Save free web video incl. my own movie “Vincent”: vote with your browsers (dump all your Apple/MS browsers!)

May 16, 2010

If the MPEG-LA, the patent pool behind H.264 and MPEG-2, has it their way I am an endangered species: “Vincent“, being 44 min. long would not qualify for the MPEG-LA’s “free” offer, latest after 2015 and there is no way that I (or someone else) will be paying protection money to a fucking patent pool for “Vincent”.

My work would simply not be available online any more (thanks to software patents no alternative). Welcome to the age of Corporate Fascism. It’s standing at your and my front door. But you can still act now:

* vote with your browser: since Apple and Microsoft – both H.264 patent holders – are pushing for H.264 as the future web standard for video: simply dump your Apple/MS browsers now and use Firefox, Chrome or Opera. If not: you might be paying for the rest of your life with more ads (yes, H.264 is “free” for the end user…).

* let others know what is at stake here: those people would like to/are about to establish a MONOPOLY ON THE MOVING IMAGE (lock-in via video codec) – a pretty scary systemic change:

Why Our Civilization’s Video Art and Culture is Threatened by the MPEG-LA

And for all my younger – and not so young – readers: if this was a Harry Potter movie Dumbledore would say:

“Dark times lay ahead, Harry. Soon we’ll all have to choose between what is right — and what is easy.”

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michel bauwens interview: what is peer to peer? – thoughts on jump cuts – new: flash for internet archive videos!

May 9, 2007

michel bauwens interview: what is peer to peer?

here is a 4 min. interview with the p2p foundation’s michel bauwens, centred around the question what is peer to peer?, that i just finished editing. the full length 20 min. interview is featured in this robin good article. the music used is the cc-licensed track my piano sings (part 2) by john holowach from his archive.org hosted album piano works.

while i think the end result is quite acceptable in terms of technical quality, i just want to mention that the original audio recording was not ideal from an editor’s point of view and that i also only had a lower resolution version of the original video to work with… well, this was a no budget production and so compromises had to be made.

thoughts on jump cuts

i opted for hard cuts only (exception the dissolves for the titles) and since there was just this one camera angle those cuts are all jump cuts. i think it works quite well, still it might appear a bit experimental to some people, but i think after a minute or so one adapts to the slightly unusual style. i could of course have easily added (quick) dissolves, but somehow did not want to do that. dissolves tend to be overused, specially in broadcast tv where there is often not enough time for an editor to make cuts really work… and i admit it: i just love jump cuts – my most radical attempt at jump cut editing so far is my his girl friday – between the lines edit (2005), this one is an 8 min. jump cut orgy (those few dissolves you can see are from the original footage).

new: flash for internet archive videos!

the embedded flash video *) by the way is from the internet archive – yes, archive.org now also offers youtube style flash video next to the download option! it’s still in beta and sometimes the video takes too long to load, but i’m sure that they will eventually fix that.

two tips:

• you can “activate” the flash option for older uploads via “Edit item” > “You may also visit the Item Manager” and then “derive” (third button from the top). after a few minutes you should see the flash version of your video… for all new uploads the flash video is derived automatically from your upload.

• once you hit “play” there is a blue “?” underneath the video – if you click that you’ll get another page that shows the code for embedding the video in a blog post – i did just that for the michel bauwens interview –

what_is_peer_to_peer

watch/download
(mpeg4/h.264)

for flash video:

this entry on indiworks @ blogger

*) wordpress.com unfortunately does not support embedded flash video from the internet archive at this moment

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new “vincent” preview image

February 9, 2007

vincent_preview_new_v2

vincent (austria 1996/2003, feature, 44 min.)

this is the new preview image on the vincent download page at the internet archive. i think it works much better than the one i had before.

if you have a video/film in the archive’s open-source movie section and don’t know how-to add an image to your movie’s page: read this short how-to on my indiworks @ blogger blog…


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