Help Blog This: Public Talk @ National Library: “Youtube and beyond…”

"Youtube and Beyond: What you want to know but never knew who to ask"

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“Youtube and beyond: What you want to know but never knew who to ask”
A public talk on the present and future of online video sharing by Kevin Lim

When
Tuesday, 19 Jun 2007
7:00PM – 8.30PM
(I’ll be there at 6pm for the early birds!)

Where
Multi-purpose Room, Central Lending Library
(Basement of National Library, Victoria Street)
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What
Youtubers, Videobloggers, Video podcasters, or anyone who wants to get started with sharing videos online, this interactive session is perfect for you! Here are 5 reasons why you have to join in:

* Explore the world of free video sharing services -> going beyond Youtube
* Learn tips to producing great video for web -> high quality, small file size
* How to protect yourself by staying legal -> copyright, Creative Commons
* See the future of online videos -> Lifecasting and searching within videos
* Make friends and show your clips with fellow video bloggers!

Plus: If there’s time, learn how to videocast without spending a bomb on web hosting, by integrating Internet Archive with your blog.

Who
Kevin Lim [of theory.isthereason.com] is currently pursuing his PhD in Communication and is teaching in the Educational Technology Center at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). He studies the wide-ranging cultural affordances of technology, focusing particularly on the pedagogical aspects of social media. Being passionate about making and sharing videos, Kevin is currently challenging notions of virtuality through his modular “sousveillance” backpack. In an attempt at enhancing the usefulness of video, this unique backpack allows him to experiment with lifecasting, ambient intimacy, and video as a form of memory prosthetic (also see eyetap and wearcam).

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Why bother making online videos?
In an unassuming trip to Macworld Expo back in January 2006, I happened to shoot 15 minutes of the then brand new Apple MacBook Pro. Little did I know that that video clip would make me realize how important it was for me to be a blogger, especially a videoblogger.

Digg Effect on MacBookPro video More than half a million people watched that clip. It appeared on the front page of Youtube, Digg and every other tech-related blog. Friends called me up telling me about it, and even the Mac Geniuses at the local Apple Store said that they’ve seen it. Traffic soared, new opportunities presented themselves to me.

Recently in March, Siva, Ivan and I were in catching up over dinner at the National Library when the thought hit us. Since I knew quite a bit about sharing videos online, why not organize a public talk about it?

As mentioned in an earlier post, we’d like to share the joy by helping to build an informed videoblogging community in Singapore. As such, I’ll be giving a public talk at the National Library on sharing videos online. Above are the details so if you can, please help me spread the word.

I’ll share my personal experiences: Such as when you should use Youtube, Google Video, Revver and so on. I’ll also share basic tips on how to shoot and encode video to get the best-looking clips on the web. Finally, I’ll demo some of the exciting new things we can now do with online video. I hope all this will blow your mind and get you inspired to whip out your video camera. If you’re coming, bring your geek toys!

Got better ideas?
If you have question or suggestions for this event, do drop a comment about it. This talk is meant to be interactive and I wish to make sure you can start making videos confidently as soon as you get home.

Youtube and Beyond: Present and Future of Online Video Sharing

Bloggers who have helped promote this cause:

  • http://decayonnet.blogspot.com DK

    Will we be allowed to enter if we arrive late? I love to attend, but I knock off work at 6 and by the time I reach there, it should be around 630 or 645 already.

  • http://ramblinglibrarian.blogspot.com Ivan Chew

    @ DK and Kevin (and anyone who thinks 6pm is too early), we can do this: (1) start at 7pm, or (2) start at 6pm but cover some fun stuff and then do the more critical parts from 6.45pm onwards.

  • http://theory.isthereason.com Kevin

    @DK: Yes, no worries. We’ll probably have everyone share their video clips in the beginning, then closer to 7pm, I’ll start talking. We have to end by 8.30pm as the library closes at 9pm sharp.

  • http://blog.sivasothi.com Otterman

    See you guys there!

  • http://decayonnet.blogspot.com DK

    Cool. See you there!

