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Videoblogging History

July 17th, 2014 · web video

An interview conducted by Jen Simmons on the history of videoblogging with Jay Dedman, Ryanne Hodson and Michael Verdi.


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Video Vortex 10

May 20th, 2014 · research

From the Video Vortex list:

The 10th annual meeting of Video Vortex is to be hosted in Istanbul at three adjacent institutions all involved in this year’s topics: art, activism and archives. The two-day event of workshops, speaker-led sessions, discussions, panels and work on show will explore how video, art and activism criss-cross questions of recording, archives and archiving, and how working with these intersections can remotivate engagement from one to the other in important and novel ways.

Video’s capacities for both recording and transmission has meant that it has moved into spaces of visibility and the visual in ways that contest as well as confirm the dominant meanings and effects, across different socio-political and cultural frameworks. Video Vortex 10 will consider different issues opened up across the histories, presents and futures of video, from ‘live on tape’ to ‘live streaming’, and from one paradigm of surveillance to another, exploring the ways in which early as well as recent and contemporary video technologies and practices contest accounts of normative realities by renegotiating boundaries between the live, the recorded or the streamed, challenging repressive norms via inventive modes of archival access.

The interests and values of art and activism, sometimes taken to be in conflict, converge around this renegotiation of the meanings of video and the terms of its storage and use. As forms of data gathering enable new forms of covert observation, by the agents of states and corporations, how can video interrupt or divert these processes? Video Vortex 10 Istanbul thus aims to bring together those who, working with inventive ways of accessing, classifying or ‘declassifying’ video recordings and transmissions are seeking to reinvent the terms of freedom, across places and spaces of cultures, processes and practices of memory, representation and senses of future.

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Kids on YouTube

May 12th, 2014 · references

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Image cropped from book cover.

The mall is so old school—these days kids are hanging out on YouTube, and depending on whom you ask, they’re either forging the digital frontier or frittering away their childhoods in anti-intellectual solipsism. Kids on YouTube cuts through the hype, going behind the scenes to understand kids’ everyday engagement with new media. Debunking the stereotype of the self-taught computer whiz, new media scholar and filmmaker Patricia G. Lange describes the collaborative social networks kids use to negotiate identity and develop digital literacy on the ‘Tube. Her long-term ethnographic studies also cover peer-based and family-driven video-making dynamics, girl geeks, civic engagement, and representational ethics. This book makes key contributions to new media studies, communication, science and technology studies, digital anthropology, and informal education.

Henry Jenkins did a multi-part blog interview series with me:
Part one:
Part two:
Part three:
Part four:

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Thumbnail making

March 31st, 2014 · technical, Uncategorized

VLC snapshot(courtesy of Ren)
1. Change preference setting. Preferences > Video > scroll and change file type to .jpg – nominate a folder on your desktop to send the snap shot to…
2. Snapshot a thumbnail. Navigate to frame in video. Menu > Video > Snapshot.
3. Resize and compress in PhotoShop if required.

Selecting a frame in video file
Shift Apple 4
Resize in photoshop/gimp

Vimeo Thumbnail
Dragging existing thumbnails on Vimeo to the desktop (.jpg file)
Thumbnails can be set or determined individually in Vimeo when uploading a video
Resize if required in photoshop/gimp

Video Editing – video stills
FCP – Export a frame as .jpg or tif.
Resize if required in photoshop/gimp

QuickTime 7
Open in QuickTime 7
Playhead to position for selected video frame
Edit > Copy
Open Photoshop
New – makes image size of video frame from paste board
Paste into PhotoShop
Export for web and resize

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Korsakow resources

March 25th, 2014 · technical

The plan with this post is to collect links here on technical and conceptual notes on using Korsakow (so it is ongoing..if you see something to add comment or email me)

TECHNICAL – from the Korsakow website:

Korsakow Manual
Korsakow Quick Start
Korsakow Tips and Tricks
Korsakow FAQ

Working on PC notes

Notes by Adrian Miles from previous IM1 blogs:
Korsakow introduction
Tips and Tricks
Published Online but not working
Other notes on issues and tricks


Notes by Adrian Miles from previous IM1 blogs:
Interface design
More interface design tips
Text colour, size and design
Web of relations

Adrian’s 2014 teaching notes:
Korsakow, Making, Methods
Korsakow, Hypertext (how to think Korsakow)
A 2010 K-Film Explaining How to Make your K-Films

How to Change Text on an Interface
How I Thought About Designing A K-Film

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History of moving camera

March 25th, 2014 · Video Technologies

From open cluture – The History of the Movie Camera in Four Minutes: From the Lumiere Brothers to Google Glass

To underscore just how democratized the technology of movie making has become, the end of the video shows Hollywood cameramen shooting movies with iPhones. The piece ends with what could only be seen as an ominous technological development for the Society of Camera Operators: Google Glass, which has the potential to turn every single person into a perpetual camera operator.

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March 25th, 2014 · design

Inge Druckrey, Teaching to See, 37 minutes

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Documentary Ecologies – presentation

March 21st, 2014 · i-doc

New Documentary Ecologies: Emerging Platforms, Practices and Discourses – presentation by Kate Nash at i-docs.

How can we begin to conceptualise the way in which documentary is being re-thought in light of contemporary media cultures and technologies? This is the central question that the contributors to New Documentary Ecologies: Emerging Platforms, Practices and Discourses explore. Taking ‘the ecological’ as a heuristic that foregrounds contexts and interdependences and the relative instability of traditional categories such as text, audience, and documentary maker.

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Documentary Analytics

March 21st, 2014 · i-doc

Q7: How do we understand and measure the impact of an i-doc?

Harry Davies is currently working for Google, and he is responsible for launching tools that track user’s online bahaviours and understanding. From Goggle Analytics to Google Custumers Serveys and Google Trends, Harry is a man that practices the art of impact quantification… but what makes Harry really special for us is that he used to work for the COI (Central Office for Information) so he is used to a problematic that is central to documentary makers: how to measure impact in the long term, and in the real world (rather than just online consumption). In this interview, Harry gives us tips on how to use the current tools for impact measurement and tell us what is coming next…

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The Prisons Memory Archive

March 21st, 2014 · i-doc

The Prisons Memory Archive: Questioning and Engaging with Interactivity at i-Docs 2014

The Prisons Memory Archive (PMA) is an ongoing research project and its aim is to offer possibilities of engaging with the story of the ‘other’ in a society that is emerging from decades of political violence. One way of doing this, we believe, is through interactive documentary.

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Media Technologies – book

March 18th, 2014 · references

  • "In recent years, scholarship around media technologies has finally shed the assumption that these technologies are separate from and powerfully determining of social life, looking at them instead as produced by and embedded in distinct social, cultural, and political practices. Communication and media scholars have increasingly taken theoretical perspectives originating in science and technology studies (STS), while some STS scholars interested in information technologies have linked their research to media studies inquiries into the symbolic dimensions of these tools. In this volume, scholars from both fields come together to advance this view of media technologies as complex sociomaterial phenomena."

    tags: books mediatheory

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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Setting the field

March 11th, 2014 · Documentary

Jenny Thornley provided a response to the article:

Aston, Judith, and Sandra Gaudenzi. “Interactive Documentary: Setting the Field.” Studies in Documentary Film 6.2 (2012): 125–139

…on the new documentary list.

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