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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Good Bye YouTube Create

I broke this story on twitter:


According to an email from WeVideo, today (1/31/13) is the last day for YouTube Create:

After January 31st, YouTube is discontinuing their “YouTube Create” program.

I've tracked down the sites that will still be available for these video creation tools.

Xtranormal Movie Maker
Xtranormal lets you to turn anything you type into a fully-animated CG movie. Set up your scene, type in your script, and animate it instantly. Easily share something funny.
by Xtranormal

New link:

GoAnimate is a fun app that lets you make animated videos, for free, in just 10 minutes, without having to draw. You can even create your own cast of characters.
by GoAnimate

New link:

Vlix - video effects and text
Create great videos by applying video effects and adding text. Select from a variety of effects - fix effects, time altering effects, artistic effects and fun video borders.
by VlixVideo

New link:

Steve Garfield's Ultimate List of Video Gear
Image: Steve Garfield's Ultimate List of Video Gear


Vibop makes your videos shine with just a few clicks. Add an animated intro, a vintage filter, a cartoon look, a silent movie theme, and dozens of other effects.
by Vibop

New link:

One True Media video creation and editing
One True Media, simply powerful video creation. Robust, fast and easy video editing with real-time preview. Clip video and combine it with photos, transitions, effects, and text.
by SpotMixer

New link:

WeVideo is a cloud-based video editing platform. Edit movies in your browser, with media files from any device. Combine clips with music, effects, titles, transitions, and animations.
by WeVideo

New link:

Magisto - Video Editing In a Click!
Magisto will analyze and understand your video, select the best parts and make it look amazing on YouTube!
by Magisto

New link:

YouTube shuts down its YouTube Create program for partner apps:
YouTube is shutting down YouTube Create at the end of this month, ending what was supposed to be a promotion of both the YouTube API and third-party apps taking advantage of it. YouTube Create was launched some 18 months ago as a showcase for third-party video editors like WeVideo, Vibop and Magisto.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

[Video] Mercedes-Benz 2013 Super Bowl Commercial (Extended Cut): "Soul"

It's an ad for the new CLA, but when you visit the Mercedes website, you can't configure it on the Build Your Own page..

Mercedes Build Your Own
Image: Mercedes Build Your Own

I let them know.

They'll get back to me. ;-)

[Video] Sugarboy - Bike to the Future

[Video] Volkswagen’s 2013 Superbowl Ad - Get Happy

More on the actor, Erik Nicolaisen:
Playing Rastaman “Dave Johnson” in Volkswagen’s 2013 Superbowl Campaign. A fun shoot, with an uber-talented Cast & Crew. As a reggae-head since I was “jus a likkle pickney,” and a guy with a Rasta Brother-in-law from Kingston proper - Its a role I’ve been readying for most of my life. I’m thankful to have been involved.

USA TODAY: Inside the making of VW's Super Bowl ad:
The seven stressed actors crammed inside this tiny elevator are getting way too familiar with each other.

The director of Volkswagen's Super Bowl commercial keeps them entombed here for nearly four hours while he shoots and re-shoots more than 100 times the 10-second scene about a happy fellow in an elevator filled with unhappy people.

That's right: 100 times.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Vine is cable access TV, Mac Write 1984, and web video 2005. Combined.

[Video] Apple Still Cool or Just Cooling Off? @Drew an @rocco_thestreet #CNBC #vinevideo

I like how Brett Petersel @Brett summarised this CNBC video segment to 6 sconds on Vine.

Watch the whole video:

Apple Still Cool or Just Cooling Off?:
Drew Olanoff, TechCrunch writer and Rocco Pendola, writer, discuss whether Apple is still on top of the innovation heap or losing ground to its competitors.

Neil Gaiman's Favorite Twilight Zone Episode - The After Hours

This is great I love the Twilight Zone.

NPR Watch This: Neil Gaiman's Imaginative Favorites.

