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This is a shout out for one of the best educational youtube channels I have seen: Eat the Weeds. For all those who live in Florida USA – You are very lucky to have Green Deane around.

Hats off to you Mr Green Deane. You’re a champ! And thanks to Youtube for bringing Deane my way.

Web based editing is still bubbling away. Youtube has caught up with smaller video sharing services at last and is offering a web based editor they call the remixer:

Sometimes, instant gratification video is just the thing you need.

If you’ve ever uploaded from your cell phone, wished for an easy way to add titles and transitions, or just wanted to remix your own videos, Remixer is a great place to play. It lets you assemble your new video in an easy drag-and-drop timeline, and then publish it right back to YouTube. Your original videos will stay exactly the same.

I’m looking forward o giving this a whirl. Would be cool if I could use this thing to quickly create a slide show with audio from a Flickr feed…

So, in terms of web based editing we have image editors like FlickrCC and others. GoogleDocs. Youtube Remixer. Slideshare’s Slidecast. But why oh why is audio so absent? We more video sharing services then we can poke a stick at, but very few audio sites that cut the mustard. Where’s the Youtube for audio? Complete with embeddable player and URL hyperlinking?

Slideshare just became the killer app for teachers! Synchronised audio with slides!! Thanks Alan for the heads up.

For example:

New video service hey!spread helps you upload one video across many of the leading video hosting services! Teachertube not there so too bad for the compulsive teachers out there, but the following services are:

And the Blip.tv users among us might be aware of Blips little distribution features that sends a copy of your video to archive.org so that’s just about all bases covered.

I’ve been after this for some time now, asking every firefox extensions developer I met to make me this tool, but thanks to Brent sending me a lil gTalk message – I have it now, and its oh so web2 user friendly! Actually, its quicker and easier to use than the upload interface of all the main video services!!
I’m not going to waste pixels explaining why I need to upload videos across servers so bad, but I’ll just call it promotion and backup.

One thing Hey!Spread (or upcoming competitors) need to add, is the ability to add my own file server to the upload options. Here in NZ, its pricey and unreliable to call files all the time from over seas servers.. so the ability to add a local server would be helpful for that.

Its been a bit of a video night tonight.

First up: Wikis in plain English

From the same guys that brought you RSS in plain English.

And then there’s Blaise Aguera y Arcas: Photosynth demo

Using photos of oft-snapped subjects (like Notre Dame) scraped from around the Web, Photosynth creates breathtaking multidimensional spaces with zoom and navigation features that outstrip all expectation. Its architect, Blaise Aguera y Arcas, shows it off…

WOW!

But.. I had a nasty time getting that TED talk video to stream in 😦 it just stopped and started, and stopped again. So I search youtube for a reliable copy. Sadly there was no copy of the TED talk recording, but there were a host of other videos that demo the same stuff – just not as spectacular:

Photo tourism full

and while I’m into my favourites at the moment…

“Kinetic Sculptures” strandbeest Theo Jansen

You can download Youtube movies with the Youtube downloader (make sure you save the download as “filename.flv”)
You can change the flash video (flv) into handy little Quicktime movies with the Videora iPod converter.