A while ago I mentioned the impending launch of CitizeNews. It is now live.
Our mission is to aggregate the work of talented video journalists of great diversity and distinction whose work is characterized by a powerful individual vision. We are constructing a digital platform where video journalists chronicle the world as they work to interpret its peoples, issues, events and personalities.
Did you have a crazy week in Thailand last year?Â How about a wild ride on a yak in inner Mongolia recently?
The Travel Channel, with Michael Rosenblum, launched a new series called What’s Your Trip earlier this year.
They’ll pay up to $1000 for travel-related videos used on air so if you could use the dosh, and you took your video camera with you anyway – why don’t you see if you’re good enough?
The actual website for What’s Your Trip is a little busy… read Rosenblum’s pitch here.
The Pew Research Center has released a report about online video usage in the US that shows more than half of all adults have downloaded online video at some point, and 20% regularly watch online video every day.
To make the online video point, Jeff Jarvis of Buzzmachine.com has put together a video entry about the research findings.
From the Pew survey link:
- Online video now reaches a mainstream audience; 57% of online adults have used the internet to watch or download video
- Three in four young adult internet users watch or download video online
- News video is the most popular category for everyone except young adults.
- More than half of online video viewers share links to the video they find with others.
- Most online video viewers have watched online with other people.
- Professional videos are preferred to amateur productions online, but amateur content appeals to coveted segments of the young male audience.
- Few pay to access online video.
These two videos were done during a two-week internship at ABC TV. Unlike The Courier Mail videos the work here was much more like that of a regular television journalist, simply reporting while the technical aspects of shooting and editing are handled by a camera person and editor.
Title: Innes Follow
Contribution: Wrote and read script, picked out grab selection and included piece-to-camera
After the disappearance of a Brisbane schoolgirl in Sydney, I went with a camera person and journalist to cover the story locally. At the time of the report ABC was still not naming the girl, and so in this report she is also not named. A piece-to-camera was included for the purposes of a portfolio.
Title: Lions Captains
Contribution: Wrote and read script, picked out grab selection.
During my time at ABC TV I accompanied the sports reporter on several stories, as well as being the sole reporter on a few occasions. This press conference covered the announcement of five co-captains for the Brisbane Lions AFL team.
I just rediscovered some of my video portfolio has already been posted at Photobucket.
Here are just a few of the videos I did during my internship at at The Courier-Mail. Apart from these videos I have used Adobe Premier Pro regularly, and Avid occasionally, to edit and produce many studio shoots and several news videos.
Title: Chinese New Year
Contribution: Camera, editing, production, web posting
Using a small handheld DV camera without external microphone or headphone jacks, I went out on my own to shoot video of Chinese New Year celebrations in the Chinatown mall in Brisbane. This was on a Saturday at the end of my first week of internship. On the same day I edited the video footage using Adobe Premier Pro for the first time, uploaded the final product to the media server and posted to the Roo player video portal.
Title: Lockhart River Art Gang – Our Way
Contribution: Camera, editing, production, web posting.
Without a tripod available to take with us, I had to shoot this entire video freehand. It is the launching of the Our Way exhibition at the University of Queensland and includes interviews with some of the featured artists.
Title: Logan Truck Fire
Contribution: Wrote and read voice-over script.
During my first week of internship I accompanied a video journalist, print journalist and photographer from The Courier Mail to a truck fire. On the way back to the office I wrote a voice-over script that was then used
Title: KIA Cars
Contribution: Editing, production, web posting
The Courier Mail’s motoring editor had returned from a motor show in Germany with still images and video taken on a consumer point-and-shoot digital camera. I edited and produced a video from that provided content. This was only the second time I had used Adobe Premier Pro, and through playing with the program discovered a few simple effects to try and make the still images a little more entertaining.
I just realised, I don’t think I’ve ever put up a link to my YouTube page.
The majority of it is family-related, unedited footage of kids and stuff.
I haven’t even uploaded my video portfolio material there yet, which will definitely have to be rectified soon.
In the meantime, enjoy the link and I’ll post again when my portfolio is there.
Here’s an excellent interview by Terry Heaton with Tom Kennedy, managing editor for multimedia at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive. Read the whole thing for some good insight to a successful – or at least well-funded and innovative – online video newsroom.
