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What anchors do during the commercial breaks

February 19, 2009 Leave a comment

I saw this today and it’s entirely worth sharing. It’s from Chicago’s WGN weekend news team. They have been apparently working together for years and made up this little dance routine that they do during their first 2 minute commercial break. I must say that I was mesmerized.

There’s a short interview with Robert Jordan about the routine here.

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Ignite Portland 4

November 14, 2008 Leave a comment

Went to Ignite Portland 4 last night. My company was good enough to give some sponsor money to the event. I really love that my company can give some money to support local events where possible. I’m pretty proud that we’ve sponsored all of the events since the first Ignite Portland at Weiden and Kennedy.

Typically each sponsor is given a chance to speak for a short time in front of the audience, but this time the organizers asked for a video. I had a great time pulling together our video for the event. We have a ton of great people Extensis who have a good sense of humor and were willing to hit themselves in the head with a product box for the cause. Here’s the result:

Overall the crowd was very respectful and had a great time with all of the presentations and sponsor videos. To those who cheered our video, and those of other sponsors, thanks! To those who ‘boo-ed’ the Microsoft short recognition, you are disrespectful twats and a pox on your house. They were kind enough to sponsor the event that was FREE to you, so suck it up and act at least a little dignified – no matter what you think of their products. Didn’t your mother tell you that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all?

Suitcase Fusion 2 trailer – Bravefont

September 30, 2008 2 comments

So, here’s out newest promo for Extensis Suitcase Fusion 2. It was done for us by CMD right in our own fair city of Portland Oregon. It’s a funny little piece that was mostly created for the Press. We dropped a bit of audio at the end about calling our PR person for interviews, and thought that it would be fun for everyone else to see.

I put it up on both YouTube and competing online video provider, Viddler. I definitely prefer Viddler, but will double-post to YouTube just because they were one of the first on the scene and have an audience. Here is the video as it is posted to both sites. You can see just how much better Viddler’s compression is.

The Viddler version:

The YouTube Version

Though, I do have to say that embedding a Viddler video into a WordPress.com blog is a bit of a pain in the patoot. WordPress.com needs better conversion of the embed code into their proprietary embed string. They do it OK with YouTube, but not so much with Viddler.

Cold, beautiful day in Portland

February 14, 2008 Leave a comment

I took this video a couple of weeks ago from a conference room at work. I was struck by how beautiful and sunny it was that day. Typically it rains and/or is overcast in Portland pretty much all winter. I uploaded this video to Vimeo to test it out. It’s got a nice, very clean interface.

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YouTube vs Viddler in the online video hosting game

February 1, 2008 1 comment

I had been posting all of my videos on YouTube for work. I recently put many of the videos about our new product up on Viddler. I discovered this site because TUAW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog) used it for all of their videos from Macworld. Viddler allows users to upload videos that are 500 MB, so it works rather well for longer presentations. I had cut all of these for Universal Type Server short because of YouTube’s 100 MB limit. Plus, YouTube compresses them soooooo much that it makes the screenshots almost unusable for computer shots.

Check out our videos: http://www.viddler.com/explore/extensis/videos/

I remember also checking out Vimeo a while back too, and they had some good features too.

The only benefit of going with YouTube right now is that they have the largest userbase, and that we are able to tap into the social marketing benefits of that userbase. I’m sure that the YouTube folks know this too – and thus there isn’t a real impetus to improve the quality of the videos, as it would just up their costs for hosting.

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