First two months of ScobleShow

More than 70 videos. 36 companies. 45 interviews. Whew!

Happy Thanksgiving! All of my shows are listed on the ScobleShow wiki that I just started over on WetPaint.

A few things I hate about my own work so far:

1) My show doesn’t work on iPods. That’ll get fixed in December.
2) My show is only video. I want MP3 versions of everything available.
3) My editing skills suck. Shorter videos would be nice.
4) My audio engineering skills suck. Later videos have two microphones and are better, but overall I need to get better at that.
5) No WMV files available. QuickTime doesn’t work on every system.
6) Many of the interviews would be much better with two cameras, or with a camera person (I did almost all of my own camera work on all this video).

What do you hate about it? What do you like? Which ones are your favorites? How many have you watched?

If you have suggestions for who I should interview, add them to the ScobleShow interview list Wiki that I started on WetPaint.

Oh, and do you like or hate ScobleShow’s new design? I think it’s a big improvement over what I used to have.

129 thoughts on “First two months of ScobleShow

  1. Yer am loving your videoblogs – I just need to finally get myself a video mobile player so I can watch these on the move. Mostly been watching the photowalking ones but when I’ve time also dropping into the others.

    Although (as you say) some tuning is required going forward I think you have come a long way since your first show.

    I kinda like the raw feel to it – ie not much post processing going on. Isn’t this what it’s all about.

    Keep it up !

  2. Yer am loving your videoblogs – I just need to finally get myself a video mobile player so I can watch these on the move. Mostly been watching the photowalking ones but when I’ve time also dropping into the others.

    Although (as you say) some tuning is required going forward I think you have come a long way since your first show.

    I kinda like the raw feel to it – ie not much post processing going on. Isn’t this what it’s all about.

    Keep it up !

  3. Just mention Victoria’s Secret in your blog and things just happen around the same time. Victoria’s Secret just advertises their fashion show in full page on all the popular entertainment magazines this week.

    Guess what they say – SEXIEST SHOW!
    Guess what color they promote – PINK!

    http://www.victoriassecret.com/fashionshow uses Flash Video.

    Robert: Can you interview tech executive behind Victoria’s Secret? Victoria’s Secret site is one of the most successful e-commerce sites with best user interface design, shopping cart with user experience, and success in streaming video delivery. They are way ahead in streaming video before YouTube.

    Ben: Just check your template selection. Is it time to add a “sexy” pink template? What about landing the wiki on Victoria’s Secret? Think about those pink traffic.

  4. Just mention Victoria’s Secret in your blog and things just happen around the same time. Victoria’s Secret just advertises their fashion show in full page on all the popular entertainment magazines this week.

    Guess what they say – SEXIEST SHOW!
    Guess what color they promote – PINK!

    http://www.victoriassecret.com/fashionshow uses Flash Video.

    Robert: Can you interview tech executive behind Victoria’s Secret? Victoria’s Secret site is one of the most successful e-commerce sites with best user interface design, shopping cart with user experience, and success in streaming video delivery. They are way ahead in streaming video before YouTube.

    Ben: Just check your template selection. Is it time to add a “sexy” pink template? What about landing the wiki on Victoria’s Secret? Think about those pink traffic.

  5. Hey Robert-

    Why not get some interns? Put up ads at some of the local universities in their film department – see if you can find students who are willing to volunteer their time and expertise. It’s basically documentary filmmaking. The worst that could happen is you’ve got an intern operating “B” camera who thinks they’re making a music video. But chances are you’ll find a budding documentary filmmaker who’s really passionate about the art. (I’m a former grad-school film student)

    The growing pains of podcasters/bloggers transitioning to video are something we’ve seen for a long time now – I don’t see any reason why you can’t raise the bar!

    It’s hard for any one person to do it alone…

  6. Hey Robert-

    Why not get some interns? Put up ads at some of the local universities in their film department – see if you can find students who are willing to volunteer their time and expertise. It’s basically documentary filmmaking. The worst that could happen is you’ve got an intern operating “B” camera who thinks they’re making a music video. But chances are you’ll find a budding documentary filmmaker who’s really passionate about the art. (I’m a former grad-school film student)

    The growing pains of podcasters/bloggers transitioning to video are something we’ve seen for a long time now – I don’t see any reason why you can’t raise the bar!

