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Fair Use in Online Video

Posted Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

The good people at the Center for Social Media have published a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video. Here’s what they say about it: This document is a code of best practices that helps creators, online providers, copyright holders, and others interested in the making of online video interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use. Fair use is the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment under some circumstances. This is a guide to

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The Best Web Video Download Tools

Posted Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Finding useful tools for downloading video from the web can be very confusing. Check out Liz Gannes’ article on about the different options, their perks and their pitfalls.

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… from Cannes

Posted Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Tuesday night, at the salubrious Baoli restaurant on the Croisette, Spike Lee made the day of several young filmmakers from around the world when he announced the winners of the first Babelgum Online Film Festival. Shooting People has been supporting the Babelgum Online Film Festival since its launch at least year’s Venice Festival, and SP’s James Mullighan was at the ceremony. Alongside Joe Bateman (Rushes Short Film Festival) and Stefano Martina (Arcipelago, Italy), Mullighan was a juror for the Babelgum

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Watch films on Shooting People – and beyond!

Posted Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Films uploaded to Shooting People can now be embedded across the web (you can turn this option off when you upload your film if you don’t want it to be shared). Have a play and please give us feedback. Here’s the trailer for Paul Taylor and Teddy Leifer’s documentary We Are Together to show you what the player looks like.

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Video blogging 101

Posted Thursday, December 20th, 2007

If you want to create a video blog but don’t have a clue where to start the New Media Literacies project may be just the ticket. This MIT project was set up by Convergence Culture author Henry Jenkins and others to integrate new media materials into compelling activities for high-school students and includes a really simple video blogging tutorial featuring Steve Garfield and others.

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FourDocs guides to making short docs

Posted Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

FourDocs have a series of very useful video guides to shooting, editing and uploading a short doc. While you’re there check out their awesome online archive of classic  docs. I recommend This Is A True Story by Paul Berczeller, The Lift by Marc Isaacs, Divorce Iranian Style by Kim Longinotto, The Dinner Party by Paul Watson . . . oh there are lots of gems in there, too many to name here. Check it out.

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Another great site to upload your videos to

Posted Monday, December 10th, 2007

Shooting People! Yes Shooting People! We’ve recently added a video component to our website so now members can upload their shorts, reels and trailers and anybody can watch them. Check it out, add your films, and rate other members’ films.

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Downloading films and footage from Online Video Sites

Posted Friday, November 30th, 2007

If you want to download films from YouTube or other supported sites try KeepVid. Be aware of rights issues but if the films have a Creative Commons license that allows you to use them in your own creative endeavors then go ahead and mix and mash.

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Posted Thursday, November 29th, 2007

TubeMogul is a free service that allows you to upload your film to the top video sharing sites and then track who is watching it. Sounds like a good idea to me. Has anyone tried it? Feedback?

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Real-time online media conversion

Posted Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

If you need to convert a media file fast and don’t want to download software then Media Convert is a really nifty online solution. Just upload your file, select the output format, and bob’s your uncle! And it’s free.

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