Sunday, January 11, 2009

Experiment: My first Flip Interview - Maria Niles on the Financial Bailout

So, inspired partly by being interviewed by the intrepid Emily Goligoski for the Women 2.0 project, I bought myself a FlipCam over the holidays...just the lowest cost model.

And here is my first video interview: a 6.5 minute snippet of a longer interview with social media and branding consultant (and general knows-alot-about-everything guru) Maria Niles from Consumer Pop. Maria explains a bit about the financial bailout, and how it's different from the auto industry loans that were being requested.

One thing I can tell from this experiment? I need a tripod. Sometimes it gets a little too Blair Witch Project with the shaky feed. I guess I would occasionally get tired and shuft my arm.

Still, I loved the ease shooting it, and I actually used QuickTime Pro to edit it down. I will try to use Flip's own software for such work next time. Thinking it might allow you to edit snippets together more easily. All I did in this case was cut off the ending.

Anyway, it was a fun, impromptu thing to do, and I hope I'll be able to bring you other smart people talking about important things now that I have my easy peasy Flip.

(And yes, I totally did think about writing Smart People Talking About Important Things™)

Update: OK, from Quicktime this video was over 100 MB, so after uploading for ages, it got rejected because Blogger has a 100MB limitation. I had to go in and reduce the quality (i.e. compress it further) to get it below 100MB, so it could be uploaded. I'm sure there's a better way. Next time.

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(Completely irrelevant geeknote, but next time consider Vimeo for hosting your video. They make it easy to upload and embed and the quality is really nice.)
Thanks Erika, duly noted :)
I like the casual nature of it. It was better when you closed in a bit on Maria rather than the long shot. If you had a tripod you could sit beside her and make it more of a conversation, which might be nice. Finally, make sure the sound level is high enough. Looking forward to hearing what more smart people have to say.
Thanks for the feedback, Virginia. Maybe I'll get *you* on film at SXSW!
I am very honored to be your first Flip video interview! And I totally think you should trademark: Smart People Talking About Important Things™ Virginia would be a fantastic Smart Person™ and I look forward to seeing her.

Thanks for chopping off the fermented tea part ;) I am, of course, horrified to watch myself and my cluttered abode but valuable lessons learned in my quest for vlogging/on camera practice and eventual media moguldum!

Now off to write a corresponding blog post :)
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