Great news for video publishers that want to expand their possible viewership on YourTube videos, now you can add captions to your videos. From the official blog:
You can add captions to one of your videos by uploading a closed caption file using the “Captions and Subtitles” menu on the editing page. To add several captions to a video, simply upload multiple files. If you want to include foreign subtitles in multiple languages, upload a separate file for each language.
BBC, CNET, MIT, and Japanese anime publisher Gonzodoga are among the partners mentioned in said blog post. read more
12seconds.tv is something of a Twitter for video. The site lets you share videos of up to 12 seconds length, which by itself is something of a challenge. Personally, I’m not convinced, I just don’t see why I should use the service.
As part of the ongoing series on WTF Blog Design Clutter, it’s time to tackle all those videos and pictures you want to share with the world through your blog.
There are two ways of sharing video and pictures with your blog readers and friends. Only one influences your blog’s design.
Example of appropriate use of videos in a blog's sidebar, reflecting the blog's purpose.
Typically, pictures and videos are shared through your blog posts as part of your blog’s content. Many bloggers want to share videos and pictures through their blog’s design, typically in the blog’s ever crowded sidebar. Some even want to go so far as forcing videos to start the moment someone lands on the page with the video, a serious no-no on the web. Let the reader choose to initiate the video. read more
Redlasso, a Website that enables users to search media broadcasts and create clips to share, has suspended its service. The service is in the midst of defending itself from copyright infringement lawsuits filed by NBC and FOX News.
All is not lost, however. Users can still use the site’s business-targeted service to track and clip content for internal use.
According to Redlasso Chief Executive Ken Hayward:
“We are very disappointed in the actions of select networks. We believe we have always acted within the law and have been respectful of the networks’ rights. They have forced our hand and are denying the blogging community access to the Redlasso platform that beneficially tracks the usage of newsworthy clips across the Web.”
Do you think bloggers should be allowed to use clips and full-length programs of shows within their posts?
Another point of contention is that RedLasso claims to split advertising revenue with producers and owners of the content. However, broadcasters appear to be unaware of any such arrangement.
Other newsrooms have migrated from videotape to digital, but TMZ, perhaps best-known for its reporting on Seinfeld star Michael Richards’ racist tirade, was designed for the Digital Age. Not only does this enable TMZ cameramen to shoot using lighter, less expensive cameras, but editors don’t have to rip up entire TV shows each time they make changes, says Jim Paratore, TMZ’s executive producer.
For these reasons, TMZ often has stories up before rivals and operates more efficiently, executives say. As chilling as this may sound to some, TMZ could be the prototype of a 21st century news agency.
Their integrated use of lightweight “prosumer” video has put them far out ahead of most of their competition – driving their traffic to around 10m monthly unique visitors.
CBS are revamping their web player, and in the process they’re making it possible to embed it on outside websites. Other news includes HD picture quality, full-screen viewing, and a new interface. The CBS web player will be upgraded over the coming months.
That means that CBS is doing what ABC is not, adding embed features to the player and embracing the blogosphere that is. I think it’s a good idea, since the Hulu service is rumored to allow embedding soon enough, and I’m sure the competing networks would like to steal some Hulu thunder.
It appears that the New York Post is accepting video along with the traditional wedding photos, so now you can share your vows in the newspaper. At least online, I’d reckon we’re still a few years of video on paper…
Wouldn’t it be cooler to just do a full-blown wedding videos site, or channel it on YouTube? Still, looking at the NYT website, “cool” isn’t what strikes me, so maybe I shouldn’t be surprised that we’re not seeing a Web 2.0 solution here.