Well….my butt hurts. I’ve been sitting on it for 6 hours straight, uploading the first three episodes of The Guild to various video websites. We’re trying to really build up the fan base so that #4 gets huge hits and we can get some producing partner to help us fund episodes on a more regular basis, so I decided to diversify off of YouTube and send ppl to the website.
I used TubeMogul to upload to 7 sites at once. That’s great, I really like the program, but unfortunately, I had to first create accounts at each site, configure all the channels, surf their sites to add favorite videos to make my pages not look bare, and then make sure the videos were set up right, they were in the right category, etc. Gah, what a pain. Fortunately, the Hellgate beta servers were down, so I had nothing to do but obsessively finish the task.
In my uploadings, I found a few sites that I really like though. I’d never heard of it before, but Brightcove was my favorite site to deal with. If you’ve never uploaded video, you don’t appreciate the small things, like their feature that allows you to play through the video and capture a thumbnail of your choosing, unlike YouTube which invariably chooses the pic with someone’s mouth open or jowels wiggling. I also liked the widget-like aspect where you could just click on captions and edit them rather than going into an options panel and searching for the thing you want to change. They’re not flush with amazing content, but the interface made me smile. I also liked Blip.tv, their channels look nice. So, now we’re up on a lot of sites, and I’ll see if we actually make money off of Metacafe or Revver. Maybe we’ll upload episode 4 exclusively to one of them, who knows. I’d rather have YouTube feature us on their front page again but… 🙂 We also have an itunes videocast channel now, so hopefully in a few days when it’s approved ppl will be about to download and watch us on their ipod, which would be cool 🙂 I hd my first random sighting, sitting at a street cafe and a dude stopped and said, “Hey! I just saw you on YouTube!” It was sooo cool!
I’m also thinking of redoing this whole site on a wordpress platform. I can’t imagine someone really going to my other pages to check me out as an actor, use imdb anyone? :), and the new Guild website looks so good, all done on a wordpress platform (thank you Ryan Carter 🙂 ) that I want to redo the site in pages, and have www.feliciaday.net just take everyone straight to the blog. I have a cool skin I want to try, in fact, I may sit on my butt an other hour and implement it 😀
Anyway, I have a stack of book reviews to post soon, yummy/grody covers incoming!