File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 272

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I imported it into iMovie on my out of date eMac.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 
I downloaded it to YouTube, which did not tale as long as I thought it 
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

looks as blurry and sounds muffled and why this other clip at

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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