“Scoble isn’t listening,” TechCrunch commenter says

Wild, proves you gotta read a lot of comments on a lot of different blogs to make sure you see everyone who has feedback about what you do. Here a commenter over on TechCrunch says that PodTech isn’t listening to feedback (asks for Flash player and shorter videos).

My answer: Flash player for ScobleShow is coming. Audio-only versions of my show are coming. iPod-playable versions are coming. Soon.

I’m sorry I haven’t gotten it done yet, but we’re making significant headway on all those.

As to the length of the videos. This is something I’m looking at too. I learned the hard way that YouTube doesn’t allow more than 10-minute videos.

Now, some of my videos are shorter than that. Especially when I get demos I try to get them done in four to five minutes. So, that’s an easy request to respond to for that.

But, personally, many topics need more depth than that. I am not aiming at the mass market with my videos. If I were, I’d care about making them two minutes long. But, I’d rather be known as someone that’ll get some meat when I do an interview.

How can you really get a good look at anything a developer is doing, unless it’s the most simplistic API or service, in less than 10 minutes. Heck, I just interviewed the guy who came up with the name “WiFi” and we talked for 50 minutes simply about naming products (and we could have gone longer).

That said, now that I’m getting a bunch of videos I think doing a weekly “YouTube Edition” which is less than 10 minutes, but has highlights of the week’s interviews is potentially interesting. That would let me take two-minute snippets from, say, four of the week’s shows, and have me introduce each show’s snippet and explain why that snippet caught my eye.

Does that interest you?

UPDATE: John Furrier, PodTech’s CEO and founder, saw the comment too.

85 thoughts on ““Scoble isn’t listening,” TechCrunch commenter says

  1. Robert,

    The big advantage of the 2-minute clips is the same as movie trailers. How many movies do you really go watch without watching the trailers?. Also, putting them on a show is nothing more than providing a preview/demo. Something that has worked for years!

    So go ahead and do that, might be i’ll take time out to watch that 10 minute show full of preview’s and then pick 1 or 2 videos to watch full-length. Else, I watch about 1 of your videos every month.

  2. Robert,

    The big advantage of the 2-minute clips is the same as movie trailers. How many movies do you really go watch without watching the trailers?. Also, putting them on a show is nothing more than providing a preview/demo. Something that has worked for years!

    So go ahead and do that, might be i’ll take time out to watch that 10 minute show full of preview’s and then pick 1 or 2 videos to watch full-length. Else, I watch about 1 of your videos every month.

  3. Thank you, John Furrier! for being open about airing voices. Sometime I can get carried away especially Robert is such a funny guy and his post cracks me up all the times. Being funny is a good thing. I hold my two arms up.

    And I hate to leave him “crippled” when I am aware of possible solutions.

  4. Thank you, John Furrier! for being open about airing voices. Sometime I can get carried away especially Robert is such a funny guy and his post cracks me up all the times. Being funny is a good thing. I hold my two arms up.

    And I hate to leave him “crippled” when I am aware of possible solutions.

  5. HI Richard

    Please let us know if you can come to the DivX booth at CES so we can host our solution demos for you.

    Thanks
    susan

  6. Belatedly…. QuickTime is a bit of a disaster on Windows, in my experience, frequently refusing to play things because it wants to download something that’s not available on the server. (Solutions welcome, but I’ve switched to QuickTime Alt with Media Player Classic.)

    H.264 would be nice if Microsoft woke up or if you could get your users to install Media Player Classic with the K-Lite codec pack. This seems to play mp4 files without any problems.

    Otherwise, yes, I *would* like a 10-minute hightlights version of very long vids, please, and an audio-only file, and a transcript, and… ;-)

    But you might want to run a little vote on your site to find out what the key things are. Pareto applies. No point in devoting vast resources to things not many real users value.

  7. Belatedly…. QuickTime is a bit of a disaster on Windows, in my experience, frequently refusing to play things because it wants to download something that’s not available on the server. (Solutions welcome, but I’ve switched to QuickTime Alt with Media Player Classic.)

    H.264 would be nice if Microsoft woke up or if you could get your users to install Media Player Classic with the K-Lite codec pack. This seems to play mp4 files without any problems.

