Posts made in June, 2009

WorldTV is Big in Brasil/WorldTV é muito popular no Brasil

Posted by on Jun 30, 2009 in Featured Channels | 9 comments

Brazil FlagHere at WorldTV we love our music, we love Brasil and it would seem Brasil loves us. Now over 50,000 WorldTV channels have been created in Brasil- the most from any one country. Brasil has been one of our biggest countries since launch and Portuguese and Spanish were the first languages we added support for. To celebrate being Big in Brasil, we have selected a few popular Brasilian music channels for your viewing and listening pleasure.

Aqui na WorldTV nós amamos nossa música, nós amamos o Brasil e parece que o Brasil nos ama. Atualmente cerca de 50,000 canais de WorldTV foram criados no Brasil – mais do que em qualquer outro país. O Brasil tem sido um dos nossos maiores paises desde o começo e português e espanhol foram os primeiros idiomas que nós acrescentamos ao suporte do WorldTV. Para comemorar o quanto o Brasil tem sido Grande, nós selecionamos alguns canais de música brasileira para que vocês tenham o prazer de ver e ouvir.

Gilberto Gil – WorldTV.com/Gilberto_Gil

Gilberto Gil has been a key figure in the development of modern music in Brazil combining traditional samba sounds with his own style and wide ranging influences including The Beatles, Jimmy Hendrix, African & Jamaican Music, the list goes on..  Bizarrely exiled to London in 1970 by the Brazilian government with fellow musician Caetano Veloso, while there Gil performed with musical groups including Yes, Pink Floyd, and the Incredible String Band and was later inspired by working with the likes of Stevie Wonder and Fela Kuti. After a successful musical career Gil took Government office in January 2003 as Brazil’s new Minister of Culture.

Gilberto Gil tem sido uma figura chave no desenvolvimento da música moderna do Brasil, combinando sons do samba tradicional com seu próprio estilo e uma enorme gama de influências que incluem os Beatles, Jimmy Hendrix, Música Africana e Jamaicana, além de outros. Foi estranhamente exilado para Londres em 1970 pelo governo brasileiro com o companheiro músico Caetano Veloso. Enquanto morou lá, Gil tocou com grupos musicais, incluindo Yes, Pink Floyd e a incrível String Band e depois se inspirou ao trabalhar com gente como Stevie Wonder e Fela Kuti. Depois de uma carreira musical de sucesso Gil entrou para a chancelaria do governo em janeiro de 2003 como o novo Ministro da Cultura do Brasil.

Marisa Monte – WorldTV.com/Marisa_Monte

A classically trained opera singer Marisa Monte´s popularity really came to figure after the time she spent in Italy where she met producer Nelson Motta (then boyfriend) where her performer sound evolved into a mixture of Diva and Pop Rock . Much of her work has been in collaboration with other musicians/songwriters including Carlinhos Brown featured below.

A popularidade da cantora Marisa Monte que estudou ópera clássica realmente cresceu depois do período em que ela passou na Itália, onde conheceu o produtor Nelson Motta (seu namorado ). O som que ela executava evoluiu para uma mistura de Diva e Pop Rock. Muito do seu trabalho tem sido em colaboração com outros músicos/compositores, incluindo Carlinhos Brown, destacado abaixo.

Caetano Veloso – WorldTV.com/Caetano_Veloso

Heavily influenced by the bossa nova style of João Gilberto Caetano Veloso has been at the forefront of Brazilan music and with Gilberto Gil was a partly  responsible for developing Tropicalismo, a fusion of Brazilian pop, rock and  avant-garde music.  This musical movement that inexplicably resulted in Veloso and Gil spending several months in prison in 1969 afterwhich they were exiled to London.  Asked about his time there he says, “London felt dark, and I felt far away from myself.”  Errr yes, Brazil does tend to have more sunshine…

Muito influenciado pelo estilo da bossa nova de João Gilberto, Caetano Veloso tem estado na linha de frente da música brasileira e com Gilberto Gil foi responsável pelo desenvolvimento do Tropicalismo, uma fusão do pop brasileiro, rock e música de vanguarda. Esse movimento musical resultou inexplicavelmente na prisão de Veloso e Gil por vários meses em 1969, depois do que foram exilados para Londres. Perguntado sobre o tempo em que esteve lá, ele diz: “Londres era sombria e eu me sentia ausente de mim mesmo”. Errr sim, o Brasil costuma ter mais sol.

