Library TV

Exploring video as a training and promotional tool for libraries, on the web and in television.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Directions and Inspirations

Librarian In Black points to a couple of YouTube items. One is a short directional on how to get to the Reference Desk.

The second is a neat promotional idea by the Denver Public Library, getting teens to make 'how I have fun at the library' videos and having a YouTube contest.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Video Toolbox

YouTube has a nice collection of articles for anyone interested in getting into video production. There's even more at VideoMagazine where the original articles came from. I'm not a fan of, not very good at, subject immersion but a little reading here, a little there, and it makes a big difference.

Thursday, December 14, 2006


Somebody in the comments section said they didn't like YouTube's video quality. My clips have been a little fuzzy but what happens is the original clips are a larger resolution and they either have to be saved into a smaller 320x240 resolution or YouTube will do it when you upload. Whether I can reformat the clips so they hold up better I don't know yet, I need to find out what they're set at now. I do know the new camera actually films at 320x240 so at least the online quality may actually increase for in-library created film.

Monday, December 11, 2006

re: I Got It!

The camera has a slot for a Memory Stick Duo. I think its primarily for the camera functions but the manual says you can record up to 5 hours on a 2 GB stick. That seems like a lot of video so I'm not sure about the quality but its something to hope for.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

I Got It!

A Sony Handycam DCR-HC-36. The thing is about the size of my fist which is pretty freaky after working with a higher-end but much larger camera similar to the DCR-VX2100.

So far I've charged the battery and looked around a little with it. I'm not good at exploring without a specific project to work on so it could be a while before I really get comfortable with it. The first project will be a tour of the library (unless something quicker pops up) and will start after New Year's.

Permission TV

Somebody sent me these links. The first is the company PermissionTV, what I would describe as a for-profit and higher quality YouTube. They offer their services to libraries, an example setup here and Orange County's service through them here. The presentation is miles above anything an individual library would do but it could also be miles above what a lot of libraries would need to do.

Speaking from the POV of a middle-sized library you're going to be able to do what you want through YouTube, especially with the ability to insert the video into your website with just a little code. The only real question is how long YouTube can remain free and if there's an eventual cost what will it be?

Larger, better financed libraries, or library systems, will probably be more interested in what P-TV offers.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Video Christmas Card

We film the December Library Lowdown this afternoon but I managed to get part of it done in advance.