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PhotoPlus Expo NYC 2011 Returns with a Packed Schedule of Events and Seminars

For more than 20 years I’ve looked forward to late October in New York City. Not only is the weather often fantastic, it’s the time of year that the PhotoPlus Expo is held. And this year, they’ve upped the ante by adding a number of new events, including the inaugural WPPI 2011, which features a full day of educational seminars on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. The WPPI NYC show will be followed by the PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo from October 27-29, 2011. This page has an excellent overview of the events, including information about a Wednesday evening “Test Drive Rally,” and a Friday night Bash and Benefit For Japan Relief. Registration for WPPI 2011 costs $99 for those who register by October 25, 2011 (on-site registration will be $150). For more information or to register, visit this page.

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Last year I wrote an article entitled: 10 Tips for Navigating the PhotoPlus Expo in New York City, which you can find here. With the exception of some specific events that I mentioned from last year’s show (and booth numbers from last year), the information still applies.

I’m also very happy to be speaking again at the PhotoPlus Expo 2011. My seminar, entitled Lightroom Power Printing: Tips for Getting the Most from Lightroom’s Printing Capabilities, is on Thursday, October 27 from 3:30-5:30PM. During the seminar, I’ll be sharing a lot of the techniques I use to prepare, proof and make final prints using Lightroom, whether outputting to inkjet printers or photo labs. A two-and-a-half minute video promo of my seminar can be seen here, and to go directly to the registration page and a full description of the seminar, visit this page.

I hope to see some ImagingBuffet readers there! If you see me on the show floor, drooling over the latest lighting gear, lenses, etc., please say hi!

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A Meeting with Vimeo.com: “Couch Mode” and More

About a month ago at the 2010 PhotoPlusExpo in New York City, I had a chance to sit down with a representative from Vimeo.com, a video hosting site that I’ve been familiar with for a few years. If you’re not familiar with Vimeo, here is a short blurb from the company’s press materials:

“Leading video sharing site Vimeo provides the easiest way for people to host and share their videos in high quality…Launched in 2004 and headquartered in New York, NY, Vimeo offers users a video sharing experience that is both entertaining and easy to use. Vimeo is a 2010 & 2009 Time Magazine Top 50 Website.”

Back in February, I wrote this article about The Story Behind the Still–a user-generated HD video contest sponsored by Canon and hosted by Vimeo. It is truly mind-blowing to see the quality of many of the videos, including the story lines, acting, direction, artistry, sound quality, editing and overall impact of the videos. I highly recommend taking a look at the videos and contest details here.

And for some “backstory” from Vincent Laforet, who worked with Canon and Gray Advertising to create the contest, visit this page-a post about the contest before it began, and this page-Laforet speaks about how he and the seven Chapter winners will work together to create the final chapter of the story.

Below are a few other videos on Vimeo I recommend checking out (I’ve embedded one below as well):
https://www.vimeo.com/13557939
https://www.vimeo.com/17439665

[vimeo width=”450″ height=”320″]https://www.vimeo.com/17439665[/vimeo] The Vimeo Vibe

When I started browsing Vimeo videos, I read many of the comments by other content creators and viewers, and noticed a vibrant community that was very supportive and overwhelmingly positive. I would liken it to something akin to a university film class discussion, with a lot of sharing of technical information and gear. That’s what generally sets it apart from other sites like YouTube. Though it depends on the quality of the source material, I’m almost always impressed by the video quality, even when the HD option is not checked. However, HD is usually a better choice for large or full screen video viewing.

The Community Forums on the site are also a great resource for content creators.

Hands-on Couch Surfing

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Vimeo.com’s Couch Mode menu when the info box is selected.

Recently, Vimeo launched a new feature on its site called Couch Mode. It works with Google TV and the GTV remote, and an iPad app is in the works. The interface can also be activated from a browser. Couch Mode just requires a browser that supports HTML5 (the latest version of Apple Safari and Google Chrome both support HTML5). Couch Mode creates an environment similar to most people’s TV experience because the videos run full screen, and continuously, one after another, without user intervention. To experience couch mode on a computer, visit: https://www.vimeo.com/couchmode

The Couch Mode experience is fantastic. I especially like the info box view shown in the screen shot above because you can browse other media while a video is playing. The volume of content, however, is pretty limited (featured and  unless you create your own collection of “Liked” videos, which requires a free “Basic” account or paid Vimeo Plus account. Once you have an account, you can navigate Vimeo.com, tag something as a video you like or as a video to watch later. Then when you enter Couch Mode, all of the videos are waiting for you. It’s a bit like navigating the iTunes directory for podcasts and content, without the need to download anything. A few additions to the user interface in Couch Mode, such as a search bar, selectable list of topics, etc. could largely eliminate the need to go into Vimeo.com’s general interface. I guess there is a balance though in making it easy to navigate from the couch with a bowl of popcorn on your lap :).

Vimeo Basic vs. Vimeo Plus

Without going into too much detail, there are two subscription options: Vimeo Basic and Vimeo Plus. Vimeo  Basic is free and Vimeo Plus is fee-based (about US $60/yr). You can compare the plans here: https://vimeo.com/plus

And the Awards Go To…

Also, on October 9, 2010, Vimeo announced the winners of its 2010 Vimeo Awards in New York City. Below are the winners of the contest’s nine categories. Just enter any of the titles below on Vimeo.com to view the videos:

1. Narrative: “Thrush” by Gabriel Bisset-Smith
2. Documentary: “Last Minutes with ODEN” by Phos Pictures
3. Music Video: “Liars ‘Scissor’” by Andy Bruntel
4. Animation: “Between Bears” by Eran Hilleli
5. Original Series: “Break-ups The Series” by Ted Tremper
6. Experimental: “oops” by Chris Beckman
7. Motion Graphics: “TRIANGLE” by Onur Senturk
8. Captured: “Fluid Sculpture” by Charlie Bucket
9. Remix: “BREAKDOWN the video” by Kasumi

The Vimeo Award for Best Video went to “Last Minutes with ODEN” by Eliot Rausch, which chronicles the last minutes of a dog, Oden, who loses his struggle with cancer. The film was shot using a Canon 7D by Directors of Photography Luke Korver and Matt Taylor. Vimeo awarded them with a grant of $25,000 and the Best Video Award, with for the purpose of making a new, original work.

For more information about Vimeo, visit Vimeo.com.

Recent Article on How to Get the Most from a Visit to the PDN PhotoPlus Expo

I just posted a pretty long article on Pixiq.com entitled: 10 Tips for Navigating the PhotoPlus Expo in New York City.

If you are at the show today, or if you are planning to attend this week or in upcoming years, I hope you find it useful. You can find the article here.