Carlinhos Brown – WorldTV.com/Carlinhos_Brown

Carlinho Brown became a percussionist from an early age with the mindful guidance of his parents.  After various collaborations in the 1980s he also cut his teeth in recording studios and began to collaborate with other artists and achieved success and international exposure as part of Caetano Veloso’s (above) band.  He was also the leader of the musical group Timbalada, a group of 100 percussionists and singers who recorded eight albums and toured various countries around the world.

Carlinhos Brown tornou-se um percussionista desde pequeno com a cuidadosa orientação de seus pais. Depois de várias colaborações nos anos 80, ele também ganhou experiência em estúdios de gravação e começou a colaborar com outros artistas e conquistou sucesso e projeção internacional como parte da banda de Caetano Veloso (acima). Ele foi também o líder do grupo musical Timbalada, um grupo de 100 percussionistas e cantores que gravou oito álbuns e percorreu vários paises do mundo.

Gilles Peterson -WorldTV.com/Gilles_Peterson

I know I know Gilles Peterson is NOT Brazilian.  However, if ever a man deserves plaudits for championing Brazilian Music in the UK then it is him.  From his early days as Talking Loud head honcho and more recently Brownswood Recordings and DJ on his weekly BBC Radio 1 show Worldwide Peterson has consistently acted as ambassador for Latin beats and his non native knowledge of their scene is second to none.

Eu sei, eu sei, Gilles Peterson NÃO é brasileiro. Entretanto, se algum homem merece aplausos por defender a Música Brasileira no Reino Unido, então ele é o próprio. Desde os primeiros dias como controlador chefe do Talking Loud e mais recentemente com o Brownswood Recordings e semanalmente como DJ no seu show Radio 1 Worldwide na BBC, Peterson tem atuado de forma constante como embaixador dos ritmos latinos e o seu conhecimento não-nativo do cenário é único.

Please feel free to suggest/recommend any other music channels on WorldTV that we have not reviewed yet @ reception@worldtv.com

Por favor sinta-se à vontade para sugerir/recomendar outros canais do WorldTV que nós ainda não examinamos em: reception@worldtv.com

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New bookmarklet feature – add videos with 1 click

Posted by on Jun 30, 2009 in Change Log | 2 comments

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Have you ever wished that you could add videos to your WorldTV channel more easily?

The new feature lets you add web videos to either your library or playlist, or both, as you browse supported video sites like YouTube, DailyMotion, Metacafe etc. You don’t have to be logged in to your WorldTV Editor to do this, you don’t have to copy & paste URL’s. A single click on a ‘bookmarklet’ in your web browser adds the video instantly.

Setting it up takes seconds… Under the Promote tab in your Editor you choose the type of bookmarklet that you want (Add to Library, Playlist, Both) and then you simply drag and drop the generated link to the toolbar of your web browser.

With the bookmarklet installed all you need to do is browse to a video page like the Bruno / Conan O’Brien clip above and click the bookmarklet to add the video instantly to your WorldTV channel. A confirmation message appears to tell you the video has been successfully added.

There’s all kinds of great uses for this new feature. Here are some ideas…

  • If you make use of our Twitter functionality (to send tweets automatically) you can use the bookmarklet to rapidly share video finds over Twitter – without ever having to log in to your WorldTV channel
  • Create a separate WorldTV channel that is solely for your personal viewing pleasure and you can save and bookmark videos for later personal viewing. This is the original idea of Fred Wilson’s ‘Watch Later Project‘ – the idea that you can bookmark videos during the day as you find them (eg at work), and sit back and watch them in the evening.
  • Using WorldTV’s RSS capability the videos that you bookmark become an RSS feed. There are many uses for this including the ability to watch the videos in a media browser like Boxee.
  • A cool idea is to use Xmarks to synchronize your bookmarks across all the different computers and web browsers that you use. The WorldTV bookmarklet will then appear on your home computer, work computer, laptop etc, allowing you to save and bookmark videos into WorldTV wherever you find them. (Note you don’t need to use Xmarks to do this – you could simply add the bookmarklet to each computer separately… but Xmarks makes this easy to do and is generally very cool)

For the more technically inclined, each bookmarklet is tied to the WorldTV channel you generated the bookmarklet for. So you can create different bookmarklets for different channels if you like (if you run multiple channels). We’d recommend editing the name for each bookmarklet if you do this, within your web browser, so you can differentiate between them.

