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Aggregating video content...showing all the good stuff in one place online

AS it is said,' "Your mission, should you decide to accept it...." is to aggregate the best video content from a left and green perspective in the one place.

Following on from an earlier post about uploading and publishing video files -- Don't upload your videos to YouTube -- I was keen to pose a followup challenge which has all the features of a Mission Impossible episode.



The complication of online video is that there are any number of producers creating content and publishing it online. Here at LeftClick we select some of it and share it here as embedded media in a blog post. So we can be as eclectic as impulse requires.

AS it is said,' "Your mission, should you decide to accept it...." is to aggregate the best video content from a left and green perspective in the one place.

Following on from an earlier post about uploading and publishing video files -- Don't upload your videos to YouTube -- I was keen to pose a followup challenge which has all the features of a Mission Impossible episode.

The complication of online video is that there are any number of producers creating content and publishing it online. Here at LeftClick we select some of it and share it here as embedded media in a blog post. So we can be as eclectic as impulse requires.
http://www.welchagency.com/website/agent_pictures/1147/VideoChannel.jpgIf you wanted to review what we post here in way of video you can go to our Video label (in the right margin)and check out all the content posted here as playable video.At the moment we have more than 300 video episodes labeled and archived .

Alternatively we've used the video aggregator platform, Vodpod,so that we can offer you an online video channel which can be accessed in a standalone web page or as an embedded player inside a blog post (see strip example below left). Vodpod is very useful and any one can open a free account and collect videos from all over the web in order to create their own online channel.




Watch videos at Vodpod and more of my videos

Go to LeftClick Video Channel


The delights of Vodpodding

A couple a years back I used to scoff when web pundits said that one day everyone can have their own TV Channel -- but it's true, you can. I have ten! With Vodpod I can/you can collect videos from all the main video aggregator sites -- from YouTube to Blinx to BlipTV ...or where ever -- by using a snazzy add-on for your Firefox browser.You just go to the page the video is being displayed and played on and click Save to Vodpod. It's easier than collecting postage stamps.

All you need, if you don't use the Vodpod show page -- Vodspot -- is a blog or web page you can call your own. At the Vodspot entry page you can scroll through a few examples of Vodspot video channel show pages .There are several layout styles to choose from.

There's nothing wrong with Vodpod -- it's a simply amazing platform -- except as a web start up it is keen to turn a dollar from advertising -- but so too, understandably under capitalism, is every other web corporation. But if you choose to use some widgets to display bookmarked videos rather than others , you can show your selection, advertisement free. That means you still have quite a few widgets to choose from -- horizontal strips, vertical strips , single video windows, double columns -- that you can embed inside a post or in a side panel...

And while it's underused , Vodpod currently has 3,208,261 videos from 11,562 sites bookmarked by Vodpod members.

Later I'm sure, Vodpod/spot will be offering a pro or deluxe version -- all attributes without advertising and maybe a few other features.

So that's two main ways you can share online video content:
  1. embed single players in a blog post or web site
  2. use a bookmark platform like Vodpod to bookmark video and display it.
Both ways are handy to know if you wanted to enrich your campaign online so it's worthwhile exploing these options when you are online.

Of course other web aggregators will offer you various widgets so that you can use to share content based only on their sites's attributes.

Our very own online video channel?

But let's up the challenge a bit and tackle a question that some of us who shoot political video for the web have been discussing. Could we create our own branded online video channel that had a bona fide political and multimedia existence which was serviced by a team of video makers from hither and yon all with a similar radical political persuasion?

I think there is indeed an easy way to do this:

Given that with devices like Vodpod you can create any number of selected videos and package them around your choice of topics( as I said I run 10 channels on Vodpod) you could establish a video makers collective by asking contributors to publish their videos on BlipTV and cross post them to other sites as they prefer. I discussed this option in the earlier post -- Don't upload your videos to YouTube .

These others would not have to share the same account but the one centralised account could create a BlipTV channel playlist by selecting content published on BlipTV from the rest of the team.

So if you wanted a lead in title -- they'd simply add that to the beginning of a video clip and you'd import it, when it was ready, into the playlist. My video channel here on LeftClick --RatbagMedia Political -- is created that way. It's a selected playlist. I created the channel in 10 minutes.

If you wanted a snazzy display widget in the mode of Vodpod -- then you'd use Vodpod to supplement your presentation options.

If the gang doesn't want to use BlipTv then your options will be limited to Vodpod and single video embeds. You could of course use the one account for the one station for all of your contributors but that may limit individual preferences, and could lead to disputes or the labour involved by duplicating uploads. What you say to people who wanted to contribute content is simply this: get a BlipTV account publish there we'll grab what we want to use.

That's the grabber you see. You could share a brand intro -- a sort 5 second clip*-- if you wanted each video with the same marker but that may not be necessary.

This project looks to me to be do-able....


*Inasmuch as it is an option you could send to each contributor a lead in title sequence created in .avi file format which they could append to their video during post production editing.