At NTC, I organized a panel and drop-in clinic called 'NTC Video GeekOut" featuring Jonny Goldstein and Andy Carvin. I also video blogged the session and caught up with a participant for a quick interview about their impressions.
Our morning panel went well despite a few technical glitches with the sound system. (Note to self: write on AV set up that sound is needed along with the projector) We improvised the order and covered everything, including this demo of making a video blog post and uploading it to Blip.TV. I have seen Steve Garfield do this at Boston Podcamp and it is reallly powerful way to demonstrate to folks how easy it is to get started.
Next time, I think I might keep the video really short so it doesn't take so much time to render.
We created a wiki for the session that has all the links and key points we shared during the session. Some questions:
- What kind of camera should I use? Andy and Jonny explained the various types of cameras and we showed the ones we use. We also pointed to two review sites: Digital Camera Review and camcorder information.
- There were questions about signing a release form. Rule of thumb: If you are video blogging for an organization, have people sign a release. We modeled that in our demonstration. As promised, Ihere's a copy of the release form that NTEN used for the "This I Change" video project.
- I learned a lot from Andy Carvin about A Role and B Role - and interviewing techniques (like get the person to repeat their name and the whole answer and asking them to look into the camera) . He has two more indepth powerpoints packed with advice just on making documentaries.
- We gots questions about blogging platforms, feeds, distribution, video hosts, compression, editing software and more. We did a lot of pointing over to FreeVlog, Steve Garfield's Squido, and OurMedia Learning Center. We also mentioned the video blogging Yahoo List.
Over lunch, we prepared for the afternoon sessions. Jonny demonstrated his computer sock and both Andy and I video blogged it. (Little did I know that I was going to receive the first annual NTEN Award and wasn't in the ballroom ..!) Although, if I had been there, Katrin Verlcas would not have made her debut as a video blogger!
The afternoon sessions consisted of a drop-in video skills coaching. Both Andy and Jonny did an interview with Christina Arnold of Project Hope International who spoke about the root causes of human trafficking in Southeast Asia.
We've already had one or two people leave some questions over at the wiki, which I'm reposting here. If you have some good answers, please drop a comment in the blog post.
- How do you develop and employ an organizational in the most-commonly improvisational medium of vlogging without making a huge investment in editing?
- How far off is convenient consumption of videoblog programming. ie: when and how can or will users be able to subscribe to a set of videostreams so that they are downloaded, placed in a playlist, and played, so that users can watch these easily and conveniently?
- How does video content get organized. Is there an nptechvideo tag, or other tags, or aggregations of video blogs for the nonprofit sector?
For that last question, use the NpTech tag. There is a NpTech group over at YouTube. It isn't very active. I've also used the npvlog tag in delicious to tag videos made by nonprofits.
If you're interested in learning more, I'd suggest joining the Yahoo Video Blogging list, although it does have a far amount of traffic. I also set up an NTEN Affinity Group called "Video Blogging and Nonprofits" - I set this up about 7 months ago with the idea that I'd launch it after the session. I will summarize and cross post relevant posts from different places.