“Inspiration News” back on track!

Some years ago disciples of Sri Chinmoy published a regular news report with inspiring stories from around the world. After a break the series starts again with a great new episode, produced by UItpal Marshall. Have a look and learn more about the German Channel Swimmer Vasanti Niemz, a Self-Transcendence Race in Moscow, a visit to an orphenage in Vietnam and glimpses from the World Harmony Run in Cardiff, England, where also one of Sri Chinmoy’s life-size statues recently has been inaugurated.

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Open Video Conference in New York

Open Video is a broad based movement of video creators, technologists, academics, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, activists, remixers, and many others. When most folks think of “open,” they think of open source and open codecs. They’re right, but there’s more to Open Video than open codecs. Open Video is the growing movement for transparency, interoperability, and further decentralization in online video. These qualities provide more fertile ground for independent producers, bottom-up innovation, and greater protection for free speech online. YouTube and other online video applications are rightly celebrated for empowering end-users; however, online video lacks some of the essential qualities that make text and images on the web such powerful tools for free speech and technical innovation. Email, blogs, and other staples of the open web rely on ubiquitous and interoperable technologies that have low barriers to entry; they are massively decentralized and resistant to censorship or regulation. Video, meanwhile, relies on centralized distribution and proprietary technologies which can threaten cultural discourse and innovation. Open Video is about the legal and social norms surrounding online video. It’s the ability to attach the license of your choice to videoopenvideoconferences you publish. It’s about media consolidation, aggregation, and decentralization. It’s about fair use. In short, it’s about a lot of things, and that’s why this conference is going to be exciting!

Conference Highlights

  • Brings together stakeholders in the online video space (video makers, coders, lawyers, academics, entrepreneurs, etc.) for cross-pollination and development of the Open Video movement.
  • Raises the public profile of video creators and artists, especially those whose work relies on or contributes to Open Video.
  • Raises public interest and awareness around the Principles of an Open Video Ecosystem, a community effort to define best practices in online video.

Conference Details

  • two day event; June 19-20 at NYU Law School with live webcast
  • main agenda to feature high-profile speakers and presenters in legal and cultural dimensions of online video.
  • secondary programming to include workshops on DIY video creation, publication, etc.
  • secondary programming to include open source developer workshops, tech demos, and technical community building.
  • compilation of video art reel (remix, collage, etc) and related documentaries for continuous screening

The conference is organized by Participatory Culture Foundation, Yale Internet Society Project, Kaltura, iCommons, and the Open Video Alliance.

More high-quality and HD videos on YouTube

Facing a fierce competiton from new and high quality video sites like vimeo, Miro etc, YouTube, the world’s most popular video sharing platform, has rolled out Hi-Def video content on its site, including new landing pages. The folks at YouTube have added a “watch in high quality” option below any HD-enabled videos, so video fans can watch the videos right from their computer in much higher quality. YouTube has made it easier to browse videos uploaded in HD content by creating a HD videos area in the videos category. Due to the overwhelmed popularity and interest in video news organizations, the team at YouTube is testing three new landing pages on the site that includes youtube.com/news, youtube.com/music and youtube.com/movies. According to a blog post in YouTube, “The news page will be populated with breaking stories from around the world as well as news drawn from the Google News service; music will feature rising videos alongside playlists dedicated to different genres; movies will showcase some of the most popular short and full-length movies on YouTube today. We’ll keep a close eye on how these pages perform with a view to rolling them out in other categories.”

At the FAQ help center, the team provides tips on video and audio specifications for users so that video uploads have best results on YouTube. Few days ago, YouTube announced that they will be expanding all standard channels over to the new 960 pixel width. (Source: KidTechGuru).

Today, I tested the HD quality upload on YouTube myself and it works! Watch the amazing quality of this musical performance of Mandu & Visuddhi as recorded during the “Songs of the Soulin the Bernhard Theater in Zürich.

Watch all YouTube videos by default in highest possible quality

picture-13As Rahul Mathur states in his blog “A blog with a difference”, there is an add-on in Firefox that allows you to watch all videos on YouTube by default in high quality. How do you install the script? You need to have Firefox . To install the script, you need to install an add-on called : Greasemonkey . Once you install the add-on , go to this link and click on Install . Rest shall be self explanatory. Just install this script and you get every video in high quality plus you get to see HD video without refreshing the window as the script uses AJAX. – I checked it out and it works, that’s a great advice!

“Moments of Silence” currently featured on “miro”

I am happy that my new video channel “Moments of Silence” is now featured for 4 days on the front oage of the miro video directory, one of the best video showcases in the internet. To be able to watch the channels and their videos you have to download the miro software (see red miro button in the left colomn of the blog). The software is free and contains more than 5000 channels, many of them in HD resolution. Alone today 173 people subscribed to “Moments of Silence”!

The 500 Faces of the Buddha – Stone sculptures in Southern Japan

Vodpod videos no longer available.

On the left side bar you can see a new widget that invites you to watch my video channels on Miro. If you have not downloaded Miro, you can do so before watching or subscribing to my channels. Miro is a free software that allows you to select from more than 5,000 channels. And what is great about Miro, the quality cannot be compared with normal video sites like YouTube and others. There are also many HD channels which allow you to watch the videos in good quality full screen. My two channels are “LIFE Voices” with inspiring interviews from around the world, always published on the 13th of each month. The second is called “Moments of Silence” and features quiet and meditative videos like the one I am publishing on the blog here: 500 Faces of the Buddha – stone sculptures filmed on a temple ground in Southern Japan. You can watch it here on the blog or as mentioned on Miro. If you subscribe to a channel in Miro, the newest episodes are automatically donwnloaded once you open the software. In the preferences you can also decide if you want Miro to be opened when you start your computer. On the opening page of Miro you will find all new additions and featured videos in the different categories. Together with vimeo, these are certainly the two best video directories in the web.