Category Archives: Videos

“Cosplay Dreams 3D” Movie World Premiere

Cosplay 3D Dreams” is a 3D documentary covering the breadth of “cosplay” extending from historical re-enactments up through today’s scifi/anime/comic book/video game enthusiasts.

Cosplay Dreams 3D will be World Premiering at the Los Angeles 3D Film Festival on Dec. 6th 2014 at 8pm in Regal Cinemas Theater #5 presented for the first time in RealD 3D during the Los Angeles 3D Film Festival!

via 3DFF Presents: “Cosplay Dreams 3D” Movie World Premiere & Cosplay Ball.

While “cosplay” is a recent term associated with the video game/scifi/anime/comic book worlds, it also applies to those who have re-enacted historical events including the U.S. Civil War, World War II, aviation events and more.

Bizarre: France government agency cautions children against watching 3D

Evidence free medicine: BBC News – French health watchdog warns on 3D usage for children.

Thus, these recommendations are based on the practice of evidence-free medicine.

Youtube 60 fps demo video clip

I have posted a demo video clip of Youtube’s new 60 fps support.
To play at 60 fps, you must select 720p or 1080p viewing modes and use the Chrome browser and the HTML5 video player. The Flash player (used in many other browsers, by default) does not appear to support 60 fps and just stops working.

However, if you wish to watch 3D clips on Youtube, then you probably still want to use the Flash-based video player – but it appears we probably will not be watching 60 fps in 3D. It’s possible as we can always upload side-by-side 3D videos in 60 fps mode, but the  HTML5 player will display them in their original side-by-side format – you may have to manually switch your TV or monitor to side-by-side 3D mode in that case, in order to watch in 3D.

For niche video content producers, Youtube is a dying platform

Youtube is a dying platform for niche video content producers.

Youtube: Video 1 received 196 views in 3 weeks.
Flickr: Video 1 received 2,648 views in about 2 weeks.

Youtube: Video 2 received 116 views.
Flickr: Video 2 received 787 views

Youtube: Video 3 posted Jul 6, 22 views.
Flickr: Video 3 posted last night, 29 views already.

Hmmm… Youtube has done to its content search algorithm what Facebook has done to their newsfeed – and both are going to lose their content producers!

The same type of videos I posted a year and longer ago to Youtube would receive hundreds to many thousands of views.  But in 2014, similar videos are lucky to get even 100 views.

We know Youtube has changed their search algorithms, their recommended and “Watch” lists and how they prioritize who gets listed. From the perspective of niche video content producers, it is clear we are better off posting our content elsewhere. Or switch to producing video game mashups and cat videos!

Just guessing but Youtube seems to have become a platform for a group of established Youtube stars, up and coming music acts and “cover” singers, and viral videos.

The other possibility is fundamental changes in viewership – the audience now wants very high quality content (think Devin Graham or Corridor Digital), the audience now wants “channels” that focus on specific topics (there are some hints that this is happening), the audience wants “personalities” (strong hints that this has happened). The type of content people were looking for a year or three ago has changed – mountain bike racing, big events, air shows, etc – has all faded.

But that explanation fails to explain why the same video is watched 8 to 15 times more often on Flickr than on Youtube.

Is it impossible to get views on Youtube anymore?

Last week I was at Seattle’s Fremont Solstice Parade (including naked bike ride) and the affiliated Honk! Fest West.

(Some photos in the Flickr viewer are NSFW.)

I posted still photos on Flickr, each of which has had thousands of views. In fact, in the past few days, I’ve accumulated about 100,000 photo views, mostly for the Solstice Parade, and about 1/4th for Honk Fest and other photos on my web page.

Youtube? Hardly anything. After several days, just over one hundred people watched one of the naked bike ride videos! Two of the parade videos have zero views!

I have seen videos on Youtube and online blog and forum posts lamenting the difficulty in getting anyone to watch their videos anymore. In the past, it did not seem hard to get at least hundreds to a few thousand views. Now, its becoming difficulty to even get tens of views!

What are other people experiencing?

Is  Youtube search prioritizing its matches to give higher priority to those videos that have monetized (run ads) their videos?

Youtube relies on independent content creators to produce their Youtube content. If most are seeing their viewership drop, they will give up – or at least post less to Youtube. And that would not be good for the Youtube business model!

2014 Portland Comic Con, in 3D – Part 3

Here is part 3 of my 3D videos from the 2014 Wizard World Comic Con event. Part 4 is in progress. I also uploaded 2D versions of Part 2 and Part 3 since Youtube’s universal viewer is not currently working properly on all browsers.

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