Vlog Testing

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So way back in 2003, my best friend and I bought webcams so we could do the recently hip video chat thing. The cameras cost a pretty penny, especially since we were poor college students. We only used them a few times--the internet just wasn't quite up to streaming video yet.

But recently I've been discussing "vlogs" with the powers that be here at Sonlight as a way to quickly get the word out about a topic. I hadn't used my webcam in a long while, so I hooked it up and gave it a little test. And this is the result:

Webcam Test

That's right: Stellar muddy image, fluid 5fps (frames per second; video is usually 30fps), a color palette rivaling the works of the Impressionist era, and, to top it off, I dropped it into Blogger and the sound got squashed.

All in all: Fantastic. ...if you're looking for that illusive "early web video" look. Not so much if you want to tell people about a great new product. So, it's back to the drawing board for me.

Actually, it's back to the equipment room to find a better camera.

Stay tuned! We may soon step into the world of vlogs!

~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father

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