… and to continue
June 22, 2011 1 Comment
Under the topic heading of Social Multimedia I did Photography yesterday so today we get to Video. Of course everyone knows about YouTube – don’t they? I guess you either love it or hate it, personally I think it has had a little bad press that is remembered out of all proportion to the good it does. I’ve learnt a lot from YouTube and have posted videos to it – long may it survive. Set up an account with Youtube and you can post any video under 20 minutes long for free. For some researchers sharing film might not seem very important but for research on images or for publicising your research YouTube can be quite useful. A less well-known program such as Vimeo might interest others. Vimeo was created for film makers and tends to attract people who are more serious about making films. The site also has a fairly active community, with people who have interests in different aspects of film making. I think Vimeo is more likely to attract people researching film rather than researchers just wanting to publicise their work. Definitely a more “serious” site than YouTube. An even more “serious” site from the point of view of marketing is Viddler. Viddler is all about helping you to market your “brand”. A group of researchers might use Viddler if they want to publicise their research and even sell access to their videos – a sort of video professional journal. You can also get lots of help to do all of this clever stuff too. ok so some of it will cost you a bit but that’s the sort of decision you often have to make as a researcher.
Next on the list is Live Streaming. You might not think this has much to do with research but I have been to a number of live streamed events that are based on the research they are doing. This might be an individual researcher or, more commonly, the research that a department is involved in. Live streaming is something that is becoming more popular especially now that universities want to communicate with the public more easily.
I haven’t done any live streaming before but I know I must become familiar with it. Livestream looks an interesting program – there is a free plan so trying it out is no financial problem. If you have a USB or FireWire Camcorder and a mic you can start streaming immediately. Using the wizard, just set up an account (they call it a channel) then click on the Webcaster button and away you go. Livestream even save a recording of your film for you. A free channel is supported by advertisements but if you want to get rid of them you can pay. That can be a bit expensive as it starts at $350 per month (that’s about £217). That price allows you 3,000 viewer hours – if your session is one hour long you can have 3,000 viewers – they charge more for every viewer hour after that. 3,000 is a lot of viewers though! Ustream are a little different, they offer a whole package of assistance. From a mobile package that can be used where there is no internet pick-up to a package that includes amongst other things, 3 technical cameras, 3 cameramen and a Technical Director!! I suppose there could be researchers out there who might need this lot but I can’t think of any off-hand 🙂 There are no prices for any of this so I guess it’s really expensive. Interesting to know just how much you can get though isn’t it.
ok ‘cos it was a busy day today I’ll have to look at Presentation sharing and Virtual Worlds (definitely my thing) tomorrow 🙂