Looking for people fanatical about the Internet (& first high res videos from my Canon)

Building 43 at Google

Rocky Barbanica and I are getting around the Valley doing research for our upcoming Building43 community (which is for people fanatical about the Internet and, more specifically, people fanatical about building the Internet). Just in the past week we’ve gotten to SmugMug, Google, Facebook, and a few other places. We’ve also met with people at tons of businesses like Zappos, Tiny Pictures, and other places.

We’re listening to what people are trying to build next on the Internet. We’re also checking out tons of new technologies that we might want to build into Building43.com (we’re aiming at a May release). Do we go with a forum from Ning, or one from friendfeed, or both? Do we go with a video widget from Kyte or YouTube or something else? Do we use 12seconds.tv or Seesmic to get you to contribute videos to Building43. Etc. Etc. We’d love your feedback here about what you’d love to see.

One thing we’re playing around with having much more of on Building43 is how-to videos, in addition to the usual interviews I do with CEOs and innovators — do you think there’s a need for that? I do, particularly as I look at most business sites and see how few are using the latest technologies. Yesterday I did one with Kevin Marks who is a developer advocate at Google for Open Social and other stuff, like Google’s FriendConnect. He showed me how to put FriendConnect onto my blog (I’m working with a separate team at Rackspace on my blog and will have the ability to do some cool new stuff soon here).

One little trick on Blip.tv that I’ve discovered is that they hide the original source file into a link. These source files are far higher resolution than the Flash versions that get played if you just visit Blip with your browser. For instance, take a look at this MPEG4 file of Kevin Marks. If it plays on your computer it is stunningly high resolution (I shot it on my Canon 5D MK II in 1080P, downsampled it in Apple’s iMovie, and uploaded it to Blip via TubeMogul. Damn, the quality looks pretty close to my original file). Thank you Blip for exposing these files in a way that we all can get to them. Here’s the high res video of SmugMug’s Don MacAskill (I shot this one on Canon’s “low res” mode of 640×480, which makes file sizes a lot smaller so I can fit more video onto one memory card. Even this video, though, took about 1 GB on my 32GB memory card in my Canon 5D MKII camera).

Anyway, this is a long way to say that if you are fanatical about building the Internet I’d like to meet with you and see what you’re doing.

In the meantime, you might check out these videos — I’m learning how to use the Canon 5D Mark II DSLR to make videos, so sorry for the clicking noises as I manually focus, Rocky’s working on fixing that for us today since these cameras let us do a new kind of video. We’re also building a live TV studio so we can join in Leo Laporte’s growing network with high quality late-night video.

Here’s Kevin Marks at Google showing you in a few minutes how to make your blog more social.

Here’s Don MacAskill, CEO of SmugMug, showing off how they are making large multi-gigapixel photos and introduces us to the first SmugMug user group.

UPDATE: People are asking me what lens and camera I used. I’m using a Canon 5D Mark II camera. Costs about $3,000. Along with a 24 F 2.8 fixed length lens (we call them “primes”). I did not use any steadying device. The microphone? It’s the one built into the camera. Nothing special. Just used automatic mode. In future I’ll do manual white balance and exposure locks and I’ll get better at focusing. Plus we’re playing around with microphones that are isolated away from the camera so you won’t hear the clicking noises as I manually focus lenses and such.

41 thoughts on “Looking for people fanatical about the Internet (& first high res videos from my Canon)

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  2. Hiya Robert…

    Just read this post. And I really really would LOVE it if you could check your email scobleizer@gmail.com account for my mail to you.

    It contains a PDF explaining a concept that pertains to what you’re doing with BUILDING 43.

    Will you get back to me about this?

    Thanks Robert.

    Regards,
    Roy

  3. Hiya Robert…

    Just read this post. And I really really would LOVE it if you could check your email scobleizer@gmail.com account for my mail to you.

    It contains a PDF explaining a concept that pertains to what you’re doing with BUILDING 43.

    Will you get back to me about this?

    Thanks Robert.

    Regards,
    Roy

  4. Scobleizer: I want to add that the how-to-videos are a good idea. It never hurts to spread the knowledge and at the rate tech changes these days learning resources are always in short supply.

