More Video from Shanghai: Josh’s IDF Video Diary

Here’s another collection of video clips from the two days of IDF Shanghai. Highlights include a look around the IDF venue (Shanghai International Convention Center), the Huangpu riverfront at night (gorgeous!), a peek at Chinese TV in my hotel room, a look at what websites are blocked in China and which aren’t, some “man on the street” video with Intel’s new Mobile Internet Devices, a look at the terrifying chaos that is pedestrian and vehicle traffic in Shanghai, and a cameo appearance by Celene Dion. πŸ™‚

Like the walkabout video I posted before, these little clips were all shot in HD on my little Aiptek Go-HD video camera, then pieced together in Quicktime Pro and rendered down to 640×360 on my Elgato Turbo.264. And then converted to low quality Flash by YouTube. πŸ™‚ The video is about 10 minutes long, and I’ll probably post a higher quality version than what I can get from YouTube when I get home.I’ll probably keep shooting and posting these while I’m in Shanghai. I’m here until next week – going to spend a few days working with some of the Intel Software Network team here at Intel Shanghai. And I kind of like the style/technique of these videos. I’ve had lots of people ask me how I’m doing this. It’s very simple: I turn the screen on the camera so I can see myself, then hold it out at arm’s length, pointed at me, and pivot around in place to show what’s around me, while keeping myself on screen. Kind of fun to shoot, and I like the results.You know the drill – leave me a comment and tell me what you think. Want to see more like this? Hate it? Have something about Shanghai that you want me to shoot? Drop me a line, and let me know. And thanks for watching! πŸ™‚


A few iPhone photos from Shanghai

It’s been a whirlwind two days. IDF just got over, and for the last two days, I’ve been shooting video of keynotes, sessions, demos, and other interesting stuff. Since all my video gear is kinda heavy to lug around, I haven’t bothered taking my Nikon D40 DSLR with my, to take many photos. Now that I’m done with the heavy duty video stuff, I’ll have my camera with me much more while I’m here in Shanghai, and will take and post some more photos.

In the mean time, here are a few that I’ve managed to shoot with my iPhone. Some of these turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself. As always, I love it when you comment on my stuff, so let me know what you think, and enjoy! πŸ™‚

Shanghai Promenade
Super Brand Mall, Shanghai
Super Brand Mall, interior
My first meal in Shanghai: McDonald's
Intel Developer Forum 2008 Shanghai

You can, as always, see all of the photos I share on Flickr.


Video: Josh’s Shanghai Walkabout

I’ve been in Shanghai for about a day and a half now, for the Spring 2008 Intel Developer Forum conference. I’m here to shoot video of stuff that’s interesting and useful for software developers and generally cover the event for Intel Software Network.

Yesterday was “Day 0” of the event – badge pickup, etc., but no real events scheduled. I took the opportunity to escape my hotel, and do a little walkabout exploration of my surroundings in Shanghai. I’ve been shooting tons of pictures and video, and I could write thousands and thousands of words about how cool Shanghai is. For now, enjoy this little video I put together of my “walkabout” in Shanghai.

Features include: about 100 people offering to sell me a “Rolex”, some of the great Shanghai architecture, exploration of the “Super Brand Mall”, including the Chinese versions of McDonalds and Toys R Us, a supermarket, and more.

Later that evening, my ISN China colleagues (and Shanghai natives) Richard and Welles basically showed me the town. They took me to PC Mall, which is a 5 story mall full of nothing but computers, electronics, cameras, and games. It’s like Fry’s on crack, and I’m DEFINITELY going back there before I come home. πŸ™‚ There’s a bonus clip of PC Mall at the end of the video.

I also ran into my first “blocked in China” site while trying to upload this video – I love Blip, for lots of reason – video quality being one of the top. So I was bummed to not be able to use it for this video. Instead, it’s on YouTube (strange that Blip is blocked but YouTube isn’t – what’s up with that?), with the accompanying quality loss. But at least you can see it. And the quality isn’t super high anyway – it was all shot handheld in HD on my Aiptek Go-HD, then reencoded to 640×360 on my trusty Elgato Turbo.264. I’ll put up a high quality version when I get home.

Here’s the video – enjoy! πŸ™‚


I’m in Austin, Texas, for SXSW Interactive

I arrived last night in Austin, Texas, for the SXSW Interactive conference. I’ve watched this event from afar for a couple of years, and it always seems to be an awesome mix of fun, cool web technologies, and community. So this year, I decided to come.

Slightly off topic, I had an amazing view of Mt. Hood as we flew out of Portland yesterday. Sadly, my D40 was stowed, and I couldn’t get to it in time, but I did have the little Aiptek Go-HD, so I shot some HD video and a couple of the 5MP stills that it can do. Not the greatest quality, but hope it communicates how amazing the view was:

Mt. Hood from the air

The actual SXSW event hasn’t even started yet – I’ll head over to the Austin Convention Center across the street in a little bit to pick up my badge, and attend one or two of the opening panels. There’s so much stuff going on at any given time that it’s kind of intimidating to decide where I should be at any given time. Not only are there actually three components to the SXSW festival going on at the same time (Interactive, Film, and Music), but each timeslot has like ten panels, all of them sound great, and there are tons of “extracurricular” events going on, like the Screenburn gaming festival, film premiers and screenings (I want to go see “Nerdcore Rising” and MC Frontalot!). Oh, and BarCampAustin. And lots and lots of friends that I haven’t seen for a long time. And tons of parties (which I probably won’t go to – I’m not much of a party person. Downside of being a true geek, I guess.) It’s so hard to plan ahead that I simply decided not to. There are a few things that I want to be sure to see, but I’m mostly playing it by ear.

I’ll be taking photos and shooting video, and posting real blog posts, but mainly, you can expect to keep up with what I’m doing via my Twitter microposts. You’ll find a daily summary posted here to the blog (but not in the feed), or you can see it all as it happens in my lifestream at, or follow me on Twitter. And if you’re in Austin and want to get together, just D me on Twitter, or email me ( You can call me at 503-334-1889, but you’ll probably get my voicemail.

I’m going to head out, get some lunch, then go over and pick up my badge, check the place out, and sit in on a panel or two. Catch you later! πŸ™‚