Videoblogging Workshops with Boston Neighborhood Producers

June 19, 2006

Over the past month, I have been working with members of the Boston Neighborhood Producer's Group to learn more about videoblogging. We've been discussing ways that BNPG members can post their videos–that they've made for Public Access Television, also–to their blog. This has been a great education for myself as well and a lot of fun. Also, a great way to raise awareness about the importance of public access television (while we still have it).

I first met with BNPG members Ada and Hiram about a month ago at the Boston Public Library. At our first workshop, we set up a Blogger account (in three easy steps!) for their organization and added a post to their blog. We also included links to their website and other community organizations websites in Boston.

During our workshop, we also talked about Creative Commons. We discussed the concept behind CC and how it allows more people to access more of the work that BNPG members produce. This not only gives their organization more visibility on the web, but their participation in this process helps to contribute to a more creative culture, one that fosters openness and accessibility. Learn more about Creative Commons.

Hiram Scott, President of BNPG, and I next met to set up a account for BNPG. This will allow other BNPG members to easily upload their digital video to the web. Another great advantage of having a account for their organization is that it allows members to easily cross-post their videos to their BNPG blog. Here's an example of a short video with Ada about Public Access Television that we cross-posted from

Watch the video

At our third workshop, Hiram and I did some troubleshooting to figure out which video formats (and types of video compression) will allow access members, and those visiting their blog, to watch the videos. Including, making sure that their videos play in different web browsers on both Mac and Windows platforms. This has been the most important part of our work so far and something we're still working on. If people have suggestions we can use about accessible video formats, please leave your comments below. Thanks!

Most people with computers do not have the latest, greatest, fastest computers with the most up to date software installed. This has been a challenge, but we're making a lot of progress.

We discovered that some of the export features in both iMovie and Cleaner allow people with older computers to access video using older versions of both Quicktime and Windows Media Player applications. Particularly, if they use Firefox on either Mac or Windows platforms.

Next, we set up a FeedBurner account for the BNPG blog. Using the RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed from their Blogger blog, FeedBurner uses this feed to provide some great options for syndication and tracking. The BNPG FeedBurner feed will also help bring more people on the web to BNPG's work, through the use of tagging and other types of searchable metadata.

We've started our videoblogging workshops with just a few of us. But next we're planning on meeting with a larger group of BNPG members. We hope these access producers will then share their knowledge with other access producers who would like to learn . . . and on and on.

Through this volunteer process of sharing skills, tools, and knowledge using new media technologies we hope to empower public access producers and other residents in Boston who have often been, and continue to be, marginalized by the mainstream media.

It's been a lot of fun working with the Boston Neighborhood Producer's Group. I look forward to our ongoing workshops in the future. And make sure to watch for more videos from BNPG at their new videoblog.

Colin Rhinesmith
President, ACMEBoston


Harvard Free Culture: Sharing is Daring Art Show

March 21, 2006

(via Danielle)


Boston's Creative Commons Art Show

Harvard Free Culture seeks original & derivative work for its upcoming showcase of Creative Commons licensed artwork, a partner event to the NYU CC Art show (recently featured on BoingBoing>). We welcome ANY medium (we have projectors for videos and animation as well) that can be displayed in a gallery setting, so if you're not afraid to SHARE your art, submit! We want to make this a Boston-wide affair, so we're especially looking for submissions from awesome [d|sh]aring artists from outside of Harvard.

REQUIREMENTS: Submission of artwork with a visual component, under at least a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Sharealike license (you may choose to submit work under a more open license as well.) Essentially such a license means that others may distribute or copy your work for non-commercial purposes, must give you credit, and if they make a derivative work/remix, they must release the new version under the same license. The work need not be created for the show; you may choose to release work you've already created under a Creative Commons license.

Please see for more information on licensing.

DEADLINE: Please submit your work by *March 22, 2006* to . If submission cannot be done electronically, please email to make other arrangements. WE ACCEPT BOTH ELECTRONIC AND TRADITIONAL MEDIA!

VENUE: The show is tentatively scheduled for the week of April 10 and will be held in Cambridge, Location TBA.

HUH? What's this Free Culture thing all about?

We are a group of artists, bloggers, computer geeks, and activists that get together every week to surf the web, fight the man, and discuss the merits of tinfoil. We believe:

A healthy, vibrant culture must continually be improved and refashioned by those who live in it. This requires a thriving public domain and cultural commons that anyone can build upon or reshape. The Free Culture Movement aims to empower individuals and communities to reject mere consumption of culture in favor of participation- to actively critique, create, and innovate in media, technology, and art. To achieve this ideal, Harvard Free Culture seeks to promote open intellectual property policy and channel the power of technology toward appreciation, creation, and distribution of participatory culture. If you have even the slightest interest in the above, come check us out! We meet Wednesday nights at 9 in the basement of Thayer at Harvard (Harvard Computer Society Office). WITH FREE FOOD. For more information, visit our blog at:>.
An MIT free culture group is in the works. If you're interested, please send me an email (, I'd love to talk to anyone who wants to keep human culture open and vibrant.


Call for Digital Media Submissions!

November 12, 2005

Share your digital media at!

Submit a piece to the ACMEBoston website to share your work and inspire others to create and share their own media!

This is a great way to highlight community technology centers and cable access centers as places people can go to create media: audio, video, mulitimedia, blogs, vlogs, digital photography, and more.

Spread the word to others!

Click here to view my contribution.