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Monday, June 05, 2017

Hustings Update, video plan

I will be taking a camera to the hustings tomorrow but not sure what to record. I think the Express and Echo will be ok with another version of a video but I am not sure how the space will work out.

Meanwhile some of the recording from a hand held camera has worked out ok. I am still interested in a YouTube channel on a new level of resources but things are ok as they are. I can link in a blog to other clips and organisations such as the Echo now have a wider range of video available.

I am also doing sound shows on Phonic FM. We cannot cover politics till after the election. Creative Commons and social media has not been a topic much anyway. Well perhaps on the sideleines but not a lot about how policy could support or improve. Maybe more possible later. A lot of it is not really about legislation, more a set of understandings that allows things to work out.

Event Facebook page HERE , I think there will be a link to the live stream.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Exeter Hustings 2017

This post is about the Boat Shed Hustings for the General Election. I previously did a YouTube playlist for the Devon County Council elections. I had hoped to do another for this one but have been told it is an exclusive for Devon Live as they will do a live stream on Facebook. Since the event has now been postponed I am trying to raise some issues around this in case things might change.


Social media is now much better known than a few years ago. Newspapers have some business model problems so they have fewer reporters. They sometimes use content from public sources. The playlist I did was all Creative Commons. I don't think there has been much reuse of it but in theory there could be. The web at least started with an open approach. The theory of content marketing can come close to the idea of open access. I find that Facebook Live content can vanish after the event while YouTube is more available for mixing in a playlist with other comment. In the long run I don't see how local mainstream media will survive better with content on Facebook or YouTube unless they revise their approach to working with the public in how content is generated.

Another thing, on the DCC hustings I asked each speaker for permission as if it was a performance. I usually will take down a clip on request as people change their style or have other reasons. But I don't think a news event should have too long a delay so permission could be assumed. Is it public?

Anyway, I think meanwhile there could be various ways to continue on YouTube. I have found clips close to the announced speakers. Three from Harry Mottram who may be connected to Trinity Mirror. More info later. Suggestions welcome on clips to add. I think the production standard is not too hard to achieve. Do not break your back carrying round a tripod and lots of lights. Phone clips may be enough if the content is interesting.



Monday, May 22, 2017

Ramble about video in Exeter

This is background for the previous post about the hustings at Boat Shed. I welcome policy about government support, funding, education etc. but also wonder about how video is done with limited resources.

Previously there were the Dark Times. Bike Shed Theatre and Bar on loan to Phonic FM for a few days in August 2015. The lighting was terrible.



Recently I asked the Standup Philosopher about a new show and he told me about exeter Visual Arts as a venue. I enquired about a space to store a tripod and if they would invest in a green screen. But then a handheld approach turned out ok and I found a green door on the quay opposite the Boat Shed.








Over the summer the daylight should be ok for video. Sound may have to be recorded again in studio of Phonic FM. Guests welcome on Wild Show Thursday 10 -12 and @wenotno Tue 12 - 2.

What makes the Boat Shed a studio for video / radio ? to be continued

Cultural Hustings at Boat Shed continued

I do not know much detail but there will be another hustings at the Boat Shed tomorrow evening. Part of the general election.

Previously I did some  clips from the Devon County Council hustings and put them in a playlist.

My plan is to bring a camera again and hope to get permission to upload some new clips.

Arguably this is a news event so permission could be assumed but the Boat shed policy seems to be to regard everything as a performance. works ok so far but I am trying to get some clearance ahead of time so things can work more like news.

Background issue is how the Boat Shed can work as a video studio. Can any kit be stored? I have already found out that the green doors just across the river work ok as a green screen. But what else is possible?





Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Playlists, Performance promo, DCC Cultural Hustings

Each of the clips from the Devon county council Cultural Hustings is now uploaded to YouTube, including the full session and there is a playlist. The playlist can be added to before the election so suggestions are welcome. Liberal Democrat for example as Vanessa Newcombe was ill at the time.

I will also look at other playlists that show what is possible with video to promote and relate to cultural events. Joseph Parsons has extended his 2017 tour from 2016 but still seems to be based in Topsham and Launceston. Sound of the Sirens are at the Phoenix soon and there is an excellent recent video from the Exeter Cathedral.

With Tubers now in Exeter there is increased interest in how online video can work. At a low level the issues are just about lighting and sound. The hustings video clips were with a hand held camera relying on the excellent sound and lighting provided. The Boat Shed could be a good base for more interviews and performances over the summer. Maybe there could be a space to store a tripod and other resources.