Neil talks about the Twilight Zone:
Viewers of all ages may end up with nightmares after watching Gaiman's last selection, an episode of The Twilight Zone called "The After Hours." It's the story of Marsha, a young woman who goes shopping at a department store ... and discovers much more than the gold thimble she meant to buy. "It's just a classic Twilight Zone, and the ones that work just sit there, in the back of your head, creeping you out and making the world a slightly more interesting place," Gaiman says. "One of the things that I love most about this episode is that creeping feeling that the world is not the world you think you're living in."

Watch here:

The Twilight Zone (S01E34, 1960): The After Hours - Part 1/3

The Twilight Zone (S01E34, 1960): The After Hours - Part 2/3

The Twilight Zone (S01E34, 1960): The After Hours - Part 3/3

Image: Original publicity photo of Anne Francis.

The lead actress is Anne Francis:
She is perhaps best known on film for her role as Altaira in the MGM science fiction classic Forbidden Planet (1956).
Her signature trademarks were her blonde hair, smouldering good-looks and a small beauty mark just to the right of her lower lip.
Francis also found success in television and was a frequent guest star in 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s made-for-TV movies and series programs.
She had two appearances on The Untouchables as a gangster's girlfriend, two appearances in The Twilight Zone, including the title character in "Jess-Belle" and as Marsha White in "The After Hours".

My Damn Channel Comedy Network launches today in major expansion of online programming

This just in from the Vine Headline Reading News Network:

My Damn Channel Comedy Network launches today in major expansion of online programming:
New Multi-Channel Network Brings Hundreds of Comedy Series to and YouTube

Founder/CEO Rob Barnett Appoints Eric Mortensen Director of Programming and Acquisitions

New York, NY - January 28, 2013 - My Damn Channel has built one of the most established brands in original online comedy since 2007. Today, the company launches a major expansion with the debut of the My Damn Channel Comedy Network. This multi-channel network will offer viewers hundreds of new comedy series premiering in 2013 on and on the company's network of channels on YouTube.

Founder/CEO Rob Barnett has appointed Eric Mortensen to the My Damn Channel management team in the newly-created position of director of programming and acquisitions. He joins the company after six years at Blip, where he was senior director, content and network programming.

My Damn Channel is partnering with some of the best talent from film, television, comedy and the Internet, providing the distribution, promotion, marketing and advertising tools it needs to build a loyal audience.
Cool more comedy.

More My Damn Channel Comedy Network info here.

Full press release.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

@garyvee #vinelibraryTV | #vineshow

Gary Vaynerchuck has a great idea.

Video shows on Vine.

He just tweeted this:

@garyvee #vine #vinelibrarytv
Image: Gary Vaynerchuk #vinelibraryTV

I like it, here, let me try:

Note: This video was recorded without the iRig mic. I can't get it to work with Vine. I've contacted the iRig Mic people to test.

Update from iRig Mic support:
If you are using an iPhone 5, we have seen some issues there. If that is what you are using, please do the following:

- Disconnect the iRig Mic from your iPhone 5.
- With the iRig Mic disconnected, connect headphones to the iRig Mic's headphone output.
- Connect the iRig Mic with the headphones plugged in, back to your iPhone.
This fix works.

IK Multimedia iRig Mic for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad and Android devices

This has all the attributes of a great online show.


Content that evokes one or more emotions.

What do you think?

Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business (New Rules Social Media Series)

More from Mashable:

Can Brands Tell A Story In Six Seconds Or Fewer? Ritz, Dove And Trident Think So:
Now that consumers have the power to skip through commercials on programs that they record, creative advertisers have to start pushing the envelope on generating interesting and persuasive messages outside of the television set.

I spoke with VaynerMedia founder Gary Vaynerchuk, and his firm urges their clients to test new things out. When he says test it out, he means it:

I tell our companies that there’s a 72 hour rule where you’re not even thinking about an ROI or how you can generate business. They should just try things out.

Vaynerchuk’s companies are definitely giving Vine a swing, and the brands include GE, Ritz Cracker, Dove and Trident gum.

Friday, January 25, 2013

H.265? Sounds better.

