CNet profiles TMZ’s Technology

CNet takes a look at the technology behind – one of the leading celebrity news blogs:

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 Web Player to be Embedded Everywhere

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.

Wedding Photos 2.0 is Video

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.

Thanks for the heads-up, Brian!

Scoble & Israel to collaborate on live show ‘Workfast’

Robert Scoble and Shel Israel will be collaborating on a new live web-video show called “Workfast’ according to a post on Shel Israel’s blog:

I’m co-hosting WorkFast with Robert. It is a live, half-hour interview show about the future of work. The premiere will be at 10 am [Pacific], Thursday June 5. After that, it will be every Friday at 10 am from the Revision3 Studios in San Francisco.

Yes the show has a well-known sponsor, but I’ll wait for the official FastCompany.TV announcement before saying who it is.

Each week, Robert and I will interview one or two guests on how internet-based technologies are making people and companies more productive. We’ll talk to tool-makers and tool-users. We’ll look at the history of office productivity and the future of it. We’ll bring in authors and experts.

I guess I’m suprised by this – as Shel’s show on doesn’t appear to be well received – and Scoble’s show is a step above just being ok…. but I’m looking forward to seeing the new show and how it compares..

YouTube Put More Focus on Citizen News

YouTube wants to put more focus on citizen news, so enter Olivia, the new News Manager who urges people to participate. She’s got a channel up, want tips by e-mail, and says hi in a video:

YouTube Gives You Insight

Now you can get some more statistics for your YouTube videos, with the recently launched Insight tool, available in your YouTube account (under Manage my Videos, which is probably temporary). The new stats feature is described like this by Tracy Chan, YouTube product manager:

For example, uploaders can see how often their videos are viewed in different geographic regions, as well as how popular they are relative to all videos in that market over a given period of time. You can also delve deeper into the lifecycle of your videos, like how long it takes for a video to become popular, and what happens to video views as popularity peaks.

Darren over at ProBlogger takes a closer look, with a bunch of screenshots detailing some stats for his videos.

11.5 Billion Videos Watched Online in March

ComScore data reports that Google sites continue to hold a firm grasp on the online video space, accounting for 38% of all videos viewed (4.3 billion). Of that, 98% is straight from YouTube.

Nearly 139 million U.S. Internet users watched an average of 83 videos per viewer in March.

Since so many of us do the majority of Web searching at work, have we gotten really good at minimizing windows when danger lurks, or are employers’ more understanding of the online video phenomenon? Which leads to the bigger question: Should text bloggers, who have no interest in stepping out into the video realm, be concerned that they are losing eyeballs?

Far behind Google is Fox Interactive Media, ranked second with 477 million videos (4.2 percent), Yahoo! Sites with 328 million (2.9 percent) and Viacom Digital with 249 million (2.2 percent).

Amanda Congdon Returns to Online Video

NewTeeVee spotted that Amanda Congdon is returning to web video with a new show, called Sometimesdaily. There’s a web page up with a teaser clip, embedded below for your convenience:

Amanda Congdon was the host for Rocketboom, the video show of video shows, and then she did something at ABC, and disappeared from the scene after that.

Google Still Haven’t Worked Out How to Monetize YouTube


youtube.gifThe CNET News Blog have a post up discussing the fact that Google still haven’t found a way to monetize YouTube. You might remember the overlay ads that caused such a ruckus when Google tried them on a select few videos, and apparently it wasn’t a solid idea at G Headquarters either, since we’re not seeing them all over the YouTube vids.

However, they’re not completely at loss. The post quotes CEO Eric Schmidt, who is confident that Google’s yet unannounced products of this year will make a difference.

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