Happy Sunday

Christopher Coulter got kicked off his plane, so is coming tonight. Which means I have a few minutes to read watch the blogs vlogs.

Joey deVilla is offering his Asian mug to help conference diversity. Oh, and he promises something that I can’t offer: an accordian performance.

Hey, Joey, stick it in your videoblog and let us all see your skillz.

Speaking of videoblogging, Jon Watson says I got it all wrong last night. Oh, Jon, get to the back of the line. I get it all wrong everyday. Luckily you all clean up my messes. Anyway, he’s right. That post on videoblogging wasn’t one of my better ones. That’ll teach me to try to sneak a post in between going to two family events with Maryam yelling at me to go.

He tries to argue that videoblogging takes longer than podcasting. I should have admitted it COULD take longer. But today I’m gonna take Maryam’s Nikon S1 (a still camera out) and switch it to video and shoot what I have for breakfast. I won’t do any editing. I’ll just shoot, take the card out, put it into my Tablet PC, and upload. That’ll be my videoblog for today. Most people don’t even realize their digital still camera can also do videoblogging.

As to visuals Jon argues: “If I don’t have any visuals, then I should stick to audio.” Ahh, now I’m starting to get his point. He’s saying if you don’t have anything visual you should just stick with audio. Well, that’s true. But, what is “visuals.” Everything around me has a visual component.

Can I tell you what Ryanne’s engadgement ring looks like? Yeah, it’s a garnet ring. And cheap. But the videoblog she did works a lot better.

Jon also argues about the cost of videoblogging equipment. “A $20 microphone and the free Audacity sound editor will get you into audio podcasting. ”

Well, that’s true, and many of the newer cell phones (some of which you can get for free if you sign up for a contract) come with video capabilities built in. Most people I know have a simple digital camera that can do video too. That’s what I’ll use today.

He ends by saying that I have a job to do by evangelizing podcasting in all its forms. Whoa. Alarm alert. TOTALLY FALSE. In fact, if I were doing my job I’d want FEWER COMPETITORS!

But, maybe Jon just needs to go make a minestrone salad with Geneve. Oh, wait, she has visuals (the food and a biga** knife) and a set (her kitchen). :-)

Anyway, hope you’re having a good Sunday.

UPDATE: Jonny Goldstein says it better than I could. Wasabi!

30 thoughts on “Happy Sunday

  1. It’s priceless how bloggers can argue over seemingly anything.

    If you want to go do a vlog, do it. Don’t worry about who says what about them, or who even might watch it. Do it because you want to! (But follow Scoble’s tips to make a decent job of it).

    BTW my still camera (Canon S70) does excellent sound and video, which I recently used (for example) to send a birthday greeting to a friend abroad. Experiment! It’s fun.

  2. It’s priceless how bloggers can argue over seemingly anything.

    If you want to go do a vlog, do it. Don’t worry about who says what about them, or who even might watch it. Do it because you want to! (But follow Scoble’s tips to make a decent job of it).

    BTW my still camera (Canon S70) does excellent sound and video, which I recently used (for example) to send a birthday greeting to a friend abroad. Experiment! It’s fun.

  3. Scoble,

    Off-topic, but worth the mention.

    A couple of weeks ago I asked you from refraining from “I know something but I can’t tell you”

    It is very re-assuring to read your blog and not see that :-)

    Thank you very much.

    -Anonymous Coward

  4. Scoble,

    Off-topic, but worth the mention.

    A couple of weeks ago I asked you from refraining from “I know something but I can’t tell you”

    It is very re-assuring to read your blog and not see that :-)

    Thank you very much.

    -Anonymous Coward

  5. Why settle for just video, just audio or just text? The trick is to use the medium that does the best job communicating the message. We can coin a new term “Multimedia Blogging” that refers to those that use a good mix of video, audio and text to get their message across. Now all we need to do is think of a catchy acronym, maybe “Multiblog”?

  6. Why settle for just video, just audio or just text? The trick is to use the medium that does the best job communicating the message. We can coin a new term “Multimedia Blogging” that refers to those that use a good mix of video, audio and text to get their message across. Now all we need to do is think of a catchy acronym, maybe “Multiblog”?

  7. J. Botter: every single one of my Channel 9 videos were done using the on-camera microphone. I totally disagree that you shouldn’t use that. Yeah, it would have been better to use a wireless microphone like I now am using, but that makes things more complex (and more expensive) and many of the cheaper cameras out there can’t use external microphones anyway.

