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The New Security Seminar Podcast

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We’ve made some significant changes to how people can view our Security Seminar Series:

  • We’re now offering h.264/mp4 versions of the seminar videos, both as downloadable files and in a spanking-new video podcast.  Look us up in iTunes or the Democracy channel guide, and you’ll find us.  The 320x240 videos are not only higher-quality than what we’ve previously offered, but are also playable on portable players than support h.264 (we’ve tested it on 5G iPods)
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  • We will also look at encoding all of our previous recorded seminars to h.264/mp4 in the next few months.  Those that we have on DVD will be easy, but the ones more than a couple years old we only have on VHS, so they will likely take a lot longer.
  • In the near future — at latest by summer 2007 — we will stop encoding our videos in RealMedia format.  The popularity of Real has faded a lot over the years, and most folks (including us) aren’t interested in installing it.  This would leave us without a streaming video format, but we’re not sure there’s a lot of demand for one now.  If there is, we will likely go with an embedded Flash video player rather than something like Windows Media.

If there is strong interest in providing other video formats, please let us know.  We may consider moving to 640x480 resolution for our videos now that iPods support the larger size, but we don’t want to push the file size to high and make for lengthy downloads.

If you have problems or feedback, please let us know in the comments section.

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