ITU approves new H.265 video format:
A new video coding standard building on the PrimeTime Emmy award winning ITU-T H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC was agreed by ITU members today.
The new codec will considerably ease the burden on global networks where, by some estimates, video accounts for more than half of bandwidth use. The new standard, known informally as ‘High Efficiency Video Coding’ (HEVC) will need only half the bit rate of its predecessor, ITU-T H.264 / MPEG-4 Part 10 ‘Advanced Video Coding’ (AVC), which currently accounts for over 80 per cent of all web video. HEVC will unleash a new phase of innovation in video production spanning the whole ICT spectrum, from mobile devices through to Ultra-High Definition TV.
ITU-T’s Study Group 16 has agreed first-stage approval (consent) of the much-anticipated standard known formally as Recommendation ITU-T H.265 or ISO/IEC 23008-2. It is the product of collaboration between the ITU Video Coding Experts Group (VCEG) and the ISO/IEC Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG).
I have no idea what this means.

Do you?


ReelSEO does: H.265 Video Codec Approved, Will it Revolutionize Video?:
H.264 is pretty much the de facto codec for video compression online these days. WebM isn't even supported in Android, nor just about anywhere else. So Google seems to have moved on to other projects instead of pushing for that. Now, H.265 is ready to swoop in and revolutionize the online video industry, or is it?

[Video] Mercedes Benz the New CLA

Mercedes Benz Fashion Film Featuring the CLA

As He Likes It:
In the latest Ryan McGinley film, the new Mercedes-Benz CLA is showcased in all its headstrong splendour alongside top model Karlie Kloss in ChloƩ and under the creative direction of Jefferson Hack.

When you see a driver and a car you expect clearly assigned roles: the driver is in control of the vehicle and the vehicle does what it is told. For the film of the Mercedes-Benz key visual Autumn/Winter 2013 Ryan McGinley turns this logic upside down. Rather than showing the new CLA as a perfect design object and a perfectly agile car, he allows the four-door style rebel to have a mind of its own.

McGinley is a perfect match for this free-spirited and unconventional production. Nature and natural beauty are integral parts of his work. His set is a deserted landscape in California and the CLA shares the screen with an unusual protagonist: a mysterious white horse. As the female lead he chooses top model Karlie Kloss who is known for her classic beauty and more so for her exceptional expression. The 21 year-old has been working with clients like Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen and Marc Jacobs for the past seven years. She doesn´t just wear her pretty ChloĆ© outfit in all white – she actually brings it to life.

For the past twenty years Jefferson Hack has made his mark on the Zeitgeist, having worked on magazines such as Dazed&Confused and AnOther Magazine.

As the Creative Director of the Mercedes-Benz fashion film, he and McGinley have produced an imagery that shows the CLA and Karlie Kloss as a team rather than car and driver. Together they cruise through the golden steppe, the sky above them clear and open, until Katie Kloss spots the horse by the side of the road, slows down and stops the car. As she gets out and approaches the horse, the CLA takes off by itself. What ensues is a cat-and-mouse game that McGinley describes as "punk". Just as Karlie is about to give up and, defeated, sits down on the curb, the car returns to her and opens its passenger door invitingly. In the final scene of the film they can be seen driving off together as the CLA takes control of the steering wheel and Karlie Kloss relaxes and lets the wind sweep through her hair.

The Mercedes-Benz fashion film Autumn/Winter 2013 is both poetic and unconventional. Ryan McGinley and Jefferson Hack bring the CLA to life with a mind of its own while staying true to its ethos: The CLA is provocative and nonconformist.

Image: Mercedes CLA and top model Karlie Kloss Courtesy Mercedes

Social TV Is People. Connecting with NBC Cameraman Jim Long at the Inauguration

Correction: 1 AM wake up call. ;-)

Social TV is People.

Social Media is People.

Jim Long, @newmediajim on twitter

Night before tweet

Direct link:

Jim Long Camera Position at the Capitol on Inauguration Day

Direct link:

As Seen on The Social Hour on TWiT.TV 1/25/13:


Visit: TWiT.TV - The Social Hour with Amber MACARTHUR and Sarah LANE, LIVE Fridays at 4 PM Eastern and On Demand.

