Sunday, November 04, 2007

Andy Dickinson's video survey

Response to Andy Dickinson post from his video survey

Says Andy
"German website DerWesten has picked up on my video survey results in a blog post comparing their times with my results.
Markus Huendgen blogged about results comparing them to a breakdown of their production times for a Halloween video they created.....continue reading more here

Hey Andy

Looks like a great water mark survey you got going there.

Nothing beats empirical data as Jakob Nielsen has proved in his useability tests.

Are you writing the book?

I was thinking of the the odd variable which might influence a VJ survey e.g. different territories and working habits, inherent practices and the nature of the programmes being produced.

Something I've come across, and that is producing video online may be different from producing videojournalism, which in itself has pivotal production differences.

Last year from attending the International Video Journalism Awards in Berlin, it was interesting to see different VJ genres at play.

Futhermore, even within videojournalism in the UK there are wide disparities in production, in what I often refer to as Videojournalism made for TV, VJ for print and integrated Videojournalism, which is more Gonzo really.

Each one affects the workflow and time, which is what Jean Yves from the World Editor's Forum got a sense of in the couple of hours he spent with PA.

In Norway last year, we filmed an exercise looking at how swift it would take to film & post an interview.

The interview took 4 minutes and the ingest and edit about 10 mins.

Often though on long format e.g. a Ferrari shoot, post production using After Effects and key framing adds considerably to the "neat" edit/production.

The sort of survey you've got going and what Markus has produced will undoubtedly have wide interests.

I'd hedge even more so for the idea of hyperlocal amongst newspapers and new Net-News broadbandcasters, where budgets and resources will matter a great great deal.

Cheers mate:)


Anonymous said...

Hi David,

interesting post - as always.

You mentioned the different worksituations. As for us here at DerWesten - we consider us strictly not as TV-VJs.

The question is: What are we? We do not have the money and the manpower to battle the local tv-stations or the big video-hosters.

But, this is a summary of our first week online: Our readers expect us to deliver top-notch, high-quality content - as seen on the big tv channels...

Dr David Dunkley Gyimah said...

Hello Markus

Your first week - some bang!
More grease to your elbows.

I think the VJ paradigm is about to become a lot more interesting. What do you think?

Anonymous said...

Just give me a couple of extra elbows... ;-)

I like the idea of your integrated-multimedia-vjsm. but this somewhat-gonzo-style is hard to explain to my chief.

But hey - i'll try to experiment with different ways of utilizing video for the net. Do we always have to produce a tv-like video - or can we get this to another level. For example, show just one minute atmosphere to enhance the feeling of a text?

Dr David Dunkley Gyimah said...

I remeber once hearing the late Gregory Hines talk about how he had invented a new jazz step, only to months later see old tapes of Fred Astair and think "bummer".

So what i think might be new, obviously is old hat.

But Gonzo is freer in its style, So what you posit about one picture could work.

Rob Chiu, a motion designer and film maker animates pictures to look like movies. It typifies a Gonzo approach (creative) for journalism if they want to go down that path.

Also look at devoid of yesterday - these are feature pieces, and brill as well.

What works, works so long as the visceral holds for the project

8 days is also an example of Gonzo.