Steve Garfield, videoblogger at SteveGarfield.com and Boston correspondent for Rocketboom, gave an inspring presentation on “A New Look at Content.” (Aside from the presentation itself, Steve was nice enough to take some time with Chris and I to give us some interviewing and video blogging tips for the diner, which were very much appreciated.)
Steve has become a leader in videoblogging, and I highly suggest that anyone interested in starting a video blog check out his tips.
For Steve, cell phones have become an integral way of capturing, producing, and sharing content immediately. He currently uses the Nokia N93 and is testing the Nokia N95. As you will see in the presentation, Steve shot and edited a clip in 15 minutes on a train with the Nokia N95, and then later uploaded it via wifi. Here is a picture of Steve filming with his N93 during the presentation:
Steve also discussed the relevance of videoblogging to politics. Certainly camera phones have impacted politics and campaigning over the past few years (ahem, Macaca), but Steve pointed out that the most important aspects of citizen journalism have been overshadowed by the notorious snafus that have become some of the most viral videos on the net. His example of the role video blogging can have in politics is an inspirational clip that he shot of a Deval Patrick speech during his successful run for governor of Massachusetts that was not covered by any of the major media outlets. If video bloggers are able to capture moments like this, those which are meant for a crowd of a few hundred but have emotional relevance for tens of thousands, 2008 will further revolutionize the way new media is viewed by the masses.