The Paley Center Seminars is an online video archive of the acclaimed seminar series held by The Paley Center for Media (formerly The Museum of Television & Radio) in New York and Los Angeles. Topics covered range from presidential advertising campaigns to reality shows, from writing sitcoms to the role of the media in the Middle East. The archive will include more than 300 hours of video, with new content added each year in regular updates.

Although television and journalism are the main focus of the collection, many of the seminars were based around documentaries, and so include extensive discussion of the topics covered by those documentaries, be that literature, cinema, music, opera, radio, politics, history or current events.

High-profile participants include J.J. Abrams, Madeleine Albright, Alan Alda, Robert Altman, Judd Apatow, Steven Bochco, Chris Carter, Glenn Close, Stephen Colbert, Larry David, Tina Fey, Sally Field, Larry Flynt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matt Groening, Holly Hunter, Garrison Keillor, Henry Kissinger, Michael Moore, Michael Palin, Frank Rich, Thelma Schoonmaker, David Simon, Aaron Sorkin, Jon Stewart, Joel Surnow, Kiefer Sutherland, Gore Vidal and Joss Whedon.

At the moment you can check it out for free by using the following username and password:

Username: libjournal
Password: password

Thanks to Cheryl LaGuardia who posted about this.

Ostatic posted a terrific post on 9 Free, Open Source Tools for Video and Media Playback and Encoding that one can use.

They not only list the 9 sources – such as Miro, VLC Media Player; MPlayer; SMPlayer; Chameleo; Prism and MediaPortal – but also includes a screen capture and a brief description.

The one I will def be checking out is:

Prism is a free application that will let you convert video from one format to virtually any other popular format. You can preview the output to guage whether you have all the encoding right. For doing animation and working with it in video offerings, also get to know Blender, and the free book on it you can find here.

Originally posted by iLibrarian

Jane from Jane’s learning pick of the day is an absolute life-saver!

Because of her newest post: 25 places to find instructional videos which does just that – gives you 25 top-notch places to get instructional videos.

Here is her list:

  1. 5min Life Videopedia – instructional and how-to videos
  2. Academic EarthThousands of video lectures from the world’s top scholars
  3. – next generation TV network
  4. Google Video – videos on all topics
  5. Graspr – The instructional video network
  6. Howcast – How-to videos
  7. iCueA fun, innovative, learning environment built around video from the NBC News Archives
  8. Instructables – Make, HowTo and DIY
  9. iTunes U – Faculty are using iTunes U to distribute digital lessons to their students, e.g Stangord, Trinity College Dublin, etc.
  10. John Locker – Documentaries and educational videos
  11. MindBites – Video instructional marketplace and publishing platform (Some free)
  12. MonkeySee – HowTo videos
  13. neoK12 – free educational videos and lessons for K-12 school kids
  14. Research Channel – 3,500 video titles available
  15. SchoolTube – provides students and educators with a safe, world class, video sharing webiste
  16. Sparkeo – a flexible video platform
  17. SuTree – learn virtually everything by watching how to videos from all over the web.
  18. TeacherTube – educational videos
  19. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) – a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.
  20. TV Lesson – How to videos
  21. Ustream – watch live broadcasts, explore networks ranging from music, talk shows, sports and politics and/or review our past broadcasts.
  22. Video Jug – Life explained. On film.
  23. Vimeo – a thriving community of people who love to make and share videos
  24. YouTube – videos on everything under the sun
  25. YouTube EDU – aggregates all the videos from more than 100 institutions of higher education around the US.

If you want to see some more cool links, go to Jane’s 101+ Free Websites to find out about Anything and Everything

Rob posted this Vodafone commercial on his Mobile Learner site to show

that there is no prescription to creativity and there is no rubric that can measure inventiveness and ingenuity

I happen to think it’s also a pretty cool video!

There is another official update to the original “Shift Happens” video. This completely new Fall 2009 version includes facts and stats focusing on the changing media landscape, including convergence and technology, and was developed in partnership with The Economist

The video is really interesting and makes the case that while reaching people is easier than ever, connecting with them is getting harder and harder.

What really surprised me was the section at 2:55 where they compare John McCain’s $11 million raised in the tradition way (i.e. meeting and greeting) with Barack Obama’s $55 million which he raised by using social networking and not attending a single fund raiser. Mmmmm, I wonder if people will still claim that social networking is a geek fad that won’t last?

And this quote is my fav:

The computer in your cellphone today is a million times cheaper

and a thousand times more powerful

and about a hundred times smaller than the one computer in MIT in 1965,

so what used to fit in a building,

now fits in your pocket

what fits in your pocket now

will fit inside a bloodcell in 25 years

I like this video about the future trends for mobile media:

And this one as well:

I especially like the part at 0:31

It’s not a matter of technology it’s a matter of what YOU want

Mobile technology is not about having the newest shiniest phone or coolest applications – its harnessing technology to get what you want.

I love visualisations, and one of my recent favorite websites is Visual Complexity which has 700 visualisations in its database. It can be a mission to search within the database  but not anymore …

reMap has been launched and it is a semantic browser of the Visual Complexity database, allowing you to search between different projects based on a series of descriptional tags; every time you change your search parameters, reMap presents you with a new set of visualizations in a stunning graphical interface.

Below is a video I made showing you in real time how it works – but go check it out yourself!


I know I tend to wax lyrically about and TEDTalks, but seriously folks the videos really are that good! I know they are HUGE and take AGES to download, but for most you can download the audio file only and it really is worth it. Load it on your iPod and listen to it while driving or waiting in line.

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They’ve added the 500th video today (woooohooooo) and together with the great celebration also added a very nifty and handy list to the TedBlog – a clickable list of all 500 videos with the speaker, theme and link. It’s brilliant because now I don’t need to click through the site to find videos – it’s in one simple place.

I’ve listened to about 10 of the 500, so I have a long ways to go!

I stumbled upon XTRA NORMAL – Movies From Text this morning and my little world has changed!

Xtranormal’s mission is to bring movie-making to the people. Everyone watches movies and we believe everyone can make movies. Movie-making, short and long, online and on-screen, private and public, will be the most important communications process of the 21st century.

Our revolutionary approach to movie-making builds on an almost universally held skill—typing. You type something; we turn it into a movie. On the web and on the desktop.

The interface is simple and easy to understand – you simply choose your characters and the world you want them to function in and start typing their dialog! You can also pick and change the camera angle, your characters’ emotions and posture and add music. It literally takes a few minutes.

I made a (very rough and short and basic) video to showcase it to a friend:

You can post them to YouTube, send the URL or embed the movie into websites.

A word to the wise: Register before you start playing around as you can’t publish your work until you’ve registered.

As you can tell I’m working my way through the TIME’s list and the next cool tool I found was Visuwords which is an online graphic dictionary.

It shows you how words are connected to each other and if you click on any of the word balls it opens up that word as well. Check out the quick video I made (be patient it’s my first screenr video) :

If you’re having trouble viewing the video, here’s the link: