Lilia Perez and Željko Blaće both connected to the Imaginary Property research group at the Jan van Eyck Academie; a dutch Post-Academic Institute for Research and Production on Fine Art, Design, Theory, joined the Collaborative Video workshop which took place from 17-23.11.2008 in Brussels and have been on/off blogging/reporting on “this second international workshop organized to mediate know-how transfer in this field both between int. software/service developers/maintainers/educators and (primarily local) content producers/users.” Their reports are posted on the Imaginary property blog
Thanks L + Z !
Below a text dump of that page:
Open Source Video Workshop @ ConstantVZW.org
Submitted by zB on Tue, 11/18/2008 – 10:47
Open Source Video is a project of Constant, a Brussels based organisation for Arts and Media. 17-23.11.2008 for the second time international workshop is organized to mediate know-how transfer in this field both between int. software/service developers/maintainers/educators and (primarily local) content producers/users.
IMP researchers Lilia Perez and Željko Blaće joining this workshop and will be on/off blogging/reporting…
Opening casual gathering on Monday evening at LaCompilothique kicked of with nice dinner + introduction of participants and informal chats of old/new friends from FLOSS tranches 😉
Submitted by zB on Tue, 11/18/2008 – 11:02
Host institution is wonderfull flamish cultural center PianoFabrique…
Participants got a free copy of Videovortex Reader!
You can get in touch with participants on IRC and go to OSVideo chat room…
Submitted by zB on Tue, 11/18/2008 – 15:12
…continuing a bit slower (practical work brings tech issues) in using utilities like ffmpeg2theora, ffmpeg, dvgrab… using HD source material, linux pipes…also discussing different container options (ogg for web video and matroska for Blue-Ray and DVD ripping due to a number of features it became popular in Anime community). Somewhat less dynamic 😉
multi-file and multi-res automated encoding with Graphical user interface: AVIDEMUX (has preview, filter, adjust parameters of image…with lots of presets for export to CD, VideoCD, DVD… limited use for encoding)
Submitted by zB on Wed, 11/19/2008 – 10:14
oups…me running late… seems that morning is/will be dedicated to Pad.ma which was partialy presented last night (video should be available soon) at the public event at OKNO…this time presentation is more of a discussion on exames from practice/life/media…pad.ma licence (free-software-licence with tech spin on Low-Res)… examples of licencing of artworks as media and source code (electronic music and Blender.org productions) have been discussed in regards to different strategies artists take (mostly depending on capacity to deal with legal issues).
level of understanding of licencing issues is quite different depending on background of participants (software developers tend to be more political and informed, media producers/creatives more troubled and passionate 🙂
Submitted by Lilia Perez on Tue, 11/25/2008 – 12:35
In session 04 Bitnik.org gave a brilliant presentation about their general philosophy summarized in the slogan “A hack a day.” As an example, they showed images and gave a detailed description of their Opera Calling (Arias for All) presented in 2007, at Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich. In this project, they placed “bugs” made with old cellphones inside the Zürich Opera House. This phones were connected to an application fed with the whole city’s white pages. During the opera concerts, the computer would call a random number in the telephone directory and connect it “live” with the phone-bugs transmitting from the opera house. This way, everybody could enjoy the performance without having to pay the costly tickets, and without having to leave their homes. For more info about “Opera Calling” see: http://www.opera-calling.com/about
The second part of the day’s session was practical. Bitnik handed us all a small manual entitled “Your own private TV Staion Making P2P Television”. The manual itself was a nicely design, “do it yourself” booklet of which I’m including a picture. We followed the steps and before lunch time had our own TV station running. I think that we should do this at the JvE as soon as possible. We could even have a live journal for the opening week!
The day ended with an overview of how to use Cinelerra:”The community developed version of this non-linear video editor.” Documentation in several languages available here: cinelerra.org
We had some technical problems, so we didn’t get to see it running 100%.
That night, at a bookstore, Bitnik set up the TV station at the Quarantaine bookshop in Ixelles neighborhood and transmitted local filmmaker’s works for all the “barrio”.
Submitted by Lilia Perez on Tue, 11/25/2008 – 13:03
Collage and Code, was the subject of the morning session. In it Michael Murtaugh spoke about his ideas dealing with what he calls “collage” editing as his preferred technique in manipulating video. As the title of the session clearly states, he was referring to collage achieved mainly by software and coding. In the first part of his presentation he explained that he had found in .srt files (the conventional file extension used for subtitles) a very powerful and simple resource for experimenting with the time line and the time code. He said that .srt files could enable a certain “wikiness” in video. As an example he showed how using the “grep” linux command and the search results that it throws, and then feeding this edited time code to Mplayer, it’s possible to view simple movie files in many different nonlinear yet meaningful ways. To illustrate this the works of : Aaron Valdez http://aaronvaldez.com/ were shown.
The second part of the day was devoted to analyzing the features of Plumi & Miro. Sedat Güzel, explained Miro in detail while Andy Nicholson spoke about EngageMedia and the possibilities of video sharing systems.Posted on: Friday, January 16, 2009 by: Peter in category: Collaborative Online Video workshop