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Sidepodcast TV and the 2008 Season (Part 2) // Another catch up with our video podcasting past, present and future

Published by Mr. C

In part one we looked into the problems we faced when considering a second season of F1 video podcasting. In part two, we'll look into some of the things we're doing to stay fresh and up-to-date.

A video forum

On the same day that Renault released their R28 challenger in Paris, Sidepodcast was at the Broadcast Live and VideoForum in London. This forum is the traditional stomping ground for the great and the good of the British television industry... and Keith Chegwin (don't ask).

You might think we'd be a little out of place in such company, but the thing is, we don't do "video clips" and we have no interest in simply being a conduit for whatever video press release an F1 team decides to push out this week. We want to create brand new and original Formula 1 content, so although nothing we create goes anywhere near a television station, we're sort of making TV.

It turns out that our trip wasn't at all in vain, and the forum turned over a wealth of ideas that gave us a whole new viewpoint on the possibilities of video creativity. Aside from the millions of pounds worth of television equipment stacked high inside Earls Court 2, there were a whole bunch of fantastically invaluable seminars to sit in on. Also, Sequence Post Production were in attendance - F1 fans may recognise the name as the company behind Martin Brundle's brilliant F1 Insight series - and they were an amazingly helpful bunch of people.

Circuit maps

So what did we learn and what are we doing?

First and foremost, we discovered onscreen graphic overlays, and that gave us a jumping off point. You may have noticed we are doing race preview videos again this year, and we're doing them because we think we've found a number of ways to differentiate. The structure of the show has clearly changed, based on all the constructive feedback we received, but for us the one thing that currently stands out are the live circuit overlays.

Track overlay screenshot

A subtle change from last year, I'm sure you'll agree and hardly a paradigm shift by anyone's standards... but they represent a lot. We've created them in their entirety and synced that little dot to the car on the track, and you'll only see them on Sidepodcast TV (at least for the moment). Plus, we can do more, much more.

One thing we've never been able to complain about in F1, is the information graphics FOM put on screen during a race. They are second to none, and they are our benchmark. We already have a few similar samples in development and we'll be adding them to future episodes as soon as we're able to.

The above really only scratches the surface of what's now possible, so this year we'll be adding more and more unique experiences that should ensure we don't repeat ourselves, we don't get boring and we're different from everybody else.

There's more to cover and we'll come back to this subject in future behind-the-scenes posts, but do let us know if you think we're on the right lines, the wrong lines or if you'd just rather we got on with it, stopped all this yapping and created some bloomin' video.




  • You know I love your preview and rewind videos, so I won't add too much. Just to say keep it up and I'm looking forward to the future and what else your fantastic minds come up with. :)

  • The videos are great. I watch them as I'm waiting for the race to start. They're very slick and a lot of fun. Keep them up.

  • The vids are excellent, so keep up the good work there.

    As for the behind-the-scenes stuff, the more the better - the reason so many DVDs come out as 2-disc specials with a whole host of extra bits and bobs about how the films are made is because people like to know all that stuff!

  • Yeah, well, the vids are good, it's my internet connection speed that sucks, I'm using vodafone 3G datacard and this thing is OK for surfing on the net but when it comes to videos - say goodbye and wait. Somehow podcast is easier to download, not sure why, I really suck when it comes to technical details.

  • I enjoy finding out how you put the shows together. I assumed the circuit map with the synchronised little do were 'borrowed' from a professional source. It must take a lot of work to do all the bits I didn't know you did.

    Presumably this is how you occupy yourself while Christine is taking over the internet.

  • Somehow podcast is easier to download, not sure why, I really suck when it comes to technical details.

    might be that the podcast client handles traffic throughput better than a browser. the video's on youtube are smaller and should download quicker, if that helps?

    Presumably this is how you occupy yourself while Christine is taking over the internet.

    i can't hold a candle to her work ethic, but i try to contribute where i can :)

  • "got on with it, stopped all this yapping and created some bloomin’ video."

    Me,

    I had absolutely no idea you created all of that stuff from scratch, like the others: I assumed it was a lift in from a pro outfit. Kudos, I dunno what to say really: I'm amazed.

    Secondly, in contrast to Craig: I haven't the slightest interest in how they make feature films...I have about 400 of them on my shelves and none of them are of the 'special' editions, I find that sort of windbaggery no addition at all.

    However, this sort of behind the scenes stuff about the creation of the podcast is most interesting: I guess its because you and Christine make us feel like members of a coalescing group, which is nice.

    brendan

  • i can’t hold a candle to her work ethic

    Yea, but you see, you taught me everything I know about being a workaholic, so you only have yourself to blame :)

  • Christine,

    I saw the vid for the malaysian track on some other site first I cannot remember which, then when I saw yours I thought you lifted it from there. I had no idea that it was the other way around. Great Work.

  • the video’s on youtube are smaller and should download quicker

    I'll tell my kid to watch your vids on youtube, he's dumb, you know, I watch things on youtube all day and I just hafta tell ya it's the next best thing after Charlie Chaplin.

  • I really look forward to your race previews; a very professional outfit, indeed.

    If it isn't too much extra work, perhaps a couple of these suggestions might add to the 'cast?

    Best lap times: all time, fastest in qualy and race from '07.

    What the winning tyre/fueling strategy was from '07. What the alternate strat did for teams last year (i.e. a 1 stop vs. traditional 2).

    What the 11th qualy car did, as an indicator of the 'divers' (what I'm calling P9, P10 in Q3 for 2008 who treat their fuel strat as if they were P11 anyway) will do this year.

    I thought of a couple of these watching 'another' site's videocast, but, since you are my true love, I wanted to share them with you instead!

  • I thought of a couple of these watching ‘another’ site’s videocast, but, since you are my true love, I wanted to share them with you instead!

    appreciate it, and all good ideas. we'll see what we can do for the bahrain preview.

    the 'other' videocasts serve a good purpose though, they ensure we never rest on our laurels :)

  • hey!! i was wondering if u can provide me link to view the highlights of formula1 races..

    regards,

    kaushal

  • i was wondering if u can provide me link to view the highlights of formula1 races..

    in the uk highlights are available on the ITV website for a limited period.

    alternativly Fresh F1 have some torrent details.

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