First of all, I just wanted to comment on the big Democratic YouTube Debate held by CNN. I couldn't get a good picture of it, but I was particularly infuriated about the way that the questions were aired to the public. To the candidates, the questions were played on little screens on their podiums and they had earpieces. That was all fine and dandy, but when they shared the video with the American people...it went something like this:
They took the squarish flash videos, placed them on the center of a big billboard-sized movie screen, and then aimed the television cameras at that. Now, I would have expected them to simply display the videos directly on the screens of the viewers, but for some reason a "video taken of a video" method won out in their cinematography meetings before the debate. For this reason, the already grainy pictures from the videos were even more featureless because they were viewed with only about 30 percent of the home viewer's screen.
Granted, the first video recorders were actually cameras that took a picture of the live feed coming off of a show, but I would have thought that a big corporation like CNN wouldn't swipe their cameras from a display at the Smithsonian...
That's my first angry-rant of the blog and it certainly won't be my last! Woo!
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