The first day of the 2-day workshop on
‘How to distribute videos effectively online!’was a very hot day.
Andrew from EngageMedia had arrived just a day prior from Melbourne
and was still a little jetlagged. With freshly photocopied notes and
coffee still warm from breakfast, we waltzed (or more like, briskly
walked) in anticipation to our first SBP training with Komas.
I had previously arranged for five
people to attend the training but due to much demand, Komas had six
people attending instead. We began the training by discussing their
expectations and what Komas wanted to learn from us with regard to
distributing video online. We had planned out a strategy to promote
their new film ‘Gaduh’, which was appropriate as it made the training
content more relevant to them.
Andrew and I introduced a little more
about Engagemedia for the newer staff from Komas and the two
directors from the organisation’s board. We also gave an overview of
Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). We started on compression a
little before lunch, allowing the crew from Komas to try something
hands on. The rest of the day was spent compressing and uploading
videos as these areas are the most technical and took the most
Day two of the training began with an
introduction to Creative Commons licensing, and how to apply it to
the EngageMedia.org website. We also discussed more on using hybrid
methods to distribute videos, how offline distribution like dvds and
screenings can be complemented with videos available online on video
hosting and social networking websites. Andrew also showed a video he
made on Pirate TV that media activists in Italy had set up.
After lunch, the focus was mostly
trouble shooting the technical difficulties Komas had faced in
compressing the videos and also uploading. Apparently the internet
bandwidth in their office isn’t really suitable for uploading videos
and they plan to upgrade it soon, as they agree that effective
distribution of their videos is as important as making them.
Following the training we received some
useful feedback from Komas. The group found the training valuable and
have been uploading and distributing videos online more regularly
since the training took place. As the first in a series of SBPs
scheduled to take place over the next 12 months, the EngageMedia team
is excited to assist more organisations and see the results of this
by: Mien Lor, Southeast Asia Content and Training Coordinator for