We’re testing out the new publishing platform called Zudeo as a way of publishing some of our video in high definition. Our interview with Comcast Tonight host Janelle Wolfe is now available in high definition via the clickable image above. We orginally published the interview in 400×225 Quicktime format. The Zudeo version is in 1280×720 Quicktime format. To our knowledge, this could very well be the first high definition content eminating from Reading, PA itself.
For those interested in the technical details, the clip was shot on the Sony HVR-A1U HDV camera, edited using Final Cut Express HD software on a Mac G5, and compressed using the H.264 codec.
In order to view the high definition clip, you’ll need Quicktime running on a computer with a monitor capable of 720 lines of horizontal resolution. If you don’t have the Zudeo client already, you’ll need to download that as well. You’ll probably also need at least 1GB of RAM.
Viewed on a 23″ Apple Cinema HD monitor in our editing studio, the colors and clarity in this clip are jaw-dropping. Of course, the shoot benefitted from the excellent set lighting in the Comcast Tonight studio. A tripod or steadier hand could have helped, but hey – it was an impromptu inteview that followed our appearance on Comcast Tonight! If anything, it underscores the importance of attention to detail when publishing in a high definition format.
We realize that not all of you will be able to take advantage of the high definition format immediately, but soon enough many of you will. In any event, our primary publishing mode will continue to be the highly accessible 400×225 Quicktime format you’ve come to enjoy. Some of you may already own a high definition video camera, and this will give you a sense of what you might be able to do with your camera should you decide to push the envelope a bit and publish in high definition on the web.
In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be presenting Berks.TV content via a number of high resolution-capable platforms like Zudeo alongside our standard Quicktime 400×225 format. We look forward to hearing your feedback on these experiments as we move forward.