hey sammy! — the youtube version

I’m really impressed with the YouTube free video hosting service and have decided to upload my Hey Sammy! music video there, apart from having it hosted on vidiLife.

As I noted in a previous post, I created this using Windows Movie Maker. Please just forgive the poor video quality since these were video clips my wife Ellen and I took using our mobile phones and my Pocket PC, so I had to convert the files from 3GP/MP4 to import them to Windows Movie Maker.

Check out Hey Sammy!

vlog on

If you’re looking for free video blog hosting services, check out eRadioPortal.com.

They’re looking for video blog submissions. Here’s the announcement posted on their site:

Share your experiences thru video blogging or simply share your video clips on the internet. If we like your submission, we will host it for FREE.

Your video submission must have the following specifications: 320×240 resolution, 15 frames per second, Windows media format mpeg4 or AVI. We encourage posters to keep it under 15 minutes. Send your posts to videoblogger.upload@gmail.com and attach a short narrative of what you want viewers to read when they view your videos. For comments or suggestions please post at KURO.

They’ve only posted a few videos so far but here’s one that I found cute.

google opens video store

You know how Google has been accepting video clips from users for the past few months for its Google Video service?

Well, just as they announced at the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show, Google is going into video-on-demand in a big way. And now it’s official — they’ve announced the opening of the video store at the official Google Video Blog.

This means that apart from the free content uploaded by users, you can now buy high-quality video content from content providers such as CBS, which is making episodes of its shows such as C.S.I. and Survivor: Guatemala available for purchase online.

Not only that, but Google has also launched the Google Video Player. Unfortunately, they haven’t done a good job of making it easy for users to find the link to the player on their site. Some of the videos on the site can be downloaded — either for free or for a fee. You will see a Download button if the video is available for download. One of the most popular videos available for free download is Hurricane Katrina from Hurricane Katrina
Benny Chappetta, which you can download for your PC or Mac, video iPod or Sony PlayStation Portable.

It’s still too early to tell how this service will fare, but my first impression is that they rushed the launch of this online store, because some of the categories on the drop-down menu for videos available for purchase result in error messages.

The music videos that are available so far seem to follow the pricing model popularized by iTunes, which is 1.99 dollars per video. You can also buy videos of NBA games for 3.95 dollars a pop. Hmm, do you think the PBA is taking notes?

Also, I know that the strength of Google lies in giving us the ability to search for items, but right now the Google Video homepage just appears too chaotic, with different items being highlighted each time you refresh the page. Maybe they could learn a thing or two in terms of presentation from sites such as iFilm, now that they’re venturing into this new territory. I know, Google doesn’t want to be Yahoo!, but they have to consider the look and feel of the site now that they’re dealing with multimedia.

After all, as they become more mainstream and cater to consumer tastes, it won’t be enough for Google to organize the world’s content, but also to present it properly.

keep the hits coming

Yup, Filipino vodcasting (or video podcasting, which you could also call vidcasting, Internet television, IPTV and a slew of other buzzwords; some also say this is synonymous to video blogging or vlogging) is alive and well.

Check out H.I.T. (Hot Interesting Topics), which aired its first episode on August 20, 2005 and might own the distinction of being not only the first Philippine vodcast, but also Asia’s — at least that’s what Wikipedia has to say in its entry on vodcast.

H.I.T. is produced and hosted by siblings Michael, Joanna and James Hui-Villanueva, and this made-for-the-Web show takes a look at diverse topics such as tech, travel and tasty treats. It’s truly a small world, after all. Joanna was our intern at INQ7.net a few years back and wrote stuff for YOU, the youth site I edit.

You can check out the latest episode of H.I.T. below (Episode 12, Dec. 6) via streaming video courtesy of YouTube, though sometimes the streaming video is marred by too much buffering. It’s best to subscribe to the vodcast like I did via iTunes — I chose the H.264 format for QuickTime 7. You could also get the vodcast in MP4 format for your PC or Mac, and in M4V format for downloading to the new iPod with video capability, if you have one already. I don’t, hehe, so it’s still just one of the objects of my technolust.

The siblings are sometimes sheepish about the ambient noise included in the vodcast, such as the sound of traffic, but I actually like it — I think it works in this context and adds to the authenticity.

the end of tv as we know it?

Here's an excerpt from my INQ7 Infotech @Play column piece:

This will be the revolution that will change TV and movies as we know it. We will not only change our watching habits, shifting from the set programming of TV stations and cable companies to entertainment-on-demand, but also create original content that we will watch and share with others. Whether it’s video blogs, video podcasting or mobile films, we are seeing an explosion of multimedia content generated by ordinary people. These are the movies we create everyday — the clips we take with our camera phones, or our videocams, or the live performances (yes, I know there are many types of performances, but let’s keep this GP, hehe) on our webcams.

The world is watching. And we’re watching the world, and letting others watch.

So will our own broadcast networks get it and embrace entertainment-on-demand? Will our cable companies finally realize that we don’t really watch all the channels they provide with our monthly subscription, and offer flexible packages where we’ll subscribe per channel, apart from their current pay-per-view offerings? How about Filipino TV programs and movies available for streaming or downloading to iPods, portable media centers, PSPs, PDAs and mobile phones?

Read the full story.

when fred and barney smoked

Once upon a time, people didn't know how dangerous smoking was to their health.

Next month, on Feb. 19, I'll be celebrating two straight years of having quit smoking, cold turkey. I won't lie to you — sometimes I still miss cigarettes. But I rarely think about them, and I'm just glad I was able to quit. Unlike in the old days, most of us are aware of just how harmful smoking is.

Here's an amusing yet disturbing video clip that's been posted on different sites which you can check out at Metacafe. Here you'll see Fred and Barney pimping Winston cigarettes. This is a Winston commercial from 1961. Winston was the show's sponsor, and as I understand it the Winston commercials and references to the cigarette company were deleted when the show was syndicated.

It's scary to think that a cartoon show for kids was used to peddle ciggies, but The Flintstones was also very popular with adults and those were different times. But how weird is it to hear Barney say it's time for a "Winston break" and Fred mouth the catchphrase: "Winston tastes good like a cigarette should"?