Lessig on "Who Owns Culture?"

This talk is almost a year old, but Lawrence Lessig has just put out a video, with his voice synchronized to visuals of his slides. Not only is the content important, but his presentation format is compelling and effective.

Oh, and the video is being distributed using the YouTube-like YouAre.tv (see player below), which includes Creative Commons licensing in its upload process. Blip.tv has had this feature for awhile now, and its something we’re including in Openomic, as well.

It is also available as Torrent.

Sites that Help Video Producers Make Money

Scott Kirsner, editor of Cinematech has published a free excerpt from his book, The Future of Web Video.


“New revenue opportunities are emerging with the recent boom in video viewing on the Web. On this chart, I’ve tried to list all of the Web sites that enable independent video producers to make money from their work. I’ve ranked the sites subjectively, based on how much traffic and buzz they’ve been attracting, and also how likely it seems that a video producer would actually manage to earn a significant return by posting a video to them.”

Even though we are still in beta, Cruxy has been included in this list, along with many other great sites – some competitors and others with different approaches to making money. View the full chart and buy the book on Scott’s website. (Thanks, Scott!)

Open your Apple TV to more content…

Mux, the video conversion service we released last month, can provide owners of the new Apple TV a way to access video not supported by the device natively. This includes Flash video (YouTube, DailyMotion), Windows Media, AVI, and more.

Each Mux user is provided a personalized RSS 2.0 with enclosures “podcast” feed of all the videos they transcode using the service. This feed can be added into iTunes through a single click on the “iTunes podcast” link, available after you submit a video to mux using the form on the site or through the browser button.


All videos transcoded using Mux for the specified email address will appear in this feed and be automatically downloaded. You may need to “refresh” your podcast feeds in iTunes first to make the new video appear. Also, make sure to select MPEG-4, MOV, or M4V as your output format to produce mux’d videos which are compatible with iTunes, iPods, and Apple TV.


Once a video is downloaded, it can be played in iTunes, synced to an iPod, or watched on a television set through Apple TV. Read this detailed support article for instructions on configuring a podcast to be viewed on an Apple TV.


If anyone out there has any modifications or clarifications to this process, please let us know by leaving a comment on this blog.

We’ll also be discussing the Apple TV and other home media devices here more in the coming weeks, and how they can be used to watch DRM-free media purchased online from Cruxy in your living room.