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Revision3 HD feeds now in MP4 format

July 26th, 2008 at 09:00 by Michele Husak in Announcements, Website

The tech team here at Revision3 is constantly making small changes to the code underlying the website, and occasionally tweaking the video encoding parameters in an effort to make our show files smaller, or better-looking, or both. Most of the time, these changes are invisible to the naked eye (unless you know what to look for). Starting with today’s Tekzilla, though, there is a change to the High Definition file format that you might actually notice if you look closely. Technical explanation follows!

Ever since Revision3 started releasing Pixel Perfect in HD back in September 2006, we’ve released our HD content in Apple’s QuickTime format. QuickTime’s MOV container was the easiest way for us to provide High Definition video compressed in the H.264 codec, which provides the best-looking video at the relatively low bitrates needed to control bandwidth costs and reduce your download times. From now on, though, we are using the MP4 container to hold our H.264 video. The MP4 container (or, “MPEG-4 part 14″) is actually based on the QuickTime MOV container, but has the blessing of the ISO (International Standards Organization), and much wider device support.

What does this mean for you, the viewer? Well, if you’re already a happy viewer of our QuickTime format files, you should be able to continue viewing happily – the main difference you might notice the filenames end with “.mp4″ instead of “.mov”. If you have a player or device that supports MP4 files, but not QuickTime – like, say a Sony PS3 or an Xbox 360, you can now start watching Revision3 in High Def!


iFanboy's Talking Comic Book Movies

July 18th, 2008 at 09:58 by Michele Husak in Polemics

As the summer movie season heats up, iFanboy has been talking to many radio stations and newspapers about the recent surge in movies based on comic books. One of the more recent appearances is up on the web for you to listen to. Josh Flanagan appeared on Newsweek On Air on the July 13th episode and discussed the comic book movies phenomenon with David Ansen, a NEWSWEEK Film Critic. Head over to Newsweek to hear the interview/discussion! If you can’t find the episode, it should be in the archive.

To hear more interviews and appearances, check out the full list of appearances with links to the various shows.

- Ron Richards


Diggnation Soundboards = Fun

July 10th, 2008 at 02:43 by Michele Husak in Polemics

The great thing about the Revision3 community is the enjoyment we all get out of our shows and sharing and experiencing some of the cool things that people have created based on our shows. The latest example comes from MrPowers and the creation of Diggnation Sound Boards. MrPowers has created two very cool sounds boards featuring Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht.

By taking audio from episodes of Diggnation and putting them into a nifty flash application, you can now have Kevin and Alex say whatever you choose. David Prager and myself have already spent way too much time playing with this and laughing at the results, so we thought everyone else would enjoy it too. Warning though, some of the content is not for minors or for the workplace, so be sure to have your headphones plugged in, or turn the sound down.


Wine Library TV Celebrates 500 Episodes – LIVE on July 10th in San Francisco!

July 9th, 2008 at 05:18 by David Prager in Live Events

Gary Vaynerchuk has reached many milestones since creating Wine Library TV. We’d like to think that one of them is becoming a part of the Revision3 family. More important than that though is his latest milestone: the epic and awesome accomplishment of reaching episode 500!

We are extremely excited to be able to bring this episode to you streaming live at Revision3.com/watch. The show will begin at 7pm Pacific (10pm Eastern), and the stream may go live several minutes before.

If you happen to be in the Bay Area – we invite you to come see the show live in person at Crushpad. It is a free event for all ages, but we appreciate your RSVP here: http://applications.crushpadwine.com/event/62.3

Crushpad is located at 2573 Third Street, San Francisco, CA

We respectfully encourage attendees to feel free to bring a bottle or some finger foods to nibble on. At the bottom of this message, please see the note from our good friends at Crushpad who have been so generous in hosting the event.

If you can’t join us in person, we hope you’ll join us live online at 7pm Pacific tomorrow at revision3.com/watch to celebrate and tape episode 500 of Wine Library TV!

Cheers!

David Prager

From Stuart Ake from Crushpad:

The event will run from 6pm until 10pm (pacific) with Episode Number 500 set to stream live at 7pm (pacific). We’re truly excited to be a part of this opportunity to meet/reunite with Gary and fellow Vayniacs over good wine and light bites.

What to bring?
While several outstanding small production wineries will be on hand to pour, we respectfully ask that you please bring finger foods and/or a bottle to share. It’s a good idea to put tape with your name on any serving utensils/plates you plan to bring home. If coming from out-of-town, you can pick up a variety of delicious finger foods at the Ferry Plaza. The Ferry Plaza is located at the Embarcadero near a T-Line stop.

As you know, the BYOB/snack component is an absolute highlight. At the Vayniac Barrel Sampling last December, the wines and food were outstanding and thoughtfully chosen. If you are bringing a white wine or rosé, let us know upon your arrival so we can get the bottle chilled. We’ll also have several tables set up for you to place red wines. (In addition to some stinky cheeses, I’m planning to bring a Russian River Pinot and an Austrian Gruner I’ve been wanting to check out).

Help out?
As you know, we’re expecting a large turnout on Thursday. If you are interested in helping at the event for a hour, we’d love your assistance! Simply email me and I’d be happy to provide details. We’ll organize your time so you know what to expect and who to check in with when you arrive.

