The 2012 JavaZone video is out and it’s absolutely brilliant

The JavaZone conference has a reputation for the quality and cleverness of its promotional videos, but this year’s takes it to a whole new level. Don’t watch this if you are offended by some (OK, quite a lot of) swearing. It may be coarse, but it’s very much in keeping with the style they have …

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Two good videos

Monday was a bank holiday, so I found a little time to catch up with some of the web videos in my queue. First I watched an inspiring session from TechCrunch Nordic which likens achieving an “exit” for a startup company to dating. Fun, and with a strand of truth. TechCrunch Nordic – Tommy Ahlers …

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Kent Beck on Agile and Lean for startups. A must-watch video

Kent Beck, rightly well-known for Extreme programming, Test-Driven Development and jUnit gave a really thought-provoking talk at the Startup Lessons Learned Conference in San Francisco on April 23, 2010. Watch live video from Startup Lessons Learned on Justin.tv If you are at all interested in software and/or startups, this is well worth a viewing. Via …

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Recasting Ed Zwick’s moviemaking rules for a startup software business

1. Remember to breathe. You’ve probably worked for two years to get to this moment, and there’s no guarantee you’ll ever get to do it again. You might as well enjoy it. 2. The computer is a Buddha. It sees the world as it is and does exactly what you tell it. It doesn’t implement …

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Television and Online Communities

There are lots of online communities, filled with active and passionate people – exactly the sort of people TV would like to court, both as consumers and as providers of (cheap?) media content. However, most attempts by TV companies to engage and participate in the on-line culture have been pitiful. How is it that organisations …

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How much is really new?

I read a lot of blogs and articles about education, software, and video. It’s often interesting to observe the differences and the similarities between these largely separate fields. In education, for example, the casual use of the internet for sharing and collaborating which characterises modern software development is seen as a new and contentious area …

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SMIL 3.0 Reaches Proposed Recommendation

SMIL is an interesting “sleeper” technology. A way of scripting the interaction and relationship between multimedia objects such as videos. I have seen some interesting Quicktime experiments based on SMIL, but so far it has remained inaccessible to casual web users and relatively difficult to use from familiar programming environments. However, it seems that a …

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Shiny new MacBooks useless for video

For the last few weeks I have been eagerly waiting for yesterday’s announcement of updated MacBooks, ready to lay down some cash but unwilling to buy an old model. Now I’m stuck. The new MacBook range do not have a Firewire port, and cannot be connected to a regular camcorder. Apple don’t even offer any …

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Indecision – an interactive hyper-videoblog story

Rupert Howe is a prolific, passionate videomaker, not limited by convention. Rupert’s work is available in a range of places including his own site twittervlog.tv. Recently he has been experimenting with “choose your own adventure” video, in his own personal style, using some hyperlinking features added to YouTube. I think this one is brilliant, in …

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QuickTime Soundtrack Hacks

Every time I think about buying an Apple computer, something surprises me, usually something which nobody has thought to mention, and makes me wonder. In this case it was reading an article about using Quicktime Pro to edit video from a digital camera – because the included video-editing application is effectively limited to dealing with …

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LiVES Video Editing System – Because the media should be open

I haven’t had a chance to try this out yet – I’m writing this on a Windows machine – but it looks interesting an open-source video editing system which mixes real-time and non-linear editing in one application. More news when I have had a play with it (or let me know your experiences!) LiVES Video …

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15 Awesome Tutorial Websites You Probably Don’t Know About

A potentially very useful list of web sites which provide tutorials, instructions and how-tos. There are certainly several in here I didn’t know about. In a philosophical mood, this sharing of skills and experience in an easily located, digested and employed manner is potentially such a huge concept. The development of literacy provided a way …

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