My Father Was A Magician

My father was a magician
Image: Aaron Garfield - Magician

I originally posted a video on November 22, 2004, as part of my early testing of my RSS 2.0 feed with a video enclosure.

Here's the description:
My father was a magician.

I found a bag of his tricks today and that brought back memories of the shows he performed. He started out doing a magic show for one of my birthday parties, then he did shows for friends, and ended up doing shows at local hospitals. Some of the tricks I found are pretty old.

I also found some index cards that listed which trick would go into which of his pockets.

He was organized, as am I.
Recently, one of the little kids from one of the parties contacted the family to say that they had a video from the party of my dad doing a magic trick.

We never had a video camera when I was little, so this is the only video I have of my dad, and he's doing a magic trick.

This is so cool. Since it's a silent movie, I couldn't resist adding some sound. Video purists can mute the audio,. ;-)

Here are some photos of the things I found:

Aaron Garfield doing magic
Image: Dad doing magic at the Children's Hospital

Aaron doing a magic show for kids and nuns

Aaron doing a magic show for kids and nuns 2
Images: Aaron doing a magic show for kids and nuns

Magic Trick
Image: Chinese Laundry Tickets Torn & Restored

Cup and Balls
Image: Cup and Balls

Magic performance list
Image: Magic performance list

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Seth Godin at MIT 1/23/13 Storified

Seth Godin and Steve Garfield
Image: Seth Godin and Steve Garfield CC BY-NC 2.0 by Seth Godin. Photo taken by CC Chapman

Anheuser-Busch to unveil new beer at Super Bowl: Budweiser Black Crown

Anheuser-Busch to unveil new beer at Super Bowl:
For the second consecutive year, Anheuser-Busch InBev will serve up a new brew to Super Bowl viewers.

The beer giant will tout its just-out Budweiser Black Crown brand during the Feb. 3 Super Bowl XLVII. The new beer is scheduled to be on sale nationwide by Jan. 21...

Black Crown's recipe was picked from among six limited-edition beers that were created by Budweiser brewmasters earlier this year. Based on positive consumer feedback, A-B decided to take this formula national.

The new beer, a golden amber lager, is "a little bit darker and a little bit more flavorful" than the traditional Budweiser lager, says McCarthy.
This beer was part of the Project 12 competition, where brewmasters at Budweiser's 12 US breweries created new unique beers.

I sampled the top three in a Project 12 Sampler Pack.

All the beers were very good, and had zip codes on the label to signify where the beer was developed.

My favorite was 23185. A light Amber aged on bourbon barrel staves and real vanilla beans.

The winner though was 91406, made from four different types of hops. It would have been my #2 choice.

I still have a few left, so now I'm going to try 91406 again to see if I want to buy more as Budweiser Black Crown.

This was a great idea from Budweiser.

Twitter's New Vine Mobile Video Camera App: 6 Seconds, or Less

Hmm, I've already got YouTube, Tout, and Lightt.

I guess I'll try it.

How To Find Vine in the Apple App Store
Good luck finding it on the iPhone App store! There are one million games in there with the name 'vine."

Better idea: Go here from your browser and click to get the the App Store.

I wonder why it's not just part of the twitter app.

Got it.

After you get the app, when you open it, you see the top editor's pick video.

Right now it's a staring contest.

This will get old, fast.

Here's my first Vine video.

Embed code needs an option to turn off auto play, although at 6 seconds long, with the default of muted audio, it's not that bad.

The ability to easily record multiple clips, one after another, is smart and is going to lead to a lot of creative videos being produced.

Your thoughts?


It seems like you can only use the back camera on iPhone.

I can't figure out how to tweet a vine, from vine.

Seems like this feature has been removed temporarily to fix it.


I've been sharing video moments since 2004 on a blog.

Now they get shared immediately via Twitter and FB.

Powerful. Easy. Universal.

Check this from Chris Brogan: 11 Things A Business Could Do With the New Vine App

Looking forward to his book, Vine for Business. ;-)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

How To Add Lower Thirds (Your Name on Screen) to a Google+ Video Hangout

Back in the early days of Google+ Video Hangouts, 2012, there was no way within G+ to add people's names to the bottom of the screen. In fact, back then, you couldn't live stream a G+ video hangout either. In fact, you had to walk up a hill, both ways, in the snow to get to school.

Now, the ability to add your name to a G+ Hangout is available in the Google+ Toolbox App.

The older Hangout Lower Third standalone app is being replaced by this Google+ Toolbox App.

The Google+ Toolbox App is one of many apps you can now add to a Google+ Hangout, when you are in a hangout. Here's how:
If you want to use the Hangout Toolbox, just click on the + button in the new app sidebar, followed by a click on Hangout Toolbox! That's it. easy, simple, right where you need it.
Once you install and run the app, it looks like this:

Google+ Hangouts with Lower Thirds

Once installed you have these features for Lower Thirds (The First Button on the Top Left of the Hangout Toolbox Menu):
Lower Thirds:
Line one - Line one of text
Line two - Line two of text
Bar Color - Color of lower thirds
Choose File for Logo Image
Select Country - If you want a flag instead of a custom Logo

Display Clock:

Custom Overlay:
"If you want to build a complete custom overlay, create a transparent PNG with the size 640x360 pixel. You can then load it with the second file selector as a custom overlay."

Instead of looking at the display as a mirror, switch to looking at it as others will see the screen. I much prefer it this way.

Save all your settings for later use.
That's it for the Lower Thirds feature of the Google+ Hangout Toolbox.

There are other features in here too, like sound effects, but those aren't important now.

Have fun.

I'll be using Hangout Toolbox Lower Thirds today, Wednesday January 23, 2013, come watch!

Web Video for Business - LIVE Media Chit Chat 1/23 at 1 PM Eastern with Me and Lynette Young.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

[Video] Web Video for Business - Media Chit Chat with Me and Lynette Young

I was on Media Chit Chat with host Lynette Young to look at the gear you need to incorporate web video into your businesses digital strategy.

Update: YouTube Replay

Date: Wednesday January 23, 2013

Time: 1:00pm Eastern

Location: Google+ Live Hangout on Air

Steve Garfield's Ultimate List of Video Gear

Here's a list of cameras, lights, mics and more that I hope to review on the show.

My book:

Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business (New Rules Social Media Series)

Friday, January 18, 2013

Amazon Instant Video on Wii

Amazon Instant Video on Wii is great. (Affiliate Link)

Way better than Amazon Instant Video via my Panasonic TV.

One thing that's really helpful is that after you link up to your Amazon account, your Wishlist is displayed.

It's My Amazon Watchlist on my Wii. Very cool.

My Amazon Watchlist on my Wii is just like a Netflix queue.

The other thing that's great with the Wii, are the easy to use video controls.

Wii Video Controls

Much easier than trying to find the right buttons to push on the Panasonic tv remote.

Thanks BTW to Stephanie Montreuil for suggesting the movie, One Week.

I'm enjoying it, and it's FREE on Amazon Prime.

[Video] Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-A-Lot - Jonathan Coulton - Glee

Update from Wired 1/27/13:

Jonathan Coulton vs. Glee: It's About the Ethics By Michele Catalano:
Coulton may not have any legal recourse here, but there is an ethical question at issue that the FOX must answer. Is it right to use an artists’s work and then say he should be glad for the exposure?

...Coulton’s “Baby Got Back” is not his own song, but his own interpretation of the song with music he created. For FOX to not care that they are taking someone else’s work and calling it their own or, worse, to acknowledge it is someone else’s work but dismiss his right to be credited, is unethical and underhanded.

Glee makes its living off of covers. If it weren’t for the work of other artists, the show wouldn’t even exist. That they are stealing – yes, stealing – works from other artists does not speak well for the creative team of the show nor of the ethical or moral concerns of FOX and everyone involved with choice to air the song uncredited.

FOX needs to do the right thing and at least retroactively give Coulton credit for his arrangement.

Update from Jonathan Coulton 1/26/13:

Baby Got Back (In the Style of Glee):
This went up in the iTunes store a lot faster than I expected (nice work there Tunecore), and some of you have already found it:

iTunes: Baby Got Back (In the Style of Glee)
GooglePlay: Baby Got Back (In the Style of Glee)
AmazonMP3: Not active yet, but soon.

