Video Comments


Every morning I do a few "morning paper" things that have become routine. I'm a huge fan of google reader which gets me filtered easy to read rss feeds. Another item is checking some crap aggregates (break, digg, etc.) to wade through the sewage to find 15 seconds of amusement.

I thought of a media player concept that focuses around the crap aggregates. It would be similar to Diggnation (any revision 3 fans out there?) Diggnation is hosted by Kevin Rose and they talk about all the top stories on digg. Not a huge fan of the show, but I like the concept of commenting on the news of the day. What if we put together a similar web-culture/tech show and dropped links into the video feed? It could work like this;
  1. Dudes talking about technology or silly web culture on a couch w/ beers a la Diggnation.
  2. As stories are brought up a giant title of the story fills the screen for a couple seconds.
  3. The title is actually a hyperlink, that when clicked pauses the player and opens the story link in a new window.
  4. When the user is done viewing "Flaming Shot Goes Wrong", they can continue to watch clever comments on the link or skip ahead to the next story.
This wouldn't really work virally as you need the FLV player w/ actionscript cue points for navigation and links. This whole concept really spawned from coming up with clever ways to bring on the story links, simulated grenade toss, etc.


At 11/18/07 12:01 PM, Blogger tokyocrunch said...

I like the delivery mechanism, chops. How is commentary delivered? A la Best Week Ever? Who does the commentary? Some famous schmuck? How about user submissions? How is commentary quality controlled?

At 11/18/07 7:12 PM, Blogger hebchop said...

Comments would come from rituallab folk. Fundamentally it would be a video blog similar in format to diggnation...but smarter in regards to content. We would pick our favorite tech stories and web clips, offering a link for each story.

I hadn't thought about user-generated video content but that could be fun too. We would need to develop a "linksharing" admin system. I really don't think it would be too difficult.

I'm getting a camcorder for christmas, if anyone wants to start sooner and has a camera plz let me know when & where. I'll have the video player ready.

At 11/19/07 9:03 AM, Blogger drinkspiller said...

I've got a miniDV cam if we want to give it a go. Might be good to have a brainstorm to define a bit of structure first.

At 11/19/07 9:30 AM, Blogger hebchop said...

agreed. developing a video blog around a media player concept may not be the wisest. i do like the idea of some kind of weekly video news blog, although it does lack focus currently. i'd love to discuss format more.


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