One of the projects I've been part of has launched this week. We're calling it YDN Theater, and it's a blog that collects all the videos we're filming for the Yahoo! Developer Network. We're creating videos of stuff that we hope is interesting to a wide audience of developers and technologists and making it available in Quicktime, Flash (via Yahoo! Video), and on iTunes.
Some of the videos are of people who present at Yahoo and another set is video of talks that Yahoos give at technical conferences around the world. I'm also making an effort to grab famous folks at conferences and get them to talk about things too. We shot a few at Defrag in Denver this week.
We're also introducing a few shows to the lineup. I'm doing one called Experts@Work that came out of the realization that we have a ton of experts in a wide variety of technical fields at Yahoo! If only someone could get them on camera for a 15-45 minute discussion, we could probably uncover some very interesting stuff...
Well, that's what I'm doing. :-)
Here's the first video in the series. I sat down with Steve Souders (author of High Performance Web Sites and co-creator of YSlow) as a sort of follow-up to the YSlow screencast and interview that I made with him a few month back.
Needless to say, there's a growing list of folks on our interview wishlist. If you know of a Yahoo you'd like to see on camera talking about what they know best, drop me a line. (And if you're a Yahoo reading this, feel free to nominate yourself or a coworker.)
None of this would be possible without the expertise and skill of Ricky Montalvo (our video producer, editor, and guru) and Matt McAlister (our ring leader). Matt encouraged this at every step of the way and talks more about Investing in video at YDN on his blog as well.
I tell ya, this video stuff is kind of fun. Look for lots more from us in 2008. :-)
Posted by jzawodn at November 06, 2007 09:50 PM
Kick ass. That's excellent work, Jeremy.
I'm always impressed when you guys get in front of the camera like this. I don't think I could do it. (Camera shy, I guess.)
YSlow is a great project, btw.
Nice. Microsoft has been doing this for a few years now with Channel 9, and it has been a great success. Maybe you can get some tips from them? http://channel9.msdn.com
Tommy: Yeah, I've talked to some of the Channel 9 folks a few times.
DeWitt: Does that mean we can't get you on video next time our paths cross? :-)
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