I can say with certainty that a young generation of video journalist/editors is being created world wide, in part by the fluidity and ease of digital gathering and editing tools, and the natural inventiveness/curiosity of a generation weaned on visual media and consumer culture. The trick is getting the best values and practices of mainstream journalism inculcated into the individual arsenals of those practitioners and reworking our journalistic gathering and dissemination practices in a way that enables fluid, personal, evolved, visual story-telling to occur.
…there is a chance to develop this form of story-telling and create the vehicles that enable it to find an audience just as surely as today’s “reality shows” have worked for mainstream broadcast media. I would argue that we are the ones creating the true “reality shows” of our planet’s stories. I would also argue that public appetite for our content is there once people find it and are exposed to it.
When the local newspaper is sending out 26 print journalists and photographers with video cameras every day, where do you think people are going to go for their news?Â Online, because no TV station can match that volume of local news coverage.
Local news stations, please take note.Â As all media move to the web, the local paper is your direct video competitor – and doing a much better job.
The other day I mentioned a few digital video cameras. Camera site camcorderinfo.com has a comparison review of four good compact digital video cameras:
It may not have an external microphone jack – which would make some interview situations difficult at times – but Mindy McAdams points to a video series following a Sports Illustrated photographer in Mexico. The entire video series was shot on a Canon Powershot SD800 IS.
The quality is surprisingly good, and I think proves again you don’t need broadcast or film quality (size) vision to put video on the web.
Michael Rosenblum is certainly going to piss a few people off. And why wouldn’t people get pissed off when you’re questioning the practicality of tradition?
Who would buy an edit suite today? Not in an era when you can edit just about anything on a laptop. Makes sense.
Extend that argument to cameras, satellite dishes, transmission towers in an era in which anyone can put video up online with a server and an online connection and suddenly the whole architecture of local tv news as we know it starts to collapse.
Go over the local University. Get yourself a dozen bright and eager young journalists. They all have their own cameras and laptops anyway. And start your own local news channel.
There is no â€˜barrier to entryâ€™ except your own anxiety.
Someone is going to do this. Why not you?
Amen. And while not every university student has a video camera, even the movie mode of a half-decent point-and-shoot camera is going to yield a decent 320×240 video image – pretty much your standard online video viewing size.
If you don’t have a video camera but WANT one you can get some of the higher quality ones (HD, 3CCD and external microphone) on eBay, brand new, for much less than the retail. I link you here to pages that have a review (not in-depth), retail price and eBay prices of a couple of cameras.
JVC GZ HD7
Sony HDR CX7K
You’re needed for some hard yakka.
Take online video by the horns, wrestle it to the ground and scream something incoherent about not taking it anymore. Then lead it by the nose, and show it how to make a difference.
And as video moves to the web, the quality and very content of that public discourse is now up for grabs.
So while exploding mentos and coke bottles are great, there are more important issues to be dealt with in video.
And Fox News and NBC are not going to do it.
You have to.
The most basic and free video editing software (as in, you don’t have to go download/install it because it’s already on your computer) is usually okay for basic video users.
For Windows users there’s Windows Movie Maker, while I’ve found iMovie for the Mac is an ample resource for those quick edits and exports.
If you don’t have any video software that you can use on your hard drive, or are up for a little experimentation, there are a lot of online editing solutions. I would recommend not trying them on dialup (as I have to at home).
Mashable has put together a very comprehensive resource.
Video Toolbox: 150+ Online Video Tools and Resources
There’s more information there than anyone can reasonably be expected to digest, and the following are just the categories under which they list resources:
- Live Video Communications
- Online Video How-to
- Online Video Editors
- Online Video Converters
- Video sharing
- Video hosting
- Video organization and management
- Vidcasts & vlogging
- Video mashups
- Mobile video apps
- Video search
- Online video downloading services
- Miscellaneous tools
- Online TV
They also have other posts in the series, with the Online Photography Toolbox, Blogging Toolbox, and Online Productivity Toolbox.
Another reason not to dismiss YouTube as unprofessional. It’s not about the worst content you might find there, it’s about the best content you can find there.
A survey just released shows daily online video usage has increased by an amazing 56% in the past year. That’s daily usage, and it’s across the board, 12 to 64-year-olds.
While it’s only a jump from 9 to 14% daily, a huge 52% of people across that age range watch online video at least once a week. That goes up to 80% watching at least once a week when you narrow the range to 18 to 24-year-old males. For females of the same age that figure is 53%.
The good news for media distribution is that they’re not just watching YouTube clips, but also news stories, movie trailers, and sometimes full-length TV shows and movies. (via LR)