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Open Video Tech was set up to explore the toolsets and issues for a decentralised video ecosystem. It was initially funded to explore open web subscriptions using Web Monetization for indie film and video.

Revenue Sharing Language (RSL) & tools

A new syntax and open toolset to create and implement profit share and deferred payment declarations, verification and payouts. It is particularly suited for micropayments or other small revenue splits where it’s not worth engaging a lawyer.

Revenue Sharing Language (RSL) is a new YAML-based syntax to describe Revenue Sharing and payout agreements in a human and machine readable way. Cascade is a drag and drop interface to create RSL agreements in both framework-free native-JS and Svelte-JS. CiviSplit is a suite of three CiviCRM extensions to save, process and payout (experimental) RSL agreements on the three most popular content management systems. Together these tools could potentially be used to split income with your team, cast & crew, investors, debtors, influencers, users, charities, climate protectors, etc: >

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MOVA (decentralised video fingerprinting)

A working prototype for decentralised video identification, metadata and verified credentials using the International Standard Content Code (ISCC).

MOVA is a desktop app (Mac, Windows & Linux), developed with Sprillow, that generates an open source ISCC fingerprint from your videos. Change the video – resize it, compress it, adjust the colour or framerate – and it should generate a similar ISCC code. MOVA can then publish these fingerprints with license and payment info on a public database as a ‘claim’ of ownership. It also supports third-party certifiers who could verify specific claims, such as ownership, Sustainability Certification, or award success. >

Open Movie (federated video platform instance)

A Web Monetized instance of PeerTube, the Activity Pub based distributed video hosting and sharing platform. Currently hosting a few Creative Commons videos. > logo (digital garden)

An open and forakable node-map of notes to explore two research questions: what is Open Video, and what is Net-zero online video? > (open interview archive)

Inspired by the Interview Archives of Kunhardt Film Foundation and JSTOR – this is a prototype of a transcript-tied interview archive using open systems: Joomla, Hyperaudio and HTML video. >


A CiviCRM extension to generate – and pay out – Revenue Sharing Language plans
CiviCRM is regular used to received payments in – donations, ticket sales or membership fees – but what about automating payments out? CiviSplit is a set of three new beta extensions to let CiviCRM admins automate paying income out to multiple parties based on a set of pre-defined rules. It could split the income from a fundraising campaign between multiple charities; or share ticket sales for an event between a band and an NGO after the organiser’s costs are deducted; or even automate the payout of dividends within a worker cooperative after expenses. The work is being done by Ma…
Online video’s carbon footprint could be bigger than aviation. What can we do?
Of this carbon footprint, the biggest impact by far (excluding non-web activities like blockchain mining or buying a new phone every year) is streaming video. The IEA claims streaming services from video and games will account for 87% of consumer internet traffic next year (2022), with video doubling to 2.9 zetabytes of data by then from only 2019. The rate of growth seems exponential – and video is 2-3 times worse than conventional broadcast TV. This is bad news for creators: the bigger your audience, the more viral your videos, the worse the climate impact. Dryden Williams, founde…
Introducing Revenue Sharing Language – a Web Monetization answer to Hollywood accounting?
Scarlett Johansson’s recent contract dispute with Disney and their thunderbolt response that she had ‘callous disregard for the suffering of the pandemic’ showed Hollywood’s power players on the brink of civil war. The LA Times suggested the fight, and Disney’s diss at Marvel’s biggest female star, was really about a bigger question: “how should stars and filmmakers be paid for movies and TV shows now that the business model is shifting quickly from one based on box office and television ratings to one reliant on online subscriptions?”. It’s easy to calculate how to earn a cut of ticket or …
What would a video Wikipedia look like?
I hope you forgive the clickbait headline, reader, as our project isn’t a video Wikipedia. But the subject is a good thought experiment to introduce some of the motivations around ‘open video’, and explain some of the backstory to our project MOVA (Monetizing Open Video Assets), which has just started this week. ‘Video Wikipedia’ is a long-discussed concept that slams fast and hard into technical, social and funding questions: what is the interface for collaborative and transparent video editing that’s as easy to use as a Wiki? How would you host and serve that much video? How could you …