Transmission Asia-Pacific – Extended Deadline – Call for Participation

Online video distribution is rapidly reshaping social change film
making, huge opportunities now exist to distribute video work widely,
independently and at minimal cost. The potential of online distribution
to advance social justice, human rights, environmental and other causes
is significant. With this in mind Transmission Asia-Pacific (TX-AP)
aims to bring together free software web developers and video activists
from throughout the region to share skills and forge collaborations.

Organised by EngageMedia and Ruangrupa
TX-AP will bring together 50 people for five days on the edge of the
Gede Pangrango National Park near Sukabumi, 120km from Jakarta. TX-AP
will be a space for video makers to learn about free and open source
video tools and interface with the technologists developing them. For
developers it will be an opportunity to share skills and share code in
order to be more effective. The meeting will allow developers to better
understand the needs of video makers and for video makers to understand
and contribute to the processes of development. TX-AP is a meeting of
peers where everyone brings something to contribute.

The TX-AP meeting will link into the existing Transmission network.
Transmission is a network of video activists, artists, researchers,
programmers and web producers who are developing online video
distribution tools for social justice and media democracy. The network
aims to build the necessary tools, standards, documentation and social
networks to make independent online distribution possible.

The core aims of the meeting are to

  • build a regional network of online video web developers, online
    video projects and video makers who can work together into the future
  • develop the skills of video activists in the areas of encoding, online distribution, open formats and Free software.
  • develop and discuss new online video tactics in campaigning
  • increase the uptake and collaboration around shared FOSS online video distribution tools such as Content Management Systems
  • build upon existing Transmission projects such as translation
    tools, metadata standard, FOSS codecs, documentation etc. and their
    application in the region
  • ensure programmers leave with an enhanced understanding of online
    video development, understanding of video makers needs and the ability
    to run video distribution software

Who should apply?
We’re looking for activist video makers, organisers and web-developers
from the Asia-Pacific region. If you are a web developer you should
have a keen interest in open source technologies, have some knowledge
of software programming and preferably already be working with video.
If you are a video maker you should already be accomplished in your
field and have made several videos. We’re looking for video makers and
web developers who will take back the skills they learn to their
communities and pass them on.

How to Apply?
To apply to attend you need to fill out the online form here which you can find here:

We particularly encourage women to apply.

Please note that given the range of countries participants will be
coming from English will be the main language used at the meeting. If
you have any questions about the application form or the event you can
contact the organisers here:


Why isn’t the meeting open?

Due to funding and venue limitations we’re not able to make the meeting
open for anyone to attend. Apart from specific trainers and
Transmission network project leads participants are restricted to the
Asia-Pacific region. We are also committed to at least 1/3 of
participants being women and that the meeting as a whole is
representative of the region, ie that wealthier attendees from a couple
of countries do not dominate the meeting.

Costs and Scholarships
There are a limited number of travel scholarships for people to attend.
In the application form you should specify if you need a scholarship
and why.

There is also a small, scaled attendance fee to help cover costs
such as food an accommodation. This is either $75, $50 or $25. This fee
can be waived if an attendee or organisation is unable to afford it.
All food, accomodation and local transport will be covered for all

Transmission Asia-Pacific is supported by Hivos and the Open Society Institute.

More info:



Plumi 0.2 Released

0.2 Release of Plumi Video Sharing Platform

Plumi 0.2 includes
major enhancements to site speed and reduced server load, a new design
and features such as tagging and call outs.

More specifically the improvements include….

added a new content type: “Call Outs” to help people looking for
content for a DVD compilation, screenings, film festival or crew for a

addition of qPloneComments adds email notification if someone comments
on a video or responds to a comment and allows fine grained
administration of commenting. A comments portlet is also added to the
front page.

improved the vodcasting performance using a catalogue based RSS2 feed
view implementation, meaning RSS2 feeds load much faster.

Tagging is now based on the Vaporisation product resulting in much faster page loads and navigation of content.

– templates are refactored into a new ‘Five’ style view implementation that are Plone 3 ready resulting in faster page loads
– video listings no longer wake the objects from the zope database (ZODB) improving catalogue searching and speed
– Plumi 0.2 runs now on Plone 2.5.5 (Plone 3 coming soon)
– a new design cleaner design – thanks Trollfot!

