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Get your YouTube video displayed at the Guggenheim Museum

YouTube as digital art

a YouTube fine art exhibit?

Could YouTube be the next curator of fine art? Well, today the Guggenheim Museum launched their YouTube Play contest, which invites YouTube creators to get their most creative videos recognized as digital art. The deadline is July 31, 2010 and a full list of submission criteria is available on their YouTube channel, but here are some of the highlights: (more…)

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My web video wins an international award!

My production company's first international award

My production company's first international award

I normally don’t write about my video production company on this blog, but today I had to make an exception because I received my official award letter for my 3rd Place win in the international MCA-I Media Festival for the Public Service Announcement (PSA) I produced titled “Hope At Last.” MCA-I, or Media Communicators Association International, represents professional video producers from around the world who are making a living from video production. With this being their 41st year hosting the media festival, I’m definitely honored to have been recognized among producers who have dedicated the better part of their life to this industry.

The lesson I’ve learn about producing award-winning content is this: (more…)

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Get an “Intro To Video” with Izzy Video

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I subscribe to a few different video training programs so I can keep up to speed on how other video professionals are perfecting their craft and, just today, I received an announcement from Izzy Video that he’s selling a new discounted version of his normal membership specifically designer for beginners. (NOTE: I’m not receiving any commission for this — I just wanted to share the good news with my readers, many of whom are also video beginners.) (more…)

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David Lynch among the 2010 Webby Award Nominees

The Webby Awards come around once a year to recognize the best of the web in categories such as Websites, Interactive Advertising, and — my personal favorite — Online Film and Video. Since 1997, they’ve been helping the average web-surfer navigate the neverending ocean of content to spotlight who’s making the best use of web tools and technology. (more…)

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Does the new YouTube page design suck?

So fresh and so clean-clean

So fresh and so clean-clean

Yesterday, YouTube announced a new facelift to it’s popular website. I took a closer look to see if it’s new features equated to an experience that inspired or sucked. Here’s what I found:

The new look of YouTube is much cleaner and reminiscent of Apple’s minimalist advertising campaigns. The new interface features handy drop-down buttons to display more information if you’d like but keeping it hidden away until you need it.

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BetterInternetVideo.com makes its first TV appearance

I’ve always wondered if I’d ever be confident enough to appear on live TV and today I found out that it’s not quite as nerve-racking as I feared. Public speaking (without having an interviewer to ask questions) is probably scarier, so I definitely owe a debt of gratitude to Toastmasters for helping me conquer my fears of being in the spotlight. What are your fears? Have any of them kept you from putting yourself out there in a YouTube video? The 4 tips in this video may help you conquer your fears as well. (more…)

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3 Reasons Why Wedding Videos Don’t Have To Suck

Bad wedding

When bad weddings happen to good people

I’ve seen so many cheesy wedding videos with cheap graphics and awful transitions that I’ve had to be clear with people that I’m not a wedding videographer. Recently, however, I’ve been blown away by the incredibly high quality that wedding videos have taken. Before, when I heard talk of wedding video I think of the worst possible quality. But now, there’s almost been a 180-degree shift. Okay, yeah, I’ll say it: wedding video is actually cool. Here’s 3 reasons why: (more…)

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Film Festival Coming to a Computer Screen Near You

YouTube is a goldmine for quirky, irreverent and candid-camera videos, but what about when you’re craving something on par with the movies and shows you have saved on your TiVo? Finding new and edgy entertainment-based content on the web can require a lot of patience to sift through all the stuff that’s out there. That’s where Vimeo sets itself apart, staking a place for filmmakers to showcase their short films without being lost among all the video slideshows, video blogs and screen capture videos that seem to dominate the web. (more…)

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YouTube users interview President Obama

In recent news, it was announced that YouTube is now the 2nd most popular search engine on the web. What’s that mean? It means YouTube has topped out Yahoo, Bing and every other search engine on the web and is now 2nd only to Google. Let’s face it, YouTube is everywhere and it’s being embraced by people from all walks of life from around the world. That idea of YouTube as the voice of “Main Street” was taken even further yesterday when President Obama did an interview with questions taken (more…)

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$50,000 video contest on the topic of Free Enterprise

Starting today, FreeEnterprise.com is hosting an exciting contest to award the person who can give the create the most compelling example of why they represent Free Enterprise. I love this contest because it’s right in line with the reason I created BIV, to help the dreamers dream big — whether it be an aspiring filmmaker or a business person looking to tap into the power of YouTube. The videos don’t need to be professionally done to win the contest. The most important thing is to having compelling content that will help the video go viral. The 25 most viral videos will then be narrowed down by a panel of judges. See their website (above) for full contest rules. Deadline for entries is (more…)

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