Our short-term plans for this new feature are to improve the look and feel of the confirmation message that appears after you’ve clicked the bookmarklet, and make the message auto-disappear after a couple of seconds (you currently have to click a close box).

We hope you enjoy the new bookmarklet feature on WorldTV and find many creative ways of using it!


Nova ferramenta Bookmarklet – acrescenta vídeos com um clique

Você já quis acrescentar vídeos ao seu canal de WorldTV de maneira mais fácil?

Graças a um recente comentário no blog de Fred Wilson, ficamos influenciados a apresentar uma ferramenta que estamos planejando há algum tempo.

A nova ferramenta permite que você acrescente vídeos da web tanto para sua videoteca quanto para a sua lista, ou para ambos, quando você seleciona sites de vídeo como YouTube, DailyMotion, Metacafe, etc. Você não precisa estar conectado ao seu Editor do WorldTV para fazer isso, você não precisa copiar e colar URLs. Um simples clique em um “bookmarklet” no seu navegador acrescenta o vídeo imediatamente.

Sua instalação dura segundos … Na aba Promover do seu Editor, você escolhe o tipo de bookmarklet que quer (Acrescentar à videoteca, Lista, Ambos) e depois você simplesmente arrasta o link criado para a barra de ferramentas do seu navegador da web.

Com o bookmarklet instalado, tudo o que você precisa fazer é procurar uma página de vídeo como a de Bruno / Conan O’Brien, clipe acima, e clicar no bookmarklet para acrescentar imediatamente o vídeo ao seu canal de WorldTV. Uma mensagem de confirmação aparece para mostrar que o vídeo foi acrescentado com sucesso.

Há todo tipo de usos importantes para essa nova ferramenta. Aqui estão algumas idéias…

  • Se você faz uso da nossa função Twitter (para enviar tweets automaticamente) você pode usar o bookmarklet para compartilhar rapidamente os vídeos encontrados no Twitter – sem precisar conectar-se ao seu canal de WorldTV .
  • Criar um canal separado de WorldTV que seja apenas para o seu prazer pessoal de assisti-lo e você pode salvar e marcar vídeos para assistir depois. Essa é a idéia original do “Projeto Assista depois” de Fred Wilson – a idéia de que você pode marcar vídeos durante o dia, quando você os encontrar (por exemplo, no trabalho), sentar e assisti-los à noite.
  • Usando a habilidade de RSS do WorldTV os vídeos que você marca se tornam um RSS feed. Existem muitos usos para isso, incluindo a agilidade de assistir aos vídeos em navegador de meios de comunicação como Boxee.
  • Uma ótima idéia é usar Xmarks para sincronizar seus bookmarks através de todos os computadores diferentes e navegadores da web que você use. O bookmarklet da WorldTV vai então aparecer no seu computador de casa, no computador do trabalho, laptop, etc, permitindo que você salve e marque vídeos no WorldTV, onde quer que você os encontre. (Observe que você não precisa usar marcas X para fazer isso – você pode simplesmente acrescentar o bookmarklet em cada computador separadamente … mas as marcas X tornam isso mais fácil para fazer e é geralmente muito bom).

Para os mais aficionados tecnicamente, cada bookmarklet está ligado ao canal de WorldTV para onde você criou esse bookmarklet. Assim você pode criar diferentes bookmarklets para diferentes canais se você quiser (se você acumula vários canais). Se você fizer isso, recomendamos que edite um nome para cada bookmarklet dentro do seu navegador, para que você possa diferenciá-los.

Nossos planos a curto-prazo para essa nova ferramenta são desenvolver a aparência e testar a mensagem de confirmação que aparece depois que você clicou o bookmarklet, e fazer a mensagem desaparecer sozinha depois de alguns segundos (atualmente você precisa clicar na caixa para fechar)

Esperamos que você aproveite a nova ferramenta bookmarklet no WorldTV e encontre muitas maneiras criativas para usá-la!

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Ian Loveday (aka EON)

Posted by on Jun 29, 2009 in Featured Channels | 0 comments

Today on WorldTV we honour the life of a friend and music producer who sadly passed away on June 17th.

Ian Loveday was one of the pioneers of the UK house and techno scene, a DJ and music producer who is best known for his work as EON (Spice, Inner Mind, Fear is the Mindkiller) and his collaborations with S’Express, Bizarre Inc, Depthcharge and Peter ‘Baby’ Ford. He also recorded the sound effects that you hear on WorldTV when you use the live broadcasting / mobile phone video feature – it’s his voice put through a vocoder.

