AFP Fact Check: This satirical video was made in 2020 using old black and white movie clips. “A video supposedly made in 1956 that warns of a deadly virus that will spread from ‘somewhere in Asia to the rest of the world’ by ‘the year 2020’ has been shared on Facebook thousands of times alongside a claim it accurately predicted the Covid-19 pandemic. The claim is false; the video creator told AFP it was made in 2020 for satire, in response to Covid-19 misinformation. ”
KTRE: Texas Film Commission announces statewide Texas Film Round-Up. “The Texas Film Commission (TFC) today announced that the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) is offering a statewide Texas Film Round-Up mail-in event for the entire month of October. Individuals, businesses, and institutions are invited to submit their Texas-related films and videotapes to TAMI for free digitization in exchange for contributing a digital copy of their materials for possible inclusion in TAMI’s online archive.”
Wired: How to Start Streaming on Twitch. “YOU MIGHT THINK you have to be a pro gamer to get started with Twitch, but that’s not true. Everyone from artists and musicians to comedians and crafters have channels where they create, entertain—and, yes, even play games for their audience. Here’s how to find yours, and how to watch ours.”
CNET: TikTok removed more than 104M videos in the first half of the year. “TikTok removed more than 104 million videos from its platform during the first half of 2020, according to the company’s latest transparency report, released [September 22]. TikTok said that’s less than 1% of all videos uploaded to the popular app between Jan. 1 and June 30.”
Vox: After 6 months and $1.8 billion, Quibi wants a new owner. That will be a hard sell.. “Quibi was supposed to be revolutionary: A video service that was supposed to fill the gap between YouTube and HBO by bringing short, ‘premium’ clips starring celebrities like Liam Hemsworth and Chrissy Teigen to your phone, for a price. But that was in the spring. Now, Quibi might be headed to a fire sale: Just six months after launching — and after raising $1.8 billion — Quibi has started looking for a buyer. It’s a stunning admission that the high-profile service hasn’t found enough traction to continue on its own.”
JamBase: James Taylor Announces Archival Video Series & Shares 1970 The Beatles Cover. “James Taylor announced a new archival video series. The legendary singer-songwriter also shared the first offering from the archive, a performance video of The Beatles classic ‘With A Little Help From My Friends.'”
CNN: How to save your favorite TikToks. “The Commerce Department plans to bar downloads of TikTok, as well as popular messaging app WeChat, on Sunday as the Trump administration’s executive orders concerning the two apps are set to take effect. The department said Friday that, as of Sunday, any moves to distribute or maintain TikTok or WeChat on an app store will be prohibited, meaning no more downloads or updates. If you didn’t have your settings set to save your TikTok videos to your device every time you posted a new video, you’ll need to go through manually. There are a few ways to do this.”
Human Rights Watch: “Video Unavailable”: Social Media Platforms Remove Evidence of War Crimes. “In recent years, social media platforms have been taking down online content more often and more quickly, often in response to the demands of governments, but in a way that prevents the use of that content to investigate people suspected of involvement in serious crimes, including war crimes. While it is understandable that these platforms remove content that incites or promotes violence, they are not currently archiving this material in a manner that is accessible for investigators and researchers to help hold perpetrators to account.”
At Home With Tech: How to Turn your Zoom Recording into a TV Talk Show. “Recording a Zoom conversation is easy. It’s a one-click process. But if you’re looking to create a more controlled visual product that follows the traditional structure of a professional video interview or TV talk show, you’ll need to put on your MacGyver hat and use the Zoom interface a little differently. It’s all about finding the best way to control which webcam feed is being recorded at any given moment.”
Jerusalem Post: Israel Film Archive website gives access to historical treasures. “Researchers, history buffs and movie lovers will rejoice at the news that the Israel Film Archive at the Jerusalem Cinematheque has launched a website … that gives access to thousands of the films and clips in its collection. The launch of the site, which is available in both Hebrew and English, is the culmination of more than seven years of work to digitize the IFA’s films. The vast majority of the material on the IFA site is free, with a few VOD options that require a onetime payment.”
Variety: YouTube Announces TikTok Copycat ‘YouTube Shorts’ for 15-Second Videos. “Like TikTok, the YouTube Shorts tool features a multi-segment camera to edit multiple video clips together, and will feature a library of songs to include as backing tracks for videos. Also mimicking TikTok, YouTube Shorts includes speed controls that ‘give you the flexibility to be creative in your performance’ as well as a timer and countdown ‘to easily record, hands-free,’ according to [YouTube’s Chris] Jaffe.”
UGA Today: UGA Libraries celebrates 25 years of Brown Media Archive with virtual event series. “The Brown Media Archives preserve more than 250,000 titles in film, audiotape and other recording formats, including home movies and news film, spanning the past 100 years. Located in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries along with two other special collections units, Brown’s faculty and staff also are tasked with the preservation and access to the collection of entries to the Peabody Awards, the oldest and most prestigious electronic media award in the United States, which is administered by UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.”
SportBusiness: MLB rolls out expanded digital video archive. “Major League Baseball this week is widely debuting the MLB Film Room, a new digital video archive product aimed at enabling far greater user customization and distribution of the the league’s extensive film library. Powered by Google Cloud and a specific outgrowth of a large-scale deal struck earlier this year between MLB and the technology giant, the MLB Film Room will feature a publicly accessible library with more than 3.5m baseball highlights and nearly three dozen filters to locate specific plays.”
Make Tech Easier: How to Easily Extract Clips From Video with LosslessCut. “There are many reasons for which you may want to extract clips from videos. You may, for example, want to use some of your favorite scenes from movies to use as extra material that will spice up your YouTube videos. Using a full-featured video editor would be overkill. LosslessCut can extract clips from a video quickly and with zero loss in quality.” This software is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux.
Lawfare: Thirty-Six Hours of Cheapfakes . “In the last days of August, with the clock ticking down until Election Day, senior Republican officials pulled off a disinformation hat trick: Over the course of two short days, figures affiliated with the GOP published three different deceptively edited videos on social media.” Not familiar with the term “cheapfakes”? Here’s some background.