Watch This Way
Toons, news, diaries, comedy ... there's an online video for every viewer.
A graphic novel set to music and (some) motion, Broken Saints combines anime-style artwork with a cyberpunk story line. Too bad it moves at a 12-baud pace.
Ordinary household objects spring to life in all their stop-motion glory. Peanuts pee, binder clips flutter like moths, and cushy chairs get their freak on.
David Firth draws Kafkaesque tales of hapless characters at the mercy of forces beyond their control, be they persistent delusions or giant talking beetles.
Snotty kid Homestar Runner headlines these webtoons, but the show-stealer is surly Mexican wrestler Strong Bad. Don't miss his replies to viewer email.
This crew of machinima masters has been at it since 1998, and the experience shows. Their latest series, Tra5h Ta1k With Ill Will, takes on the videogame biz.
Edgy Flash animation, with buckets of blood 'n' guts, from an elite community of independent Russian artists. Dark, disturbing, absorbing.
Funny, violent, frequently politically charged cartoons by Manuel "HeRetiK" Fallmann and others.
Todd Rosenberg's Comedy Central pitch crashed and burned, but donations from fans of his hilarious toons about the indignities of unemployment keep him in Pringles.
Accomplished animation meets fanciful storytelling as Adam Phillips spins yarns of an enchanted forest and recounts a creepy true tale of a young hitchhiker.
The Net's saddest sack, Jerry deadpans his way through depressing quandaries like how to exterminate the Indian meal moths infesting his apartment. The show's crisp cartoon style - photos animated in Adobe After Effects - suggests Terry Gilliam on a bender. Abundant wit, immaculate production, and original ragtime music make these tales of urban woe a highlight of the Net vid explosion.
Home of two long-running machinima series: The Strangerhood (think Lost starring the Sims) and Red vs. Blue (a sci-fi soap opera set inside Halo).
The breakout machinima talk show, hosted by a studly Halo trooper with a pacifist streak. Filmed on location in cyberspace.
Jonti Picking's site hosts several dadaist series: In Weebl & Bob, two talking eggs with poor diction and speech bubbles scour the landscape in a quest for pie.
The site promises "extended moments" - and that's an apt description. Scenes unfold, out of focus and in slow motion, to Eno-esque soundtracks.
Videographer Erik Nelson jumbles found footage, f/x, and clip art to deliver sometimes funny, often baffling, generally satirical shorts.
The Twin Peaks director brings his surreal fantasies to the Web. Members pay $10 a month for shorts, music, and art. The daily weather report (!) is free.
Curated by a group of visual artists, DVblog culls unusual productions from the Web and beyond. Highlight: TV ad montages by Wheeler Winston Dixon.
Daily digest of adventurous shorts and abstract imagery created by PAN members. Check out the PAN blog for works in progress.
Even when the camera is trained on the Boston cityscape, Amy Carpenter's clips focus on her internal life. She invites viewers into not only her apartment but also her imagination, which is full of playful conceits like how to thank all the big-time fashion designers who heap their couture upon her now that she's a famous vlogger. This is where vlogging meets performance art.
Leo spices up his vignettes with awkward dance routines and cute effects, leavening his account of life in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with self-effacing humor.
Vlog pioneer Verdi's computer tells him he's a butthead. What else to call someone who orders vegetarian cheeseburgers at McDonald's?
Daniel Liss transforms his urban existence into a sort of visual poetry, full of thoughtful observations, wry wit, and seductive imagery.
Ryanne Hodson's clips are like still lifes that reveal beauty in the mundane. Through clever framing and editing, she turns ordinary life into distinctive art.
The UK's national character emerges as ordinary people describe their experiences, observations, hopes, and memories.
After moving to LA, Juan and Ximena created this vlog to let their families in Colombia see their new digs. With subtitles.
A gold mine for students and educators, Annenberg Media streams free courses on topics in the sciences and humanities. Now eat your spinach!
Look elsewhere for you-are-there historical footage, because the History Channel is holding out on us. Lame promos and not much else.
ITN offers paying customers a mind-boggling array of historical footage. For the rest of us, there are 3,500 hours of free British Pathe newsreels.
Parades, sideshows, and acrobatics set to atmospheric music. Filmed in Australia, these colorful vignettes make the rest of the Net look black-and-white.
From 1930s Popeye cartoons to the 2004 presidential debates, the nonprofit Internet Archive hosts a visual smorgasbord of more than 30,000 films.
You paid for it, now you can watch it: landing on the moon, hoisting the stars and stripes at Iwo Jima, damming the Colorado River. The pilot project involves 103 historic films - mostly newsreels and documentaries - but Google aims to put the entire collection online ASAP.
Just because the admissions office eighty-sixed your application doesn't mean you can't watch hundreds of video lectures from the sharpest minds at MIT.
Cool clips from the popular PBS show Nature. Doesn't the croc taking down that wildebeest look like your boss?
An open source documentary about blogs and bloggers: what they do, why they do it, and how they get it done. Watch for obscure digerati cameos.
Want to launch your own video blog? Ryanne Hodson and Michael Verdi present tips for beginners, plus advanced techniques like creating an archive.
Buxom domestics demonstrate CPR. On each other! No, that's a lie. They use a CPR dummy. Then have a pillow fight. Then they demonstrate on each other.
