[VIDEO] The Future of Digital Commons

This video lecture, available free on MITWorld, is represented by Nancy Kranich, Ann Wolpert and Steven Pinker and takes a look at what has come to be known as digital commons.

Ideas, unlike popsicles, do not disappear once they are consumed, Ann Wolpert notes. And the resources of the academic world are intended to be used repeatedly — exchanged and enhanced. Wolpert finds particularly threatening the notion of extending copyright law to the work of academics. Ideas should not “be stuffed in the same box as Mickey Mouse,” she says.

The internet has fundamentally changed the flow of information, and while it has encouraged a greater degree of “social sharing,” it is now threatened by market forces, which insist on controlling and realizing profit from ideas. Asserts Wolpert, “Neither the academy nor society can tolerate tight control over movement of information. For knowledge to advance, production and distribution systems can and should occur outside the tightly controlled, capital intensive publishing system.”

Youtube Goes Live with Live Streaming

Being the third most visited site on the net, Youtube has mostly been associated with viewing prerecorded videos from all spheres of life on all kinds of subjects. That however, is set to change with the introduction of live streaming capabilities onto the platform. 

Today, we’ll also start gradually rolling out our live streaming beta platform, which will allow certain YouTube partners with accounts in good standing to stream live content on YouTube. The goal is to provide thousands of partners with the capability to live stream from their channels in the months ahead. In order to ensure a great live stream viewing experience, we’ll roll this offering out incrementally over time.

As a consumer, you can go to youtube.com/live “where you can always find the most compelling live events happening on YouTube and add events to your calendar. Subscribe to your favorite YouTube live-streaming partners to be notified of upcoming live streams on your customized homepage.” 

This move is long overdue given the size of Youtube and the sheer number of views it racks up a day; 2 billion. I’m not sure but I’m inclined to believe Google is now going to turn much of its attention to Youtube to make it the real Google TV after the very much underwhelming of the real GTV.

JayCut- An Online Video Editor Worth Knowing

There are times when you are not on your own machine but need to edit a video you took, probably on your smartphone. Or perhaps the video editing application you run on your machine seems too beefy for the little editing you want to do. JayCut, a browser based video editing application could be your answer.

Available in 11 languages, the JayCut web video editor gives you all the basic features you will need to add those touches to your video. You can either upload a video file for editing, record one through your webcam or microphone (audio of course).

Next time you are out and about and need to edit that video, you might want to fire up the browser and give JayCut a try.

Element OS- Your ultimate entertainment Linux OS.

Built on the Linux Kernel and using the popular XFCE interface, Element is an OS that aims to put all your entertainment ‘apparatus’ in one box. It is “an operating system for Home Theater or Media Center Personal Computers featuring a ten-foot user interface and designed to be connected to your HDTV for a digital media and internet experience within the comforts of your own living room or entertainment area.”
It is based on the Debian Packaging System (.deb), same one that Ubuntu uses. Unlike other Debian/Ubuntu based systems, Element OS utilizes its own online app center for software installations, where many of the most popular Linux applications that are compatible with our interface standards have been ported. 
All the popular multimedia applications that you are used to are readily available in Element OS, either out of the box or via download. Released under the GPL, it is freely available for download and modifications should you so desire. Some of the featured applications of Element OS are Firefox, VLC, XMBC media center and Transmission Bittorrent.
There are addons that can also be downloaded to add the extra touch to your Element installation. The ISO is available for download at a size of 630MB, requiring a minimum of 1GB Ram, 1.6Ghz processor and  about 20GB of HDD space to run at its optimum though specs lesser than the above will do just fine. If you are a ‘videophyte’ like me, then I strongly recommend Element OS for your entertainment pleasure.

TinyOgg- Watch Flash videos as Ogg.