  5. Scobleizer: I want to add that the how-to-videos are a good idea. It never hurts to spread the knowledge and at the rate tech changes these days learning resources are always in short supply.

  6. The SmugMug video is awesome. You can feel the passion pour out of both of the people you are interviewing. This is best “marketing” a company can do: be passionate, be transparent and good things can happen.

  7. The SmugMug video is awesome. You can feel the passion pour out of both of the people you are interviewing. This is best “marketing” a company can do: be passionate, be transparent and good things can happen.

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  9. The Scobleizer Dictionary

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  10. Well, one of your first “how-to”‘s should be “how to make a watchable video”. Not sure how that would work, though, as you’d have to get someone else to do it.

  11. Well, one of your first “how-to”‘s should be “how to make a watchable video”. Not sure how that would work, though, as you’d have to get someone else to do it.

  12. Robert – I’ve been using the 5D Mark II as my primary camera for our HD video series as well. Might I suggest a few items:

    1. The Rode Videomic: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007U9SOC It works really well and eliminates the noise from the camera.

    2. Sennheiser G2 system : http://www.sennheiserusa.com/newsite/productdetail.asp?transid=G2-1 It contains a lav and a handheld mic adapter that works great with the 5D because of the included miniplug.

    3. The U-Boat Commander: http://idcphotography.com/blog/bruce-dorn/u-boat-commander-ship-shape-and-ready-duty This system ties it altogether. It adds stablization and hot shoe mounts for a wireless receiver, shotgun mic and light.

    Mount that system on a tripod or monopod and you have a great compact rig with phenomenal video and great audio.

    -Scott

  13. Robert – I’ve been using the 5D Mark II as my primary camera for our HD video series as well. Might I suggest a few items:

    1. The Rode Videomic: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007U9SOC It works really well and eliminates the noise from the camera.

    2. Sennheiser G2 system : http://www.sennheiserusa.com/newsite/productdetail.asp?transid=G2-1 It contains a lav and a handheld mic adapter that works great with the 5D because of the included miniplug.

    3. The U-Boat Commander: http://idcphotography.com/blog/bruce-dorn/u-boat-commander-ship-shape-and-ready-duty This system ties it altogether. It adds stablization and hot shoe mounts for a wireless receiver, shotgun mic and light.

    Mount that system on a tripod or monopod and you have a great compact rig with phenomenal video and great audio.

    -Scott

  14. http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/gen_y_says_i_want_my_social_tv.php# I have been waiting for this for some years now. I designed a software that brings “live” social networking to all devices. When I introduced this to a VC audience I was promptly shut down with a clear statement that I would not receive funding for this. I have been working on this for over 10 years. Have a prototype built from my design (SpokenWord.Tv) but the issue of monetizing and control has so far shut me down. I have boot strapped this project and now am broke/not broken

  15. http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/gen_y_says_i_want_my_social_tv.php# I have been waiting for this for some years now. I designed a software that brings “live” social networking to all devices. When I introduced this to a VC audience I was promptly shut down with a clear statement that I would not receive funding for this. I have been working on this for over 10 years. Have a prototype built from my design (SpokenWord.Tv) but the issue of monetizing and control has so far shut me down. I have boot strapped this project and now am broke/not broken

  16. I am living a Vision (is that fanatical?) associated with the Internet..a vision embraced in the jungles of Belize. Have been on the trail ever since. High Tech Re-Tribalization I call it. Still waiting to roll out my vision via the internet but meanwhile fine tuning the Social Networking phenom…

  17. I am living a Vision (is that fanatical?) associated with the Internet..a vision embraced in the jungles of Belize. Have been on the trail ever since. High Tech Re-Tribalization I call it. Still waiting to roll out my vision via the internet but meanwhile fine tuning the Social Networking phenom…

  18. Just to ask the question – is there a reason to decide to use one community software package over another, or one video package over another? What would happen if Building43 had multiple forums, video support, etc.? Conversation fragmentation ensures that it’s going to happen anyway – if you don’t choose Ning, for example, someone else will start a Building43 group on Ning – so why not set up things on all the platforms yourselves so that they’re already there? There’s a thousand reasons why you shouldn’t do it, but the question should be asked if it hasn’t been asked already.

