April 9, 2008

Video as "long photos."

The Flickr concept.

I've had trouble sticking to the 10 minute limit in YouTube, so it might seem that Flickr's new feature — video, but only up to 90 seconds — is next to useless. But thinking in terms of "long photos" may help. I've occasionally taken what I'd be happy calling long photos. Like this:



I'm going to start carrying around one of these Flip Video things, so we'll see what happens.

9 comments:

gophermomeh said...

...as reviewed by David Pogue. I must say, they look pretty handy.

rhhardin said...

Your camera probably already takes perfectly fine videos.

Ann Althouse said...

The video you see there is what my camera takes. You'll see the Flip video next month. I think it will be much clearer (and editable, unlike what you are seeing there, which is MPEG1).

Synova said...

I usually take "long photos" by accident because my 10 year old was filming her hamster and I didn't check the settings.

Joe said...

That was boring as hell. Three simple snapshots would have told the viewer the same thing without putting them to sleep.

Paddy O. said...

Here's a long photo I took of elephant seals last summer while camping on San Miguel island.

It's not so much the video conveys better movement. It's the sound that a picture just can't capture.

blake said...

How can a digital video not be editable?

I guess it's that it's not particularly convenient to edit MPEG1?

Ann Althouse said...

It's too annoying to figure out, but in QuickTime Pro and iMovie, the only software I'm willing to use, editing strips out the soundtrack. I encountered the word "muxing" and decided I couldn't be bothered.

blake said...

But muxing is a wonderful word! Granted, it's better if you don't know what it actually means. Then you can use it anywhere you want to mux up the meaning.

I used to mux on a four-track cassette when I was a kid. A muxing good time.