I’ve released this track as a single – it should be on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play eventually if it’s not already. It’s a cover of Glee’s cover of my cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s song, which is to say it’s EXACTLY THE SAME as my original version. I’m releasing this under the same Harry Fox license I used for the 2005 release, so Mix will get all the royalties due to him. I’ll donate the proceeds from all sales that happen between now and the end of February to two charities: The VH1 Save the Music Foundation, and The It Gets Better Project.

Can you copy a cover of an original song and use it commercially without compensating the intermediate artist?

Visit Jonathan Coulton's Download Store and Buy Some Music or make a PayPal Donation. I sent him $10.


'Glee' uses Jonathan Coulton's cover of 'Baby Got Back' without permission
And unfortunately there's not much he can do about it
...while musicians are allowed to make stylistic changes to songs as they cover them, their reworkings of the original song aren't protected by copyright unless they get permission from the original songwriter — the song itself still belongs to the songwriter...

Final result? The licensing fees Coulton pays in order to sell "Baby Got Back" just clear him to sell the song, but don't create a new copyright in his arrangement. His work arranging the song effectively has no copyright at all — which means Glee's producers could take it at will.


Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-A-Lot

Baby Got Back - Jonathan Coulton

[2:17] "Johnny C's In Trouble"

Baby Got Back - Alleged Glee Cast Version

[2:17] "Johnny C's In Trouble"

Baby Got Back - JoCopedia, the Jonathn Coulton wiki:

The TV show Glee airing an episode called "Sadie Hawkins", which features a cover of "Baby Got Back". The song bares a strong similiarity to this version.

Following the story:

Who Owns The Arrangement?:
Sarah’s been in the New York University Women’s College Bobbletones since her freshman year. She arranged every single one of the songs for the All-Michael-Jackson A cappella Tribute Album...

Arrangements are what the Copyright Act calls derivative works. Making derivative works is a right exclusively granted to the songwriter under copyright law. The arranger can claim a copyright only when the songwriter has granted that privilege to the arranger. But that’s not the case with Sarah. Like most a cappella arrangers, she heard the songs, liked the songs and put her heart and soul into arranging the songs. That's not enough to give Sarah ownership.

While it is legal for Sarah to arrange songs for a recording when the group pays the proper royalties for the songs, neither Sarah nor the Bobbletones actually own the arrangements of those songs.

Glee throws a legal slushy in Jonathan Coulton's face, says he should be happy it ripped off his cover
After airing its rip-off of Jonathan Coulton’s version of “Baby Got Back” last night, Glee has finally responded to the singer-songwriter. In a very non-Gleek-friendly response, reps for the show apparently told Coulton “they’re within their legal rights to do this”—which is true—and that the singer should just be happy with the exposure. Though, as Coulton points out, they don’t credit him anywhere in the show or on the song, so it’s “secret exposure.”
Wired: Jonathan Coulton Explains How Glee Ripped Off His Cover Song — And Why He’s Not Alone:
Coulton said that while his lawyers have been looking into the copyright issue, it seems unlikely that he will have any legal recourse. ”It seems that because of the compulsory license I purchased when I made a cover of this song, the arrangement itself is not protected under copyright, although it’s the darkest gray of the gray areas [of the law]… While there may be some weird offshoot of the law, it doesn’t seem like something where a little guy could sue to get any satisfaction.”

[Video] Natalie Gelman at Sundance Film Festival

Natalie Gelman In Studio at KSL 5 News.

Natalie Gelman performing at Sundance Film Festival | Schedule

[Video] How to do a J Cut and L Cut in Final Cut Pro X

FCP X JCut from Akaku Maui Community TV on Vimeo.

Great example of how to do a J Cut and L Cut in Final Cut Pro X by Akaku Maui Community TV PRO.

Two of my favorite edits, and this video shows you a VERY easy way to do them.

I'm using this in my next video!

Creative Commons License: by nc sa

Thursday, January 17, 2013

[Video] Interview CC Chapman. Content Rules. Passion Hit TV.

