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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Michael Meiser filters the web for me

Michael Meiser is fast becoming my trusted source for finding great video on the web.

There's already a dearth of new videos being added to the blogosphere each day.

Some sites just dump all the video links into an unreadable, unmanageable, unfiltered pile of crap.

What Michael is doing is valuable.

He posts a link to new videos that he finds, on his blog. I like what he finds. I trust him. He filters the web for me.

But, I don't have to visit his site everyday to see if there's a new video over there.

I subscribe.

Yup. Just like using a Personal Video Recorder (PVR), I've added Meiser's RSS 2.0 feed to my own personal Macintosh PVR, ANT.
With ANT, you can subscribe to any RSS 2.0 feed with enclosures. ANT will automatically download fresh audio and video content for you to watch and listen to. It can playback any media format, and even syncs audio files with iTunes so you can easily add them to your portable MP3 player.

ANT is a stage that allows anyone to share their original video creations -- from personal video journals made by an emerging community of videobloggers, to the growing ranks of distributed citizen journalists, to home video simply intended for friends and family.
ANT is free, and comes with a default list of videobloggers' feeds. It only runs on the Macintosh right now, but a Windows version is coming soon.

The majority of these videobloggers are going out and creating new, interesting and personal videos all the time.

If you want to check out videoblogger's feeds using a web interface, you can try mefeedia.
mefeedia.com is an RSS aggregator for videobloggers. Sign up, choose the videobloggers you like and watch videos! Mefeedia is an experimental videoblogging community
A couple of other places to look for new videoblogger's videos are videoblogging.info, where in addition to seeing a list of recently updated videoblogs, you can learn how to start your own, and vidblogs.com

Andreas Haugstrup Pederson talks about these Specialised Feed Readers over on his blog and says, "I don't expect to begin using them in the future for the simple reason that I don't subscribe to video, I subscribe to people." Check out his thoughts.

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