video

Revver - Got video? Get paid!

Hm, more food for my video iPod which hasn't arrived yet.

Revver ("a Flickr for video") is a new video publishing community site which allows you to upload, share, watch, and tag videos for free. You need a special upload tool for uploading videos (there's a Windows version, a MacOS X version, and a Java version which probably works on Linux).

They intend to give the creators of the videos some money by attaching a clickable advertisement frame (the so-called RevTag™) at the end of each video. Everytime a viewer clicks the ad, the video creator gets some money. While this might be a great idea, it still leaves me with a strange feeling (the ad is not on a webpage, it's appended to the video itself!)...

Some noteworthy details:

  • They currently have a size limit of 100 MB per video.
  • They don't censor the videos except for obvious copyright violations (porn yes, illegal stuff no).
  • You get 50% of the money and Revver gets the other 50%.
  • You need a PayPal account to get the money.
  • "Your videos stay on Revver for as long as they generate a reasonable amount of revenue" (no unlimited hosting, it seems).
  • The videos are automatically put into iTunes and formatted to work with the video iPod.
  • All videos are automatically converted into the mov format.
  • The default license for the videos is the Creative Commons ShareAlike license (you can probably choose others, I didn't check).

More information is in their first blog post, and in the FAQ.

A final quote from the blog post:

It’s a new game, we’re thrilled to be in it, and we tip our hats bigtime to the Ourmedia crew, the YouTube crew, the Participatory Culture crew, the Creative Commons crew, and all the other crews that came before us.

All in all this looks quite promising, and I'm curious how it will develp and grow...

(via Boing Boing)

Stuff Roundup

Here's a bunch of smaller updates which probably don't warrant extra blog posts, but might be interesting nevertheless:

  • On the right-hand side of my homepage you now have three new blocks which should simplify site navigation. Each contains a weighted list of tags (tag clouds) for my blog, my podcast, and my photoblog, powered by Drupal's tagadelic module. Of course, the "traditional" navigation menu is still there.
  • There's also an RSS feed for comments on this site now, courtesy to Drupal's Comment RSS module.
  • On the lower left-hand side of my homepage, there's another new block. It shows where the visitors of my site come from in (almost) realtime. This is a service provided by MapStats (I already talked about it earlier).
  • I have uploaded updated versions of my bashrc, vimrc, and muttrc config files.
  • My podcast is now listed in iTunes (thanks Daniel Reutter for adding it). You can subscribe by clicking on this button: Subscribe to my podcast in iTunes!. The amount of people who subscribe to my podcast have almost doubled, figures went up from 30 subscribers to more than 50 today! If you're reading this and subscribed through iTunes: thanks ;)
  • My video iPod will (probably) be shipped on October 31, and it'll take a few more days until it arrives. Arghh, /me wants it now!

I ordered the new video iPod today

Yes, that's right. I have ordered one of those shiny new video iPods today.

I was never impressed too much by all this Apple hype going on all around me. In fact, I have never owned any Apple product (no iPod {photo|nano|shuffle|*}, no powerBook, no iBook, no iMac, no Mac mini). Until now. I simply couldn't resist to replace my 256 MB noname MP3 player with the full-blown 30 GB of the iPod (the 60 GB version costs way too much for my taste). See the specs for more technical details on the new iPod.

Apart from the usual iPod features you all know, this one's supposed to be thinner, can display photos and (the major improvement) videos. Yes, it's only 320x240, but it's videos. This thing will initiate a huge video blogging / videocasting wave, and those vlogs will soon become as popular as podcasts are today, I'm sure.

I hope to get my hands on that thingy in a bit more than a week (shipping takes a few days, it seems). I already have a lot of things on my mind, which I'm gonna do with it:

  • listen to a huge bunch of podcasts
  • watch various vlogs (btw, older models can play videos, too, if you ask nicely)
  • store some photos on it to show off to relatives and friends
  • record various stuff using the built in 44.1 kHz stereo recorder (think podcasting, for example)
  • try out some of those 50 fun things to do with your iPod
  • install iPodLinux / podzilla on it (you've been waiting for this, haven't you?). The new video iPod is not (yet) supported, so I might contribute a few patches, but don't take my word for it.
  • oh, and I might use it to listen to music from time to time, too ;-)

If you have any suggestions for more geeky things I could be (ab)using it for (think john the ripper on iPod and similar things), don't hesitate to write a comment! Hm, I might port bb to the iPod if nobody beats me to it...

Paranoid? I'm not paranoid! Which of my enemies told you this?

Scary, funny, and old, but this ACLU pizza ordering video makes you start to think. For example, it makes you start to make an educated guess at how much of this is already possible today. I'm not liking the results of my guess...

(via 37signals)

The 30-Second Bunnies Theatre Library

Some of you might not know this site. Over at angryalien.com, there's a bunch of flash movies, all named "INSERT-MOVIE-TITLE-HERE in 30 seconds, re-enacted by bunnies", e.g. The Exorcist in 30 seconds, re-enacted by bunnies. All of them are absolutely hilarious...

Next up (Thursday, July 21, 2005): The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 30 seconds, re-enacted by bunnies.

I'm looking forward to this one...

(via schiesty.org)

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