By Craig Syverson
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Developed and hosted by videographer Craig Syverson, videogrunt illustrates the basic terms and technologies of digital video through bite-sized video narratives. Designed for the novice, but useful for anyone wanting to learn how digital video works.
|1||CleanVideovideogrunt_005_iPod||Letterboxing and its origins||10/23/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||CleanVideovideogrunt_004_iPod||Pan and scan explained and demonstrated in fairness||7/19/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||CleanVideopodgrunt_001_announce||Announcing podgrunt, our second program in the grunt series that describes the basics of podcasting||6/10/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
|4||CleanVideovideogrunt_003_iPod||How and why the 16:9 aspect ratio came to be the new standard||5/8/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
|5||CleanVideovideogrunt_002_iPod||How a guy who worked for Thomas Edison figures into the shape of iPod screens||4/24/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
|6||CleanVideovideogrunt_001_iPod||A brief introduction and flavor sample of the videogrunt concept||4/10/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
A backstory for aspect ratios...
So often in technology-intensive areas, I don't know if there is a deep reason behind some fundamental aspect of the field. It's comforting to know that inventors make sensible decisions, given the conditions of the time. Videogrunt's explanation of the origins of the 4:3 aspect ratio made me laugh. I'll never forget it. It makes good cocktail party small talk (okay, only within a geeky subset of people, but that's pretty much everyone I hang out with), and it will help me understand display formats with greater depth while authoring. Very professional, memorable and entertaining.
Expert Advice, Expertly Given
I teach a graduate course in digital video. We recently redesigned the course to include podcasting (enrollment is up 500%). I stumbled onto Craig's podcast and have been showing it in class ever since. It not only nicely articulates why we do video as we do, but it also is a shining exemplar of excellent video podcasting. He's got a telegenic presence and explains things in non-videophile vernacular, so it's a perfect introduction for the beginner and a nice buttress for the more advanced videographer. Well done!
VideoGrunt is perfect I hope he makes 1,000's!
I love it! If you are in or just thinking about a video or a/v type job. Or just want to learn more about video in general this is the place. This dude is on point and has never made it easier to understand the basics of video. Get on Craig's-list and subscribe to this podcast! HaHa!