aka: vogging, vlogging, vodcasting, video podcasting and so on..
Just like audio blogging is the posting of audio to your blog, video blogging is the posting of video.
What is Videoblogging?
Videoblogging is a new form of expression centering around posting videos to a website and encouraging an audience response. It is the next step from text blogging and podcasting.
First published December 2000.
A vog respects bandwidth. A vog is not streaming video (this is not the reinvention of television). A vog uses performative video and/or audio. A vog is personal. A vog uses available technology. a vog experiments with writerly video and audio. A vog lies between writing and the televisual. A vog explores the proximate distance of words and moving media. A vog is dziga vertovJean-Luc Godard with a mac and a modem. A vog is a video blog where video in a blog must be more than video in a blog.
QuickTime, with it's support of MPEG-4 (now very much a standard) is probably the most universal tool in use for video blog creation. Of course, most other plugin based media players are able to be used but for now we will stick with QuickTime.
QuickTime Pro is by far the most useful tool for creating QuickTime movies but any capture/editing software that supports QuickTime should be able to do it.
Super Simple Capture and Export
QuickTime Pro can be used to record directly from a camera (Firewire and DV are directly supported). Choosing File: New Movie Recording brings up a recording window that you can capture directly into.
The next step is to export the video in a manner that can be published on the web.
File: Export: Movie to QuickTime Movie: Options: Video: Compression MPEG-4: Bitrate 600 kbits/sec. Sound: Format: AAC Sample Rate: Recommended: Bit rate 64 kbps. Prepare for Internet Streaming: Fast Start - Compressed Header
Following this, you should be able to publish your video on the web in the same manner you do with any other file. Upload it to a webserver and create a link to it. (As with podcasting, you should include the full path to the file: http://itp.nyu.edu/~sve204/ppm_spring06/test.mov instead of just ppm_spring06/test.mov.
You will notice that there are really two things going on here. The first is
the "Object" tag and associated "Param" tags. These are
included to support Internet Explorer and other browsers that support ActiveX
controls. The second is the "Embed" tag. This is included to support
browsers that utilize the standard Netscape plugin architecture. In order for
your embedded player support the range of browsers available you need to include
both. Also, both tags should include the same set of information. For instance,
if you are going to change the height of the plugin you should change it in
both the "Object" tag and in the "Embed" tag.
There are quite a few tags that you may utilize when you use a QuickTime embedded player.
A full list is available from Apple by following the For more information: QuickTime Embed Tag Attributes.
Some of the more interesting ones are: AUTOPLAY, CONTROLLER and HIDDEN.
If I wanted to make sure the movie plays as soon as it is able, I would set
the AUTOPLAY to true.
If I didn't want a controller to be available
on the page I would set CONTROLLER to false (better make sure that AUTOPLAY
is true in this case). When you have a controller you should increase
the size of the movie by 17 pixels in height.
Each of these pieces of software have their own set of features and formats that they support. It is interesting to track the development of each, especially as they add things like Tagging, Integrated Directories, BitTorrent support, Sharing and so on.