Miro Internet TV Blog - Archive for August, 2008

Evulgo.org: German Language Blog on Miro

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

Yesterday, I noticed a few pingbacks coming from Evulgo.org; when I visited, I was surprised to see an entire blog dedicated to video feeds and Miro! The whole blog is in German (which I don’t speak), but as I skimmed I saw pointers to blog posts we’ve written here, along with a bunch of original posts too.

Very cool to see our posts echoed in foreign languages! Big thanks to Nikolas Becker (and anyone else involved) for making Evulgo.

Liberate YouTube Videos and Subscriptions with Miro

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Rounding out a recent trilogy of YouTube-related posts, today I’m going to explain a little bit about finding and making RSS feeds for YouTube content. These tricks can free content that you’ve uploaded and subscribed to, from the confines of the YouTube Universe.

Importing All of Your YouTube User Subscriptions

There are some useful RSS feeds that YouTube doesn’t publicize as much, some of which have been compiled by the Google Operating System blog. Most interesting among them is one which actually required a Yahoo! Pipe to set up. By subscribing in Miro to (plugging in your user name for [YOUR USER NAME]):

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.run?YouTubeUsername=[YOUR USER

you can get all your YouTube subscriptions in Miro! For those longtime YouTube users who have accumulated a ton of subscriptions in YouTube, this can consolidate everything into one automatically downloaded and open place.

Subscribing to a YouTube User

First, YouTube has explained some of their most basic feeds in a slightly hidden guide on their site. This has some useful tips, like how to subscribe to a given YouTube user’s output (plugging in the user name for [YOUR USER NAME]):

 feed://www.youtube.com/rss/user/[YOUR USER NAME]/videos.rss 

It also includes links to some meta-categories, like the Featured Videos, which can definitely be interesting.

If you have any favorite RSS tricks, in YouTube or any other video hosting service, let us know in the comments!

Our personal YouTube favorites

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Last week, I talked about the most popular channels on YouTube, but that’s only part of the story. As I said then, an unfortunate consequence of YouTube’s overwhelming market dominance is that content producers can feel compelled to publish there first, and sometimes use it as their only means of distribution. It’s fortunate, then, that YouTube has RSS feeds built in for each of their channels AND that Miro can download YouTube vids direct to disk, because there is some really great content up there.

This week, we’ve picked our favorite channels that use YouTube as their only distribution channel, and added them to the Miro Guide. These range from hilarious original series, like Drunk History or You Suck at Photoshop, to extremely talented, if not quite “mainstream” musicians like Ronald Jenkees, to simply bizarre and fascinating spectacles like the musical animatronic performances of the Rock-afire Explosion (with props to Christopher W for suggesting that one!) If these kinds of things sound interesting to you, there’s plenty more where that came from.

So, if you want to see some really great stuff that until now has been largely confined to streaming on YouTube, you can subscribe to all our favorites here:

Miro Video Player

If we missed any of your favorite YouTube channels, let us know in the comments!

Open License Upheld in US Court

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Professor Lawrence Lessig reports on a ruling that protects “open source licenses.” The opinion was rendered by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (they have the final say on US Intellectual Property disputes). The the provisions outlined by the Artistic License were upheld as legally binding.

The precedent set here should also protect other open licenses (GPL, Creative Commons, BSD, etc). The case is a nice legal affirmation of the values we’ve all been putting into our free and openly licensed works for so long!

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