Bill, since you are into video what do you suggest people do when they want to get into video?
As A LOT OF PEOPLE have found out over the last couple of weeks, hahaha, I suggest for people that want to get involved with putting videos on the internet (or any other content, for that matter) that you think outside of the box of your own personal experience and sphere of influence.
I could have learned my own lesson yesterday. Tyme posted about me, and while I appreciated it, 🙂 I didn’t think anything else about it. Next thing I know, there are 29 comments on the post. Next thing I know, someone dug up some video that I posted months ago. Next, people started digging in the crates for videos I posted about a year ago! :O
I don’t know how many hours worth of material I’ve posted since 2006, but what I DO know is that everything I’ve posted, I’ve MEANT to post. I meant for it to sit on the internet, and I meant for people to be able to watch it whenever they felt like it, from WHEREVER they felt like it. I’ve received hits from Japan, Hawaii and Australia, so I’m rather comfortable with the concept of my videos being watched literally world-wide.
Meanwhile, it’s becoming easier and easier for people to post videos to the internet. Peggy mentioned Seesmic. All you have to do is have a webcam, click on record, talk and save the video, and you’ve contributed content to the internet. However… There’s a false sense of privacy that comes along with that. Maybe you were talking in the middle of the night to another friend using a service like that. However, that video sits on their servers indefinitely. That means you weren’t *just* talking to your friend. You were talking to EVERYBODY that chooses to watch that video. You might just get put on BLAST, like this => Trapped in a cube.
Now, that video was no big deal, but you get the point. Regardless of who you MEANT for a video to go to, once you put it on the net, you relinquish all control over it. People can watch it, link it, download it to their computers, save it to their iPods… whatever.
So the way to get started in Internet Video is:
A) Practice in Private.
B) Post in Public.