Comment on Videos: YouTube it or Host it Yourself? by Maggie
So glad you brought this to light.
I’ve noticed several people, like worship cafe, will host for a short time, embed to their site, then pull the videos back off as they begin to get a lot of youTube traffic (past the dates of their hosting interviews with musicians). We should probably just not leave things up long term in those cases, similarly.
Also, Chrisi, what you propose may work for blogger, but wordpress limits hosting services you can embed to youTube, google video, and perhaps one other…all similar terms I would imagine. The only thing you can do is “link to” your video, which isn’t as pretty, but may serve use for these situations.
Comment on Videos: YouTube it or Host it Yourself? by Doug
Oh, but since I usually make it a habit to schedule some videos to appear on this blog for your entertainment while I’m gone, I’ve done that again for you. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday a new animated video will appear each evening (EST) all from an amazing series called Minuscule.
Comment on Videos: YouTube it or Host it Yourself? by Jerry
Even a casual glance at YouTube would let you know that once posted, anything goes, regardless of the Terms and Conditions. So if you care about controlling your content, YouTube is not the place to post it.
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Comment on Videos: YouTube it or Host it Yourself? by Chrisi
What I suggest is hosting on one of the new Christian “YouTube” sites. zigvid.com is a new Christian/family-friendly video sharing website, where are content is pre-screened (including comments) and to ensure a safe, clean environment. This way you can enjoy free video hosting, embedding capabilities AND maintain the integrity of your content and community.
Plato wrote that “the first and best victory is to conquer the self.” Warren Buffett said something to the effect of “if you have discipline in the small things you will have discipline in the large things.” I’ve read enough about the human brain to know that if certain actions are repeatedly taken, the brain becomes used to them and they become easier. I started to wonder if I could build my overall discipline by practicing more discipline in a small area of my life. I needed something that was difficult, but not in my face every day. I decided to give up deserts. For one year.
I wasn’t cutting out sugar. The definition of a desert was anything sweet that I would eat after lunch or dinner because I was craving it. The goal was to fight the impulse, more than anything else. No ice cream, cakes, cookies, candy, brownies, pies, or anything that would typically be considered a dessert.
But he didn’t necessarily do it for health. He did it for the discipline that would translate into getting things done better.
Eight months have passed, and I’ve had no desserts, and there have really only been 3 or 4 occasions that I seriously struggled and thought I should give up the stupid goal. What are the results? Well, I think the past 8 months have been the single most productive period in my entire life. I still miss deadlines, forget about things, and sometimes get distracted, but not nearly as often as I used to. In other words, I think it is actually working. My ability to buckle down and focus even when I don’t feel like it has increased. In the same way that lifting weights makes a 50 pound box seem lighter the next time you have to carry it, focusing on a somewhat boring task for a few hours seems much easier than it was in the past.
A nice side benefit is that I’ve also felt much better in general. I’ve had more energy, I’ve slept better, and I’ve been sick less than normal. I haven’t seen any negative mental side effects such as decreased creativity, or a diminished capacity to deal with multitasking situations (although I try to avoid these when possible).
When I gave up sugar a couple years ago for health reasons, I, too, lost weight and felt great. I was able to concentrate easier. I wasn’t so easily distracted. Not like I am now.
Comment on Videos: YouTube it or Host it Yourself? by Brent
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Here’s what I like about hosting a video at YouTube:
tags and comments (it’s a video blog)
syndication (embed codes to put on other websites)
I think this model really lends to great opportunity for Christian world-view videos to be seen, shared, and start conversations. Because of the syndication model, the conversation and marketing isn’t limited to the YouTube domain. Anyone can use that video to start a conversation on their own domain. You may not be able to control every conversation started by the video, but you can certainly start it in multiple places!
For clarity, you retain all of your ownership rights in your User Submissions. However, by submitting User Submissions to YouTube, you hereby grant YouTube a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the User Submissions in connection with the YouTube Website and YouTube’s (and its successors’ and affiliates’) business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the YouTube Website (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels. You also hereby grant each user of the YouTube Website a non-exclusive license to access your User Submissions through the Website, and to use, reproduce, distribute, display and perform such User Submissions as permitted through the functionality of the Website and under these Terms of Service. The above licenses granted by you in User Videos terminate within a commercially reasonable time after you remove or delete your User Videos from the YouTube Service. You understand and agree, however, that YouTube may retain, but not display, distribute, or perform, server copies of User Submissions that have been removed or deleted. The above licenses granted by you in User Comments are perpetual and irrevocable.