  • http://www.ridzuan.info Ridz

    Hey, I’ll be there…a tad bit late though…

  • http://theory.isthereason.com Kevin

    OK, time adjusted to 7pm. I’ll be there at 6pm to chat with early birds and provide one-on-one help.

    Note to self: As Ivan suggested, show how videos can be captured anywhere, physical and virtual realms (e.g. SL).

  • http://www.hitchoo.com Yinghan

    Will be there! =)

  • CL

    Now I wish I was back in Singapore to attend this session. Anyway, have fun!

  • http://oceanskies79.blogspot.com/ py

    I would like to go, albeit I have to work till 9.05 p.m. that day.

    Wishing you success in the talk.

  • http://theory.isthereason.com Kevin

    @Yinghan: Bring your Hitchoo!

    @PY: Ah, there’s a surprise in store. If it works out, we should get a pretty decent hard connection to webcast the event live so you can watch from work. It will also be recorded. This is all about the future of video sharing :P

  • http://brennan.sg DT

    The Digital Terrorist will be there.

  • http://blog.sivasothi.com Otterman

    Changed timing on my posts….

  • http://deadpoetscave.com/ acroamatic

    Will be attending Jeremy Monteiro’s concert that evening. Will watch the video!

  • http://theory.isthereason.com Kevin

    Thanks guys. See you all physically and virtually. :)

  • felix the strat

    Hi All,
    I’m trying to do this video-sharing + social networking + gaming + techtips portal for SG, MAL, THAI, INDO as a solar system [of sorts] regionally. Need some help to:

    a. crystallise theme without confusion
    b. aggregate video vs pix shooters
    c. mod some loyalties and sanities without running foul
    d. throw video into games and games into vids to share

    will be at NLB…need help!!!! target end July…

    felix

  • http://keropokman.blogspot.com keropokman

    am posting a pic on the Nat Library and found it just nice to include a promo on the talk that’s in that building :-)

  • http://chernjie.blogspot.com/ Chern Jie

    Hey kevin, count me in. I’ll see you on tuesday evening

  • http://hazman.e-joi.com/myspace Hazman Aziz

    No worries, mate. Anyway, thank to promote my site too.
    I will see you there with the rest.

  • http://theory.isthereason.com Kevin

    @felix: Might want to explain it simpler. Might be work bringing up at the talk’s Q&A.

    @keropokman: As a popular photoblogger, I really appreciate that :)

    @Chern Jie: See you there. Might see new faces there, which is always a good thing :)

    @Hazman: See you too! :D

  • Kelvin

    Hi, I’m Kelvin Lim, not to be confused with yourself. I’ll be there, with some of my colleagues.

  • http://theory.isthereason.com Kevin

    @Kelvin Lim: Thanks for RSVP-ing. Mind if I ask where you’re from? :)

  • http://blogs.msdn.com/expression_experience_asia/ Leon

    I’ll be there, with a couple of guests/friends from an Ad Agency in China. :)

  • http://theory.isthereason.com Kevin

    @Leon: Awesome, see you there!

  • http://blog.sivasothi.com Otterman

    Thanks for Skitch dude – used it right away!

  • http://theory.isthereason.com Kevin

    @Otterman: Awesome use of Skitch. I knew it’d be handy especially for you :)

  • http://leafmonkey.blogspot.com Monkey

    I wonder why the graphic image says 6pm but your text says 7! Is it 6 or 7? :/

  • http://theory.isthereason.com Kevin

    @monkey: Astute observation. The library offered me the space from 6pm, but we found it too early for the working crowd. I’ll be there at 6pm for the early bird, take their questions and setup my recording + webcasting gear (for everyone to observe). The talk will then officially start at 7pm. I hope this is fine with everyone :)

  • Kelvin Lim

    hey kevin, I’m from MINDEF, bringing 3 colleagues too.

  • http://www.inspirethereal.wordpress.com AaronK

    Will be late but will be there.

  • http://leafmonkey.blogspot.com monkey

    damn its 6.30pm and im still at the office. lucky im walking distance away whee! :p but i guess there goes my chances of getting the skitch invites!