Think of it like a youTube at the end of every article. Starting…now! You can make a video of yourself and post it up on any of our articles to augment your written comment. This way I can see your face when you call me an asshole, or we can all see your body as you slowly strip down to nothing, thanking me for being so god damn awesome it makes your sexy girl-parts hurt. As that ideal situation still floats around your head, I do want to make that point that when posting video, we all expect to still have text to go along with it. Some don’t have flash, some don’t want to watch or hear your video, and some of us are blind, and although I assume all blind people eventually get super powers Daredevil-style, they probably still can’t see video on a computer screen. Your video should be there as a fun helper, not the whole statement. …unless you are making fun of blind people, then video is the way to go.
As far as instructions go, just go down and comment like usual and then after the comments, there is a new VIDEO option. Click Browse, upload your video and wait. You are uploading and encoding video so it can take a min or so. Be patient. Once the page refreshes, your video will be there. Watch it yourself and chuckle at your topical wit. Wait for people to tell you that your are wrong. If something breaks or sucks or you love it, let me know in the comments or any of these ways
A Note on Video Encoding:
For now, you can upload windows video (wmv) and quicktime video (mov) including H.264. However, if you are on a Mac and encoding your comment with H.264, you can’t use AAC audio as of this writing, but I’m working on this. The problem is, its very tough to get FFMPEG encoded as I need it while working within Dreamhost’s shared server rules.
Sadly there are restrictions. For one, please god don’t upload some obnoxiously long video of you putting different outfits on your cat. Size matters, but in the reverse way that women usually tell me it does. The smaller your video the better. These are meant to be quick, not epics, please keep that in mind. I’ll get in to a full on techplanation, including the code, later but for now I’ll tell you that, like youTube, all videos uploaded are converted to flash video for a variety of reasons. What does that mean? Well not every format is going to work, so try to stick with the basics: avi, wmv, mov. One last thing, I NEVER remove any written comments that aren’t spam, and I intend to keep it that way, however video leads down a path to possible copyright infringement, and although uploading other’s works is the exact opposite intent for my work, if someone does upload something that could get me sued, it will come down.
Other than that, try it out. I wanted to get the code running here for a day or two before I release the 1st version to the world at large, so help me test it and make something entertaining!