Today one of our clients received a new kind of photo extortion letter. This one is for a back link.
Alec has been working with video since 1995. Before founding Foliovision in 2004, he worked as a Head of Television for Grey Moscow and a TV producer at Bates, Saatchi and Saatchi Russia. Alec maintains a photography and culture weblog at uncoy.com. Alec holds an Honours B.A. from Trinity College at the University of Toronto in Modern Languages and Literature.
I rather foolishly decided to try to post a quotation driven post on my personal weblog with my iPad Pro. Instead of taking twenty minutes, it took one and a half hours. A total of about thirty minutes was spent writing and looking for images/video. The remaining hour was just time wasted, dealing with extremely awkward posting mechanics.
At feedback.dxo.com, Roseblood asked about an article on my workflow in DxO PhotoLab. I know I’ve written one but couldn’t find it in my archives there. As I’ve spent countless hours improving that workflow to process artistic, football and family photos, I’m happy to share it, this time in a more permanent format.
Like most of you, coronavirus, or more accurately COVID-19 has hit Foliovision like a cement mixer barrelling down a country road. In Slovakia, masks are now de rigor everywhere. This includes at work, walking in the streets in town or dining out.
The parliament had to quickly rewrite that last law when they figured out the day after passing the law that it’s impossible to eat or drink with a mask on.
I’ve just had another very poor licensing experience with independent software. It’s encouraged me to share some general guidelines on how to license open source software.
I’ve been working in WordPress for a long time. The original impetus behind the creation of WordPress was a free alternative to Movable Type, after SixApart introduced $299/website pricing for their version 3.0 in 2004. Most webloggers at that time were fairly techy and most sites were personal weblogs (they’d be considered mixed now), so right away they fled to b2 which quickly was forked to WordPress by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little (in the right place at the right time). Mike Little’s a very personable guy who truly believes in open source and sharing. Matt Mullenweg is the CEO of Automattic who have taken $617 million in venture capital, the publisher of WP Tavern (the main WordPress news site). He’s also owner of WooCommerce, which was more or less stolen from the original publishers by WooThemes, making Mullenweg effectively the buyer of stolen goods (as Mullenweg paid Woo but not the original publishers when he acquired WooCommerce for $2.1 million).
We’re looking at long term newsletter, marketing automation solutions now. Preferably open source. Mautic came up but there’s no Wikipedia article on Mautic.*
I decided to quickly put one up. Alas, I can’t stand writing wikitext, it’s very slow. I can edit it on other people’s articles slowly and carefully. I wanted to write in Markdown so I did. It turns out there are no usable conversion tools. At first I was directed to Pandoc. We’ve got an online version which handles unlimited characters. I didn’t have much success with our version. I tried the official version. No luck there either. Other people were facing Markdown to wikitext Pandoc conversion issues as well.
There’s some command line utilities which have to be installed (no thanks) after installing npm first. Or there’s online utilities which are no longer available. Finally I was redirected to our own Pandoc converter.
So you now have a website with all your videos encrypted with FV Player Pro using AWS Elemental MediaConvert, AWS Elastic Transcoder or Coconut.co (full FV Player integration coming soon )? Or perhaps your video platform is Vimeo and you can just put up FV Player Vimeo Security and stop at least the known video download tools. Bravo!
Now you want to post some of your videos to Facebook. Are your videos protected from download there? Not really, not even in a private group. Using FV Player Pro with independent hosting is not really an option. Facebook doesn’t play well with independently hosted videos, you really have to upload to their platform, which we don’t control.
Here’s some good strategies to minimise your risk.