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ANNOUNCING MINNESOTA STORIES

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This is a big day for videoblogging, eh? Today's Wired News vlog article includes a link to my new project: Minnesota Stories.

Minnesota Stories is:

  • A daily videoblog focused on what's going on in Minnesota.
  • Full of surprises.
  • Stuff you won't see on TV.
  • Looking for short videos from YOU!

    Minnesota Stories is an evolving experiment in local citizen media. There are so many stories in this state – personal stories, independent films and music, hyperlocal politics – yet  they're rarely seen or heard. Minnesota Stories puts a spotlight on the little gems that fall through the cracks of broadcast media.

    Already in the first week, I've included videos from Starfire in Duluth and Duane Kuss in Cold Spring, MN. That's just the tip of the ice berg. Fire up your video cameras and send me your stuff!

  • The idea for Minnesota Stories came to me long before I knew of videoblogs, or even blogs. I first got excited about decentralized media in the mid-90's because so many people had access to cheap, high-quality digital video cameras. What if I got word out for folks to shoot videos around certain themes... say, your backyard or food or grandparents? I imagined slicing through the diversity of every walk of Minnesota life around that theme, while finding a strong common bond. The end product would be an edited television program, but every single submission would be posted online. Then I discovered these cool things called blogs, and left Minnesota Stories on the backburner.

    Only now, during the blog revolution and emerging videoblog revolution, can this idea really come to fruition. The technology of RSS, along with new distribution avenues like iTunes, have swept podcasting and videoblogging to the brink of a much wider audience. Plus, I can produce the site myself now – with your help of course.

    This project, you'll notice, is supported by advertising. Sorry. Well, I don't need to apologize... I need to make a living. My hope is that this project will enable me to continue doing what I love: Making short documentaries and sharing them on a videoblog. Contact me if you're interested in a 5-second video ad at the end of Minnesota Stories videos, and/or a banner ad. As a special bonus, the banner ads are shared with the coolest blog in town, MNspeak.com.

    You can expect tasty local music, too. Thanks in part to Tom Elko from Adonis Music, listen for tunage from the likes of The Spaghetti Western String Co. and Smattering in future vids. Not to mention local music videos. Are you in a band, or did you make a local band video? Well, then aren't you Mr./Ms. Frogspajamas? Yes you are. Let's do rock lunch. But since we're both broke, maybe just email me.

    That's all for now. Link me up, and shoot some video!

    July 13, 2005 at 08:46 AM in Local, Minnesota Stories, Videoblogging | Permalink

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    Comments

    hot tamales chuck!
    I got lot's of video half baked in the hard-drive.
    I look forward to sending it your way.

    Posted by: Brian d. at Jul 13, 2005 11:54:27 AM

    please please and thankyou!
    mmm, half-baked. i'm half-baked right now.
    but that's because i haven't slept.

    Posted by: Chuck at Jul 13, 2005 11:55:34 AM

    If I come to Minneapolis for the day, can I be considered an honorary Minnesotan ? That would rock, and then I could vlog it and send it to you. Oh yes. Technology rulez!

    Posted by: Tim at Jul 13, 2005 4:19:14 PM

    The story looked pretty good in Flash. I think the FTP process worked pretty smooth. I can't wait to film my next story.

    I'm thinking a day with the Mayor would be kinda fun.

    Posted by: starfire at Jul 14, 2005 8:44:37 AM

    Yeah!

    The FTP account should work well. The only problem is Final Cut doesn't recognize Sorenson 3-encoded video, so I had to recapture the video (using Snapz Pro). I support I could have just added the MN Stories packaging before and after in Quicktime Pro, but I like carrying the audio from the end of the piece. Maybe I can do that in QT Pro actually. (Oh these computerz!)

    Posted by: Chuck at Jul 14, 2005 3:34:53 PM

    Yeah!

    The FTP accont should work well. The only problem is Final Cut doesn't recognize Sorenson 3-encoded video, so I had to recapture the video (using Snapz Pro). I support I could have just added the MN Stories packaging before and after in Quicktime Pro, but I like carrying the audio from the end of the piece. Maybe I can do that in QT Pro actually. (Oh these computerz!)

    Posted by: Chuck at Jul 14, 2005 3:35:39 PM

    Can I submit a video about the times I've been to Minnesota?

    Posted by: dvd at Jul 14, 2005 7:01:16 PM

    hmm, sure!

    Posted by: Chuck at Jul 14, 2005 7:41:14 PM