Issues that came up include access to broadband. Perhaps we should just accept that in Devon this happens at different rates. We have a very wide variety of acccess. But this could result in an interesting situation for amending content into different formats.

The clips are all with Creative Commons so they can be reused. Could there be more content like this? Content marketing is another aspect but the theory depends on actual content.

Mainstream media now supply clips to YouTube and other outlets. Newspapers also work with video. So there is a wide variety of content available. News and culture reporting can be part of the same developments. So much to discuss in how Devon as a locality can relate.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Reboot of blog ahead of Culture Hustings at Boat Shed

As far as I can remember this blog is fairly neutral from politics point of view. I will try to be balanced in covering the Hustings at Boat shed in Exeter for Devon County Council elections. Seems a good time to look at how content and cloud can work out as local media. I know the Bike shed Theatre plan to try out a building near the Quay over the summer so I guess the Hustings are a stage towards this.

Topics that interest me still include Creative Commons and local cable. When Exeter TV was proposed the model was USA law that any TV cable has to have a local option. Jeremy hunt was genuinely enthusiastic about this but not much seems to have happened. TV still important so an update would be interesting.  Creative Commons is still not well understood. If chosen as an option on YouTube for example than the clip can be mixed with something else.

I hope to find enough content to start a playlist on YouTube. If Creative Commons then there can be an edit with highlights. This clip from the Phoenix a while ago.



Also found a phone vid, other link suggestions welcome.




I guess video will be allowed at the hustings. Suggest tags are announced so that it can all be found together.

Meanwhile the Tubers studio is a great resource for Exeter. I am still working on how to combine the green screen and the area around the river and canal where soon the sun will provide lighting and video production will be quite cheap. The Boat Shed could be a useful resource as a place to store a tripod . Maybe even more production resource, not sure what they have in mind. With Jon Mahy I did some clips in the Bike Shed the last two summers. Lighting is an issue so the outdoors may solve this but some resource still needed as backup.

Video link suggestions welcome, especially to expand scope towards balance.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Adding tags to YouTube clips #13SWMA for example

This post is to show how to add tags. The occasion is the forthcoming South West Music Awards. I want to encourage people to use #13SWMA. Should be ok but needs some explanation. (The order is like this to avoid confusion with the Supporting Working Moms Act) The example in the screenshots is just to add the suggested tag to another video, about how to find Blackwells bookshop. but this should be enough as a guide. Start with the list of videos, then click the edit button
Then in edit, look for the tags. These are used in a search, so can be the same as for Twitter or Facebook. In this case thjere is a suggested tag official for Exeter University.
See detail
So if you have some video for the current South West Music Awards, please add the tag #13SWMA . From last year #SWMA12. Thanks.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

This was posted to Posterous but seems to be lost. May turn up later. Relevance to wifi Exeter could be when finding a CD is impossible and mp3 download is the only option. Maybe years away.

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 I'm not quite sure what will happen tomorrow so design takes the form of readiness for various options. Chris is returning but has asked me to do the first half hour, 10 - 10.30. The Storyteller is away this week and next on some sudden festival bookings so I have offered to take over. I think there should be some stories and have found him on YouTube. But the main event is Soul Sessions Volume Two, available as a CD next Monday for the UK. Most of it is on YouTube already or at least a few tracks. I mentioned this on an internal Phonic email list and I think someone may turn up who understands how to play vinyl. It may sound obvious but requires some extra bits of kit. How many actual records will appear I don't know. The tracks go back to the '60s so I think eventually a lot of links will be discovered. 

http://www.thedaily.com/page/2012/07/14/071412-wknd-music-joss-stone-bradley/

 Bill Bradley has made one error I think. Joss Stone was born in Dover but he was probably not phoning her "Dover home". Why this kind of music comes from Devon is still a bit of a mystery but the facts will sink in eventually. All we need is a credible narrative. This extract is a start-

 Who are some of your influences? When I was really young I liked a lot of female vocalists. My parents’ music collection was what I had, so they luckily have really good taste. My dad liked the Specials and Linton Kwesi Johnson, and he had a James Brown record that I stole. And my mom liked the big singers — Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, Melissa Etheridge. I really like emotion in music. Without emotion, it’s a bit wasted. 

 Joss told Andrew Marr that Teardrops was the only song on the CD she knew previously. So maybe the style is coming from Anita Baker, I shall try to play some and see how it fits. JD will turn up about ten so there could be some 80s dance. He likes Teardrops but I think Joss is trying to take the style of this back in time. I will get in some country as well. Also hope to talk about the Any High Street show at RAMM. The promotion / rights access on music is not the same as with gallery images. Discussion could take a long time and an hour and a half is not that long for music.