A few days ago I had the mixed pleasure of buying a new digital camera, a Canon IXUS 130. It was instructive and very disturbing to be able to verify that also this camera producer have the nerve to specify how I can or can not use the videos produced with the camera. Even thought I was aware of the issue, the options with new cameras are limited and I ended up bying the camera anyway. What is the problem, you might ask? It is software patents, MPEG-4, H.264 and the MPEG-LA that is the problem, and our right to record our experiences without asking for permissions that is at risk.
In short, the camera producer have chosen to use technology (MPEG-4/H.264) that is only provided if I used it for personal and non-commercial purposes, or ask for permission from the organisations holding the knowledge monopoly (patent) for technology used.
This issue has been brewing for a while, and I recommend you to read “Why Our Civilization’s Video Art and Culture is Threatened by the MPEG-LA” by Eugenia Loli-Queru and “H.264 Is Not The Sort Of Free That Matters” by Simon Phipps to learn more about the issue. The solution is to support the free and open standards for video, like Ogg Theora, and avoid MPEG-4 and H.264 if you can.
If people seriously want everyone to start using a fully-open-source video standard, here’s what’s necessary:
- Get the software companies to support encoding in it.
- Get a hardware manufacturer to begin making hardware solutions for devices to use it.
- Create one that (unlike Theora) doesn’t suck.
Until those things happen, we’re stuck with h.264 and other “kind of free” standards.
This is my youngest daughter demonstrating for me the chimes at a local park.
She has my attention span.
Look; language barriers prevent me from fully understanding this inter-species conversation. But I’m fairly certain the ibex is winning this argument.
I’m also fairly certain this ibex is at least ten times more articulate than the average person on Xbox Live.
Totally awesome animation. Simple and effective.
As mentioned over the weekend, downtown St. Charles does some pretty neat stuff for the Christmas season. Here’s an example in video form.
(I do love the car slowly trailing behind them myself.)
A nice rendition of a great song.
According to TechCrunch, YouTube uploads from mobile devices are up 400% since the launch of the iPhone 3GS:
Even without the iPhone, YouTube is seeing major growth across the entire mobile space — the site has seen uploads go up 1700% over the last six months. It’s not hard to guess why. Video-enabled smartphones are becoming increasingly popular, as are high speed data connections. YouTube also attributes part of the growth to a streamlined upload flow (note how easy it is to upload a video from your iPhone to the site), as well as its improved sharing capabilities (you can now syndicate your videos to services like Facebook and Twitter).
I wonder how AT&T’s network engineers are handling this kind of influx of data transport.
There is something so very wrong and yet also so very right about this type of YouTube video. I suspect this is why the service was invented in the first place.