Category Archives: Video

Track YouTube Stats

Most YouTube emails are insipid (not all of them, mind you). I just received this YouTube message from a fellow user a few minutes ago:

I am frequent YouTube watcher and a student at UC Berkeley. As part of a project for one of my classes, I have been working on a new product idea for YouTube film makers/posters like you. The product tracks the trends in your movie viewership over time – breaking your viewership down by day, week, and month.

I have just started the service and it is a bit rough, but functional. I would *really* appreciate it if you would be willing to try it out and provide feedback to me. Mostly your feedback will help a Berkeley student with his project, but if I feel the service is valuable to you I may consider further developing the product for public use.

The site is TubeMogul – it should only take a few minutes to run thru. After you take a look, I have set up a survey to collect comments and feedback. It’s only 10 questions and they are very short and to the point.

Took me no time at all to set up and complete – instantly seeing stats for some of my more popular videos on YouTube. Nice! Certainly better than anything I had before. If you’re a YouTube user, you might give TubeMogul a shake.

The Wedding Video will be Online

There’s apparently only one name in town when it comes to Seattle wedding video production: Cory Bogle. Just about “everybody” has recommended him to us, including digital strangers who privately answered my public request for local videographer recommendations the other day. Knowing that we were in the eleventh hour with wedding planning (less than a month away), Ponzi and I were not expecting to hear back from Bogle Productions. A few hours ago, Cory (himself) called. Within minutes, we had secured our video package – which will be recorded in high definition!

More importantly, Cory has given us permission to share our (fully produced) wedding video with everybody online. This level of distribution was very important to both Ponzi and me, as most of our family and friends will not be able to attend the ceremony. While our video will be recorded and archived in 1080i, I’ll have to locate an HD-DVD or Blu-ray burner to put that particular format directly on a disc. We’ll likely encode the video in both high-def WMV (as well as MP4) for anybody to stream / download.

TechTV = UndoTV

TechTV was a television network that held within it so much promise, so much talent. We had an army of fanatics stationed all around the globe. The Internet-savvy did everything in their power to empower that very community – but many of those efforts fell victim to a traditional media mindset. We’re now on the cusp of a new media revolution, and I’ve begun to spearhead efforts to ressurect the ideals of TechTV.

When I seeded the idea about letting the community help us centralize, the response was overwhelming – both from TechTV alumni and our ever-present supporters. I’m here to tell you now: it’s going to happen. I don’t know how it’s going to happen, but… that’s what makes it worth doing! The most difficult hurdle has already been overcome, in my opinion: we have an audience that is NOT being served effectively.

ZDTV/TechTV brought us all together, but that brand belongs to somebody else – to a completely different time and management style. It’s not the name that’s most important – it’s what we do with that name which will prove our validity and worth. The whole is always greater than the sum of its parts!

Leo and I have discussed a few core values this impending structure must support, the most revolutionary of which is content producers owning 100% of their contributions. We want to enable former TechTV talent to upload new and existing content, and we want to bring new talent into the fold as well. Sales will also be an important part of this process, so we’d also like to help match sponsorship with these personalities.

The working (and likely final) name for this project is simple, poignant, and genre-neutral: UndoTV. I’ve registered UndoTV.com, Undo.tv, UndoTV.net, and UndoTV.org through GoDaddy. I believe that UndoTV.com will be the primary domain (with Undo.tv being a permanent redirect to it). It’s my hope to turn over UndoTV.net and UndoTV.org to the community, letting vetted leaders craft those sites with tools of their choosing. Perhaps one could hold within it a wiki, another could hold a customized version of MUWP (which I’m developing for Lockergnome.com anyway)? That’s completely up to you, my friends.

Why UndoTV? Several reasons:

  • Some former TechTV talent are no longer producing tech content.
  • We’re undoing TechTV’s untimely and unwarranted demise.
  • The television industry is changing, and we’re all helping “undo” it.
  • There are few preconceived notions with the word “undo.”
  • The CTRL+Z reference is geeky enough, but it doesn’t turn off non-geeks.
  • The appropriate domains were available.
  • Informal reactions to the “UndoTV” name were positive.
  • All TechTV/ZDTV fans will find us, no matter what we call it.

A good name is important, but not as important as what we make of that name. What did “Digg” mean before the community pushed it to a powerhouse? What’s more, we’re really trying to help people who are afraid of technology – and getting a technophobe to pay attention to “tech” anything is nothing short of impossible. Let me put it to you another way: how do normal people discover YouTube videos?

I’m confident that the timing for UndoTV is perfect. Leo and I have identified a potential platform to begin publishing through, but an actual launch date is still in the air. We have every element in line for success: an amazing community, a range of great talent, and a strong desire to push the media industry forward.