To download Plumi go to

For more specific details of changes see the changelog

A demo site with the improvements can be found here:

For a full list of features see

A number of organisations have implemented Plumi in the previous few months. These include…
– World Social Forum TV –
– CabTube –
– Africa on TV –
– Contents Portal Shikoku –

Plumi 0.3 will include bittorrent functionality, user side enhancements to video pages, Transmission metadata standard, improved video transcoding and more. Upgrading to Plone 3 will be happening in the coming months also.


EngageMedia screening at SLF

Event details


February 15, 2008

07:00 PM to
11:00 PM


Federation Square, Melbourne

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EngageMedia February Update

Our news unfortunately begins on a sad note with the passing of a dear friend and fellow video activist, Pip Starr.  Pip produced an enormous amount of work during his time. He documented anti-nuclear, climate change, globalisation, indigenous and many more movements and issues. Chances are if you see some iconic footage of Jabiluka, S11 or Woomera, Pip shot it. He was always in the thick of it.

His contribution was enormous and his departure will leave a great hole in the world of radical documentary film.

To find Pip’s films on EngageMedia and read more about his work see:


EngageMedia will be taking part in a number of events at the Sustainable Living Festival, Feb 15-17.

Panel: The Role of Information Technology and Media in Sustainability
Sat 16th February 08 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm
GetUp!, EngageMedia , Engineers Without Borders
The Edge, Federation Square

The mainstream media is catching onto key ideas about sustainability that have existed within the environment mainstream for the last thirty years, and have put a fresh glossy spin onto sustainable ideas and action. This forum will discuss the current formats of the current media landscape, as well as the less seen but vibrant independent sphere and the spread of sustainable ideas viral media strategies.

Screenings: Twilight Film Festival
Friday 14th – 7-11pm
On the big screen, Federation Square
A selection of works from the EngageMedia site and other locations will screen at the Twilight Film Festival, a showcase of unique films celebrating environmental and social sustainability.

EngageMedia on the Big Screen at Federation Square
Films from the EnageMedia website will again be screened at Melbourne’s Federation Square during the Sustainable Living Festival and beyond. Sixty minutes of films will be screened at 1pm and 5pm everyday between the 16th and 29th of February. Another great reason to keep uploading your content to EngageMedia.

Details to come on the Fed Sq Program Guide:


The site continues to improve. We’ve made a few key updates to our software this month.

Comments are a great way of giving feedback to a filmmaker and of continuing discussion about the issues addressed in their videos. Commenting existed previously on EngageMedia but weren’t used as much as they could be. We’ve added some new features that should make it a more useful experience including email notification if someone comments on your video and a listing of the latest comments on the front page and also at:

We’ve improved the performance of EngageMedia’s vodcasting this month making vodcast feeds load much faster so distributing your videos via vodcasting is now easier than ever.

Vodcasting, or video podcasting, is a way to subscribe to a feed of someone’s videos and get automatic notification of new works. It’s a bit like getting the newspaper delivered instead of having to go down to the shops to buy it everyday. If you are a video maker it’s an easy way to create your own channel, your video folder in EnageMedia automatically creates a vodcast feed for you. You can also subscribe to feeds on various topics, such as ‘documentary’ or ‘forests’ or subscribe to the latest or featured videos feed. Vodcast applications such as Miro also make great tools for downloading and screening video:

To try this out, you can copy the link from the little orange VODCAST buttons throughout the site, or just copy the links below into Miro: (for our latest featured videos) (for the latest videos uploaded to the site)


We’ve released a Facebook application that allows you share the latest videos on EngageMedia with your friends on your Facebook profile. If you are a Facebook user go here to install the application:

As a small caveat we think Facebook can be rather problematic (privacy, intelligence gathering, corporate control etc.) but we also think it’s a good opportunity for outreach and for distributing videos from our community more widely. For one interesting critique of Facebook you might like to read this article:


Thanks again for your interest and contribution to the community 🙂
The EngageMedia team.


3CR Earth Matters on the Power of Video

This program features a discussion with Andrew Lowenthal, one of
the editors and organisers of EngageMedia. Also on the
program we pay tribute to the work of independent documentary
film-maker, Pip Starr. Many of Pip’s films tackled environmental
issues. Pip passed away recently and will be sadly and profoundly

Download mp3

Produced and presented by Rachel Maher.