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EngageMedia shares skills with Forum Lenteng

Day one kicked off with introductions and a discussion around expectations of the 3-day workshop EngageMedia planned to deliver. It was clear that the group from Forum Lenteng was incredibly switched on and had a clear picture of what they wanted to achieve. Forum Lenteng are really creative and have established their own methods for distributing videos. They have also built their own audiences and a huge community around their work.

It was evident from the beginning that one of the key challenges Forum Lenteng experiences with online video distribution is the slow internet speed and lack of access in Indonesia, thus they need a wider strategy to most effectively distribute their work. We discussed ideas around mapping for each video they plan to make the Aim, Audiences, Resources and Limitations. This will help to establish if it can be a shorter video more suitable for online distribution or if it requires a longer video and needed more methods of capturing an audience.

Other topics covered throughout the 3-day workshop included Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), video compression, publishing videos via online sharing websites, RSS and RSS2, hybrid distribution strategies, bittorent files, FTP uploading and Creative Commons licensing. Following three tiring days of productive discussions and outcomes, both the EngageMedia facilitators and the Forum Lenteng team were really pleased with the success of the workshop. Throughout the course of the workshop and since it took place Forum Lenteng has uploaded a lot of great video to the website which can be viewed here.

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Video Distribution Workshop Penang – Wrap up

The kindly donated venue wasn’t exactly the Ritz, but workshops presenters Mien Ly and Fahmi Reza did what they could to fix up the place. The upside was that the internet connection was fast and the place had functioning air-con!

There were 18 participants in total, most of which had not met before so the trainers began with a get-to-know-you game. The 2-day workshop kicked off by discussing the expectations of those attending and by sharing details of favourite memorable videos. Following an explanation of FOSS and Codecs, everyone was asked to download Handbrake (a GPL-licensed, multi platform, multi threaded video transcoder) to their laptops. The group then set about learning how to transcode their video formats. The three participants from Penang Citizen Journalists were very happy with Handbrake as it converted their unusual Hard Disk Video Cam format into MP4 that they could then use to edit and upload. Fahmi then briefly went through the different online video hosting sites and demonstrated how to  upload a video to

Day two of the workshop started off with everyone sharing the outcomes of their home compression assignment before Fahmi discussed Creative Commons and showed two short videos about the concept. He also talked about the importance of distributing videos as widely as possible whilst keeping in mind the target audience. He showed my space and facebook pages for his own film as examples.

LiLian, a respected blogger in Penang, then demonstrated how to embed videos into a blog and another attendee, Kris, explained what RSS means and how it works. Participants were then asked to install Miro (a free and open internet TV application) and were shown how to add their own channel on Miro using RSS and how to download videos and play them on Miro. Fahmi followed up by recapping the hybrid distribution methods before the group was split into smaller teams and asked to plan a distribution strategy. Everyone presented their strategies using PowerPoint and/or websites.

The day concluded with everyone working on how to upload, embed and RSS their videos. Again, the participants of the workshop found the information valuable and noted an appreciation for the mix of technical (i.e. video compression) and non-technical (i.e. Creative Commons) information.

The next Video Distribution workshop hosted by EngageMedia is set to take place in Jakarta, Indonesia from 23-24 May 2009. Click here
for more info.

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EngageMedia Video Distribution Workshop (Jakarta)

– Versi Bahasa Indonesia di bawah –

Independent video makers everywhere often wonder what to do with the
videos they produce. The TV stations aren’t going to show it. You can
send it to some film festival but is it reaching your audience? Do you
print 100 copies and pass it to friends? Do you put it on some shelves
and hope people buy it? Do you upload it to YouTube and wait for
someone to watch it? Is there an effective way to get your video out
there into the path of your mass audience? Maybe you have to do a bit
of everything.

We at Engagemedia would like to share with you
how producers of critical films around the world are distributing their
videos online. EngageMedia is a video sharing, free software and skills
building initiative focussed on social justice and environmental issues
within the Asia-Pacific region.

Topics covered will include

  • building a digital video delivery strategy
  • the use of video and online technologies in campaigning work
  • introduction to Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)
  • compressing video for publishing online
  • where to publish and how to use your online content in a website or blog
  • combining on and off-line distribution tools and techniques
  • use of Creative Commons and open content licensing, including finding media to use in your production

There are 15 spots available for
this free workshop. If you are interested in attending please email
Nova Ruth [email protected] by 8 May 2009. Spaces are limited for
people who:

  • make videos about social justice and environmental issues;
  • have a laptop they can bring to the training; and
  • are based in Jakarta

EngageMedia akan mengadakan workshop gratis tentang distribusi video, kali ini untuk wilayah Jakarta, Indonesia. Workshop yang akan berlangsung selama 2 hari pada tanggal 23-24 Mei 2009 ini akan membahas bagaimana para produser dari critical films di dunia mendistribusikan video mereka secara online dan offline.

Para pembuat video independen sering kali bertanya apa yang akan mereka lakukan setelah memproduksi video. Stasiun TV tidak akan menayangkannya. Dapat juga di kirimkan ke beberapa festival, tapi apakah itu cukup merangkul pemirsa yang diinginkan? Apakah anda membuat 100 keping dan memberikan pada teman-teman? Apakah anda menaruhnya pada rak dan berharap orang akan mebelinya? Apakah anda meng-upload video di Youtube dan berharap orang akan melihatnya? Adakah cara yang efektif untuk melempar video anda kepada banyak pemirsa? Mungkin anda harus melakukan sedikit dari semuanya.

Kami dari EngageMedia ingin berbagi tentang bagaimana cara para produser critical films dari seluruh dunia mendistribusikan video mereka secara online. EngageMedia adalah tempat berbagi video, software gratis dan inisiasi pengembangan keahlian yang terfokus pada isu keadilan sosial dan lingkungan di wilayah Asia-Pasifik.

Topik yang akan dibahas meliputi:

  • membangun strategi bagaimana menghantar digital video
  • penggunaan video dan teknologi online dalam kampanye
  • pengenalan terhadap Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)
  • video kompresi untuk publikasi online
  • di mana mempublikasi video dan bagaimana menggunakan konten online pada website dan blog anda
  • mengkombinasikan alat-alat dan teknik distribusi on dan off-line
  • penggunaan Creative Commons dan lisensi konten terbuka termasuk mencari media yang tepat untuk digunakan dalam produksi anda

15 kursi tersedia untuk workshop ini. Bila anda tertarik untuk menghadirinya silahkan email Nova Ruth [email protected] paling lambat tanggal 8 Mei 2009. Tempat terbatas bagi mereka yang:

  • membuat video tentang isu keadilan sosial dan lingkungan;

  • memiliki laptop yang dapat dibawa ke tempat pelatihan; dan

  • bertempat tinggal di Jakarta