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Hawk 1, Drone 0: Bird Downs Quad Copter

Yet another item to add to the pre-flight safety checklist:  A scan of the horizon for signs of birds of prey, such as the red-tailed Hawk which downed a DJI Phantom FC40 when it was flown in a Cambridge, MA park in October 2014.

Pilot Christopher Schmidt reports on his YouTube page that “As soon as he flew at me, I throttled down the props to try to minimize any harm to the bird.”. Schmidt also writes that the hawk emerged unscathed.

 

Cisco Online Video Forecast

For online marketing professionals, the latest Cisco Visual Networking Index contains a key takeaway when it comes to online video:  Start to incorporate online video into your marketing mix, as the report forecasts the online video will reach more users than social media by 2017, surpassing Facebook and Twitter.

Although entertainment content will be the most highly viewed genre, the Cisco forecast validates our view that video has become an expectation for website visitors — and will only become more so in the future — as it becomes a larger and larger part of the user experience.

The full Cisco Visual Networking Index can be found at the link above.  Here are a few highlights as related to online video:

  • Video-on-demand traffic will triple in 2017 to about 69 percent of all internet traffic, up 52% from 2012.
  • It would take an individual over 5 million years to watch the amount of video that will cross global IP networks each month in 2017.
  • Every second, nearly a million minutes of video content will cross the network in 2017.
  • Mobile video traffic will account for two-thirds, or 66 percent, of overall mobile traffic in 2017.

Video of The Day: GoPro: Red Bull Stratos

Dear readers, we must be candid as the Video of Day here at DCOnlineVideo aspires to continue to make a good use of your valuable time!

For business-to-business marketers (B2b), there is no case-study or best practice lesson from the video below.  But blow a few minutes of your day and watch anyway! It’s breathtaking and sure to evoke a Wow! reaction.

(Tip: If your watching is a distraction from more important tasks… well…  we suggest that you slurp down a Red Bull and tell your boss you had to experience the complete B2C marketing cycle for this campaign!  This is, of course, if a) you aren’t sensitive to energy drinks; b) you don’t have a fear of heights; and/or c) you must to check out the video quality when a GoPro Hero is mounted onto a man (Felix Baumgartner) becoming the first-person to break the speed of sound after free falling from 24.5 miles above the earth.  PS: It’s incredibly HQ!

FYI: (Spectacle aside, this video, released today by GoPro, shows the harrowing descent that almost cost Baumgartner his life as you’ll see when he began uncontrollably spinning in mid-flight).

Winter Walk of Lights: Video Profile

DCOnlineVideo produced the video below on behalf of Meadowlark Garden’s “Winter Walk of Lights”, a spectacular light show that recently completed its 2nd year in Vienna, VA. (See production credits below video clip).

The video shows the power of unscripted video, as Park Manager Keith Tomlinson, spoke with passion about the legacy of the gardens and the emotions visitors experience when walking through the show.

  • The video serves two key objectives:  To showcase the majesty of the exhibit and to encourage visitors to return to the Gardens in springtime.
  • The project audio track was pulled from an unscripted interview with the park manager, then edited to present the full story about the light show and how it overlays into Meadowlark Garden’s mission.
  • The primary sponsor, Dominion, is not mentioned by name, but instead given a visual credit in the opening.

 

Production Credits: Creative development, interviewing,  all video recording, editing, and publishing of project on YouTube. (Note: This project was finalized after the 2013-14 show closed. However, the production is expected to be incorporated into promotional campaigns for the 2014-15 season).