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Magda Marcu


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Create a three minutes version for each TED talk

I find it much easier to hook people up to TED if they have the option to watch a short talk first which will raise their interest to find out more and then they'll watch the average 20 minutes one.

A second argument is that we are all so busy and have so many things on our plates and there are not enough hours in a day. It's not a lack of interest that I am concerned about, but rather the trade off one needs to make to put aside 20 minutes which they usually don't have for something they don't know if they would like or not. How do you choose what talk to watch when there are five you may be interested in and you don't have more then half hour to do it?


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    Feb 17 2011: Is there a way to crowd-source this? Could we have volunteer TED Video Editors the same way we have volunteer TED Translators?
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      Feb 17 2011: I have an idea on how to make this possible.

      I think this could be easily done by implementing additional function to TED.com video player, and a web based tool for editing, and of course with help of Volunteers.

      The web based tool can be a place where volunteers(editors) can select parts of the video, which need to be included in shortened version. Based on selections, application saves timeframes of selected parts in to a data file.

      Then, a feature can be added to TED.com video player, which enables it to play only selected parts and skip through(jump) unselected parts, only using information from corresponding data file.

      So, when people watch TED talks there should be option to chose to watch shortened version if applicable.

      Since, only starting and ending time value of segments are saved into data file, it will be very small in size, therefore effective. Moreover, because of this system, no video editing experience and/or knowledge will be required from volunteers.
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        Feb 17 2011: This is a fantastic way to resolve the problem. Do TED administrator agree with the idea of implementing this additional function to the video player?
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        Feb 19 2011: I agree. This is a wonderful way to execute this!! Great idea.
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      Feb 17 2011: I see this idea as in different angle as not all the TED talks can be trimmed to fit into 3 minutes time. Sometimes, talks need time to make the argument clearly in the way to convince the idea that worth spreading.

      I believe by adding some interactive elements to the video will do the trick. As the RSA doing RSA Animate as they trim the hour long speech into 10 minutes time-lapse video with lovely graphical explanation. Some videos were featured in TED in the Best of the Web segment too. (e.g: http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_changing_education_paradigms.html)

      And I can remember sometime ago, BBC asked their viewers to come up with mashup using their Digital Revolution series' footages. People came up with cool yet incredible mashups. My favourite this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfOzs7IRbeo

      This is good idea to have short footage of TED talks with interactive and graphical elements. Crowd-source works just like a magic. And translations of TED talks are always gone through moderation process so as that practice can be adopted to this very idea. Creativity of crowd is another source of wonderful ideas.
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      Feb 17 2011: If you are going to do it, I would love to get involved.

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