Smart & Safe
I highly recommend taking public transportation on Thursday. Muni’s T-Linestops a 1/2 block from Crushpad at the corner of 23rd Street and 3rd Street. If you are coming up from the South Bay, we’re just 3 blocks from the 22nd Street Station on CALtrans. Super easy! If you choose to drive, there are more parking spaces available behind the building on Illinois Street. If entering from the Illinois side, simply walk across the winery floor to sign in at the entrance.

Where to bring?
CRUSHPAD
2573 Third Street (between 22nd and 23rd Streets)
San Francisco, 415-864-4232

If you can’t make it, please let me know so we can plan accordingly.
Questions? Don’t hesitate to give me a call or email. I’ll see you on Thursday at 6pm (pacific)!

Thanks,
Stuart Ake
Crushpad


Revision3 Sponsor Delivers Fascinating Video

July 9th, 2008 at 04:12 by Jim Louderback in Shows

Regular Revision3 viewers know that here are Revision3 we’re always expanding the envelope and trying new things. Because of our innovative approach to both content and advertising, we’ve been lucky enough to bring a wide range of interesting sponsors to our shows.

You probably all remember our innovative Super Bowl Diggnation promotion, which ran back in the beginning of this year. Well we’re at it again, this time delivering a new way to promote a new product from Microsoft – focused around Voice Over IP.

In this particular case, Microsoft has provided us with a funny, catchy and entertaining video that puts their VOIP product into an interesting, and revolutionary context. I don’t want to give too much of the story away, suffice to say that this new VOIP product delivers some tantalizing benefits.

- Jim Louderback

As you all well know, Revision3 is completely ad supported. Our sponsors provide the income that allows us to continue to deliver great programs to you every week. Please support our sponsors, so we can keep creating videos for you. I encourage you to stop by and watch Microsoft’s video – you’ll enjoy it, and might learn something too!


Revision3 Up on YouTube

July 9th, 2008 at 12:14 by Jim Louderback in Announcements

Want to see something cool? Head over to our brand new Revision3 channel on YouTube.

It’s one small step for YouTube, one giant leap for Revision3! Now everything we produce is available on YouTube – and our channel is absolutely one of the best looking destinations inside the giant video site.

Read all about it in our Revision3 / YouTube press release, if you want more details. But now you can enjoy our revolutionary programs anywhere YouTube is served.

— Jim Louderback


REVISION3 PARTNERS WITH YOUTUBE TO BRING TV TO THE INTERNET GENERATION

July 7th, 2008 at 09:07 by Michele Husak in Press Releases
—ENTIRE REVISION3 CATALOG, INCLUDING HIT, FULL-LENGTH SHOWS, AVAILABLE ON NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL—

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – August 14, 2008 – Revision3, the TV network for the Internet generation, is on the prowl for the next great Internet superstars. Today, the company announces the launch of Revision3 Beta, which utilizes the strength and experience of Revision3 to identify upcoming talent and build the future of Internet television. Revision3’s partner in this initiative is Viddler, one of the web’s fastest growing video sites.

“We’re big fans of Viddler’s easy to use interface and powerful player,” said Jim Louderback, CEO of Revision3. “By combining our creative expertise with their platform, we’re creating an environment that lets talented video creators build their expertise and audience.”

And Revision3 Beta isn’t just for tech geeks. The initiative is interested in every genre of programming–from scripted comedy and dramas to DIY and documentaries. The search is headed by Martin Sargent, director of acquisitions, Revision3, and host of Internet Superstar.

“Revision3 is establishing what we’re calling a ‘farm team’ of new shows,” said Sargent. “Shows that succeed in the farm system of Revision3 Beta – by acquiring audiences and building communities – have the opportunity to be called up to the majors of the main Revision3 site. Revision3 Beta will identify exceptional content producers and expose their programs to our vast fan base, parlaying these awesome new shows into the next big thing.”

As the landscape of new media becomes more and more crowded, it is increasingly difficult for talented content producers and hosts to find audiences for their shows. With no limit to the type or style of show, Revision3 Beta is interested in anything engaging and short form. Revision3 Beta will launch with approximately six shows in mid-September 2008, and will then open the door to all other content producers to submit their shows and join the exciting new lineup.

Content producers can submit programming at www.revision3beta.com.

About Revision3
Revision3 is the first media company that gets it. Born from the Internet, Revision3 is a TV network for the web, creating and producing shows for a new audience: passionate fans who want to watch shows about technology, modern culture and music that entertain, educate and help to expand their life experiences.

The company was founded in 2005 by technology visionaries Kevin Rose, Jay Adelson and David Prager, because they couldn’t find anything they wanted to watch on traditional television. The company is now led by Internet TV pioneer Jim Louderback. With more than 35 million downloads to date (and 4.2 million per month), Revision3’s programs can be found everywhere from Revision3 to a wide range of platforms, including Apple iTunes, YouTube, Blip.TV and TIVO. Shows can be watched on any device, from a cell phone to an Apple iPod Nano to a computer or a TV.

Contact: Sarah Hawes, 212.255.8455 or sarah@rosengrouppr.com.