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Loyal YouTube users get to upload longer videos

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Agence France-Presse 

SAN FRANCISCO--Filmmakers who have played by the rules on YouTube can now post works longer than 15 minutes at the world's leading video-sharing website.

Google-owned YouTube in July raised the video-length limit to 15 minutes for all users but has sent out word that filmmakers who haven't abused copyright and other rules will be exempted from that time cap.

"Our creativity isn't bound by a time limit, so why should our video uploads be?" Google product manager Joshua Siegel and company software engineer Doug Mayle asked rhetorically in a blog post Friday.

"As long as it's your original content, it's fair game regardless of length."

The move was made possible in part by better tools for identifying copyrighted material posted on YouTube without permission from content owners, according to Siegel and Mayle.

Major US movie and music studios are among the more than 1,000 "global partners" that use a Content ID system to manage their digitized material on YouTube.

Videomakers can click an "upload" icon on YouTube to learn whether their accounts qualify to post longer works.


Here's another interesting experiment from YouTube. Story from AFP:
Agence France-Presse WASHINGTON--The YouTube Symphony Orchestra is tuning up and getting ready to pl ay. YouTube has selected the winners of its contest to create the world's first onl ine orchestra, choosing more than 90 professional and amateur musicians from ov er 30 countries through auditions on the video-sharing service. Google-owned YouTube announced the winning musicians on Monday in a post on the YouTube blog and the orchestra's YouTube channel, youtube.com/symphony. The winners will travel to New York to take part in a three-day classical music summit culminating in a performance at Carnegie Hall on April 15 directed by M ichael Tilson Thomas, music director of the San Francisco Symphony.

Photojournalism that moves

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By Anna Valmero INQUIRER.net IF a picture paints a thousand words, how about a series of still images combin ed with sound? During a forum with a group of Filipino photographers, international photojourn alist DJ Clark says today âs photojournalists deliver stories using not one but a series of still photos combined with short video clips and sound to form a seamless narrative â almost like a movie. This method, dubbed âstreaming media,â changes how photographers tell stories. By creating a series of still images and blending them with other content, such as audio and interviews, telling stories have become more interesting, he adds . âTraditionally, photographers have been viewed as predators to peopl eâs despair,â says DJ Clark in an interview with INQUIRER.net. âThrough streaming media, this traditional view has fundamentally changed. For example, in video interviews, the people in the story can voice their opinion a bout whatâs happening in the picture,â he says. Will this require photographers to become videographers? Yes and no. Says Clark, the photographerâs unique talent to capture highlights of events is the key talent involved in streaming media. Aside from capturing stills, they get to capture videos to accompany the stills and help them tell a better story. On top of that, photographers explore other content, such as audio to accompany the series of images. However, this does not mean that photographers do what v ideographers for television do. âIt is about producing a quality narrative material that people can view on a p latform like the Internet,â the British photojournalist says. He says that over time, people will chose to watch quality content on the Inter net over nonsensical videos currently topping the charts of video sites, such a s Youtube.com. At present, the concern is how to let purist photographers embrace the change i n approach to photography. People can view image over and over and examine it carefully, while video has a timeline. He says photographers should do bothâhave a series of still images that can sta nd on its own and can be part of the seamless streaming narratives. âThis will be the future of newspapers,â says Clark. Links
FINE arts students from the University of the Philippines bagged the top prize in a recent Sony Ericsson competition for the best viral video, beating contest ants from Thailand, India, Singapore, and Indonesia. A copy of the winning Filipino group's video is currently viewable on YouTube. The group's director, Jaime Quiano, gathered nine of his friends and classmates to compete in the local contest in which they had to present a storyboard idea to competition organizer Sony Ericsson. The other members are Clarence Santos, Lilli Beth Gelvezon, Cathlene Samiano, Pocholo De Villa, Marius Talampas, Emme nuel Carandang, Frank Magalona, and Joseph Torrijos. The studnets won $5,000 in cash for the competition. They had previously won an other $2,000 in December 2007 for a local competition that decided who would re present the Philippines at the Asia-wide level. The group shot their video at a dimly lit street in the Escolta district in dow ntown Manila. The clip involves a big, balding bully who forcibly takes a "Shake Pop" bottle from a child. Unfortunately, the bully shakes the bottle too much, causing it to burst and kn ocking him off his feet. The child then draws a chalk line around the knocked-d own bully before walking away.
By Agence France-Presse SYDNEY, Australia--Footage apparently showing the man tipped to become Australi a's next prime minister eating his own ear wax has proved a hit on Internet vid eo sharing website YouTube. The clip of opposition Labor Party leader Kevin Rudd has been posted three times on t he YouTube website and attracted more than 200,000 web browsers. While Rudd enjoys a massive opinion poll lead heading into the November 24 elec tion, the news website news.com.au suggested the footage "could do more damage to [his] election chances than any policy blitz." It shows Rudd sitting on the backbenches in the Australian parliament while a c olleague delivers a speech in the foreground, meaning it must date from before 2003, when he was elevated to the opposition front bench. As his colleague speaks, Rudd appears to gaze around in a bored manner before i nserting his left index finger into his ear, twisting it a number of times then placing it into his mouth and chewing. Washington Post blogger Emil Steiner picked up o n the footage this week, describing it as "stomach churning." "Whether Rudd is a habitual ear wax user or merely a recreational one should be irrelevant," Steiner wrote. "The question is whether a man with so little savvy for the cameras surrounding him is fit to hold his nation's highest office. And that is a question Austral ians will have to answer for themselves." One YouTube poster said Prime Minister John Howard's government should use the footage in an election advertisement, while others claimed Howard supporters ha d posted it in an attempt to dent Rudd's popularity. "This happened eight years ago, funny how it only came back up within one month from an election," user 26Samuel26 said. Another user ck867 said Rudd's apparent gaffe would not affect how people voted . "Though I do think its bloody disgusting and I don't know who I'm going to vote for yet, my vote isn't going to be swung one way or another because one candid ate has a bad habit"
By Erwin Oliva INQUIRER.net WEIRD AL YANKOVIC, yes th e guy behind all those spoof songs, is infecting people with his own dose of a viral vide o posted on YouTube. Aptly titled, Virus Alert, Weird Al's video (posted th ree days ago) is about, er, the computer virus and its impact on mankind. Mike Abundo writes in the b5media Technology channel:
For nearly a decade, Weird Al Yankovic has successfully a ppealed to geek culture. Over the last year, that success has only exploded with his clueful use of the rising social m edia. His latest video Virus Alert features a game tie-in, a Gmail visual reference, and a nod to social media pioneer Newgrounds.
Here's the video.

