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Me, live!

So, earlier this week Qik released their mobile app for the Android platform. If you’ve been under a rock this past year, then you wouldn’t know that I’m sporting a sweet T-Mobile G1 phone, that runs Android. So of course I immediately downloaded the app and got it up and running. Bummer was that it took me a couple of days to find something worth filming.

Oh, I forgot to mention. Qik allows you to share live video from your mobilephone. Yeah, you read that right! Live video!

I’m currently working on the final stages of a paint job for a cool new gun cabinet. With just one coat of silver paint on the door, I thought I’d take a short video. At first, I couldn’t get the Qik app to work, so I went ahead and recorded it with the built-in camcorder app. I posted that to YouTube, to test it all out. Kinda cool. My first real mobile camera recording from my mobilephone.

A few kinks later, I got the Qik app working. So I recorded a short clip. The reviews I’ve read indicated that it clips off the first few and last few seconds. This is true for me.

Below are the YouTube and Qik videos, in that order. If you bookmark http://qik.com/trevorcarpenter you’ll be able to see any future live videos. Cool!

http://qik.com/swfs/qikPlayer4.swf

*****Update*****

Huh. Watching the Qik video kinda sucks! Yeah, it clipped out about 8 seconds of content. I knew it was choppy, but that’s bad.

I’m not sure how often I’ll need/want live video from my mobilephone, so we’ll just keep that one as an in-a-pinch tool.

In the mean time, I think I’ll stick with recording it, sharing it with Twidroid (which auto posts to Twitter), and uploading directly to YouTube.

Update: My nephew’s birthday slideshow

A week or so back, I produced and uploaded a high quality photo slideshow of photos from my nephew’s first birthday. The video is great. The compression was horrible.

Then my favorite photo-sharing website, Smugmug, added HD video to their features. Sweet! I recompressed my video and uploaded it last night. It’s so much better! I don’t think I’ll be needing Vimeo anymore, maybe.

http://cdn.smugmug.com/ria/ShizVidz-2008042602.swf

This video idea couldn’t have come at a better time

Darren Rowse, at the ProBlogger.net, has challenged his readers to put together a creative video. We’re supposed to come up with a video that explains, Why We Blog.

What great timing! Since I’m just getting into using my USB video camera, I’m looking forward to coming up with something fun. I might just write a lame song, to further embarass all my loved-ones.

Keep watching this space for my own special video. Also, if you’re a blogger, head over to ProBlogger.net and see if you can do it too!

The ProBlogger Post

Thinking about starting a short daily vidcast…

I found my Xbox Live USB video camera. I thought I had lost it.

Many of you know that a few years ago I produced a weekly Christian music podcast. It lasted over a year, and I really enjoyed it. Since then, photography has not only replaced the time and energy, but has done even more for me, artistically.

However, I have been thinking about a possible new program that I could record. I’m thinking about a daily vidcast. Not long in length, and not complex to produce. It would really just be an extension of my regular blog posts. You see, when I get an idea of something to write about, I simply write it. When that idea is real short, I generally Pownce/Twitter it. However, there are times when I want something a little bit different. That’s where the vidcast comes in. I think I’ll start by recording a short, off the cuff, inspirational video. I’ll toss in some photo ideas or tips on occaision too.

What do you think?

To make it easy, I’ll record it and upload it to my Vimeo account. Then I’ll embed the video here. I think. Below is a short sample.

Short request from Trevor Carpenter on Vimeo.

Riverwalking…

So one of my Vimeo contacts made this totally cool video from taking photographs. Below he describes it. I’m completely and totally excited about this, and I’m going to give it a try ASAP!

“A photograph taken at every ten paces as an experiment to see how a technique closer to stop-motion with composed images and control over random factors (especially joggers) compares to standard video time-lapse.”

RiverWalking from adam deeves on Vimeo.