The following is an exercise to write about what we are doing with video+internet and some of the ongoing
The idea is to add as much terminology that
various people use or propose using inside of written descriptions and thoughts.
It may sound like parts of a conversation or just encyclopedic
tones. I am not only writing from opinion, but from other
Maybe see where that takes the discussion.
I do this because I dont beleive in hyper-editing wikipedia
entries. Thorough discussion should take place prior to edits, at
least in regards to this groups participants in the discussion.
* I have a videoblog
and I syndicate
my video content using RSS2
) which allows me to broadcast
media on the Internet
, though in actuality I am
since I have a small audience/subscriber
* Others have audioblogs
but when they use the same technology to syndicate and distribute audio content, they call it podcasting.
is a result of seperate groups of people focused on different media
formats adding terminology to digital content distribution using
RSS. Occasionally, people propose that videobloggers use the term
, since it should not be exclsuively an 'audio' term, though wikipedia makes no mention of video in its current entry.
Also, many videobloggers do not like the term podcasting since it is so connected with audio and iPods.
Understanding that concern, other terms have been suggested, as well as
not using any other terms beyond 'videoblogging'
Other suggested terms have been vodcasting
(as in VideoOnDemand
and conveniently sounds like podcasting), vidcasting
, and even vlogcasting
has been suggested.
* One benefit of having and using a seperate term to describe
the aforementioned process of delivering video content is to
distinguish between those who have a videoblog (aka vlog
) but who do not offer RSS 2.0 w/ enclosures (or mediaRSS
subscriptions to viewers. The video is published and remains
stationed on the videoblog website until a user visits and downloads a
video. They are not 'casting' anything. They are not using
a broadcast medium. But they maintain a videoblog, regardless.
Some do not want to consider these as videoblogs unless they use RSS to
distribute the video media to end-users who are using video aggregators
or TV boxes such as Akimbo
many others. The term videoblog may be suffering from an
over-extended usage.... but not by these videoblog authors that lack
RSS+enclosures but instead by those who feel the term videoblog
encompasses the medium.
If 'videoblog' is the medium, which medium is it? The broadcast medium
or the publishing medium
If the latter, then we need not exclude videoblogs that do not use
RSS+enclosure as being videoblogs. Because do we really ever want
to say that 'this videoblogger is not videoblogging because they
dont really have a videoblog"?
* Not long ago, it was a great concern to not incur heavy web hosting charges due to exceeded bandwidth
because a video you put out was downloaded by hundreds of people.
It is hard to not classify a blog where video is the primary content as
not being a videoblog just because they author could not afford
However, every month it gets easier and cheaper (or free) to distribute
video to the masses. Services like ourmedia/Internet Archive are
providing free media hosting. The result of this emerging open
media revolution will be more and more people feeling comfortable with
using RSS to deliver their media to subscribers without concerns of
costly web hosting penalties. So, it is likely that most to all
videobloggers will use RSS technology (or other methods that achieve
the same thing).
True this may be.... but it does not seem to excuse the need to
describe those who are using Internet broadcast technology opposed to
those who do not (for whatever reasons they have for not doing
* My subscribers can use software/hardware or web services called video aggregators
which enables them to have Video On Demand (VOD)
functionality, similar to
services like TiVo
or MoviesOnDemand offered by some cable companies.
Though there are various methods and technologies that make it possible
to distribute video content to an actual TV, typically my audience
uses a computer to watch my videos. Eventually, it will be
standard to have syndicated TV broadcasts and Internet Media converged
using a set-top box and Television set.
* Some of us have discussed the topic of "Mix Your Media".
other words, make video, make audio, make photos and make text.
Offer it all via your blog and use RSS to syndicate it as mentioned
Filter the RSS feeds based on the media format. In
such a case, and I imagine this becoming popular since sometimes it is
more suitable to make audio content or more desireable to distribute
photo sets instead of video, we cannot simply say 'I am
videoblogging' when you are clearly distributing an audio feed as
well. I am not aware of suggested terminology for mixed media
content distribution.... but i guess to full circle the discussion,
this would be called blogging
I could dare and propse the use of 'Multimedia Blogging",
something tells me that would not gain popularity, despite it being
accurate. Cool Factor!
* Back in the day, common terms to explain Internet based media broadcasting were VOD
Video On Demand and Internet Protocol Television. This did not
consist of RSS usage, but the underlying medium serves the same
purpose. Using RSS is more reminiscent of a grass roots style of
digital media distribution. It's as innovative as it is common
sense. It works. Add BitTorrent
technology and it becomes possible to distribute DVD quality video to thousands at virtually no cost.
* Note to some: You may have noticed that the topic of
'content' is not touched on here. That is because it is a
completely seperate discussion and the type of content has no bearing
on the purpose of this 'defining videoblog' thread.
ok, so i just dredged up that rant from overactive areas of my brain.....
it's not me preaching.... consider it in 3rd person despite the fact I didnt write it that way ;-)
In other words, these are not all my opinions, but a mix of info, reiterated.
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