Hello AB-ZTE-FG?

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By Erwin Oliva INQUIRER.net IT started as a joke. But just over the weekend some Filipino activists have st arted uploading a new mobile phone ring tone as an act of protest against the c ontroversial $329-million national broadband network project. The ring tone, which is based on a satirical video clip posted on YouTube, pokes fun at some personalities linked to the controversial project, now known as the "ZT E deal." Jose De Venecia III, the proponent of losing bidder Amsterdam Holdings Inc. (AH I), has accused Commission on Elections chairman Benjamin Abalos of allegedly t rying to bribe him to get out of the deal. De Venecia, son of current House Spe aker Jose De Venecia Jr., also alleged during a Senate hearing that First Gentl eman Mike Arroyo also told him to "back off" from the deal. The ring tone was uploaded by mobile activist group TXTPower Sunday night on th e Internet, according to Anthony Ian Cruz, president of the group, in an e-mail message. Cruz said the "AB-ZTE-FG" protest ring tone calls on the public to remain vigil ant over the $329-million alleged scam involving persons closely linked to Pres ident Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Trade Secretary Peter Favila announced over the weekend that the government was suspending the NBN project, days after the Department of Transportation and Communications along with several Cabinet memb ers defended the project. Transportation Secretary Leandro Mendoza, however, said Monday the government i s not ready to terminate the deal. "Let our call for truth and transparency ring across the country," said Cruz, w ho also posted links to download the ring tone on his blog. In 2005, TXTPower popularized the "Hello Garci" ring tone based on the audiotap ed telephone conversations allegedly between President Arroyo and then Comelec Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano.

US college offers YouTube class

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By Associated Press CLAREMONT, California--Here's a dream-come-true for Web addicts: college credit for watching YouTube. Pitzer College this fall began offering what may be the first course about the video-sharing site. About 35 students meet in a classroom but work mostly onlin e, where they view YouTube content and post their comments. Class lessons also are posted and students are encouraged to post videos. One c lass member, for instance, posted a 1:36-minute video of himself juggling. Alexandra Juhasz, a media studies professor at the liberal arts college, said s he was "underwhelmed" by the content on YouTube but set up the course, "Learnin g from YouTube," to explore the role of the popular site. Class members control most of the class content and YouTube watchers from aroun d the world are encouraged to comment, Juhasz said. She hopes the course will raise serious issues about YouTube, such as the role of "corporate-sponsored democratic media expression." YouTube is "a phenomenon that should be studied," student Darren Grose said. "Y ou can learn a lot about American culture and just Internet culture in general. "

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