LIVE: Session 1A – Online video
Most publishers will have at least dipped their toe into the pool of online video, but what does it take to really make a splash in this area, and reap the traffic rewards? This session will feature innovative case studies of cutting-edge online video which can enhance the way content is presented and shared, as well as top tips from experienced online video journalists, publishers and those leading key developments in web-native video about the opportunities to be exploited through the online medium.
With: Christian Heilmann, Mozilla Popcorn; Josh de la Mare, editor of video, Financial Times; John Domokos, video producer, the Guardian; David Dunkley Gyimah, video journalist, academic and consultant.
Heilmann says “the only metric we should care about is people’s attention span online” – this is why online video must differ from TV news.
Video “remixed” with google maps, sound cloud, Flickr, video and tweets to make these “living videos”. The results can be humorous – Buffy remixed with Twilight – or informative – a local documentary about the Black Panther party and the history of a neighbourhood.
The timestamp can match tweets to footage for a record of reactions in real time.
Heilmann is now showing us some user generated interactive video projects made using Popcorn to mix content. Exciting stuff! He calls it “a living documentary”.
With HTML5 the video becomes just another page element which can be edited and overlayed. “The timestamp is the glue.”
“video is a black hole on the web” – Google cannot find the content. To make it more ‘findable’ we must use a great headline and separate our content out from the presentation. If the text can be separated it out from the video (eg using Universal Subtitles) you can edit text after publishing video. Google can find the text and it helps readers to skip to the bit of the video they want.
HTML5 video allows for all of that.
He says when it comes to video online, shorter is better – otherwise people get fidgety and start checking Twitter or FarmVille!
Now it’s Chris Heilmann of Mozilla Popcorn – he says he has a background in radio.
“we’re prone to following trends when we should also focus on exemplars” – Gyimah studies legendary cinematic directors. He also recommends Media Storm as an exemplar for online video.
Question: “isn’t the FT just putting TV news online?”
“The human face is absolutely crucial” – the individual details that help you to understand the wider story.
Josh de la Mare closes by reminding us that “nothing is sacred” – the medium is still evolving and there’s no stable formula for producing online video.
The FT has had a studio for about 3 years. FT video produces short comment and interview clips that go deeper into niche angles of the broader story.
FT also use on-site camera crews and provide theirjournalists with flip cams, encouraging them to shoot footage all over the world.
User generated content (UGC) is not a free and easy way to get great video clips!
The Online Video session has kicked off with moderator David Hayward from BBC College of Journalism.
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