In honour of his life (his funeral is today) we’ve put together a channel featuring a selection of his work. There is also a discography, Myspace page, Facebook group and official website.

Ian was that rare breed of individual who you could reliably say there isn’t a person on the planet who would have a bad word to say about him. He was a genius, an innovator and an all round nice guy. He will be sadly missed.

Ian Loveday aka EON on WorldTV – worldtv.com/ianloveday

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Create a Playlist easily using Flash Video Files (FLV)

Posted by on Jun 11, 2009 in Guides & Tutorials | 17 comments

WorldTV LogoOne of the lesser-known features of WorldTV’s highly flexible video platform is that you can create a playlist of videos out of FLV files, and generate an embeddable player, just as easily as creating a player for say YouTube or Vimeo videos.

If you have content in FLV format (or any format that is supported by Flash 10 or above – eg MP4 or M4V) and can host those video files on a webserver, you can easily string together those files into a playlist within the WorldTV system, and generate an embeddable player that you can host on your own website. WorldTV makes this extremely easy to do. Here’s how you do it.

Step 1 – Create the FLV/MP4 files
Take your video content and convert it to FLV or MP4 format. There are lots of programs that will let you do this. A good (paid) option is the Flix range of encoders. These are used by many professionals. For a free option, check out this easy-to-follow guide on our Founder’s blog.

Step 2 – Host the FLV/MP4 files on a webserver
WorldTV does not typically offer hosting of FLV files although we do have a hosting solution for large customers. There are many excellent hosts out there and if you are reading this you probably know the options already or have your own hosting. If you don’t, we recommend establishing a hosting account with someone like Servint (we use them) or exploring cloud based hosting using Amazon S3 or Amazon CloudFront. A low cost host we recommend is Gearhost who have packages starting at under $10 a month. Simply upload your FLV (or MP4/MV4/H264) files to your webserver, and copy the URL for each file.

Step 3 – Paste the URL’s into the WorldTV Editor
This step couldn’t be easier. Assuming you have already established a channel (account) on WorldTV, simply paste the URL’s for each FLV file into the ‘Add by URL’ box within the WorldTV Editor. An example of a URL might be http://www.somedomain.com/mycoolvideo.flv. Each video will immediately appear within your library, complete with a thumbnail, and you can double click it right away to preview it! We also offer a Bulk Add URL feature for adding lots of URL’s at once. This is a paid option in the WorldTV PRO store.

Step 4 – Arrange the videos into a Playlist
Simply drag and drop your videos into the desired order within the Playlist section of the Editor

Step 5 – Generate an Embeddable Player
Using the Promote tab within the Editor choose from a range of widgets and players. Grab the embed code and put it on your site.

WorldTV really is the easiest and best method yet to create a playlist out of FLV or MP4 files to embed on your website. With full H264 support, and an expanding range of player skins and options, there really is no excuse not to have video on your website!

UPDATED: May 29th 2012

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Two New Supported Sites – Reuters and Ebaumsworld

Posted by on Jun 1, 2009 in Change Log | 5 comments

Reuters We are very pleased to announce two excellent new additions to our supported sites. These two sites are quite diverse in nature. The first is the international news agency Reuters which has managed to preserve its independence, integrity, and freedom from bias in its news reporting at a time when almost anything goes in broadcast news. Reuters’ reputation remains intact and they offer truly global news coverage with a team of several thousand journalists who over the years have covered all the major news events, while often seriously endangering their own lives. Reuters has a strict policy towards upholding objectiveness and they have refrained from using the word “terrorist” in their reporting unless it is as part of a quote. Reuters will be an excellent resource to channel creators who wish to have the best in objective news clips no matter what the direction of their channel. Check out this excellent channel which focuses on climate change and is made exclusively from Reuters’ news reports.
EbaumsworldThe second new supported site is the sometimes controversial yet always hilarious website that is Ebaumsworld. Home to numerous crazy pranks, hilarious wipeouts, classic commercials, wicked stunts, zany stand up routines and more, you cannot fail to find something entertaining at this popular website. You can also check out their flash cartoons, jokes and chatrooms amongst the entertainment media available at this web recreation portal.

We hope you enjoy these brilliant new supported sites and do continue to suggest other sites we should support by dropping us a line at reception@worldtv.com.

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