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June 20, 2003

Personal video publishing experiments - Lisa Rein

An example of true personal video publishing of the type Eric Schmidt predicted - Lisa Rein's Weblog is rich with homegrown media and original content.  I'm impressed with the quantity of material that's available here.  If this is the future of personal publishing - and the future of video publishing - then the thing that'll have to be added is the ability to "google-search" it the way we can with text.  

The Web is about filtering and finding information.  How do we make personal video weblogs such as this one more accessible?  Virage used to have a product called "My Logger", which was a personal version of their flagship video metadata extraction product that extracts keyframes and associates other metadata with the content of a RealVideo file.  I'm thinking that that's the missing element that will make personal video publishing fly.  It brings HTML-like processing to video content - not unlike what accessibility expert Matt May suggests:

Coordinate a single stream of video packages provided by several authors. Wrap them in a common interface. Require all participants to caption and mark items in SMIL. Use the linking functionality in media players (which has been in there for years) to allow users to navigate meaningfully from one bit of content to the next.

Are there other examples of sites that make as extensive use of video as Lisa's?  Send 'em along!

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Indymedia and Demandmedia are cool sites, with very different personalities. Is Indymedia's strong (& unanimous) political slant by design, or does it just work out that way?

The SMIL interface is a neat idea, although some kind of attached metadata/navigation will be needed to make it useful. You could imagine a condensed interface that's a "summary" edit of the content in a user's chosen categories or sources. Clickable thumbnails, viewable descriptions - now that I say it, I guess that's what the HTML page does. How can a SMIL interface be designed to best add value?

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