YouTube and U2 Make History

Sunday night I stayed up late (with my wife) to see U2 again – this time live via the web. YouTube made history when it broadcast U2’s Rose Bowl concert live over the internet to the entire world. Millions watched and if you missed it, you can watch it HERE.

By the way, I think U2 is genius for giving the world what they want: a free live concert. This was a smart and strategic move and should be applauded by all for those that made it happen. It will be interesting to see what YouTube continues to do in the realm of live streaming.

Below are some screenshots I captured while it was happening live…

1. This is the band hanging out backstage before they went out. Note the links to buy their album, join their newsletter, visit their website and donate to RED – a passion of Bono’s:


2. This is how close the cameras got:


3. Of course the event incorporated live Twitter feeds – which was very cool:


4. This is a view of their sweet stage and set from a distance:


5. Actually, this is how close the camera got:


HD Camera

I’m getting in after a 17 hour day, so I’ll make this brief (yes, I write my blogs the night before): We are looking at purchasing a new HD camera for our video ministry. This is not a studio camera – this will be used for in-house video projects, interviews, etc.

If you were buying a new 3-chip HD cam, what would you purchase? Right now we’re looking at a Sony camera, maybe a Panasonic. Other ideas? What’s on your wish-list? A RED camera? Let me know. I’ll be looking at these comments before buying.

Several saw my Facebook and Twitter post about being in ARENA training – which Bent Tree is switching over to. I’ll blog more about that in the future.

Please forgive me if you emailed me in the past few days and haven’t heard back. I went to bed early last night because I knew I had to be at the church early this morning and am writing this at 1am. I haven’t had time to check my personal email. I will be replying soon!