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Posted By kenrg

A couple of weeks ago I asked for suggestions for a new opening to my videos for 2008. I was getting kind of tired of the lighthouse opening (the same lighthouse that's in the banner above...)

I received wonderful contributions from my friends on YouTube and LiveVideo, including intro videos from (in order of appearance): TheFrozenGhost , Neotrific, EddyBergman, CitizenStand, Justinmazing, IISwanSongII, StuKeck (aka: PappyStu, Yaffle, EvilSpartacus, and YeuxlumineuxNtx

I also received music from: MichaelLydon & Ellen Mandel, DoctorMetropolis, and BlackTurtleUS. And, finally, a spoken outro by OhCurt.

Much thanks to Everybody! Enjoy the video:

Posted By kenrg

What? You've never heard of St. Monty's Day? Of all the winter holidays, it's always been my favorite.

Here - just watch this...

Posted By kenrg

This is a follow-up video to the previous entry. The questions are, does YouTube need to listen to the community? And, can a community-centered video site be commercially successful?

I apply the "80-20 rule" to those questions and come up with a loud "Yes" to each. Here's teh video:

(Oh, and I promise a return to more entertaining fare shortly - thank you!)

Posted By kenrg

From time to time the alarm has gone out, "YouTube is dead!" Of course, what they really mean by this is, "YouTube has made some stupid decision or implemented some stupid technical 'fix' that makes it more difficult for the community to communicate."

So, to the alarm ringers, others reply, "The community is fine! I've made friends all over the world and we're collaborating..." etc.

I agree with each. Yes, the community is fine. But the web site has many problems, and the company frequently does not seem to care about the community terribly much. Here's my short video on the subject:

Some things to consider now (and a topic for future videos): YouTube claims something like 55 million users, and the hardcore community members (those who regularly post videos, comment on others' videos, take part in groups, etc.) probably only number between 25-50,000 at any one time. So, in one sense, they can afford to ignore us.

But then, consider this: Of the 55 million, the vast majority are people who come for one clip, don't register, don't comment, and don't return for months on end. Meanwhile, the 25,000 are on the site nearly daily, watching and commenting on dozens of videos. If you do the math, our smaller group of users is responsible for the majority of the action (and therefore, ad views) on the site. YouTube needs us more than we need them.

Posted By kenrg

Aspect ratio refers to the relative dimensions of the video screen, with standard aspect ratio for online video or TV being 4:3. Many online video content creators, however, shoot in widescreen formats, the most popular being 16:9.

Personally, if I know I'm shooting for a web site that displays videos as 4:3, I don't see the point in creating widescreen content. I want to use every inch that's available to me!

Do you have a preference? Here's my short video on this topic: