audio vs video

A couple a days ago I was talking to freax about doing a vidcast. why, well it sounded great but also because I want to give something back to the community. I had the idea of doing a podcast about programming, not the things you see on most of the show but actually going rather deep into it.
Some of the ideas about subjects I head were ie doing a podcast on hibernate, so not just telling you what it is but showing you in an IDE an example and building a real world example I would be using on my own website/intranet.
Another Idea was to build an application using a Service Oriented Architecture. And then show some of the benefits that came from doing it this way.
I wanted freax to join and tell his stories about using design patterns in C. Showing some of the neat tricks he used in his day to day work.

While I was explaining this to him, he told me someone had asked him to write a book about design patterns in C. Now a book sounds great, and looks good on your CV, but then I told him, imagine Robert Love had not written his book on kernel programming, but made an iptv show on it. Okay it would have taken several hours but you can do so much more with visual things and movement than static content.

Today I read werners blog, he had a nice comparison chart in there of how much you learn from several mediums. Now in this chart audio/video are the same, but for me that’s certainly not true. My mind more easily stores visual information than audio information.

I’m still thinking about doing such an iptv show, but haven’t got the details figured out yet. I think the release time would be every month or so. But If I start this I want to have a schedule planned out for at least 10 episodes. I’m still thinking about good subjects. Java,Mono and C are already in there, but what precise subject I haven’t figured out yet.

2 Replies to “audio vs video”

  1. The problem with VidCasts imvho is that one has to sit down and watch the thing rather than quickly read it, or listen to it in the car.

    There is no way to quickly skimm a video while not losing 90% of the content.

  2. That’s why I bought a portable DVD player that I mounted into the car. I download my vidcasts to it and watch it in the traffic jams. đŸ˜€
    Another thing I have to mention is, that I’m not comparing vidcasts to blogs here. For example, I’m reading Linux Kernel Development Book at the moment. I’m reading it very carefully and rereading a lot of paragraphs when my mind wonders of. If I could watch it on tv my mind would wonder …

    I agree that some shows are really overkill to do as vidcasts, but some will surely have an added value when you do them as vidcast and not as podcast or blog.

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