Up close and personal with the top image-processing program. Nerdy hosts and their geeky guests lead you through essential techniques.
No money for rack of lamb? Lacking mad skillz in the kitchen? Punk gourmand Lou Scheele whips up Ramen Hot-Dog Chop Suey and other delicious low-rent dishes.
Host Alison Lewis interviews makers of girl-friendly gadgets, with a dollop of DIY thrown in.
An appealing cast ofübergeeks demonstrates nifty 'sploits, like building a laser audio transmitter for an iPod and hacking a CVS digital camera. No pandering to the masses here; each month's installment is packed with code examples and parts lists - plus a shot of 1337 humor. Check out the reviews of iTunes, FireAnt, and Democracy in episode eight, and don't miss the pitches for the latest innovations from "Microshaft."
Bob spews 60-second, in-your-face rants. Let's hope he keeps vlogging from the hospital, where he'll soon be recuperating from a stress-induced heart attack.
Of Human Dog's four stars, Jon VanTorre is the funniest. In his most entertaining bit, he gets a celebrity roast that would do Dean Martin proud.
Clips from Jon Stewart and the whole Comedy Central lineup. Web exclusives feature the always-entertaining Odd Todd and ever-obnoxious Meet the Creeps.
Channel 101's lineup is chosen by the public at periodic LA-area screenings. This makes for a dynamic, if uneven, "prime time" roster and an immense pool of losers and canceled shows, which are also available for viewing. The winners can be strikingly original; Lunatic is at once hilarious and deeply unsettling. But even the dogs are entertaining, and it's great fun to follow your favorites from launch to rejection. Copycat Channel102.net, based in New York, is worth a look, too.
Stand-up clips and complete routines. At the end of the year, you can vote for your favorite comic.
Two aspiring comedy writers - "Together they're 12-foot-2!" - try to kick in the dead-bolted doors of Hollywood.
Trouble stalks the upscale Tiki Bar. Bartender Johnny Johnny frets. Voluptuous patron Lala swoons. Dr. Tiki sets things right with a prescription: a drink recipe, natch. The cast knocks one back, Lala shimmies, and it's all good.
The Trio cable network is kaput, but the Web site is still kicking with shows like Parking Lot: interviews with rabid fans on their way to see favorite bands.
Devlon Duthie lives in Canada and likes to try foreign foods, suggestions accepted. He recently learned, for instance, that he hates Vegemite.
Musician Spike Priggen posts classic clips of '60s popsters. Is Karen Carpenter lip-synching that amazing Burt Bacharach medley in the TV clip? You decide.
Northeastern punk captured live in the dives of Toronto. Most of these acts aren't quite radio-ready, but the local color blasts through like a 747.
St. Louis isn't London in 1975, but it has a thriving punk scene. This weekly digest of live clips and music vids puts you right in the middle of it.
Users who run Internet Explorer on a Windows box can rock out to news clips and videos. Others can safely consider themselves too cool.
Tattooed hostess Share Ross trawls Los Angeles night spots for the nastiest punk bands. Great trashy video f/x.
Joly MacFie is a fixture in the New York City club scene, hauling his camera from Manhattan to Brooklyn. He has captured dozens of local acts and some world-class names - Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bettie Serveert, Joe Strummer - in raw footage that conveys the sweat and bravado of rock and roll. He posts the highlights: visceral scenes of pop art in the making.
Weekly look inside the game industry with the editors of Electronic Gaming Monthly, Computer Gaming World, and Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine.
Comedian Bill Maher hosts the online retailer's foray into Net video. Weekly shows feature prominent authors, actors, and directors. First up: Stephen King.
Free half-hour news shows three times daily, plus (British) weather, (British) sports, documentaries, and commentary.
Chatty hosts Amber MacArthur and Mike Lazazzera and pals deliver tech news, reviews, and tips every week.
Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht emcee this weekly low tech digest of stories rated most geekalicious on digg.com.
Reporting from various war-torn locales, ace correspondent Sites hosts Yahoo!'s weekly pioneering Web newscast with a balance of Cronkite gravitas and Gen X hip.
Host Karina Stenquist challenges Amanda Congdon's nerd-goddess status in this glossy version of Rocketboom.
Amanda Congdon delivers her daily geek-out with brains, beauty, and goofy humor. Low-budget production only enhances the show's DIY charm.
This glitz-fest is basically an ad for a stock photo agency, but it's theonly vodcast that puts you inside those exclusive Tinseltown bashes.
The free ESPN Motion streams complete broadcast segments, but you can't get the broadband ESPN360 service unless your ISP subscribes.
Spectacular footage of boardmasters riding the curl. Occasional reports from local competitions.
A cool search engine lets you browse archival footage by team, player, or situation. Live games outside your broadcast market cost $80 per season.
The hoopmeister outdoes major-league peers with free half-hour blocks of highlights and commentary. NBA cable subscribers can get live games online.
Reporting from slopes across Europe, Asia, and North America, shralp!'s anonymous German-accented narrator combines fanboy enthusiasm and button-down polish. Snowboarding competitions, pointers, instructional camps, snow-jump engineering, camera techniques, even new technology for clocking hang time - it's all here, along with trailers for the latest boarding flicks.
www.vodcars.com Choice footage of races, stunts, shows, demos, and just plain automotive porn highlighting fast moves and sleek curves. Addictive.