Brightcove and YouTube

I’m currently using Brightcove as a video CRM and wanted to migrate away from the service to YouTube.  A few years back we were thinking about migrating from Brightcove to a home grown video platform that was embedded into the CMS.  In order to accomplish this, we were looking at ingesting the MRSS feed out of Brightcove into the new CMS.  That project never got off the ground, so we continued to stay on Brightcove.

Now with more and more publishers taking advantage of the YouTube montetization platform, we’ve decided to create a YouTube channel.  There are services like TubeMogul that are SaaS middle ware to allow cross publishing of video content to Brightcove and other video services.  I stumbled upon a new service that I’ve never seen before and didn’t come up in Google searches.

http://support.brightcove.com/en/video-cloud/docs/distributing-video-youtube

You basically allow Brightcove access to your YouTube channel and it will sync all or videos that meet simple criteria.  I chose to sync all 2000+ videos on our Brightcove account, and it worked seamlessly.  All video metadata was also synced and if you make changes on the Brightcove side, it automatically syncs up on the YouTube side as well.

I checked the YouTube side and it seems the files actually get uploaded to YouTube, so if you were to disconnect the sync (or cancel your Brightcove account), the videos and all the metadata should remain on the YouTube side.

BrightcoveYouTubeSync
YouTube showing the source file

I’ll have to run a test where I create the syndication link to YouTube and then cancel it to see if the videos on YouTube disappear.

 

Tracking your finances with Mint.com

I could never balance my check book when I was younger.  I don’t use checks at all (except to pay my gardener) and I don’t receive a bank statement at the end of each month.  I have been using online banking services since the late 90’s and remember trying to connect Quicken to online banking files.

Yodlee
Then in the early 2000’s, I stumbled upon Yodlee, an online financial account aggregator that allowed you to link all your online bank and credit card accounts.  It was a free service, and I used that to keep track of all my finances.  At one point, I had 2 checking accounts, and 5 credit cards, as well as multiple loans, such as car and school loans.  Although Yodlee, was a huge step away from traditional software and was the first entry into SaaS for personal finances, it had its problems.  It wasn’t necessarily Yodlee, but all the individual financial services and how they changed authentication methods.  It seemed that almost everyday, one of my accounts would go offline and the Yodlee developers would be working furiously to re-establish the connection.

Pageonce
When I first got my iPhone, I wanted to access my accounts on the go.  Yodlee didn’t have an iPhone app, so I decided to look around and find a service like Yodlee that had an iOS app.  I found a service called Pageonce, but their service was geared more towards bill paying than account aggregation.

Mint
I was introduced to Mint through a coworker one day and decided to give it a try.  The interface was very clean and presentable and setting up the accounts were very easy.  In addition to the web based interface being clean, they had an iOS app that looked and worked much like the website!  The cherry on top of the sundae is the OSX integration on the menu bar.

Mint integration with OSX in the menu bar
Mint integration with OSX in the menu bar

Thoughts on the 2013 Lexus ES300h

If I was in the market for a new car, I would be taking a very close look at the 2013 Lexus ES300h.  I was able to take the car on a quick test drive a few weeks ago.  The local Lexus dealer had only 1 in stock and it was the base model with a few options.  Here are my thoughts on the 2013 Lexus ES300h.

Interior
The interior was cleanly laid out and the materials were simple luxury.  I didn’t particularly like the NuLuxe leather seating.  It was much cheaper feeling than other leatherette interiors I’ve seen.  The seating surfaces seemed too plush and it almost felt like the seating surface seemed “thin”.  In comparison, the Toyota Camry Hybrid has a suede center section along the seating in their leather package, which I don’t like even more.

Lexus ES300h Interior
The Lexus ES300h Interior with wood trimmed steering wheel and accents.

Drive
The Lexus ES300h drives and handles much like it’s sister, the Toyota Camry Hybrid, with the same transmission, engine and hybrid system.  Acceleration was quick enough and the coasting seemed to match what my experience with the Toyota Prius is.  I did note that there is a very musical type of tone when the electrical motor is trying to regenerate power during braking and coasting.

Exterior Styling
Although the Lexus ES300h and the Toyota Camry share platforms, the exterior styling of the Lexus is more sportier.  The shape of the vehicle is very similar to the Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima and others.

Final Thoughts
With the Toyota Camry offering similar features at a much lower price, it’s hard to justify the 2013 Lexus ES300h.  The next option in line would be the 2013 Lexus GS450h, but the MPG rating of 34 (which means you’ll achieve some where around 29 MPG in real life) is a bit low.  In the end, I’m not ready to part with my reliable 2007 Toyota Prius.

Click here to find out more about the 2013 Lexus ES300h.  Lexus Website >>

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