A response to Jim Long about Media Snacking. I talk about having conversations with short videos. It's not real time, but there is something new happening with the ease of use of new platforms such as seesmic.
This video was recorded on the Nokia N95. I then edited the video on iMovie on my MacBook Pro. I learned a couple of things. An 8 minute movie, exported as 640x480 is a 266MB file. So I re-exported this as a 320x240 QuickTime movie using H.264 and it ended up as a 73 MB file. A better size for uploading to blip.tv. I might switch to recording these Steve TV videos as 320x240 so I don't have to deal with the file size problems. The 640x480 quality is amazing, but for these little tests capturing life streams, I think the smaller size is fine. I'm also being seduced by the ease of use that the N95 provides with it's internal editor. After having gone through all the trials and tribulations of logging and capturing, editing, compressing and exporting video with a desktop based system and miniDV based camera, it's freeing to be able to shoot, edit and post from one device.
Instead of waiting for Apple TV, I took an old PowerBook G4 and hooked it up to my HD TV with an S-Video cable and and audio splitter. Now I can watch videos on my TV and browse the web. The picture quality is amazing.
Audio A/B Cable
Plug the S-Video cable from the back of the PowerBook G4 into the S-Video input of your TV. Then from the Apple menu, choose System Prefernces, Choose Displays, then click on Detect Displays.
After the computer detects the external display, the TV, turn Mirroring on and what you see on your computer will be displayed on the TV.
Then plug the Audio Splitter into the Audio out port on your computer. Connect the white and red cables to the TV audio inputs.
QuickTime - Play a video and choose View, Full Screen and the video will play full screen on your TV.
Other video players you can try are FireAnt and Democracy.
Newer Macs have Front Row with an IR remote you can use to control viewing videos on your Mac. Here's a blog post that explains how to intall Front Row on older Macs.