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David OulashianOnline reel questions
by on Jan 11, 2008 at 10:06:17 pm

Hi all,

First, sorry for the double post -- originally posted in Demo Reels but only got one reply.

I haven't needed a reel in ages (because I have been working full time for the last several years) but then all of a sudden needed to quickly post some work samples for some people. First online reel. Long story short, I posted a clip of edit samples to YouTube and guess what? It looked like crap! (he jokes . . .)



What is the best place/method/etc. to get a streaming reel online with quality without having to create my own website?

Second question, ignore the quality of the YouTube compression, any feedback on the samples/format? I have done montage reels in the past (2 minutes of montage to music) but I never feel that those really give any sample of actual editing. So I opted for several whole pieces -- times out to 7:51 (downside is that is kind of long).

Any and all feedback welcomed.

David Oulashian


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Shane RossRe: Online reel questions
by on Jan 12, 2008 at 3:54:59 am

Here's what I have going:

http://www.shanerosseditor.com

A .mac account and iWeb and you're up and running...simple too. MUCH better than YouTube (which isn't very professional) and you can provide several samples of your work.

The OLD way of doing demo reels...5 to 7 min on VHS, 3/4" or beta...is going the way of the dodo. With DVDs and online content, where you can have people look thru menus and view what they want, a whole new way to approach your reel is upon you.

While I still have my obligatory montage on the front page, I feel that an EDITING reel that is only montage doesn't show your ability as a story teller. Fine for DPs, graphic artists Costumers and Set designers, but Director, Actor and editors need full scenes.

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Randall RaymondRe: Online reel questions
by on Jan 12, 2008 at 9:35:59 pm

[David Oulashian] "What is the best place/method/etc. to get a streaming reel online with quality without having to create my own website?"

The problem with any free site for posting video is they are probably going to restrict bandwidth (quality - bit-rate and size) to accommodate all the videos being played at any given moment.

If you have a friend with a website, perhaps he could create a page for you and let you upload a really high quality encode of your reel. Just an idea...


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Rick DolishnyRe: Online reel questions
by on Jan 13, 2008 at 1:08:44 am

The absolutely best place to put a professional demo reel is Reel Exchange. Here is my old reel.

http://reel-exchange.com/members/8095fc63/profile/27af3593fd77144a7a7fc4e85...

I admit I'm totally in love with the interface sported on vimeo. It has a very small community but I love the upload tool, privacy settings, and overall vibe.

http://www.vimeo.com/

But for reel check out Reel Exchange. I signed up for free when it was beta, but will definitely renew and pay. Again, it's a professional site and sports some amazing content.

- Rick

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Randall RaymondRe: Online reel questions
by on Jan 13, 2008 at 4:55:36 am

[Rick Dolishny] "The absolutely best place to put a professional demo reel is Reel Exchange."

That's not a very high Flash video encode of your work. Perhaps 250-300kbps. Cable will stream Flash 8 at 700-800kbps without hitching. Transitions and motion visibly fall apart below that. Which is to say, one could encode Flash 8 at 1000-1500kbps for pristine reels with a short loading time for cable (and above) viewers. But no one hosts that for free. If the purpose of an on-line video is to knock their socks off - why settle for something that amounts to a notch above dial-up?


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Bill DewaldRe: Online reel questions
by on Jan 13, 2008 at 6:34:06 am

try drop.io - the site automatically converts uploaded QTs to flash - it's good for sharing video privately in a pinch, without making a website.





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Rick DolishnyRe: Online reel questions
by on Jan 13, 2008 at 12:15:43 pm

Love drop.io for ftp but I think it times out after seven days.

Also, the links to media it generates are often wrong. After the second client complained, we resorted to using drop.io or external shuffling of big files for staff only.

- Rick

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Rick DolishnyRe: Online reel questions
by on Jan 13, 2008 at 12:17:02 pm

Love drop.io for ftp but I think it times out after seven days.

Also, the links to media it generates are often wrong. After the second client complained, we resorted to using drop.io or external shuffling of big files for staff only.

- Rick

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Christian GlaweRe: Online reel questions
by on Jan 16, 2008 at 6:25:44 pm

YouTube is absolutely horrific - I refuse to post video there.

Reel Exchange, I haven't tried yet, buuutttt....

IMO, the *best* way is to get your own domain, and a big name host - Yahoo is something like 12 bucks a month, with a *lot* of storage. This is what I do for christianglawe.com (under construction).

Also IMO, Quicktime h.264 looks a bit better than Flash - I think it's okay to presume that most folks who are looking at demos have broadband - 15-20 MB for a 2-minute video is fine, and should look nice.

Christian Glawe editor/compositor christianglawe.com Read my blog: http://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/111 Pain is temporary... film is forever.


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