future video plans for Freyburg.com

You may have noticed over the past few weeks that things have taken a turn towards video (specifically FruityGamer) on Freyburg.com. The reason for that is twofold. Most of the links and quick thoughts I used to jot on the site have moved to Twitter, where it’s easier to carry on an online conversation and I can quickly and efficiently fire off thoughts and whimsy. The second reason is that I’m becoming more focused on video generally, and I’d like to showcase that on the site as well as make it a compliment to Freyburg Media.

The end result is that you’ll probably see less updates but richer content on this site once I start ramping up the video production. I’ve wrapped my head around BoinxTV so it’s pretty easy to create “live switched” content fairly regularly. I’m also looking at creating regular segments involving me mocking some aspect of pop culture, media or the internet, though it’ll take me a while to come up with the segment structure and a decent workflow.

Besides that, I’m also trying to ramp up my After Effects knowledge and wrap my head around some other higher-end creation tools, so expect to see some experiments in that regard in the next few months as well. And of course I’ll continue to showcase the work projects I’m tackling on Freyburg Media.

FruityGamer: Behind the Scenes

Precisely none of you may be wondering how we make FruityGamer here at Freyburg Media. Well, I’m here to tell you the thinking, process and methodology I used. My methods and tools may differ from what’s available to you, but you’ll at least get a general idea as to how to pull of your own video podcasts.

When myself and my business partner made “This is Yaletown” we did so thinking the internet would soon push up its production values to the levels of television, and that we’d better be ahead of the curve. But in fact this has not proven to be the case. People watch internet shows for many reasons, but slick production values (to a point) doesn’t seem to be a necessary part of the equation.

I figured that given my experience creating Radio Free Skaro there was no reason I couldn’t create similar podcasts on video and in audio form, and do so in such a way that they’re quick and easy to make.

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My Japan Times article on the Sharp Galapagos tablet

Can’t believe I forgot to post this earlier, but I wrote an article for the Japan Times last week about Sharp’s Galapagos tablet, a pad device aimed straight at the Japanese market. Sharp claims otherwise, but “Galapagos” has become a term to define the uniqueness and weakness of the Japanese mobile phone market, which created some of the most advanced and esoteric phones on the market, in a sealed environment where innovation was allowed to flourish but never interact with the outside world.

With the onset of the iPhone, that market is crumbling. I personally see many, many iPhones everywhere in Tokyo, and that has to strike fear into the heart of every Japanese cell provider (other than Softbank, presumably making a killing by offering the iPhone exclusively in Japan.)

So I don’t hold out much hope for this Sharp tablet. They may know something I don’t, but I can’t see a device like this competing in any way with the iPad.

Posting will resume soon

I’ve been working like a madman on various projects of late, so I haven’t had a chance to post much here. Two video projects, moving all our stuff out of our condo, going to Edmonton for a wedding, and an impending shift to Tokyo for a while have meant a dearth of bon mots on the site.

But rest assured I have some ideas waiting in the wings. Radio Free Skaro and Fruitygamer continue to crank out the content, and I have a few Japan related ideas I’d like to integrate into freyburg.com as well. So patience, gentle reader, and my apologies.

The Tiger: Author Video

Recently I was contacted by StudioNow to create an author video for Random House about “The Tiger,” a new book by Vancouver author John Vaillant. It’s an interesting story about a poacher, a Russian game warden/badass and a very smart, very deadly tiger, and the violent maelstrom all three find themselves in while pursuing their own goals. Check out the video below.

The continuing saga of video experimentation

Been busy this week, mostly with boring but necessary paperwork and moving concerns, but I’m still trying to hammer out exactly what I should do for online video regarding Freyburg.com. If I can come up with a way to do something quick, dirty, and simple, I will, and I suppose it should involve me blathering at the camera. But for some reason talking to the camera fills me with dread, unlike my Gen Y counterparts who seem to revel in the attention a webcam brings them.

So I’m asking you, dear readers…what do YOU want to see in a weekly or daily show centred around this site?

playing around with BoinxTV

I’ve been working through various ways to create compelling internet content, and I’ve explored various options including scripted material and making elements for FInal Cut Pro so I can film, drag and drop. All off this comes from the idea of minimizing the inputs while maximizing outputs…but it would still involve a lot of work. Putting together the two Fruitygamer pilot episodes required about half a day of work for each segment, in addition to being down at E3 in the first place and filming the interviews.

That’s all well and good, and there’s no reason I can’t use that same methodology for special episodes. But if I want to create a lot of content quickly the way to do it is live and streamed. So I looked at BoinxTV as a viable option. I got Boinx when I bought one of the MacHeist offers for $40 a while back, and as the program is normally $299 I got a pretty decent bargain. But since I had no use for it at the time, Boinx sat on my computer unused, until now.

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