My husband and I have been married long enough to know the dangers of ‘he said, she said’ during a disagreement. After about 10 minutes of arguing, who can really, truly, actually remember what he said or she said? Your Mac to the rescue.
Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to record everything someone says to you? Think of it as the personal version of Star Trek’s captain’s log. But with video. And on your person, recording every minute of audio and video.
Captain’s Log Or Personal Video Diary?
I’m convinced that the technology is ready for prime time personal argumentation as a know-it-all referee.
Already Apple has an iPod nano model with a built-in video camera that records audio, too.
Hang it from your neck, turn it on, and record every juicy detail of those face-to-face verbal bouts with friends and relatives who twist your words, distort your intended meaning, and throw what you thought you said into the context of an older, forgotten conversation.
Unfortunately, The Video Diary doesn’t do that. It’s just a Mac version of Captain Kirk’s captain’s log but with video. It’s as the name implies, merely a video diary.
A Video Is Worth 10,000 Words
If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is a video description of the day’s events and highlights and lowlights really worth? If anything, The Video Diary can show you how bad your hair really was way back when.
The concept is simple. Sit in front of your Mac and spill the beans, pour out your heart, empty your verbal bladder on your Mac. Setting the whole thing up could not be easier.
Select your audio and video input, adjust for the level of quality for the video, and you’re good to go. Higher quality videos are larger (640×480) and file sizes are larger, too.
Videos for the Mac version (there’s a Windows PC version, too) are stored, not in the Documents folder, but in your user Library folder. The Video Diary looks and feels like a very anemic iTunes.
The video you record is on the right. A calendar with dates is on the left. You can add comments, too, and capture your video heartstrings right inside The Video Diary application. It’s easy. And possibly cathartic. Diaries have a tendency to be that way.
The Dangers Of YouTube
I’m all for an application that records the audio and video of all my conversations. The Video Diary doesn’t do that, but it does what it says—it’s a video diary, your personal log of whatever’s on your mind.
Of course, it’s also a record of what your hair style looked like on a particularly bad hair day; always fun to look back on, right?
But I see another inherent danger in recording video snippets of your life in The Video Diary—even if it’s done in private, just thoughts between you and your Mac. Two words: YouTube.
OK, that’s probably just one word, but the danger is that your spouse or boyfriend or older brother or younger sister or devious neighbor could tap into your Mac, find some incriminating confession, and the next thing you know, everyone on the internet is downloading the latest hilarious entry from your diary via YouTube.
There. I said it. You’ve been warned. On the one hand I want a simple technology to record video and audio of every conversation I deem worthy, but on the other hand, well, there’s YouTube.