Get sequences.
  • Avoid fast pans and snap zooms.
  • Shoot cutaways.
  • Use lights.
  • Grab good sound bites.
  • Get plenty of natural sound.
  • Plan your shoot.

You'll find details for each point in the list in the online article... I just post the list because it's a good checklist for those just getting started (or getting forgetful).

Check the article out here –
http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1625679&ns=20263&WT.mc_id=2010-10-14_NL_DigitalVideo

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Effective Business – Budgeting by Averages


There is an easy formula used by many experienced project managers to estimate the amount of time to be spent on each budget item task. The formula looks like this:

(1O + 4M +1P) ÷ 6

It means one optimistic + four most likely + one pessimistic divided by six.

What does that mean? It’s pretty simple: You create a time estimate based on averaging the information you gather. For example, you can approach a graphic designer and ask, "How long would this take?” The answer is not the most likely number. It’s the optimistic number, because if you ask any creative person how long something will take, the answer is an exaggerated number. Let’s say the number is eight hours.

Then you say, “Well, if it was anybody else, how long would it take?” And that’s the most likely number. For our formula, let’s use 12 hours.

Then ask, "If something goes wrong that you really didn’t count on, what is the worst case scenario?" In this example, use 22 hours.

You then plug these values into the formula to get your result: ((1*8) + (4*12) + (1*22) ÷ 6 = 13 hours for the task.

This budgeting formula works well when no historical data is available for review. It’s also more accurate if you are able to ask more than one person for time estimates. You can then average multiple answers.

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How Everyone Can Create Better Video



An Interview with me.

"Author and video expert Richard Harrington discusses his efforts to bring superior video techniques to the rest of us. Rich discusses getting it right from the ground up, from camera set-up to final production, why so many users want to use greenscreen, and why the tools you have on the desktop are more than adequate."
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Free Music for Video Projects

A nice source to find royalty free or public domain licensed music you might want to check out http://freemusicarchive.org/

"The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads. The Free Music Archive is directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America. Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age of the internet.
Every mp3 you discover on The Free Music Archive is pre-cleared for certain types of uses that would otherwise be prohibited by copyright laws that were not designed for the digital era. Are you a podcaster looking for pod-safe audio? A radio or video producer searching for instrumental bed music that won't put your audience to sleep? A remix artist looking for pre-cleared samples? Or are you simply looking for some new sounds to add to your next playlist? The Free Music Archive is a resource for all that and more, and unlike other websites, all of the audio has been hand-picked by established audio curators."
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A Great Article on Filmmaking Apps for the iOS

Here's a great article on cool application for the iPhone and iPad. Twenty-two apps that help video pros and filmmakers.

"The iPad and iPhone have taken the world by storm. Only very recently have filmmakers started to see their potential in a production environment. The iPad has only been out a few months and we are already seeing it used in some very creative ways.

For this feature we have rounded up some of the best and most useful Filmmaking Apps that our Deal Leader Steve Jobs has approved for the App Store. As more filmmakers explore the possibilities with these powerful mobile devices, we are sure this list will continue to grow"

Get the whole article here – http://filmmakeriq.com/2010/07/22-filmmaking-apps-for-the-ipad-iphone/

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On-Camera Interview Tips

  • Have talent/interviewee bring an alternate set of clothing.
  • Herringbone, stripes, or small patterns do not look good on camera.
  • Keep jewelry simple.
  • Do not allow interviewees to wear bright white. Cream, eggshell, or light gray are preferred.
  • Utilize a make-up artist. People give a better interview when they look good. Decision-makers favor approval copies when their people look professional.
  • Maintain eye contact throughout the interview.
  • “Edit in the Camera.” Encourage short answers and come back to topics again. Better to focus on good, tight answers, than trying to cobble together six takes to make your point.
  • Avoid enumeration or the phrase “Like I said before.” It is highly likely that you may use step three, without steps one and two. You also wouldn’t be asking the question again, if you were happy with what the answer was “before.”
  • Don’t be afraid to stop and start over. Do not let an answer ramble on. Smiles and nods encourage subjects that they are ‘on-target.’
  • Relax.


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blipt.tv Review


One of our favorite services has to be blip.tv. This robust site let’s you publish your video to many outlets (including nontraditional ones like TiVo and internet connected TVs). In fact the company claims that its network “reaches more than 80% of Americans on the Internet and a growing number of television households.”

We really like how flexible blip.tv is in that you can choose your distribution format. You have options to use Flash, MPEG-4, QuickTime, and more. Their player is also highly customizable and can be fully branded to your site or brand.

The service has both a free version and a paid version at $8 per month. The paid version offers priority encoding so your files are available in multiple formats. This is a great feature as it lets others re-syndicate your content using a player of their choice. The control panel for the site is very robust, and gives you complete control over targeting specific networks and social media sites.


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Free Windows Media Encoder


Windows Media Encoder is dead... In it's place is the Expression Encoder 4. There's a ton of new features, but the biggest for me is that it finally recognizes QuickTime files. If you are on a Mac, you'll need to run it under VMWare or BootCamp. But it's a free application (with a more advanced version for free). Be sure to check it out —
http://www.microsoft.com/expression/products/Encoder4_Overview.aspx

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TubeMogul Review


The OneLoad service from TubeMogul (www.TubeMogul.com) offers both a robust free version (which allows for 100 videos per month) and a scaled paid service with advanced features for large publishers (priced at $50 per month and up). The principal benefit here is that it offers a single point for deploying videos to the top video and social networking sites.

You first set up accounts at any of the 30 sites supported by TubeMogul. You then upload a video to TubeMogul’s site and it is sent onto the other sites. This means you need to spend a little time setting things up, but once you’ve published more than two videos, this method is substantially faster. The site also offers detailed analytics (for supported sites), that can show real-time viewership, geographic tracking, stream quality and more.
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Safari 5 is Released

While the iPhone announcement got most of the press today, Apple also released Safari version 5 today. Here are the highlights of the new version:

  • 30 percent performance boost over Safari 4
  • Addition of Bing to the Google and Yahoo! options.
  • Addition of Reader option for websites with news articles. Just click the Reader icon in the Smart Address Field to display the entire article for clear, uninterrupted reading with options to enlarge, print or send via email.


  • Runs JavaScript 30 percent faster than Safari 4, three percent faster than Chrome 5.0, and over twice as fast as Firefox 3.6.
  • Full screen playback and closed captions for HTML5 video

Safari 5 is available for Mac and Windows as a free download at www.apple.com/safari.
The Safari Developer Program is free to join at
developer.apple.com/programs/safari.

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Free Final Cut Pro/Motion/AE Plug-ins



I always like free stuff... especially
good free stuff.

Here's the link –
http://www.idustrialrevolution.com/idrplugins/freebiepack1/index.html

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Google announces Google TV

I'm all for more paths into the living room for content creators. But I can't help feel that we've already tried this a few times.



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