Mark on December 5th, 2009

As one semester dwindles and another looms, I need to tap into the broader intelligence. Specifically, I’m looking for feedback from journalists, teachers of multimedia and anyone else on content for a first-year news production course I teach each spring semester. The course started out years ago as 15 weeks of learning newspaper design, Quark, […]

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Mark on November 16th, 2008

The leaves needed raking, and I wanted to test to video capabilities of my new Canon G10 so: Note: This is an FLV, encoded by The original video is at Blip, where you have the option of looking at the original MOV file. (The G10 saves video as 640×480 H.264 MOV files.) To see […]

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Mark on September 21st, 2008

Major web buzz now for Canon’s newly-announced 5D Mark II, the 21MP, 1080i HD video- and stills-shooting machine. This thing will shoot 12 minutes of HD video that’s stored as .mov files. The website NRK Beta reports the resulting files can be dropped into Final Cut Pro with no conversion for right-away editing. The most […]

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Mark on September 19th, 2008

That’s John Lehmann of the Globe & Mail with his “skateboard cam.” You can see what he’s up to in the whole picture, and watch his latest Globe & Mail Doc video report, Dewey by Day, Derby by Night, at Newspaper Video. Like all John’s work, it’s worth watching. I’m not sure, though, if he’ll […]

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Mark on July 16th, 2008

My lord. John Lehmann, the Vancouver-based photographer and (increasingly) videographer for the Globe & Mail, just keeps getting better. His latest mini-doc is a well-told story from a recent gathering of ETAs — Elvis Tribute Artists. I like everything about this: story, pacing, interviews, editing and ending. Sure, it’s 7:50 long, but that’s how long […]

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Mark on May 2nd, 2008

John Lehman of the Globe & Mail, in an email this morning, promised an eye-opener and I got one: his latest video doc is on nude bowling. Buck naked and looking to score is a great little feature piece both visually and in terms of storytelling. There’s a nice pace to the piece and it’s […]

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Mark on April 8th, 2008

Rumour becomes fact as Flickr adds video. I just tried it with a 30MB MP4 that uploaded relatively quickly. I’m really impressed with a Flash encoding: it’s among the best I’ve seen. Beats YouTube hands down. Take a look.

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Mark on March 2nd, 2008

A minute or so of point-and-shoot video from last night’s Balkan Beat Box show here in Vancouver. Great, high-energy performance, although I suspect it mystified (and perhaps stunned) some of the elderly couples who attended primarily to show their support for the Chutzpah Festival.

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Mark on March 1st, 2008

I was running through some RSS feeds this morning when a disembodied voice suddenly started speaking. Autoplay of video and slideshows at web sites is annoying enough. When it carries over into the RSS feeds, as it did with the Visual Editors feed this morning, it’s positively evil. (The original post is here.) Repeat after […]

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Mark on February 21st, 2008

This may be the best journalism-related post on the ‘net at the moment: Andy Dickinson’s A video guide to video strategy. Go watch.

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