[Chicago] Jan '08 Video Posted and looking for advice

Chris McAvoy chris.mcavoy at gmail.com
Mon Jan 14 14:10:44 CET 2008

Hey Brian,

Great work!  The video looks really good.

Could you update the description to not include the CouchDB talk?  The
speaker wasn't able to make it.


On Jan 13, 2008 9:16 PM, Brian Ray <bray at sent.com> wrote:
> Group:
> I posted the video and will be reposting a better quality version soon
> if some of you can help me work out the details (Disclaimer: I am
> totally new to recording and publishing video). If you can't wait here
> is the first try:
> <http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-906354546937878632>
> Admittedly, the quality is poor on my first try.  The aspect ratio I
> shot in was different than how I posted to Google Video--so its skewed
> to letterbox.  The video looks and sounds much better on my computer
> before I post. I shot the video in HD widescreen and went to mp4 the
> way the google video suggests in its FAQ. I am not sure I like the
> quality of any of the videos on a hosted web viewer solution versus
> the pod-casts I view through iTunes.  But, I am also concerned if
> other pod-cast readers are readily available (Linux? Windows?) so that
> all of you viewing can use any feed I produce.
> If everyone can use this format, I would like to explore the option of
> using the mv4 format in the form of a podcast. IE, it would be nice to
> have a RSS feed just for meetings.  I did see a Python package called
> PyRSS2Gen http://www.dalkescientific.com/Python/PyRSS2Gen.html.  Does
> anybody know the correlation between the content of the RSS entry for
> video and the example used on this website? For instance, is the
> content of each entry just html pointing to the video data as a
> hyperlink? What do I need to consider if I want to optimize for
> devices like the iPhone and iPod?
> Also, the video is kind of large in the mv4 or mp4 formats. Its like
> around 400-600Meg for 1 hour with the compressions I have available on
> my platform. Also, the video when digitized from the HD format takes
> 60 Gigs. So, I do not really want to save the original data on disk.
> Also, I do not really want to host the data in the mv4 or mp4 formats
> on the ChiPy Server. Its just a lot of disk space and bandwidth. What
> other options do I have. Can I use a file hosting service in
> conjunction with a link from a RSS feed I do host on ChiPy Server?
> Someone else suggested a torrent. I am not sure how this works either.
> Like I mentioned before, I am a novice and do want to continue
> recording and sharing this information online. Any suggestions or
> advice? I am looking forward to learning but do not know where to start.
> Brian Ray
> bray at sent.com
> http://kazavoo.com/blog
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