    It’s hard for any one person to do it alone…

  7. Hi Robert
    The Scoble Show is fine…it is now a library of raw interviews, and interesting in what it is. To do an edited show is a different task, and one that may not be what you are about…which is giving us the raw experience of being there.

    You should be able to export to mp3s from your final cut…or in the very least take your quicktime files and export as MP3s from quicktime. Hey, I bet a bunch of people at podtech know how.

    I find that for every hour of shooting you should count on at least three hours of editing…or more.

    Video tagging the pieces with a timecode reference point should be interesting…isn’t there a group that does that? Where is my techcrunch archive now.

    Great to see you Robert…going Hollywood but not too much.

  8. Hi Robert
    The Scoble Show is fine…it is now a library of raw interviews, and interesting in what it is. To do an edited show is a different task, and one that may not be what you are about…which is giving us the raw experience of being there.

    You should be able to export to mp3s from your final cut…or in the very least take your quicktime files and export as MP3s from quicktime. Hey, I bet a bunch of people at podtech know how.

    I find that for every hour of shooting you should count on at least three hours of editing…or more.

    Video tagging the pieces with a timecode reference point should be interesting…isn’t there a group that does that? Where is my techcrunch archive now.

    Great to see you Robert…going Hollywood but not too much.

  9. Proper video editing is *very* time-consuming and at its best a highly-specialised skill. But it wouldn’t take much effort to chop out a five-minute chunk — the “best bit” of each video — and post it as a Scoble Interview Hotspot.

    Also, what about getting an Edirol R-09 or similar*, recording interviews in MP3 and posting those separately, alongside the videos?

    * I’ve not tried one: it’s on my shortlist ;-)

  10. Proper video editing is *very* time-consuming and at its best a highly-specialised skill. But it wouldn’t take much effort to chop out a five-minute chunk — the “best bit” of each video — and post it as a Scoble Interview Hotspot.

    Also, what about getting an Edirol R-09 or similar*, recording interviews in MP3 and posting those separately, alongside the videos?

    * I’ve not tried one: it’s on my shortlist ;-)

  11. Actually I like it the way it is. Apparently not every topic covered is of interest for me but many are.

    Using just the cam and eventually without tripod (as e.g. for some screencast like episodes) is also ok for me and I got a little inspired by this and do it aswell on my http://comlounge.tv video blog. Instead of setting up everything in some corner and doing interviews it adds a little dynamic and if you are in a big room (like at a sprint) with some people if adds to the interactivity of it. It’s sorta more vloggy like and for me it does not need to look that 100% perfect anyway.

    Of course sound is always a challenge. And getting good sound is a bit expensive (e.g. for a wireless mic which is of very good use for talks at conferences as room sound is not that great). But then again if you give your interview partner a mic it means that other people cannot really jump into the conversation (see my point above).

    As for the mp3 and ipod stuff I have the same problem. Producing an mp3 from a video is quite trivial though with a unix one-liner but then again it would be nice if the mp3 would have at least a little introduction of what we will see now. So it would be better to produce a slightly different version here (or maybe add this audio to the video aswell).

    And I actually have ipod-Videos in there most of the time (although I don’t know if they are actually plaing on an ipod as I don’t own a video ipod) but there is no feed for them yet. This also means that I have to work a bit on the software side so that all this is more or less produced automatically.

    So problems sound familiar ;-)

    As for the show itself, keep doing it, it’s great! :-)

    Bess: Yes, flv is nice but not that many devices play it unfortunately. The key right now is probably just to provide many different media types.

  12. Actually I like it the way it is. Apparently not every topic covered is of interest for me but many are.

    Using just the cam and eventually without tripod (as e.g. for some screencast like episodes) is also ok for me and I got a little inspired by this and do it aswell on my http://comlounge.tv video blog. Instead of setting up everything in some corner and doing interviews it adds a little dynamic and if you are in a big room (like at a sprint) with some people if adds to the interactivity of it. It’s sorta more vloggy like and for me it does not need to look that 100% perfect anyway.

    Of course sound is always a challenge. And getting good sound is a bit expensive (e.g. for a wireless mic which is of very good use for talks at conferences as room sound is not that great). But then again if you give your interview partner a mic it means that other people cannot really jump into the conversation (see my point above).