I had fun interviewing CC Chapman at New Media Expo [11/5/11] where he was hosting .TV from the show floor. We talked about a few of his projects, what cameras he uses, and who's doing video well.



Twitter: @cc_chapman

Who's Doing Video Well: SONY - "Michael" - PS3 Long Live Play -- Full Length.

CC's Books:

Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business (New Rules Social Media Series)

Shot with Olympus PEN E-PM1:

Olympus PEN E-PM1 12.3MP Interchangeable Lens Camera with CMOS Sensor, 3-inch LCD and 14-42mm II Lens (White)

Mic and Adapter:

Olympus SEMA-1 Mic Adapter Set for Olympus E-PL1 Micro Four Third Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera

Disclosure: I demoed the camera and mic as part of the PENREADY program.


Amazing Things Will Happen: A Real-World Guide on Achieving Success and Happiness

Image: CC Chapman Speaking

New England International Auto Show

#autoshow panorama

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

How to Add a Clickable Link to a YouTube Video

I was recently asked how to add a clickable link to a YouTube video.

For the longest time, all you were allowed to do on YouTube was to link to another video.

But, now you can link off site!

In the YouTube help section it's called: Associated Website Annotations.

This feature is only available to verified partners who are in good standing.

You can check your status on the YouTube Settings/Features page.

First you have to assign an Associated Website to your account. That's the external site that you will be linking to.

Then, you can add an annotation to your video that links to that external site.

From Video Manager/Edit you first have to "“Enable your account for external annotation links.”

Then agree to the Terms & Conditions.

Then Add an Annotation, like a Label, Click the Link checkbox, and choose Associated Website.

Type in your URL and then Click PUBLISH to make it live.

Here's the result.

At the end of the video [1:37.4], my URL is now clickable.

Update 2/16/13:

Great explanation video by James Wedmore.

He also explains how you can send people to places other than you main URL, like an about me page, plus James also has found out that redirects work too. ;-)

Pep Boys! Great service. Thank you.

Pep Boys! Great service. Thank you.
Pep Boys! Great service. Thank you., a photo by stevegarfield on Flickr.

I've got to give a shout out to Pep Boys for great customer service today.

Yesterday I went in to get new wipers for my car. The clerk looked up the correct blades to fit my car and I bought them. Everything seemed ok, until today when I turned them on during the rain.

Clang, clang, clang. The driver's side wiper was getting caught up on the passenger side wiper. This wasn't a good fit. I'd chosen the brand after seeing a YouTube video about how easy it was to install.

I was not looking forward to going back to exchange these, even though it seems that I was incorrectly told which ones to buy in the first place.

Well, there was no problem. In fact the new blades cost less, and the clerk opened the package and told me to go out and see if it fit to make sure. They even offered to have the service people install the wiper for me.

I went out and popped the new blade in. It fit.

I went back inside and thanked them and then installed the other blade. These fit a lot better.

New Wiper Blades!

I was really happy with the friendly service at Pep Boys. I'll be back.

Fresh Fish To You

Fresh Fish To You - (2) Salmon Portions Unwrapped. Beautiful.
Image: Two portions of fresh salmon

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

[Interview] Cali Lewis of GeekBeat.TV

Recorded at New Media Expo 11/3/11 [1080p]


Shot with Olympus PEN E-PM1:

Olympus PEN E-PM1 12.3MP Interchangeable Lens Camera with CMOS Sensor, 3-inch LCD and 14-42mm II Lens (White)

Mic and Adapter:

Olympus SEMA-1 Mic Adapter Set for Olympus E-PL1 Micro Four Third Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera

Disclosure: I demoed the camera and mic as part of the PENREADY program.

A Day in Toronto

CN Tower View
Image: Looking out at the airport form the top of the CN Tower

Sunday, January 13, 2013

[Video] CBS Sunday Morning: Football for Dummies

Football for Dummies
With Super Bowl XLVII so close, Bill Geist thought it would be appropriate to teach those less knowledgeable in football a crash course.

Steve Garfield on CBS Sunday Morning

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