Tools for convergence in Blogging

“But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling, like dew, upon a thought produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions think.”

Lord George Gordon Bryon
English poet (1788-1824)

But beyond similes and metaphors, there lies a domain that bloggers are increasingly becoming aware of — the domain of multimedia. Picture hosting services brought in Photoblogging. Then came video and audiohosting services. Podcasts and Vlogs took over. Bloggers now see a completely redefined medium to express their thoughts in many more ways than one. The blogosphere is now experiencing its own version of multimedia convergence. Following are some free tools of the trade:

  • Odeo and Gcast provide free podcasting services. You can upload an audio clip or record your own, and link to it for free.
  • Youtube and Google Video allow you to upload video clips for free, and embed them in your blog.
  • You can use Audacity, a high quality open source audio editor, to edit and polish your audio clips.
  • Proprietary software like Windows Movie Maker, or open source software like Kino can be used to edit video content.

Having talked about the tools, I’ll end this post with a sample use:

The opening sequence of the Maricham song in Rahman’s newly released album JoK sounded very similar to the background score of a scene in Rang De Basanti (which was done by Rahman himself). But for this statement to be seen as a fact, I need to show exactly what I mean. Youtube and Odeo to the rescue:

The Rang De Basanti scene:

Opening sequence of the Maaricham song:

ps: The only thing I hate about these services is that they make use of proprietary Flash, but I can live with that as long as they don’t upgrade to Flash 8 or 9

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