    As for the mp3 and ipod stuff I have the same problem. Producing an mp3 from a video is quite trivial though with a unix one-liner but then again it would be nice if the mp3 would have at least a little introduction of what we will see now. So it would be better to produce a slightly different version here (or maybe add this audio to the video aswell).

    And I actually have ipod-Videos in there most of the time (although I don’t know if they are actually plaing on an ipod as I don’t own a video ipod) but there is no feed for them yet. This also means that I have to work a bit on the software side so that all this is more or less produced automatically.

    So problems sound familiar ;-)

    As for the show itself, keep doing it, it’s great! :-)

    Bess: Yes, flv is nice but not that many devices play it unfortunately. The key right now is probably just to provide many different media types.

  13. Believe it or not tonight I am building the site that serve videos. I test both .wma and .mov and find browser issues especially serving .mov. After searching the best video format, .flv is the winner. Flash video has over 96% market share with almost no browser issues. http://www.adobe.com/products/flash/flashpro/video/

    You can convert .mov to .flv via http://www.zamzar.com/

    I check out your scobleshow.wetpaint.com wiki. It is even better than your http://www.scobleshow.com because I can see the entire video list including comments. You should link your wiki to the side bar of your site and blog.

    I can unlink the video and audio from my video. And export the audio into wav. I can easily convert wav into mp3. This is a very simple process. Every video I edited I can produce mp3 for audio podcasting.

  14. Believe it or not tonight I am building the site that serve videos. I test both .wma and .mov and find browser issues especially serving .mov. After searching the best video format, .flv is the winner. Flash video has over 96% market share with almost no browser issues. http://www.adobe.com/products/flash/flashpro/video/

    You can convert .mov to .flv via http://www.zamzar.com/

    I check out your scobleshow.wetpaint.com wiki. It is even better than your http://www.scobleshow.com because I can see the entire video list including comments. You should link your wiki to the side bar of your site and blog.

    I can unlink the video and audio from my video. And export the audio into wav. I can easily convert wav into mp3. This is a very simple process. Every video I edited I can produce mp3 for audio podcasting.

  15. Andrew: you might have missed my videos on SAP and Salesforce.com and SOASTA, they are in the sphere you’re interested in. This was much more helpful criticism than your first post. Thanks!

    forchilli: I have a MacPro and am getting a 17-inch MacBookPro too, but I also love my Tablet PC and I have a new Voodoo PC that AMD is loaning me and I have a Sony Vaio that Intel is loaning me. Both awesome machines.

    Bess, I’m thinking of doing that.

    Oh, regarding other areas to shoot, that’s what I love about this job. Infinite things to get around to see.

  16. Andrew: you might have missed my videos on SAP and Salesforce.com and SOASTA, they are in the sphere you’re interested in. This was much more helpful criticism than your first post. Thanks!

    forchilli: I have a MacPro and am getting a 17-inch MacBookPro too, but I also love my Tablet PC and I have a new Voodoo PC that AMD is loaning me and I have a Sony Vaio that Intel is loaning me. Both awesome machines.

    Bess, I’m thinking of doing that.

    Oh, regarding other areas to shoot, that’s what I love about this job. Infinite things to get around to see.

  17. Ideally, it would be nice to have a short summary video like movie trailer (30, or 15 or 10 sec) to introduce a longer video like 60 min video. Someone can decide in 30 sec or less to see if they want to spend more time to download or watch the entire video.

    Or have a video script outline what the long video is about. Bullet points.

    Product demos, long interviews, tutorials, tours are all good. There are many other tech areas are not being covered yet like database (SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle), enterprise application (CRM, ERP), BI, AI, IA, UI, Language (.Net, PHP, Perl, Ruby, Python), API, Web Services, SEO, SEM, latest research from MIT, Stanford, UCB etc.

  18. Ideally, it would be nice to have a short summary video like movie trailer (30, or 15 or 10 sec) to introduce a longer video like 60 min video. Someone can decide in 30 sec or less to see if they want to spend more time to download or watch the entire video.

    Or have a video script outline what the long video is about. Bullet points.

    Product demos, long interviews, tutorials, tours are all good. There are many other tech areas are not being covered yet like database (SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle), enterprise application (CRM, ERP), BI, AI, IA, UI, Language (.Net, PHP, Perl, Ruby, Python), API, Web Services, SEO, SEM, latest research from MIT, Stanford, UCB etc.

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