Announcing: Chrominance Video

Those of you who regularly visit my website know that I’ve kept a widget in the right side bar to show my latest videos that I’ve collected in addition to my regular blogging.  I do this with a service called “VodPod,” which is a combination video collection and social networking service.  The service includes a FireFox plugin that, when clicked, searches a page for all embeded videos and allows you to add them to your collection without the hassle of messing with embed code or any of that stuff.  Videos provided by YouTube, Google Video, MySpace, MetaCafe and virtually any other service of Flash video can be snagged with this nifty plugin.  The bad news is: local media is once again behind the curve on this level and no local station is compatible.  It would be nice to think that local media could eventually get it’s collective head out of it’s collective ass and cut the proprietary shit, but we’ll just have to see.

And the social networking side of things means you can share videos with other people on the VodPod service, which includes and, among the many well-known blogs and alternative media.  Of course, my profile can be found here.

So, it’s a pretty sweet service even if you’re not a blogger.  I highly encourage you to check it out, because it’s a lot of fun.  But if you happen to be a blogger, even cooler stuff is in the works for you, which I’ve had the good fortune to be able to beta test.  The new service is tentatively called “Vodspot,” and allows you to map a domain or subdomain of your website to VodPod’s service and build a much more robust profile which can mimic your site’s design.

I’ve done just that, and so I bring you Chrominance DFE Video.  It’s available any time at the convenient URL, so check it out!

It is still beta, but so far, I’ve found it to be quite stable.  You can check out my featured videos or the newest videos, explore by tag, and even comment on my videos directly from the context of my website.  How cool is that?  I’m working on trying to bug-check the design and offer suggestions, so if you would please be so kind: check out the new service and either drop me a line or comment on this post to hip me to things you think would be cool to have on the site. In particular, let me know what you think of the name, because I haven’t settled on one, just yet.  “Chrominance” is the part of a television signal that includes the color, FYI.

I’m also thinking about resurrecting the video blog as well, but attempts to do so this weekend got more complicated than I expected.  You’ll be the first to know.

Thanks, I really appreciate it.

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.