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Welcome to the YVXN Newsblog

Submitted by andrewlynn on Fri, 2007-03-16 23:24. Manhattan Neighborhood Network | News Blog

This is where members of the youth video exchange network publish relevant news items.

Are you a member? please SHARE your news!

Youth Media Reporter has published an article about YVXN

Submitted by andrewlynn on Wed, 2007-08-01 17:21. Manhattan Neighborhood Network | News Blog | Distribution | marketing | Public Access

As of July 31, 2007 Youth Media Reporter , a great online journal for the youth media community, has published an article entitled: Youth Video Exchange Network: Building Digital Distribution for Public Access Youth Channel (click to read)

check it out & leave comments with your thoughts.

Downloadable YVXN Handbook

Submitted by andrewlynn on Wed, 2007-08-01 16:00. Manhattan Neighborhood Network | News Blog | Curriculum | Distribution | Public Access | Video Compression

The latest version of the YVXN handbook is now available for download in .pdf format. The handbook includes instructions for proper compression techniques, uploading content, sharing videos, and much, much more. If you are looking for an easy to read manual for using this website, here it is. download and print. Enjoy!

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YVXN Article in the new Community Media Review

Submitted by andrewlynn on Fri, 2007-07-27 14:36. Manhattan Neighborhood Network | News Blog | Public Access

Check it out!!!

An article entitled, Community Media 2.0 in Action has been published in the latest issue (Summer 07) of Community Media Review.  It’s overall a great issue.  Download the .pdf here.

Online Training Session – June 19, 2007 4PM EST

Submitted by andrewlynn on Tue, 2007-06-19 16:53. Manhattan Neighborhood Network | News Blog | Distribution | Video Compression

UPDATE:  to attend the training:

log in to iChat and IM destroyallandrew; you will be asked to join a group chat.

In separate Firefox (browser) windows, open: you should see and hear me (turn up your volume)

and select Broadband High and click Load Live


hi everyone!

here is the plan for today at 4PM EST.

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Notes from Recent YVXN Site Visits

Submitted by andrewlynn on Tue, 2007-04-17 16:51. Manhattan Neighborhood Network | News Blog | Distribution | Public Access

I recently undertook some travels on behalf of MNN Youth Channel, and more specifically the Youth Video Exchange Network ( I visited various youth media organizations and contacts, in addition to our partner sites, St. Paul Neighborhood Network and Portland Community Media. Here’s a brief report.

Overview of Sites Visited and/or Contacts & Meet-ups:

*Portland Area:*
Portland Community Media (and OLLIE) | |
Metro East Community Media |

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Submitted by andrewlynn on Tue, 2007-01-23 17:46. Manhattan Neighborhood Network | News Blog | Distribution

Happy NewYear!

CONGRATULATIONS! we have only really been sharing media since the new year and already we have made a total of over 6 hours of broadcast-quality video available to one another via the internet!!! this is a groundbreaking project and i hope everyone is as excited as we are to be participating thanks to everyone who has contributed…. and lets keep it up. (some new MNN stuff will be coming up soon, by the way)

Here are the latest updates, reminders, and pointers for all staying on the same page:
let’s try to start naming files in a similar manner. i am going to propose this as a method: location_videoname_resolution.fileextension (with no spaces)
here’s three examples:

MNNYC_BeyondHijab_TV.mp4 – for a hi-res file of MNN YC’s Beyond the Hijab
PCM_Portland2050_TV.mp4 – for a hi-res video called Portland 2050 from PCM
PeopleTV_SummerVideos_web.mp4 – for a LO-res videos from a summer program at People TV

all of these things are important. in looking at a file on our computer(s), we all need to be able to tell easily: where it came from, what is it called, and is it hi or lo quality. it’s fine to distribute web-quality video via YVXN, but we don’t want to put it on to television that way.
please use tags as keywords when creating video entries. try to use the same tags over and over as you enter more videos. this will make it most useful. as you begin to type in a tag, you will see options that have been used previously appear below your cursor. this helps to know what is already being used.
this is a request for to anyone who put video entries before tagging was an option. (MNN YC included) when possible, go to your video entries, while logged in, and click edit. then ADD TAGS accordingly. I also added an AGE RATING box recently that is optional, but useful. this can also be updated.
try to upload still images with your video entries. this will keep the ‘latest videos’ section on the right-hand side new & interesting. however… its not mandatory.
go to: to view the NYMAP user forum. you can create new discussion threads or reply to observations or questions other people have had. think of this as a way to log conversations (tech and non-tech.) that will be useful in the future and to new members
right now we are using two ways to distribute our media, and NEITHER of them are perfect. lets remember that this project is still growing & evolving

#1. Pando:
attached to this email, you will find all the .pando files that have been exchanged so far. when opened in the Pando application, they will begin to download the media files. NOTE: the .pando files are NOT on a 1:1 ratio with videos. ie. some pando packages contain several videos.

here is the Spin group url: xxxxxxxxxxx (email andrew at mnn dot org for this link)
Right now, only MNN YC videos are there. if you want to share your videos this way, you can upload them via the box. NOTE they will only be available when your computer is online. it is just one more way to share, but it is not that convenient for our purposes. PLEASE DO NOT PUBLICIZE THIS LINK…. it is hidden, but not password protected.
gariet in portland suggested (over the forum!) that the someone in the network put together an intro/outro clip that individual channels could air before and or after material gathered from the YVXN. we had already been talking about this at MNN and we plan to make a weekly show in our schedule for all NYMAP material. I volunteered to begin work on an intro clip and then i will put it out to the group to see how it works. If anyone wants to help or has time to make one, email the list asap with your suggestions.

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Urban Visionaries 2007 – Call for Entries

Submitted by andrewlynn on Wed, 2007-01-10 16:32. Manhattan Neighborhood Network | News Blog | Festivals

Are you a young film/video maker, or do you know a young film/video maker who wants the opportunity to have their work screened at the longest running youth film festival? Have you been waiting to show your work to thousands of other young people?
Are you under 21?

If you answered yes to these questions, the Urban Visionaries Film Festival is for you!

The mission of Urban Visionaries is to provide youth with a forum to raise and discuss social, economic, cultural and political issues through the exhibition of youth-produced media. Through UVFF, youth challenge their peers to become active participants in their schools, their communities, and in the media.

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A Video Exchange Log

Submitted by andrewlynn on Thu, 2006-12-07 23:04. Manhattan Neighborhood Network | News Blog | Distribution

Today, I sent 6 videos to Tony at Denver Access (Deproduction).

Sent by Pando (5):

Beyond the Hijab, BWCCS Animations, May 1st Immigration Special, May 1st Studio Show, & Prom Night

I also sent him a .torrent for Bringing Back Venezuela, which I uploaded to the Azuerus/Zudeo publisher. The BBV .torrent is HERE on the Azureus website  The .torrent is also posted here on this site.

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GRCMC’s Future Kulture premiers first feature length film.

Submitted by Gretchen Vinnedge on Mon, 2006-12-04 19:34. Grand Rapids Community Media | News Blog | Production

After two and a half years of hard work, made possible by a grant from the Michgian Women’s Foundation,  the Grand Rapids Community Media Center ‘s Future Kulture group is proud to announce the World Premier of our first feature length video, Kara in Black.  The film tells the story of two sisters on different sides of the Iraq war.  One is a young soldier on her way to Iraq, the other chooses to form a chapter of the peace initiative “Women in Black” to protest the war.

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