File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 272


To: puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 06:48:53 -0600
Subject: [Puptcrit] YouTube


While this is not strictly a puppet centric issue, it is related.
In addition to the text information that is offerrred here, I always 
look for being pointed to a web site to see a puppet video clip or jpeg 
images. Sometimes that has meant looking to Goggle or YouTube. It seems 
some people & organizations use Google & YouTube very effectively as 
marketing sites. Certainly TV networks and large Theatrical film 
companies do seem to.

After the recent experience of being involved as a writer and performer 
in a video shoot and waiting and finally seeing the clip on YouTube,
I began to wonder about the issues of audio and video quality that seem 
to be lost in the process.

I had never attempted to put one of my own videoworks on YouTube, so I 
took some footage of an old experimental personal documentary that I 
had been working on for about 20 years.
I imported it into iMovie on my out of date eMac.
I imported some instrumental music to use as a a sound track and then 
created a 2 minute clip.
I then exported it to the highest quality of a Quicktime DV.
Then using Quicktime Pro I exported it to the Mpeg4 format that YouTube 
requires.
I downloaded it to YouTube, which did not tale as long as I thought it 
would.
But once it was downloaded it seemed to take forever for it to finally 
show up on the YouTube site.

I am surprised at the audio/video quality.
It is bad as bad as I expected.

I'd like your thoughts as to why this clip at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdNx-vM5xO0

looks as blurry and sounds muffled and why this other clip at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ15Gc1_NAo

Looks and sounds almost as clear as the original Quicktime DV file.
Of course it has no dialogue, only music,
And the footage is more monochromatic, all close-ups, and has slow-mo 
and fog special effects. But I am surprised at how some of the grain in 
the fog effect seems to show up well on the YouTube Mpeg 4 version.
Please take a look and tell me what you think.
I think it will be more important if puppet & theatre artists attempt 
to put more clips on YouTube for marketing, advertising as well as 
archival purposes.

Michael John Moynihan
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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