Want to see San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing in High Definition? The Ritmo Bello HD Challenge

Sunday, May 9, 2010

If you’ve seen our Ritmo Bello YouTube videos online, you know that we cover all sorts of local San Diego salsa and Latin events. In doing so we hope to give you, the viewer, a small glimpse into the breadth of talent and life that comes from our local dance scene. Someone recently asked me why we haven’t upgraded to high definition for those videos. Here is what our current videos look like in standard definition (this is a great performance but unfortunately you see how grainy the video gets):

Contrast that with this YouTube video shot in full 1080p HD video and you can clearly see the difference:

So why haven’t we upgraded to HD yet? It’s simply outside of our current monthly household budget (we need that to live).  Many of you may not realize that Ritmo Bello is run by Elizabeth and myself (John) here locally using funds from our own pockets. The total costs include maintaining the Ritmo Bello website, camera equipment, editing software, website bandwidth, and covering the costs of attending many of the events that appear in our YouTube videos. In addition to this, we cover the full costs for maintaining the popular San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group directly from our own budget as well.


We set up a “challenge” to see if the local San Diego salsa and Latin dancers can help us bring our YouTube videos to full HD quality.  Below you will see a donation counter that will track  any monetary contributions or donations you are willing to provide us (even if it is just $1.00). Your donations go directly to our costs of upgrading to an HD camera, obtaining quality editing software, and other things we’ll need to make the leap to high definition.  We have close to 3 months to reach our goal and we encourage you to contribute whatever you can by simply clicking on the “ChipIn” button to make a donation:

Thanks and we appreciate whatever you can do to help!

John ;-)


John F. Bello

Meet John ;-)

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