    Otherwise, yes, I *would* like a 10-minute hightlights version of very long vids, please, and an audio-only file, and a transcript, and… ;-)

    But you might want to run a little vote on your site to find out what the key things are. Pareto applies. No point in devoting vast resources to things not many real users value.

  8. Diggnation video podcast is very long like over 60 min. No one seems to complaint the length as long as they can watch the videos on ipod, not on computer.

  9. Diggnation video podcast is very long like over 60 min. No one seems to complaint the length as long as they can watch the videos on ipod, not on computer.

  10. 1. True. Apply for Director Acct at YouTube allow you to upload longer than 10 min videos.
    2. True. Google video allows you to upload longer videos, give you option to charge a fee.
    3. Why uploading video to YouTube and Google may not be the best interests for PodTech.net? Because you lose the traffic tracking in the future. Your shows do contribute a major traffic flow to PodTech.net, part of the assets that PodTech.net can show and attract corporate sponsors and clients.
    4. True. Podtech.net needs to build machine farms to do massive conversions to WMV, MOV, FLV, iPod on 24/7.
    5. Sound quality. It is painful but necessary. It is better to invest the time to clean up audio part of past videos before you do massive conversions. Take the opportuntity to breakup long videos, such as separate the demo away from interview.
    6. True. Date is important. It is important for viewers to know how old the content is especially tech world move rapidly. The demo may valid for 2-3 months given the short product cycle.
    7. Don’t let those complainers to change your content quality. Content quality comes first, regardless of length. If you make video viewable in ipod or other portable players, they can watch longer video without getting tied to the computer.
    8. Always good to have written summary/outline or short video highlights of long videos.

  11. 1. True. Apply for Director Acct at YouTube allow you to upload longer than 10 min videos.
    2. True. Google video allows you to upload longer videos, give you option to charge a fee.
    3. Why uploading video to YouTube and Google may not be the best interests for PodTech.net? Because you lose the traffic tracking in the future. Your shows do contribute a major traffic flow to PodTech.net, part of the assets that PodTech.net can show and attract corporate sponsors and clients.
    4. True. Podtech.net needs to build machine farms to do massive conversions to WMV, MOV, FLV, iPod on 24/7.
    5. Sound quality. It is painful but necessary. It is better to invest the time to clean up audio part of past videos before you do massive conversions. Take the opportuntity to breakup long videos, such as separate the demo away from interview.
    6. True. Date is important. It is important for viewers to know how old the content is especially tech world move rapidly. The demo may valid for 2-3 months given the short product cycle.
    7. Don’t let those complainers to change your content quality. Content quality comes first, regardless of length. If you make video viewable in ipod or other portable players, they can watch longer video without getting tied to the computer.
    8. Always good to have written summary/outline or short video highlights of long videos.

  12. Personally I generally like the current format. I automagically download everything on the feed and then do some manual filtering based on my interests, which probably reduce the number of videos by 50% before I actually start watching them. Some I’ll watch with attention, some I’ll listen in the background while I’m working. On some topics, I’ll watch the interview, but not the demo; on others, it is the other way around.

    I don’t think having a weekly 10-minute highlights of the current shows would change my downloading behaviour, and it’s not sure I would even watch it.

    But I have noticed that the one type of video I really don’t care are the photowalks; I guess digital pictures are not on my radar.

    As for the sound quality, it is now generally a lot better than in the early videos. But to echo Aki’s comment earlier, once you start laughing it often feels like my computer speakers will explode due to the sudden jump in the audio volume.

  13. Personally I generally like the current format. I automagically download everything on the feed and then do some manual filtering based on my interests, which probably reduce the number of videos by 50% before I actually start watching them. Some I’ll watch with attention, some I’ll listen in the background while I’m working. On some topics, I’ll watch the interview, but not the demo; on others, it is the other way around.

    I don’t think having a weekly 10-minute highlights of the current shows would change my downloading behaviour, and it’s not sure I would even watch it.

    But I have noticed that the one type of video I really don’t care are the photowalks; I guess digital pictures are not on my radar.

    As for the sound quality, it is now generally a lot better than in the early videos. But to echo Aki’s comment earlier, once you start laughing it often feels like my computer speakers will explode due to the sudden jump in the audio volume.

