Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Seeking participants for an educational video on careers in technology

Hello Facebook Friends, LinkedIn Connections, Twitter Followers:

Primitive World Productions, a Philadelphia based video production company, is seeking participants for an educational video on careers in technology.  The video series will be distributed to colleges and high schools nationwide.  Participants should be employed in the Philadelphia region including NJ and DE, and have either an Associates Degree or Certificate.  Filming will take place at the participants place of employment. In addition to interviewing the main subject, we also seek to interview the participants supervisor or co-worker, and an individual in Human Resources.

We are looking for:

An individual working in Information Technology: 

  •     Information Technology Specialist
  •    Network System Administrator
  •    Computer Programmer
  •   Telecommunications Technician
  •   Database Administrator
A Science Technician working at:
  •   A Biotechnology or Pharmaceutical Company
  •   City Water Department or Independent Provider
  •   Chemical Company
  •   Government or independent Environmental Agency
We are looking to film in the next month. Please let us know of any suggestions or interest.  

Thank you for your time.

Deborah Arnold Brown
Primitive World Productions
215.848.0594 (O)


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Video Uploading Simplified

Uploading video does not have to be a difficult task. In fact, most video sites like YouTube and Vimeo make it pretty simple. If your footage is in HD and only a few minutes long export an uncompressed Quicktime movie from your timeline and upload that to YouTube or Vimeo. If your video is longer or the file size too large, than export the footage using the H.264 codec and restrict the bits per second to get the file down to a more manageable size.

When we're dealing with DV footage that is 16x9 we use the following settings:
H.264 codec
854x480 pixels
Pixel Aspect Ratio: Square
Restrict Data Rate to 4000kbps or 4Mbps
Keep the current Frame Rate
Audio 44.1 kHz
AAC Stereo

That takes care of DV's pesky rectangular pixels.


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Google leverages your social network

If you and your organization don't use social media because you don't want to invest them time, you might want to rethink that. Google is now combining search and social media into their results. Here's a short video from Google explaining this:

This means that not participating is going to become a problem if SEO is at all an issue for your organization. And I'm not sure if I know of any organization that is NOT worried about being relevant in search.

I have to congratulate Google on what is a major head slapping aha moment to me. A large part of the power of social media results from trusting one's network. If you can see search results that are from your trusted sources instead only returning from an algorithm, it is obvious this is going to have an impact on what people will click through from their searches.

Watson's appearance on Jeopardy! may not have proven the existence of artificial intelligence, but tying scientific search with human opinion is really at the heart of leveraging large networks and creating a form of artificial intelligence from wide network thinking. The word networking seems to be having its computer and human definitions folding together into a major force for how we as individuals will learn.

If you have an organization, product, mission, or almost anything that you want new people to learn about, it will now be near impossible to not participate in social media. Though this is where the listening to others and encouraging their participation becomes even more critical in the recipe.