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Miro Internet TV Blog - Archive for February, 2009


Just Launched: Miro Guide 3.0

Monday, February 9th, 2009

The brand new Miro Guide just went up yesterday — it looks beautiful and is packed full of new features. This new version of the Miro Guide is also the beginning of a new effort to make MiroGuide.com work really well as a stand-alone web guide to video podcasts (competing with a site like Odeo, for example). More on that soon.

Here’s what the new guide looks like, read on to find out more about the new features…

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New Features in Miro Guide 3.0

  • Add Sites: Now that websites are easy to add to the Miro sidebar, we’re putting them in the guide
  • Previewing Videos: Now most videos can be previewed directly in the guide
  • Language Settings: Users have more control over which language channels they see.
  • Infinite Scrolling: Just scroll to the bottom of a list and more results will automagically load.
  • Better Sharing: It’s easier to share videos you like with people you like.
  • Beautiful Interface: The design has been redone from the ground up.

The new guide is a big improvement, and it will be getting even better with: more social features, more sites, audio content, and more. If you’d like to make any suggestions about things you want to see, please leave a comment here or on GetSatisfaction. And with all these changes the site text has changed almost completely and we need help translating the interface.

Check out the Miro Guide >>


Miro 2.0 Release Candidate 3 (the last one! we’re pretty sure!)

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Alright.

We have one last, and we hope final final release candidate before Miro 2.0 bursts onto the scene. This is your last chance to help us find tragic flaws and your last chance to get a sneak peak before it’s officially launched and your last chance to help us translate for this version.

Download Miro 2.0 RC3 — Download for Windows — Download for Mac — Download Source

Translating Miro: As many of you know, Miro and the Miro Guide are 100% volunteer translated. If you know any non-English languages, then we’d love to have you translate and/or refine the existing translations. Instructions for helping translate >>

Testing Miro: Using the latest pre-release version of Miro is really fun — and if you’ve got some time to help us run a few tests, we’d be really happy. Testing Steps:

  1. Download the pre-release version of Miro 2.0 (Windows, Mac, Linux).
  2. (optional) Back up your Miro database… better safe than sorry.
  3. Install your pre-release.
  4. Help us run Litmus tests. Janet has an easy to follow guide for testing with Litmus.

Thanks everyone and get ready for a big launch!

p.s. You may have noticed that the all new Miro Guide is going live tonight. We wanted to get it in place before Miro 2.0 is released so that we don’t have too many things changing at once.


YouTube’s Fair Use Massacre

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

2003_the_texas_chainsaw_massacre_004Take a brilliant parody video, strip out the audio, and only a husk remains — Fatal Farm’s redux of the Golden Girls intro is a perfect example. It was one of my favorites: clearly a parody, clearly protected as a legal remix under the fair use doctrine, yet still singled out and, for all intents and purposes, ruined.

Unfortunately, droves of videos are being ruined this way, or being removed from YouTube entirely — the EFF calls the past two weeks a Fair Use Massacre. Fair use is an exception to copyright that legitimizes certain types of remixing and reuse, specifically for purposes of criticism, education, parody, news reporting, scholarship, and so on.

While takedowns of fair use videos have been happening on YouTube for a long time, the recent shift into high gear is due to bad blood between Warner and YouTube. Warner has deployed YouTube’s automated media ID’ing software to locate instances of their copyrighted material and scrubbing all positive matches for audio from the video sharing service. The unfortunate side effect is that remixes, parodies, personal a cappella performances, and clear cut cases of fair use are being swept up along with the more egregiously infringing material.

What can we do about this?

Kevin Driscoll notes that many users are migrating to other services, and suggests we figure out a way to massively reupload and/or mirror videos that have been taken down. The EFF says they’re willing to defend users who make DMCA counterclaims (to get their videos working again).

One thing is clear to us: this will remain a problem as long as one video website is as dominant as YouTube. Further decentralization and openness in video are critical pieces to this complex puzzle.

Note: If you’re interested in the limitations of fair use, see the Center for Social Media’s code of best practices for fair use in online video.


Miro Two Release Candidate Two

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

We’ve just posted Miro Release Candidate 2– a last minute change before the first RC created a bunch of playback problems on Windows. Also, YouTube change some things that made YouTube downloading stop working. Those problems and some others are fixed in this version (details here). We’re getting close!

Download Miro 2.0 RC2 — Download for Windows — Download for Mac — Download Source

Miro 2 will bring lots of new features and a brand new interface— try it out and let us know if you see anything wrong.

As Dean mentioned last week, we need more volunteers to help with translating and testing. Here’s how you can get involved:

Translating Miro: As many of you know, Miro and the Miro Guide are 100% volunteer translated. If you know any non-English languages, then we’d love to have you translate and/or refine the existing translations. Instructions for helping translate >>

Testing Miro: Using the latest pre-release version of Miro is really fun — and if you’ve got some time to help us run a few tests, we’d be really happy. Testing Steps:

  1. Download the pre-release version of Miro 2.0 (Windows, Mac, Linux).
  2. (optional) Back up your Miro database… better safe than sorry.
  3. Install your pre-release.
  4. Help us run Litmus tests. Janet has an easy to follow guide for testing with Litmus.

Thanks!




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