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  THE BLUE REALM: Video Editing Style with Flash, Swoosh and Jump
(February 24, 2006)

As a creative video editor, I'm compelled to shout and cheer out loud when I see a truly ground breaking creative video editor in action -- witness The Blue Realm.

The Blue Realm, a cable TV underwater nature series, ran on the National Geographic HD Channel. Here's a clip under 2 minutes long from "Ocean Venom" episode.

Did you notice how that tiny 2 minute segment used OVER 55 special effects and 19 jump cuts?!! (Yes, I counted them.)

The first time I watched The Blue Realm I was so sucked into the story of the Giant Manta Rays that I didn't notice the video editing until about several minutes into it. (Which the first sign of a good editor!) The video editor was using flash dissolves, inverted colors, stretching, shrinking, variable speeds, reverse speed, wipes, multiple windows, digital zoom, digital pans, and more!

The segment above actually contains all the effects I just mentioned. Watch it again and try to identify these effects yourself.

After watching it a second time, I'm wondering if you noticed the most subtle effect of all? ....

  Dick Cheney: Just A Big Bowl of Bad
(February 24, 2006)

A David Letterman .... satire?

(February 23, 2006)

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "NBC broke new ground Tuesday with its legal drama "Conviction," becoming the first network to premiere a primetime series in the iTunes Music Store for free and before its televised broadcast."

"As part of a multiplatform launch, iTunes users can download the Dick Wolf-produced hourlong pilot in its entirety at no cost. The promotion will extend until the show's network debut March 3, after which each episode will become available to download for $1.99 the day after it airs."

Homepage for NBC's Conviction
I find it interesting that NBC created a "music video" for their new series too. I wasn't wowed by the video, but the idea was good. Free promotions on MTV and the like. Check out the Conviction "music video" (Click "video" on left)

(February 22, 2006)

Do Burned CDs Have a Short Life Span? (full article link)
"Many of the cheap burnable CDs available at discount stores have a life span of around two years," Gerecke says. "Some of the better-quality discs offer a longer life span, of a maximum of five years."

"Opinions vary on how to preserve data on digital storage media, such as optical CDs and DVDs. Kurt Gerecke, a physicist and storage expert at IBM Deutschland, has his own view: If you want to avoid having to burn new CDs every few years, use magnetic tapes to store all your pictures, videos and songs for a lifetime."

This is a great article! Includes recommended brands and why they work.
"CD-R Media Lifespan"

Another Solution for Video Camera Owners-- FIRESTREAMER

(Thanks to Enric from VideoBloggingBusiness Yahoo Group for this article about Firestreamer)
"Instead of investing in a tape drive and expensive tape media, your Digital Video camera and affordable MiniDV tapes provide a resource for 10-15GB backups compatible with millions of drive units available in homes all over the country."

"The one catch in using MiniDV tape as a backup solution is compatibility. Computers are designed to recognize DV cameras as a video source, not as tape drives. You need software to make the connection. Firestreamer is the one reliable solution I've found for consistently backing up data to MiniDV tape and restoring from MiniDV tape. Firestreamer acts as a bridge between your DV camera and the Windows XP Backup software."

(February 21, 2006)

Netherlands Debuts First “Video” Stamp

The Netherlands has issued the first lenticular “video” stamp, using a special printing process on a stamp-sized piece of plastic. Each stamp sells for €.39 (46 cents US), and before you think that’s crazy, keep in mind that these are not flat panel displays that we’re talking about. How does this work, you might ask? The technique is a variation on those little plastic decoder rings you might have seen as a kid—as you tilt the stamp to the left and right, the series of images appear to play back in sequence.

Here’s how Outer Aspect, the company that printed these video stamps, explains it:
“Lenticular is a specialised printing process that can show depth, motion, HD video, film or combinations of these. The lenticular material is made up of tiny ridges or lenses (hence the name “lenticular” printing). We take raw images and process them through a computer algorithm, which matches the lens surface of the lenticular material. When the two work together it enables the image to be replayed back to you. The printing is always on the reverse side of the Lenticular lens material, as this is where the focal point is, allowing the images to be replayed back to the human eye as the viewing angle changes.”

This technology can also be used for 3D graphics and lots of other jaw-dropping stuff.

Click here for original article.

  THE VIDEO QUEEN SPEAKS at Portable Empire Seminar May 5, 6, 7
(February 21, 2006)

I'm speaking at a first time ever seminar for internet entrepreneurs called "Portable Empire To Total Financial Freedom Summit."

The event is already sold out (in 8 hours!!) and will be in Austin May 5, 6, and 7 of this year.
Congratulations to my friend Pat O'Bryan for facing his fears and living his dreams. Way to go Pat!

The good news for my list is that I will be sharing the video of my talk with you early this summer. I'll keep you posted when to expect it's release.

Where is this seminar that sold out in 8 hours? You can get all the details here

February 3, 2006
I ran across this neat animated video while I was uploading to for my Nebelung blog. It's called "Evolution" and is a stop-motion animation depicting the evolution of audio delivery technology. It's production value is top quality AND I want you to keep watching for the ad on the tail.... Yep, an ad on the tail, just like Rocketboom plans to add to their vodcasts (video blog) once their auction is over.

Click thumbnail pic to watch.

You can achieve a similar success as Rocketboom has done with selling ad space on it's tail but with much less effort. Simply choose a new video host--choose REVVER. is a free video host that also offers revenue potential. By attaching ads to the tail of your videos for you, you earn passive income without any extra effort.


February 1, 2006
If you've ever wondered how anyone can make money with video blog (vodcast, website, etc.) then watch Rocketboom's Ebay auction with me this week.

Rocketboom is auctioning ad space on the tail of their daily video. Rocketboom explains they get about 130,000 downloads per day on average--so they obviously need money to cover their massive bandwidth costs! Not since MillionDollarHomePage
has the web been so excited for that entreprenuer spirit!

Rocketboom, you make me smile.

Best Wishes,

P.S. - Click here to go to the Ebay auction page.

Two more stories about Rocketboom below.

  NEW BOOK Wants YOUR Video Story!
In writing a collaborative book about the future of web video and would like to include a short written contribution from you. I'm wondering if you'd like to participate?


  RUBBER JOHNNY - The Ultimate Viral Video Freak
I saw this video on a MySpace blog just a couple days before Christmas. But it reminds me more of Halloween. This video will cause chills and give video production frills. Click on the image to watch.

This video is hosted on and posted using custom video html from

When I saw this website I thought "Ah-ha! Maybe it will look like this!"


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