Kathryn Jones is at it again, and How Not to Do Internet Video

I haven’t written lately due to professional and personal reasons (good ones, details are coming soon) but I wanted to give you all a heads up about two cool must see videos:

Kathryn Jones from 35, and her great husband Guiesseppe, are doing a new live show called “The Jabbo and Crabbo Show”. It is all about creators (bands, artists, videographers),and how to use the web and technology to distribute your content for free. It is done live, which means you can chat and talk with the host and other viewers, this time on Blogtv‘s platform. Check out the trailer:

Bill Cammack is always bitching around about the low quality of internet videos. As an Emmy winner, he knows what he is talking about, but I challenged him to do something about today’s web video quality.

The result is here:

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4 Responses to “Kathryn Jones is at it again, and How Not to Do Internet Video”


  1. 1 kveljones April 21, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    LOVE the video bill!!!! basic…IMPORTANT info that everyone can follow… BUT!!! one little disagreement… internet video is the place to experiment… there is no reason to make our vids look like TV… TV belongs on TV, internet video belongs on the internet… this is the place to experiment… make mistakes… look like a fool…it is those experiments and mistakes that will lead us to the holy grail of freshness, originality and ultimately to a new, unique voice for video on the net!

  2. 2 Bill Cammack April 22, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    @Kathryn: I agree with you that the internet is the place to experiment…… *IF* you’re not getting paid to deliver a bare minimum of quality to a client.

    If someone wants to shoot shaky video with no lighting and use heart-shaped wipes, that’s great, if they don’t mind being seen as a hobbyist.

    Basically, the point of that particular video is that there are lots of people that don’t understand the basics of what they’re looking at. They don’t understand that the only reason the shot was steady is that the person used a tripod. They think that if they hold the camera themselves, they can replicate the quality of what they’ve seen in other productions. I wanted them to understand that if they want a steady shot, this is how they can achieve it.

    Same thing with lighting. Lots of people think you just point a camera and it’ll pick up whatever’s in front of it well. Same thing with sound… As long as the mic is pointed in the direction of the action, they think they are capturing good sound without even using headphones to monitor what’s coming through.

    So the video isn’t about what people HAVE to do. It’s about what people CAN do to make their productions better than they currently are and it’s going behind the scenes to explain to them how it’s done.

  3. 3 Kfir Pravda April 22, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    I think that the point of discussion should be whether TV ESTHETICS should rule the Internet Video area. Bill is saying to my understanding, that there are basic things you can’t get wrong if you want to be treated as a pro. Kathryn is saying that there is room for experiment.
    I am still confused re all these issues, and I think that groundbreaking experiments are the ones who brought cool ideas such as Blair.


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