(bold added by me for emphasis)
That sounds like a lot, but if I read it correctly (or just read what I put in bold), it says that YouTube has the right, among other rights, to take your video, change it, and distribute it as they see fit.
How often does this happen? What’s the likelihood that it will? I don’t know, but it is possible.
So obviously hosting your videos yourself gets around this. You control all of the copyrights. But my encouragement would be to somehow still be able to do some of the same advantages YouTube gives. For example, allow syndication (embedding) of your video so others can do your marketing and conversation starting for you elsewhere.
Maybe the best rule of thumb is if the content of the video needs to be protected, host it yourself. If it has less production value to it, YouTube it.
What are your thoughts on this? And how difficult is it to host a video and make it syndicatable?
Comment on buying your first digital point and shoot camera by mike
great guide but the brands comment is a little bit off, while all the brands you mentioned are great there are some others i would seriously consider
kodak is a great brand that wont hurt your pocketbook too to much, olympus is a higher end brand that is wonderfull to work with and will give you joy just from using it but it is higher end and will hit you hard in the bank account. all of my experiences with these brands have been great and i love my kodak camera that i am using at the moment!
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There is a really interesting video featuring Seth Godin. The video is less than 7 minutes long. He talks about the history of the web from a marketing point of view and where he thinks it’s going. Near the end he talks about the role he thinks social networks like MySpace, Facebook, and Linked In play and how blogs fit into the online conversation.
Can’t say all of the video is pertinent to us as ministers of the Gospel, but if you think about how, in some sense, evangelists are marketers, listen to the strategy Seth brings out. What hits me at the end of the video is how he talks about the most effective way to influence a group of people: host the conversation on your blog.
I know from reading the stats on this blog that most of you access this site via RSS. I love it!
But about two-thirds of you are not using Google Reader. And honestly that’s cool with me. But I did want you to know that ever since I switched to gReader, sifting through my RSS feeds has been so much faster and more efficient. I really can’t think of a better way to improve and streamline how to interact with new web knowledge than an RSS reader.
I do pretty much the same. I can clear out over 200 feed updates very quickly using these settings: on the left above all my feeds I have it only show what is “updated” (not all), I use tags/folders for every feed, sort them by oldest, and use the Expanded view. Then I learned a couple of keyboard shortcuts to help me slice it fast: j = jump to next item, k = go back an item, m = mark as read, s = star. I star anything I want to read later while I’m clearing out items. Then I’ll go back later to clear out the stared items.
Fastest way to get started: download the latest from Firefox, go into Tools > Options and then the Feeds tab and click “Subscribe to the feed using:” and select Google.
Well I’ll be! Google has gone and done a novel thing. They have added Google search to Google Reader. I’m still perplexed why it took so long. Seemed like a no-brainer. Guess that’s why I’m not working for them.
They also changed the unread items numbering system they used. It used to be if you had over 100 items unread, it would just say 100+ items. Now it gives you the number.
It almost seems that the 2007 pattern is low in the Caribbean which means Central America and the Yucatan may be in for a long hurricane season (like Central Florida in 2004, North Carolina in another year I can’t remember). These ‘canes seem to go in patterns.
And check this out:
Felix is the second category 5 hurricane to make landfall this year, and before Hurricane Dean a week or so ago, there were no land falling hurricanes at category 5 status for 15 years. Now here in 2007, two back-to-back category 5 hurricanes making landfall, and both hurricanes Dean and Felix were intensifying at the time of landfall.
When you look at the map of Felix vs Dean and with a possible repeat with now Invest 98 probably becoming a Tropical Depression soon, I see a pattern that doesn’t bode well for Central America.
To break the pattern, Invest 99 is trying to form off the SC-GA coast and some say it could come to Central Florida. I doubt it though.
Based on unsolicited feedback from a few people (yes, I have a flimsy spine), I’m turning off the status updates that appear on this blog. You know, they are the one-line things telling you what I’m up to: my micro-blogging.
So from now on if you wanna know what I’m up to, you can follow me in Facebook (private unless you’re my friend) or Twitter (public).
But right now I’m getting ready for the Clemson-FSU game after taking my wife out to Outback Steakhouse.
Brach’s is increadably horrible! It tastes like wax, it is so nasty! Farley’s is the best thing ever I love it and I wait for it every year! Howevwer I have the same problem I can’t find it anywhere. I was searching it online that’s how I found this.