Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Roots Television is a big hit

Roots Television is a big hit

DearREADERS,
Why should the internet for audio/video streaming be confined to the
pop-music culture?

Ol' Myrt has been watching ROOTS TELEVISION on her computer screen, and I'd
like to report that this archive of audio/videocasts from a variety of
producers looks mighty interesting. One of my class participants today
stated she loved internet audio-streaming in the form of genealogy podcasts,
but wondered about audio/video streaming of genealogy content over the
internet. I recommend that she (and my dear readers and listeners) check
things out at:

http://www.rootstelevision.com

The 8-minute Overview will automatically begin to play shortly after your
arrival to the site. If you wish to view another program, you don't have to
wait until the current program concludes.

CHOOSE THE TAB OF INTEREST
-- Featured
-- Military Roots
-- Military films
-- Shorts
-- Roots books
-- Ancestors, Season Two

THEN SCROLL DOWN TO DOUBLE CLICK ON THE DESIRED VIDEO CLIP in the
collection.

Some of the audio/video streams are only 2-3 minutes long. Of special
interest see:

ROOTS BOOKS --> Hispanic Roots Part 1-4 hosted by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack,
featuring George Ryskamp, author of Hispanic Roots.

Sometimes as you click to view an audio/video stream, you'll have to sit
through a short commercial for AOL, Bounty paper towels or the like.

Admittedly, you'll need a high speed connection to the internet, which is
becoming the norm among computer savvy genealogists. Audio/video streaming
takes up more "bandwidth" than regular web pages.

The audio quality is excellent, and the video quality is state of the art
for current internet video streaming standards. You will notice a little
"jerkiness" in the video stream on even the most professional presentations.
Other, less formal, short subjects were obviously recorded with
lower-quality equipment and display with a more pronounced pixilated effect
even on my 1280x800 monitor.

The overall concept of sharing genealogical how-to family history info via
an internet audio/video stream is simply marvelous.

So move over YouTube (where you can upload and view personal videos)-- ROOTS
TELEVISION is here.

We're giving notice to Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood and Clay Aiken that
there IS another use of internet audio/video streaming.

Although there are indeed a TON of pop-music fans -- genealogists far
outnumber them! Ol' Myrt's hat goes off to Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak and
crew for pulling ROOTS TELEVISION together - cutting edge technology for
family historians in the information age!

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy.

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