Live! From upstair…

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Live! From upstairs! It’s blog TV live!

webcast2.jpg: So the webcast from my den to MSNBC came off tonight. Trey Jackson put it up online (though, of course, MSNBC should do that).

Who needs a multimillion-dollar studio? What you see above is the blogcast studio: A Logitech laptop camera atop my screen; the screen atop a box to get it to eye-level; notes for the spiels taped to the screen; MSM Messenger to show the video; a phone to get the audio back; a very long ethernet cable to get to the router so we didn’t rely on wireless; lots of lamps … et voila: TV.

I was upstairs in the den broadcasting; the family was down in the family room, ridiculing. “It looked like you were lipsyncing,” said my daughter. I tried to explain frame rates and backhaul but gave up and confessed that, indeed, Daddy is Milli Vanilli (which is better than being Ashlee Simpson).

This was supposed to be used for segments about blogging but, at the last minute, they canceled the entire show — just as Bob Cox caught a train to New York — and switched to Popevision. I had no time to find links but managed to survive three segments. And the topic didn’t exactly fit with bloggy geeky fun. But as soon as I got off, the morning bookers called to do the same thing then. That’s the wonder of TV: It is the medium made of memes.

What’s neat about this is that anybody can broadcast from anywhere. Sure, the quality of the image is still iffy (but it’s better than an Ollie North satphone call). But the possibilities are endless.

  • http://www.lawnchairphilosopher.com E. P. Hood

    Jeff,
    That actually looks great. Perhpas video blogging is the wave of the future.

  • http://michaelzimmer.blogspot.com/ Michael Zimmer

    What’s neat about this is that anybody can broadcast from anywhere
    I’m not getting how this is unique to blogging. Webcams, video messenger, etc existed prior to blogging and doesn’t need blogging to be useful. Am I missing something?

  • Mumblix Grumph

    I love that high-tech transparent gear container…is it Prada?

  • Greg

    You say: MSM Messenger.
    I say: MSN Messenger.
    Though, I must say, that could be very clever and intentional.

  • http://democracyinmedia.typepad.com Alex Rowland

    Jeff, congrats, the video does look great. I think I need to start watching TV again, it’s been too long.
    As for Michael’s comment. That’s like saying that MP3 players have been around for years, what’s so different or special about the iPod? Very small incremental improvements in the usability of any technology can have dramatic impact on its adoption. This happens in every technology adoption curve I can think of. Blogging (along with some other technologies) will make this type of communication easier to initiate and more accessible to a broader audience.
    While it’s still pretty geeky today, so was cruising the Internet 10 years ago.

  • http://www.havecoffeewillwrite.com Jeff Hess

    Shalom Jeff,
    BlogTV may well be the a significant part of the future. For myself, however, I think that it has been a return to the discipline necessitated by writing a blog that has been mainly responsible for blogging’s success.
    I know that doing a broadcast requires great effort, but there is a certain reader engagement that is lost with the passive viewing of a video broadcast.
    Having said all that, the setup looks great.
    B’shalom,
    Jeff

  • http://sisu.typepad.com Sissy Willis
  • http://RuthCalvo Ruth

    Nice that MSM is developing the blog world. Like UfO’yers. Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  • http://sisu.typepad.com Sissy Willis

    Hey, Jeff . . . One of my commenters, The Prop at coffegrounds, has this to say:

    Somewhere we all have a Tupperware container full of spare cables and extension cords. How ingenious to turn it into a podium. I only wish he had decided to broadcast in his pajamas . . .

  • Del

    LOL, I love that picture. You did an excellent job, Jeff. Too bad it wasn’t in sync though; I guess that’ll come in time.

  • http://michaelzimmer.blogspot.com/ Michael Zimmer

    Again, isn’t this just video conferencing, with the feed being pumped into a television broadcast instead of closed-circut? Something that MSM does all the time with remote reporting (even using webcams with embedded reporters, etc). Is it that different just because its a blogger and not a “reporter”? I’m sorry, but I just don’t see how this is “video-blogging” or some watershed momement. Please explain…

  • von

    If you like this, you should take a look at what Macromedia is doing with Breeze .

  • http://RuthCalvo Ruth

    Jeff, you should give Martha Stewart some pointers. She’s under house arrest and going to have to do some broadcasting from home, and she’s not too far from you there in New Jersey. Think of it as charitable work with rehabilitating ex-convicts!

  • Dan Herzlich

    Here’s hoping we get to host the Olympics in 2012.
    We can watch you can Chucky Schumer compete in the 100-yard dash to the next available tv camera.

  • http://derekchmiel.blogspot.com Derek C.

    do you know how to put a live feed of a cam onto a blog?