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Archive for May 8, 2007

May 8, 2007 — You(Tube) and I(Movie), together

Whew!

Finally pieced together this website’s very first vodcast, Head and Shoulders. We also added a second, called Run To The Record.

It reminds me of a time back in 1992 when I first saw demonstrated, in the student bookstore at Syracuse University, an Apple QuickTime movie. It was a clip taken from the animated series The Simpsons. The clip starts off with a speech in which President George H.W. Bush said, “The nation needs to be more like the Waltons and less like the Simpsons.” Bart, ever the cheeky one, turns to the camera and says, “Hey, we’re just like the Waltons … we’re praying for an end to the depression, too!”

I thought it was the coolest thing ever.

Of course, over the last few days, piecing together these two vodcasts, I had no idea exactly what kind of task this is, matching video and images. It’s part documentary, part TV news, and part SportsCenter.

It’s amazing that Apple’s iMovie software and YouTube are wonders of technology that were only a programmer’s dream back in the early 1990s. Of course, there are the digital cameras, which are now broadcast-quality; a number of TV programs such as NBA Inside Stuff and Live with Regis & Kelly have segments which are shot entirely on handheld digital cameras.

Hope you enjoy the vodcasts.