Could be the Peet’s talking, but… I’m excited. Next steps?

  • Draft a unique logo
  • Prep the site structure
  • Locate smart sponsors
  • Contact interested talent
  • Solicit community feedback
  • Identify organizational needs
  • Define necessary roles
  • Flesh out legal structure

Here we go. Let’s see if Dvorak likes the idea.

ZachBraff.com Launches

It’s no secret: I’m a huge fan of Zach Braff. When I first saw him on Scrubs, I was sold. He then went and birthed the amazing Garden State (with a blog that he’s kept-up over time). After the release of Chicken Little, he posted a truly behind-the-scenes video update – and I wanted more. Zach has finally delivered through his own YouTube account:

This is announcing his new Web site, ZachBraff.com (natch). Rock on, man – I wish more celebs were like him (being “personalâ€Â? with fans instead of hiding behind some kind of PR flack. A couple of suggestions for you, Zach (if you’re even aware that this post exists): (1) Get an RSS feed on your site; (2) Never compose a blog entry in a Web Browser window – do it in Notepad or somewhere on your local computer so that it won’t get deleted next time; (3) You might wanna boost the volume a bit in your next video upload; (3) Don’t ever stop creating for the thrill of creating. I only played myself when I was on TV – so it’s quite nice to see that you’re being yourself online.

Download Video Files

When I heard that Video Downloader 2.0 could enable me to download videos from sites like AnimeEpisodes.Net, Badjojo, Blastro, Bofunk, Bolt, Castpost, CollegeHumor, Current TV, Dachix, Danerd, DailySixer.com, DevilDucky, Double Agent, EVTV1, FindVideos, Hiphopdeal, Kontraband, Lulu TV, Midis.biz, Music.com, MusicVideoCodes.info, Newgrounds, NothingToxic, PcPlanets, Pixparty, PlsThx, Revver, Sharkle, SmitHappens, StreetFire, That Video Site, VideoCodes4U, VideoCodesWorld, VideoCodeZone, Vimeo and Yikers, Angry Alien, Blennus, Blip.tv, Break.com, Dailymotion, Double Agent, eVideoShare, Free Video Blog, Google Video, Grinvi, iFilm, Metacafe, MySpace, MySpace Video Code, Putfile, Totally Crap, vidiLife, vSocial, YouTube and ZippyVideos… I was thrilled. Of course, I don’t visit half of these video sites, but it’s nice to know I could download the videos if I did. They’ve got a FireFox plugin, so I figured I’d ask for a Maxthon plugin, too. Wheelie4 answered my request with an IE bookmarklet to help you save embedded video files:

[js]javascript:(function(){w=open((‘http://videodownloader.net/get/?url=’+escape(location)),’w’,’location=no,status=yes,menubar=no,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=800,height=400,modal=yes,dependent=yes’);setTimeout(‘w.focus()’,1000)})();[/js]

Black MacBook Video

Tibor Ratkai sent me an email this morning, notifying me that my voice (as well as Ponzi’s) has been used without our permission for a video Mac-Essentials.de just produced on the new black MacBooks. Well, let me be the first to say: COOL! If they thought Derek’s remix was awesome enough to use for the video soundtrack, who am I to argue? My only wish is that the video could’ve been longer. I don’t think we ever would have found out about this if it weren’t for Tibor. Don’t know if it makes me wanna run out and get a black MacBook yet, but it certainly gives me bragging rights – to say that my voice played a pivotal role in a German video about new Apple laptops. How’s that for obscure?

I don’t know if I’d buy one of Apple’s new MacBooks right now or not. I’d much rather wait until OS X has Boot Camp baked into the operating system. That, and I’m waiting for Apple to release a few more generations of the MacBook running on the Intel platform. I’m in no rush to upgrade to a piece of hardware that might very well be a PoS. Apple’s done a good job with the MacBook, don’t get me wrong – but I’m just not enthusiastic about running out and buying one. Making the MacBook black is enticing, but not anything more than “interesting” to me as a tech enthusiast today. Ask Andru from GearLive what he thinks after he was forced to leave Boot Camp.

New Xbox 360 Game Trailers

From E3 2006: Lost Planet, Table Tennis, Brothers in Arms, Mass Effect, NHL 2k7, First Encounter Assault Recon, Too Human, Viva Pinata, MotoGP 06, Lord of the Rings (The Battle for Middle Earth), Sonic the Hedgehog, Madden NFL 07, World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions, Saint’s Row, WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2007, John Woo Presents Strangehold, Enchanted Arms, Test Drive Unlimited, NCAA Football 07, Dead Rising, Dance Dance Revolution Universe, Prey, Superman Returns The Videogame, NBA 2k7, Crackdown, Ninety-Nine Nights, Gears of War

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