    Oh, and watch out when referring to “high quality late-night video.” That can be misconstrued, especially if one of those late-night videos covers the book that you and Shel wrote… :)

  19. Just to ask the question – is there a reason to decide to use one community software package over another, or one video package over another? What would happen if Building43 had multiple forums, video support, etc.? Conversation fragmentation ensures that it’s going to happen anyway – if you don’t choose Ning, for example, someone else will start a Building43 group on Ning – so why not set up things on all the platforms yourselves so that they’re already there? There’s a thousand reasons why you shouldn’t do it, but the question should be asked if it hasn’t been asked already.

    Oh, and watch out when referring to “high quality late-night video.” That can be misconstrued, especially if one of those late-night videos covers the book that you and Shel wrote… :)

  20. Robert, you are a genius to go where you go, shoot what you shoot, talk to who (whom?) you talk to and bring us this stuff. the photo of the milanese church was truly awesome. the care and love that goes into what the photographer did and how you brought it to us is incredible. i’m SO glad i stumbled upon you on twitter. i LOVE people who LOVE their work! and you are a gem of a find for me! thank you! Sue

  21. Robert, you are a genius to go where you go, shoot what you shoot, talk to who (whom?) you talk to and bring us this stuff. the photo of the milanese church was truly awesome. the care and love that goes into what the photographer did and how you brought it to us is incredible. i’m SO glad i stumbled upon you on twitter. i LOVE people who LOVE their work! and you are a gem of a find for me! thank you! Sue

  22. A DSLR is the wrong piece of equipment for these types of videos. I saw the video before you posted this, and it was immediately obvious to me that you were using a DSLR, because of the glaring DOF/focusing issues. It was distracting. Manually focusing is too much work in spur-of-the-moment videos, especially when your attention needs to be focused on listening to what’s being said and responding. You’re primarily an interviewer, not a cameraman.

  23. A DSLR is the wrong piece of equipment for these types of videos. I saw the video before you posted this, and it was immediately obvious to me that you were using a DSLR, because of the glaring DOF/focusing issues. It was distracting. Manually focusing is too much work in spur-of-the-moment videos, especially when your attention needs to be focused on listening to what’s being said and responding. You’re primarily an interviewer, not a cameraman.

  24. Robert, Nice chatting with you yesterday.

    The video angle is something we definitely would like to explore, not so much in how it directly relates to our existing products but rather as a complimentary messaging tool since it relates directly back to what we’re all about at the core – community & communication.

    That 5D II really holds it own, looking forward to seeing more magic come out of it.

    Hope you can drop in soon and get a tour of our new Tiny Prints facility on Middlefield. Looking forward to exploring/discovering some new boundaries with you.

  25. Robert, Nice chatting with you yesterday.

    The video angle is something we definitely would like to explore, not so much in how it directly relates to our existing products but rather as a complimentary messaging tool since it relates directly back to what we’re all about at the core – community & communication.

    That 5D II really holds it own, looking forward to seeing more magic come out of it.

    Hope you can drop in soon and get a tour of our new Tiny Prints facility on Middlefield. Looking forward to exploring/discovering some new boundaries with you.

  26. Blip.tv has been timing-out all my HD videos after 97% is complete. I have over 130 videos posted at http://eagle.blip.tv and their ads are getting thousands of views when people watch my videos, but I’m not getting paid.

    Whenever I email support they treat me like a n00b and suggest I should pay for a pro account. Will all my ad views suddenly get counted once I have a pro account?

  27. Blip.tv has been timing-out all my HD videos after 97% is complete. I have over 130 videos posted at http://eagle.blip.tv and their ads are getting thousands of views when people watch my videos, but I’m not getting paid.

    Whenever I email support they treat me like a n00b and suggest I should pay for a pro account. Will all my ad views suddenly get counted once I have a pro account?

  28. Scoble – This is fantastic. Now that my site eGuiders.com is live and getting some traction, the next step is to build a community around it. Also dealing with some of the same questions…

    Thanks for being an inspiration and spreading the word about the power of social media and communication!

    MO

  29. Scoble – This is fantastic. Now that my site eGuiders.com is live and getting some traction, the next step is to build a community around it. Also dealing with some of the same questions…

    Thanks for being an inspiration and spreading the word about the power of social media and communication!

    MO

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