  14. Daniela: that’s a great idea. I’m actually thinking of putting up a Google Calendar so you can see what I’m going to record in the future too.

    LayZ: >On the one hand you say shorter videos are coming, but on the other hand you seem to suggest shorter videos would reduce the “quality” of your content.

    I will always do the longer-form interviews. That’s what interests me the most. But, I could put that up in complete form, and also put a three to five minute “short” version up for people who just want the highlights.

  15. Daniela: that’s a great idea. I’m actually thinking of putting up a Google Calendar so you can see what I’m going to record in the future too.

    LayZ: >On the one hand you say shorter videos are coming, but on the other hand you seem to suggest shorter videos would reduce the “quality” of your content.

    I will always do the longer-form interviews. That’s what interests me the most. But, I could put that up in complete form, and also put a three to five minute “short” version up for people who just want the highlights.

  16. I agree with those above who say quality over shortness. Our society has ADHD’ish tendancies and we feed that by making everything short and choppy.

    Resist! Just because one person says so don’t make it so.

  17. I agree with those above who say quality over shortness. Our society has ADHD’ish tendancies and we feed that by making everything short and choppy.

    Resist! Just because one person says so don’t make it so.

  18. i have a simple request (perhaps it is there but i can’t find it?). Can you post the date that the interviews/demos are actually recorded? Some times during the interviews you may say something and i would like to know in what date context you are talking in. The only date that i see and comes through my reader is the upload/post date i think?

    A production date tag of some sort along with the post/upload date across all podtech productions can also be used as another archive search feature in the future as the podtech collection grows.

    thanks-

  19. i have a simple request (perhaps it is there but i can’t find it?). Can you post the date that the interviews/demos are actually recorded? Some times during the interviews you may say something and i would like to know in what date context you are talking in. The only date that i see and comes through my reader is the upload/post date i think?

    A production date tag of some sort along with the post/upload date across all podtech productions can also be used as another archive search feature in the future as the podtech collection grows.

    thanks-

  20. Instead of worrying about YouTube, why not post the videos to Google Video? You are not limited by the 10min time constraint there at all, and their flash player can be embedded easily into a website. You are also able to control how the video is shared.

    You can monetize the video easily in multiple ways. You can make it available to watch freely on Google Video, you can charge a micropayment to watch on Google Video, you can make the video free or you can charge a fee to download the video.

    There are lots of options there. Not to mention, the bandwidth costs then get put on Google instead of on your own servers. Especially useful given its free to host videos on Google Video.

  21. Instead of worrying about YouTube, why not post the videos to Google Video? You are not limited by the 10min time constraint there at all, and their flash player can be embedded easily into a website. You are also able to control how the video is shared.

    You can monetize the video easily in multiple ways. You can make it available to watch freely on Google Video, you can charge a micropayment to watch on Google Video, you can make the video free or you can charge a fee to download the video.

    There are lots of options there. Not to mention, the bandwidth costs then get put on Google instead of on your own servers. Especially useful given its free to host videos on Google Video.

  22. I think the first thing that you should fix is the sound quality. Currently I think it’s horrible, I constantly need to have my hands on the volume knob to be able to enjoy the show. First I need to max up the volume to hear the introduction in the next second your laughter makes my speakers explode, I really think you should level out the sound somehow.
    As for the HD content, I think in your shows the spoken content is much more important than the visual.

  23. I think the first thing that you should fix is the sound quality. Currently I think it’s horrible, I constantly need to have my hands on the volume knob to be able to enjoy the show. First I need to max up the volume to hear the introduction in the next second your laughter makes my speakers explode, I really think you should level out the sound somehow.
    As for the HD content, I think in your shows the spoken content is much more important than the visual.

  24. We work in AVI and then do all of our conversion to flash, MP4, and 3GP on a separate machine in parallel…of course we dont have 40 minute interviews (10-20 minute interviews and 1-2 minute property videos are our norm). Our transcript generation is an outgrowth of our human translation process.

    Given the rendering and upload times, rework is a killer (having to redo a video due to a mistake not caught in editing). A replicable error-free process is really key to being successful in multiple formats.

    As a side note, the data for our audiences show that FAR more people watch the online flash version than download the video…

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