Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Online Video

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Friday 9th March 2012

  • Man vs. Algorithm: Online Video Curation Face-off

    by Marc Hustvedt and Neetzan Zimmerman

    Human or Machine? Who really knows what videos you're going to like best? Online video curation is in a heated battle between algorithmic curation and human, editorial selection. Let's settle this debate once and for all. The war of humans versus machines has hit the battlefield of online video curation. Recommendation engines and discovery algorithms are rapidly taking over on some of the world's biggest video sites including YouTube. But a tight band of master human curators are fighting back, like Philip DeFranco and Neetzam Zimmerman (The Daily Wh.at). This session will take test subjects from the audience in a blind face-off to see whether the humans can beat the picks of YouTube's "AL" algorithm. Session is hosted by Marc Hustvedt (Chill, Tubefilter)

    At 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Friday 9th March

    In Room 18ABCD, Austin Convention Center

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  • The World Turns to Ustream in Times of Crisis

    by Brad Hunstable

    In the wake of the Japan tsunami disaster derived from one of Japan’s largest earthquakes in record history, over 52.6 million viewers tuned into Ustream to watch the catastrophe in real-time. Viewers around the world united on Ustream to watch the events unfold live and search for any mention of their loved ones through the integrated Social Stream / chat experience. The power of Ustream affected major Japanese news networks that immediately syndicated their aerial news footage directly to Ustream’s platform in order to enhance global distribution.

    In this session, we will discuss how live video sharing heightens the true value of its purpose and impact on the world. It is instilling the need among personal and professional communities to integrate live video into their way of life and business. Live broadcasted content is growing exponentially causing more memorable moments to be shared with the entire world through non-traditional media and platforms. The growing interest speaks to how sophisticated live video technology is enhancing. Sharing live moments is no longer associated with standard televisions. Instead, syndication of live content is accessible through computers, smart TVs, streaming devices, and more.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Friday 9th March

    In Room 9ABC, Austin Convention Center

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  • The Future of Access to Digital Broadcast Video

    by Craig Cuttner, Andrew Kirkpatrick, Glenn Goldstein and Shane Feldman

    Video needs to be accessible too, and both the technology and the legal environment is evolving. Accessible media is already available online at some major media sites and the work done by providers can inform work that others will need to undertake. This panel will help attendees understand what is required and how tooling for developers can help, and share information about challenges encountered and strategies employed by major video content providers in order to integrate the production processes for broadcast and online video delivery.

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Friday 9th March

    In Room 9ABC, Austin Convention Center

Sunday 11th March 2012

Monday 12th March 2012

  • Next Stage: Cinematic Storytelling and Journalism

    by Blake Whitman, Katy Newton, Olivia Ma and Michael Senzon

    New technology is paving the way for journalists to tell amazing stories in a cinematic way. At the crossroads of creativity and innovation, Cinematic journalism at SXSW takes a moment to discuss style, tone, and quality in journalism. Consumers have less time then ever and can get their news anywhere. The elements and authenticity of cinema makes it easy to get lost in a story. Video journalists can now apply that authenticity to non-fiction storytelling that arrests the audience with the stories of our time - but should they? Does the viewer care? As the ease and quality of cinematic execution increases - we must all remember the most important element: What's the story?

    At 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Exhibit Hall 3/4, Austin Convention Center