Thursday, May 04, 2006
This Blog Is Over
Thanks for your support!
Monday, April 17, 2006
Now you can send videos to your friends
User Input Survey #2: Click Here
New version, once again. New features include replaying new random versions of your movie and sending movies you have created to a friend or saving them for your own repeated viewing at a later date. Please send your movies to people and spread the excitement.
As you know, I need more video clips to make this thing good! Because what's the point of the project if its only my perspective? To help, click on the "contribute" link in the top right menu and follow the instructions to add your videos (and your perspective on our language) to this project! Thanks again for your support and your feedback! Keep it coming!
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Complete Word List
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Whether or not you filled out the survey for Version 1 please feel free to fill out a survey for this version of the project. We fixed most of the bugs, and added the features that were most popularly requested, from the Version 1 survey, including a Clear button, and a feature that moves the word tiles off the video while it plays. The only thing I know is wrong is that sometimes the second or third video flashes on before the first video plays, and the first video still plays roughly. But we're working on that as we speak. Just gotta figure out how to tell the amount of bytes that have been downloaded so far (if anyone has a hint please feel free to let me know!) In the meantime - how about that lack of black flashes between clips??? Thanks so much for your support and your feedback! Keep it coming!
User Input Survey #2: Click Here
Sunday, January 29, 2006
User Input Survey
Please take some time to fill out my survey and help me develop this project into the fun and interesting program that it should be! I REALLY need your input! Even if you think you "dont know anything about it" or "are not a media maker" or any other excuse - you're the ones that I want to enjoy it so let me know what you think! It will only take a few minutes of your time and you'll feel good knowing you helped a worthy cause ;-)
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Here it is, the very rough version of my thesis project. I advise that you turn down your sound before playing, because currently all the videos play with a static soundtrack. Yes, there are bugs. Let me know what you think. I will have a more official set of questions soon so you can help me make the interface as good as it can be. Thanks everyone!
Monday, October 17, 2005
Superficially, this will be a tool that allows you to create a unique, short video message. On a deeper level, it will assist users in examining the implications of a shift to multisensory video communication. I propose to develop a limited “vocabulary" built out of a bank of short videos. Users will then effectively be able to write syntactical messages using video clips.
The Flash application will display a blank screen surrounded by a couple hundred small tiles with words on them. The tiles can be dragged and dropped onto the screen in an order determined by the user. Through this familiar interface, the user will feel comfortable creating a statement, or message, using a limited vocabulary.
Once they have constructed a satisfactory message, the user will have the option to play back their message. This will draw up the video clips associated with each English word and play them back in the order predetermined by the user. What results will often be somewhat absurd, and often incomprehensible. But the process will illustrate the fact that video can be used in ways that have remained largely unexplored at this point in our evolution.
Video communication typically manifests in one of a few traditional ways. It is common for a narrator to relate a story, either on screen as in a newscast or off-camera as in a nature documentary. It is also familiar for actors to step in, portraying scenes in a linear fashion. I’m interested in exploring how, in the hands of the public, video expression may break away from this model into something entirely unique. I am not proposing that video will literally be transformed into a multi-sensory syntactical vocabulary in the future, but I hope to illustrate the possibility of unexpected evolution in a poignant and entertaining fashion.
I believe that by illustrating how confusing and clunky it can be to approach new mediums through an old structure, I will force people to consider the difference between new and old methods for expression more dynamically than if I were to simply create some informative videos in a traditional fashion.