I like making videos more than scoring music, but I know how important music is to the emotion of a video. So I spend a lot more time than I’d like inside Mac iLife’s Garageband creating instrumental scores — usually customized to the video. To avoid doing this 500 times, I reuse some of them.
I’ve decided to upload many of my instrumental songs to Podsafe so people can use them for no cost and royalty-free. Here’s the link (Music.ofNalts.com), but please credit WillVideoForFood.com if you use them. I’ll eventually have them linked from this new site.
It’s hard to find a lot of music with the “free AND royalty free” terms (they’re usually free with royalties or cost a ton for royalty-free rights). I’m perplexed why musical artists don’t do this more often to promote their work… especially undiscovered artists. The Music.ofNalts site actually takes you to Podshow, where musicians post “Podsafe music.” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech) is a notable exception. He offers his clever instrumentals for royalty-free use, and requests simply a credit (and Paypal donation).
Many, many YouTubers have incorporated MacLeod’s cheerful songs into their videos (I used his work for Crawling Through the Airport, and he custom scored this “Secret Mentos Elixir” promotional video, for a reasonable fee).
I hope people can find ways to use these songs. Some are quite generic, as I’m not a musician and not fully aware of how to use Garageband (that would require reading a manual- ick).
I shot this yesterday for reasons I can’t quite explain. It’s Uncle Nalts providing safety, manners and other tips for kids. We cover topics ranging from pets, safety, manners, and how to treat the little brother or sister.
I’m sure I forgot some important ones, so let me know if there’s anything else for a potential “Everything Else” sequel.
Note that I’m streaming the Revver version of this video, and you can respond with yours if you use Revver. Here’s the YouTube version.
Until this video I’ve rolled my eyes at net neutrality. Once the genie is out of the bottle, how can you not have complete freedom of expression online? This video challenged that thought by drawing off the history of print, radio and television.
Could AT&T and other providers control the web and decides what gets priority and what gets seen?
I dunno. Watch this and let me know what you think.
Webisodes. A nice concept that’s ahead of its time. The idea is that we tell a longer story in “chunks,” and each short video clip (not to exceed 3-5 minutes) has the story progressing.
Many experiments have failed. Eventually Webisodes will bridge the chasm between “lean back” television viewing and “lean forward” Internet viewing.
But not yet. Why?
So what’s a short term approach?
Some film makers have debuted films via web by “chunking” the storyline into webisodes. Example: Sam Has Seven Friends. I maintain that this will eventually be viable. But the trick is to start with the 3-5 minute framework and tell the story accordingly. It’s very difficult to retroactively adapt long-form content and break it into webisodes that compel the viewer to return for the next one.
When I was in college, I had the weekend early morning shift at the campus radio station. I used to try experiments to find out if anyone was listening (like offering a free car to the first caller). That's the way this blog is going, so I've decided to stir things up with some totally unfounded 2007 predictions for the online video space.
Maybe it's the margaritas talking, but I really like my little masthead above. The video camera looks like I stole it from clip art, but it's actually my little camera sitting on my black desk. I lucked out with the flash and reflection- it's the first photo I've taken in a while that's not totally blurred. The little cardboard sign has been sitting in my car for a couple months. I've used the back of it to take cell messages while driving.
You know, a good blog really isn't about the content. It's about the masthead.
Dear online video sites. Thanks for giving us free access to online videos, as well as absorbing the costs of hosting and serving the videos. Unfortunately, that's become a commodity. I think you know this, but in case you don't… what attributes do you need to ensure that you're not a "Pets.com" of the online video space? Don't read ahead… name a few. Now scroll down.
If you want to succeed in this space, you need most of the following attributes:
You know what I just realized? Some jackass consultant is going to rip this off and make money on a white paper about this rapidly growing industry. Oh well. At least I'm not making any money from this blog.
Revver until now has cornered the market on pay-for-content. Two firms have offered similar models, though. And a new entrant has arrived.
3) Now Blip.tv is getting into the revenue-sharing space according to this article from CNet. Here's what CNet says, and if you register you can read more about Blip's advertising policy.
"Blip.tv does not brand the videos with its logo, so users can take full advantage of the service without confusing their viewers about whose site they are watching. What's in it for Blip.tv, then? It's not fully rolled out yet, but the service will be advertising-supported. If users will accept ads on their videos, Blip.tv will share the revenues from the ads 50/50. Blip, for its part, will run the ad network and host the videos, and give users a lot of control over the ads they'll take."
What does this mean to content creators? More options, and difficult decisions. Currently, it's a free market- post where you like. Eventually, however, it's possible that the highest financial opportunity will be available to those willing to sign exclusive deals.
Here's the thing I can't explain. With the exception of Revver and Jeukersz (both who currently have very low traffic), online video sites are being hush-hush about the details of revenue sharing. It perplexes me.