Monday, July 30, 2007

Terrible Usage of YouTube Footage

Hey Readers!  Sorry to be away from the blog for so long, but I got kind of bored of the tech that was going on (E3 didn't help, I'm not much of a gamer) and then I went away on a trip.  Anyway, I'm back and will be giving you guys some more stuff in the next week or so....

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 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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1 comment:

  1. I'm pretty sure its because the quality of Youtube vids is crap.

    Ever tried going fullscreen on a 17"+ monitor? Almost unbearable.

    Just imagine expanding that to a TV...or god forbid, a 50"+ HDTV.

    Other than that, it was a pretty good debate...can't wait for the Republican version, whenever they get around to finalizing it.


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