[Imc-uk-process] Re: [IMC-Video] Some proposals out of video activism gathering
and at axxs.org
Mon Jan 23 19:29:19 PST 2006
these are all good ideas and made me think I should really email the
list about what we, EngageMedia, are doing. <http://engagemedia.org>.
We produce the oceania indymedia newsreal and as a project are
specifically focussing on social and environmental justice issues the
SE Asia, Australia and pacific region. There's not much to the site at
the moment as we are still in development.
It will be a space for critical documentary, fiction, artistic and
experimental works from South East Asia, Australia and the Pacific
We (along with quite a few other developers) are currently working on
building a content management system for video using plone
<http://plone.org> that will do a lot of what you mention. We are doing
this as a side project to Indymedia because we think that such a
project needs significant funding to be done right. We're using plone
as a content management foundation rather than one of the Indymedia
CMS's because it literally has hundreds of developers working on it and
is in a state of rapid development. Starting this weekend there will be
a gathering of around 30-40 plone developers in Egg, Austria, many of
whom will be working for a week on plone's ATvideo product and other
<http://plone.org/products/atvideo>. All this is of course is licensed
under a GPL.
As we are in full swing development we thought we'd better let those
outside of the Oceania region know about us. One of the key problems at
the moment with the development of various online video distribution
tools is a significant amount of doubling up, everyone seems to have
their own CMS (and we are no exception). However we think that Plone,
and perhaps the ourmedia.org drupal development, probably provide the
most possibilities in terms of direction and the capacity to
collaborate with many groups on a single open source project.
I've responded to a few of your comments below in terms of the
> 1. having all uploaded videos automatically transcoded into the most
> popular mobile video codecs
> such as 3GP, PSP etc for video capable mobile phones, ipods, psp
Some work has already been done with auto-transcoding to flash in plone
mostly for web viewing however (using open-source flash code).
Auto-transcoding to mobile-friendly video is another great idea, one
which we'd like to be doing too. Auto-transcoding does takes a fair
wack of CPU so to do this across the board would probably require some
co-ordination between servers and projects. MMS (mobile) uploading is
also something we are looking to work on once the basic video
functionality is all working.
> It was discussed that it would be nice to be able to request editable
> quality footage from people who upload video content to indymedia
> (either local or ivdn). Additionally it could be very useful for
> people to be able to contact the videographer in relation to requests
> for footage that might be used as evidence in court. However if people
> are not specifically encouraged to leave contact info these
> opportunities are often lost. It might be that people don't think
> about the possible importance of people being able to contact them or
> it might be that they have reason not to want footage directly
> attributed to them.
Plone allows members to contact other site members without having to
display their emails. This is already built in as is the ability for
everyone to have their own members page with specific information about
themselves, a list of their contributions to the site and the ability
to customise their page in a host of ways. Of course this means having
people's emails in the database but those with security concerns can
always have a separate and specific email/login if they feel they need
it. Plone also has a free open source "instant messaging" product
(module) where you can leave messages for registered users of your
website, in their member's area.
Things like rss 2.0 with enclosures (vodcasting) are also built in to
Plone so anyone will be able to create their own video channel by
signing up to the site and publishing a video. You can see some of the
various proposed features on the roadmap.
Plone has a huge number of plug-in-able products, and more are being
created all the time. The multimedia area of this is quite new, but
moving along fast. <http://plone.org/products/>
Given the pretty large task involved in making all these things happen
we think it really makes sense for Indymedia software development to
link up with other projects that might not be closely politically
aligned but are certainly committed to the ethics of free software.
Building greater co-operation between the current online video
distribution projects seems to be the first step to making that happen.
Hopefully we'll have a beta up and running soonish for people to play
with, and see some examples of what we're talking about. We'll let you
Just wanted to let people know what we're up to, and see if that might
open up the options for the kinds of functionality you're talking
about. Anyone who is interested in knowing more or getting involved
(especially programmers with Python/Plone experience) can email us
here: contact at engagemedia dot org
</end product promotion> :)
andrew and anna
Forthcoming online channel for social and environmental justice video
from South East Asia, Australia and the Pacific.
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