Saturday, August 26, 2006

Posting Video

Sometimes posting a video isn't that easy. This post didn't start out to be a test bed for all the video blogging hosting services, but it seems to be turning out that way. ;-)

First Try:
Lifeblog - I sent a video, via a Nokia N93 cell phone using Lifeblog to Typepad. I got the error "Web server reported error." Doesn't tell me enough. Sent a request into support.

Second Try:
Hipcast - Uploading and posting is easy. The encode to Flash darkened the first few frames. I sent in a support request to have them re-encode. I work with Eric and Hipcast and I've never seen this before. Maybe jsut a glitch.

Third Try:
Vimeo - Here to, uploading and posting was easy. The encoded Flash video made the audio go out of sync with the video. I've emailed them. I haven't seen this happen on Vimeo before either.

Nokia N93 Photo Sent via Lifeblog WiFi on Vimeo

Third Try, Part Two:
FreeVideoCoding - The generated code gave me a nice still frame that played when you clicked on it, but no text link URL, so I made one, but that video plays in a new window, which is inconsistent with the video playing as an embeded video. I used the original .mov file that is hosted on Vimeo for this one.

Photo to Typepad via Lifeblog on Nokia N93

Click to Download

Fourth Try:
Vlog Central - Uploading and posting to blog was easy. Encoding gave me a QuickTime and Windows version which both played as embeded when clicked on. I've been a beta user of Vlog Central for a while now and it always works. It'll be good to see it be available to a wider audience.

This post will be updated as I hear back from the different video hosting services mentioned. Don't think of this post as being finished. It's an ongoing collaborative post between me, the vendors and you the readers. - Since I'm uploading all over the place, here's the video over on too. Initial thumbnail is black and uploading a new thumbnail on blip is failing. I've got an email in to support. Again, this usually does not happen.

Watch the Video

YouTube - Here's the video on YouTube. It also has a few dark frames at the start. Something quirky with Flash encoding I guess. I changed the HTML to make it smaller on the blog [ width="300" height="225" ]:

Please comment. Thanks.

More testing of the Nokia N93 is on my Nokia N93 test Center Blog.


  1. Anonymous10:39 AM

    Your Vlog Central Windows Media version is really jittery and jumpy.

  2. Carl - I sent that report in to Vlog Central.

  3. It's a very cool Max Headroom effect!

  4. Vlog Central WMV has been corrected. :)

  5. Anonymous3:37 AM

    What a great idea to combine a short review of the N93 with testing various video-uploading services!

    Citizen journalists are becoming increasingly powerful.

  6. Anonymous8:23 AM

    You should try with dailymotion, they have so nice VGA-size embedded video frame you can put on your blog :-)
    About the uploading, I guess best is to upload directly the video on their site and,
    - either choose their option to blog the video directly (if you have already configure one target blog in your dailymotion account)
    - or copy/paste the HTML code for the VGA-size embedded video frame directly as new post via the browser.
    Cheers - cooli.

  7. Anonymous11:59 AM

    Hi - did you ever get a reponse to the 'web server reported error' response? as I can't seem to get past this.

  8. Anonymous,
    I gave up with Lifeblog. I use VOX now and it works fine with the N95.