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Video - Panta Rei Danseteater 'Lullaby'

Norwegian dance company Panta Rei Danseteater, late last year, conducted a little experiment whereby three dance makers created two pieces with the same name based on the same idea, featuring three male dancers and two musicians, to see what the outcome was.

June 2nd, 2016

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by Martin French

Dance video on the internet is almost as elusive as a the legendary Razor Back Giraffes that, as legend has it, stalked the African plaines for many centuries before being wiped out by Exxon Mobil to make way for a pipeline network, petrol station and a small shop!

We’ve said it before, apparently to little effect, but dance is a movement based art form and nothing says movement like a little, or a lot, of video material. The technology is getting cheaper and easier to use and your excuses are started to get very, very thin!

Just getting the video online is often not good enough, the quality has to be high enough so people can actually see your work and appreciate all of its subtle qualities (you do have subtle qualities in your work right?) Modern computer applications have some standard internet ready export options but the results are rarely good enough.

Perhaps the biggest hurdle to getting your masterpiece on the world wide interweb is a lack of tools and knowledge to get the job done. That’s where we come in! (we had to come into it somewhere)

Now we’re not going to do it for you, that would take ages wouldn’t it? But we can provide you with an easy to follow video guide that makes the whole process simple to follow and if you miss a bit you can do a quick rewind a play it again.

Bygone Days

In days gone by we would have provided a long article with a load of screen shots but video-casting is all the rage these days, so we’re told, and as such we can illustrate the whole process in full motion video. All you need to do is hit the big button above and watch away, but read on for a few details.

The tutorial will take you through all the stages necessary to get your finished video/film crushed, packed and prepared to show it the world without relying on those hacks at YouTube. The whole thing takes just over 5 minutes.

Before getting started you do have to spend a little bit of money. Don’t panic it’s not a small fortune, just $29.99 (or £15 at todays exchange rate) to activate the ‘pro’ features in Apple’s Quicktime software. The ‘pro’ version has a large number of options for converting video from one format into another along with a number of other toys like full screen video playback and image enhancement features.

You can purchase a license online with a debit or credit card, don’t worry, it’s all safe and secure.

[ Get QuickTime Pro ]

There are other video formats available for streaming video from your websites but we use Quicktime so that’s the one we’re going to show you how to use. RealVideo and Windows Media should be avoided on the general principle that they’re not very good!

Here in TheLab™ we use Apple Mac computers but the procedures you need to follow are the same on Windows based computers so don't fret if the environment looks a little alien to you.

The video tutorial illustrates how to convert a finished, broadcast quality video, into the H.264 format that we use on Article19 for all video material. Even the instruction video is in H.264 format, how's that for irony? (that’s not very ironic at all! Ed!)

Go Go Gadget Convert

Once your video is converted, copy it over to your website and let the world have a look at it, well a very small part of the world to begin with! If you’re a bit stuck with that part of the process then we will follow up with another tutorial in a little while.

In the meantime download the text document from the link below because that includes the code that you need to embed the file into a web-page of your choosing.

Finally, we need to apologise for the narrator on the video tutorial, we wanted the nice Australian guy who does the voice over for Apple on their website video presentations but he was busy kangaroo herding or something.

[ Code Snippet Document ]

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