  8. J. Botter: every single one of my Channel 9 videos were done using the on-camera microphone. I totally disagree that you shouldn’t use that. Yeah, it would have been better to use a wireless microphone like I now am using, but that makes things more complex (and more expensive) and many of the cheaper cameras out there can’t use external microphones anyway.

  9. There’s a very wide range of what people will put up with for picture quality. But if someone is talking and you can’t make it out… game over.

    Agreed. Audio is far, far more important than video. You could have a high-def camera like the one Robert uses and put out video that looks stunning, but if your audio doesn’t match up, it’s going to annoy the heck out of your viewers. That’s why it’s best to NEVER use the built-in mic on a camera; spent the extra $200 and get a decent lavalier mic. It’ll make all the difference in the world to your viewers.

  10. There’s a very wide range of what people will put up with for picture quality. But if someone is talking and you can’t make it out… game over.

    Agreed. Audio is far, far more important than video. You could have a high-def camera like the one Robert uses and put out video that looks stunning, but if your audio doesn’t match up, it’s going to annoy the heck out of your viewers. That’s why it’s best to NEVER use the built-in mic on a camera; spent the extra $200 and get a decent lavalier mic. It’ll make all the difference in the world to your viewers.

  11. Hey everyone,

    My apologies for a totally off topic comment/question but could anyone kindly ‘help’ me…I’m looking for some website which offers statistics for Google products, e.g. the number of downloads, number of users of GTalk, GMail, etc. Is there such a comprehensive website? Or maybe, is there any Google representative that I could find through email/phone or in person in Paris?

    Many thanks and sorry for the ‘disturbance’.

    Cheers.

  12. Hey everyone,

    My apologies for a totally off topic comment/question but could anyone kindly ‘help’ me…I’m looking for some website which offers statistics for Google products, e.g. the number of downloads, number of users of GTalk, GMail, etc. Is there such a comprehensive website? Or maybe, is there any Google representative that I could find through email/phone or in person in Paris?

    Many thanks and sorry for the ‘disturbance’.

    Cheers.

  13. “He’s saying if you don’t have anything visual you should just stick with audio. Well, that’s true. But, what is “visuals.” Everything around me has a visual component”
    —–
    I guess he should have inserted “meaningful” or “useful” instead of “anything”.
    If your visuals don’t impart anything useful or meaningful, save my bandwidth please. If it’s just a shot of your breakfast plate, use a picture as cover art, it’s a lot kinder than a gigabyte download to see a video of scrambled eggs. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. ;-)

  14. “He’s saying if you don’t have anything visual you should just stick with audio. Well, that’s true. But, what is “visuals.” Everything around me has a visual component”
    —–
    I guess he should have inserted “meaningful” or “useful” instead of “anything”.
    If your visuals don’t impart anything useful or meaningful, save my bandwidth please. If it’s just a shot of your breakfast plate, use a picture as cover art, it’s a lot kinder than a gigabyte download to see a video of scrambled eggs. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. ;-)

  15. Happy Sunday to you too, Robert! (It’s one of my fave things to say.)

    With some videoblogs, I find having a dual monitor setup helps a lot. And yet, can’t really have my eyes focused in two places at once (and I can’t do the weird independent eyeball movement trick).

    I’d say what’s dangerous here is inaction: if you wanna experiment and post some iSight clips of you or whatever, go for it, and learn from it. Sometimes there doesn’t need to be a slash-boom-bang, it’s nice enough to have facial expressions.

  16. Happy Sunday to you too, Robert! (It’s one of my fave things to say.)

    With some videoblogs, I find having a dual monitor setup helps a lot. And yet, can’t really have my eyes focused in two places at once (and I can’t do the weird independent eyeball movement trick).

    I’d say what’s dangerous here is inaction: if you wanna experiment and post some iSight clips of you or whatever, go for it, and learn from it. Sometimes there doesn’t need to be a slash-boom-bang, it’s nice enough to have facial expressions.

  17. I’m going to stand back from the “should you or shouldn’t you” debate. But i want to reinforce one excellent point Robert made yesterday: If you videoblog, please pay attention to the audio. (or post silent movies). TIP: shoot some test audio and play it back for yourself, listening on headphones (or earbuds in a pinch). There’s a very wide range of what people will put up with for picture quality. But if someone is talking and you can’t make it out… game over.

  18. I’m going to stand back from the “should you or shouldn’t you” debate. But i want to reinforce one excellent point Robert made yesterday: If you videoblog, please pay attention to the audio. (or post silent movies). TIP: shoot some test audio and play it back for yourself, listening on headphones (or earbuds in a pinch). There’s a very wide range of what people will put up with for picture quality. But if someone is talking and you can’t make it out… game over.

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