Miro Internet TV Blog - Archive for August, 2007

Over 2,000 Channels in the Miro Guide

Monday, August 6th, 2007

The collection of channels in the Miro Guide has been growing very quickly. We’re now over 2,000. That’s a lot of shows to choose from.

Channels have been coming in so quick that we haven’t been able to feature all the ones that we’d like to and a lot are zooming past the ‘recently added’ section on the front page, which only shows 7 at a time. You should take a look through the new section of the guide and see what’s come in over the past few weeks.

Because of all this growth, we’re going to put some energy into building better tools to help you find channels. We have a few things we’re planning: a rating system, a ‘people who like this channel also like this channel’ suggestion system, and a way of indicating which channels haven’t been updated in a while. Hopefully these features will be up and running over the next few weeks– it should help you find stuff that you might be missing.

We’re also talking to a couple companies that are interested in making custom channel guides. There’s already a feature for this in Miro– you can add a new guide at anytime in the ‘channels’ menu. We’ll keep you posted when new guides become available. And if you or your company are interested in making one, it’s very easy to do– all you need to do is have Miro 1-Click Subscribe links on a website. When the website is added as a guide, Miro treats those links as subscribe requests (that’s how miroguide.com works). There are some more details about making a guide on our development wiki.

Planning Miro’s Future Extension System

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

While we have no date set, we do plan on putting an extensions system into Miro.

Currently, we see a number of ways to tackle this problem. Our approach will largely dictate what the extensions will be capable of and how difficult they are to build. Your input will be very helpful in guiding our decisions.

What amazing things will you do with Miro’s extension system? Do you want Miro to automatically search for networked folders and pull in videos that are detected? Are custom skins important? Do you just want to change the default hotkeys?

Another thing that will help us is knowing the technical abilities of people interested in extensions. Will you be building it yourself? Hiring someone? Begging strangers? Have you written in Python? C? PHP?

If we build a system, who will come?

Ongoing input will be accepted in our new forum section: Extension Dreams Please try to give as much detail as possible in your posts.

Using Miro: Advanced Features Step-by-Step

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

These channels give step-by-step video demonstrations for many of Miro’s advanced features. Make sure you get the OS X or Windows version, depending on what type of computer you’re using.

Click on either button to subscribe:

Miro Video Player Using Miro for Windows

Miro Video Player Using Miro for OS X

PS. We don’t have a Linux screen capture system set up — if you have experience with this and would like to help us with a feature video or two, please contact me: dean at pculture dot org.

PPS. If you like a feature that we haven’t done a video on, you can help us out — make a video or a blog post. A great example is Mike B’s mini-tutorial of Miro tips.

In Open Video, User-Centric is Key (pt II)

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

I probably don’t need to go into too much detail about why it would be so damaging to have just a handful of massive video hosting sites dominating the online space. However, NewTeeVee recently published an article that highlights a real reason to fear this possibility: video fingerprinting. It drives home the importance of preserving competition between large, small and individual video publishers alike.

YouTube is busy developing video fingerprinting technology that will allow them to remove any video identified as “infringing copyright.” This is fine for Viacom, but not such good news for mashups and other creative expresions that incorporate copyrighted material.

Ironic that YouTube, which has historically been an incredibly fertile ground for free expression in video, could soon become the most restrictive environment out there. Not that YouTube will stop people from creating mashup videos.

However, once created, a video requires an audience to have any real impact. Creators shouldn’t be forced to worry about losing their audience when their videos are censored from the popular sites.

As I argue in part I of this series, treating the user as the point of aggregation levels the playing field between publishing methods. When the user is at the center, a video that is published on a small host or personal website can still reach a substantial audience. That gives creators freedom to publish the way they want to.

Vibrant and free expression in video deserves to enjoy access to the same audience that corporate-approved material does. We’re working hard to make sure that a handful of dominant publishing sites aren’t the only way to easily find and access video.

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