Friday, January 8, 2010

Welcome to the World of Vlogging!

by Amani Channel
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Contact: achannel (at)
(404) 213-2121
Blog: Myurbanreport
Company: Visual Eye Media

Intro Video

A Little About Me

Raised in East Palo Alto, California

Studied broadcasting at the College of San Mateo (TV/Radio) - 1995
Completed broadcasting/news studies at the University of Florida - 1997
University of South Florida Mass Communications graduate student - 2010

Work Experience
1997-'98 WJLA-TV ABC 7 Intern/Assignment Desk
1998-'06 WTVT-TV Fox 13 General Assignment News Reporter
2006-'07 Black Family Channel
2007-'08 Freelance correspondent HDNews, Video Journalist Associated Press
2009-Present Public Broadcasting Atlanta - Community Manager: Lens on Atlanta

Social Media
2006 Created
Twitter @urbanreporter, @visualeyemedia

Brief Film/TV History Lesson

-"Motion pictures developed gradually from a carnival novelty to one of the most important tools of communication and entertainment, and mass media in the 20th century." -Wikipedia

1100AD The camera - Pioneered by Alhazen (father of modern optics) authored the Book of Optics- Invented First pin camera
1827 Joseph Nicephore Niepce made the first photographic image with a camera obscura. (

June 11, 1878 First film - Palo Alto, CA Eadweard Muybridge photographed a horse named "Sallie Gardner" using a series of 24 stereoscopic cameras. Press event.

1911 Broadcast TV - Boris Rosing/Vladimir Kozmich Zworykin created a television system to transmit "very crude images" over wires to the electronic (cathode ray tube or "CRT") in the receiver.

1927 Philo Farnsworth - First working television system. (Press event on September 1, 1928)

Where are we today?
The power of video is in the hands of the people

Video will enhance your Google search results!

What can you do with video?

Video diary - talk to an audience
Capture and share news, information, and timely moments
Interview experts about a niche topic
How-to, DIY, share personal expertise
Advertising, promotions, & marketing

Creative Ideas
Email greeting
E-newsletter videosnack
Welcome message for Twitter followers

What is a Video Blog?

-a Web Log with video

History of Vlogging
2000 Adam Kontras launched a video blog detailing his move to LA.
2004 Yahoo! Videoblogging Group is created
April 23, 2005, the first video was uploaded to
2005 Steve Garfield launched his video blog. "The year of the vlog"
2006 Amani Channel launches - The first independent vlog by a TV news professional
2010 Adam Kontras celebrated 10 years of vlogging

Basic Production Process

Traditional video

Plan (preproduction)
Shoot (production)
Edit (post production)
Distribute (broadcast, DVD)

Web Video

Distribute (Online)


Windows Movie Maker
Final Cut Express/Pro
Adobe Premier

Pros and cons of editing
Editing takes time
Create a polished/branded video
Must understand the science of blending visuals with audio and graphics

Pros and cons of uploading raw video
Some unwanted parts of the video will be included
Harder to brand the video

Video compression is KEY!
Best free software Mpegstreamclip
You must compress your video correctly to maximize the quality while reducing the file size.

How to get a video on your WordPress blog?
WordPress video plugin
Embed Widget (Best)

Video Hosting Platforms



Open Source

Cell phone video

Qik Cell phone
Kyte Cell phone
TwitVid Cell phone
UStream Live video
Livestream Live video

General Hints
You can email video from most phones to online video communities
Most smart phones have applications that allow you to upload and share video
UStream is the first iPhone app that allows you to stream live, Qik is next

Best practices
Hold the camera still
Wait 2-3 secs after recording to begin speaking, hold the camera and be still for 3-5 after you finish recording
Tag all of your videos
Share, share, share
Be creative, innovative, and have fun!


Thank You!