So you have a love-hate relationship with Flash I take it? You would want to do away with it because of how it sometimes brings your system to a crawl but find out you can’t because almost all web based videos are in Flash right? Well now you can watch all the Flash videos you want without any headaches, thanks to TinyOgg.
TinyOgg is a simple and free service that converts Flash based videos into Ogg ones at the click of a button. All you do is to enter the url of the Flash video you want to watch as Ogg into the box provided and click convert. A temporary url will be created with which you can watch the newly converted video after a few minutes. That’s it. 
You can also watch other converted videos submitted by other people. Your video file will be stored on their servers for only 48 hours after which it will be deleted. You also have the option of downloading the Ogg converted video in the highest quality onto your desktop. Before the conversion starts, you can also set your video to either private or public. Setting it to private will not make it available for viewing by others. 
Now you have reason to pull out your hair because of your frustrations with Flash. Anytime you want to watch a Flash based video, just hop over to TinyOgg and let the site do the magic for you. Enjoy your online videos in h

5 video sharing sites you did not know about.

The internet has, without a doubt revolutionized how we share our entire lives, including via videos. The following 5 video sharing sites make sharing and discovering new content fun and much more enjoyable. If you think Youtube is the best out there, just read on and see how wrong you could be.
You know Reddit right? Now picture Reddit only this time with videos as the  primary content. That’s right. You the viewer vote for which video you like and the highest voted video moves to the front page. Simple as that. You see any video you like, submit it and let the community decide whether it gets to the front page or not.
Want something funny to kill the boredom? Media Bum is your answer. The site has user submitted videos of funny things and moments from all over the world. There are also funny pictures to top things off.
Want to learn how to do something but don’t have the time to read a 200 page manual? Helpful Videos is your solution. It is a website to share videos about everyday knowledge and skills among everyday people. You have the option of embedding ads into any videos you upload so as to make some money for coffee.
I find this video sharing site unique in that it aggregates videos from the public on anything that can be explained in 5 mins. There’s 20 categories to and a wide selection of videos available choose from. If you can teach someone how to use Linux in 5 mins, I suggest you drop a video there. 
Well the name says it all. A site where sports enthusiasts upload and share videos of all the sports you can think of. You love sports, you will love Broadband Sports!
There are lots of other video sharing sites out there that I probably have not mentioned or even know about. Share those if you do know of them.

A cursory look at Lives Video Editor for Linux

An application that was somehow lacking on the Linux platform was a good and easy to use video editor. However, thanks to the tireless efforts of some really great people out there, we are now beginning to see such applications forthcoming. A good example is OpenShot. In this article, I’d want us to take a cursory look at another and relatively unknown video editor for Linux – Lives Video Editor
Lives Video Editor is a stable, open source, GPL’d, easy to use video editor that runs very well on the Linux platform. It is great for home use and at the same time for small to mid range professional video editing. It boasts among others the following features
  • Support for many video formats thanks to the Mplayer decoder.
  • Support for fixed and variable frame rates
  • Ability to edit many file types and sources including remotely located files (with mplayer/ffmpeg libraries), and directories of images.
  • Encode to over 50 supported output formats like mkv, dv, swf, Ogg Theora, Dirac, MNG, Snow, xvid, animated GIF and more
  • For audio, mp3, vorbis, mod, it, xm and wav files are supported
  • Trimming of sound to fit video selection
  • Sample accurate cutting and pasting of audio within and between clips.
  • Resampling of audio (rate, channels, sample size, signedness and endianness); audio is auto-resampled between clips.
  • Can be extended through the use of plugins
  • Support for extending encoder formats through encoder plugin API
  • Frame accurate cutting and pasting within and between clips.
  • Saving/re-encoding of clips, selections, and individual frames.
  • Lossless backup/restore.
  • Streaming input and output.
  • Real time blending of clips (various chroma and luma blends).
The full list of features available in Lives Video Editor can be found here. This application really has something for every video enthusiasts out there. Whether it be that you want to edit that holiday video you took or make your own video to upload to Youtube, Lives Video Editor certainly has something for you. You can download it here and find a detailed online manual here.