morgandawn: (Default)
BAM Video Vault, the fan run video service is moving. It may go offline as soon as Sept 5, 2015 and there will be downtime until the move is completed. is trying to raise funds to help pay for the move and new service. They have a brief overview here and a donation page here.  The site owner says he has backed up the vids, but I always encourage people to make their own backups.

Please feel free to copy, paste, repost or link to this post to help spread the word.

To give an idea of the size of BAM, they currently host 15,000 vids and also provide space for another 3,000 embedded vids. They've been in operation continuously since 2009 and were a safe haven for many fans when iMeem, Viddler and Blip.TV went down. They also offer embedded streaming for vids that have been blocked on Youtube or Vimeo.
morgandawn: (Fair Use)
 This came out of some of the discussions surrounding accessing and preserving fanvids at Vividcon 2015. Like any blanket permission, you can match and mix components (ex: "no transformative works, only display with credit" or "transformatiive works and display without credit OK")

in other words, start using the Creative Commons licenses on our vids.

More  here.
morgandawn: (Default)
 We have set up a mirror community to help fans locate vids:  Please sign up,  because the more eyes we have on the searches, the more chances we have  locating vids.

Also, if you just want to list the fanvids you have by fandom, we have a sticky post. It may help pull in more queries if people know there are fans of the series reading the community.

morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)

On my quest to record more of the history of Xena fan vids, I came across this May 1999 vid page. It reads:

“A 20 second fan fiction video promo. (1.1MB).  Made with Adobe After    Effects and Premiere.As always, the video was done in Real Video.Full Version - zipped    (1.1MB)

 Requirements:  I have been able to play this on 133Mhz    with at least 2MB of video ram, but I recommend at least a 266Mhz system with more video ram.” 

morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
I'd like to help build up more  Xena content on Fanlore. To do this I need vids. Preference is for older Xena fanvids - yes those really old 6MB rmb (Real Player) or wmv (wndows media)  files. Most likely these vids will no longer be available online .   If you have any vids downloaded and squirreled away and are willing to share them (via one to one upload or by USB/disc), ping me at morgandawn @  We hopefully will have a good enough cross-section to create pages on Fanlore. If we get enough pages we can create a Xena Fanvid category on Fanlore . (Note: we will not be uploading the vids to Fanlore - the copies will be used to help the editors add the pages. Also Fanlore cannot host vids so there's that.....). 

I am also looking  for people to create fanvid pages on Fanlore for under represented fandoms. It can be done at your own pace and all you need to do is copy and paste a template (and of course fill out the fields- vidder name, vid title etc).

morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
What if all music was licensed under the Creative Commons (allowing non-commercial remix). What if a group of vidders fell in love with such an album and decided to make a 'vid album' - one vid for each song? What if the vidders chose fandoms ranging from The Hunger Games to Thor to Star Trek Deep Space 9 to Pacific Rim to Doctor Who and more.?

You don't have to wonder. In 2013 a group of 8 vidders decided to take Vienna Teng's album Aims - which has been released under the Creative Commons License - and make fanvids for the songs.

The result: The Aims Vid Album. Vids are both streaming and downloadable and some have subtitle options. Take a moment to watch and leave feedback.

When the album was released, Vienna Teng explained why she chose the Creative Commons license:
"The CD has a Creative Commons license instead of a standard copyright, which means the music can be shared to some extent. "We live in an age where people can easily copy things. People can create a mix, sing along and post that on YouTube, or pass it along to a friend, as long as there is respect for the original.Source.

The Daily Dot wrote an article about the vid album in 2014.
"Thanks to the international nature of the Aims project, the fanvid album has only aired once in its entirety, at the VidUKon
 convention this year. It was an emotional moment for all involved, the little community of collaborators coming together for the first time."Source.

And last, this was posted to Vienna Teng's Facebook after she read the Daily Dot article:
"Why Creative Commons is awesome, Exhibit A: a fanvid of every song on Aims. Thanks to all the collaborators & creators who made this—wish I could've been there at VidUKon to meet you all!" Source.
morgandawn: (Apple Mac)
Right now, it all defaults to their html5 viewer which only supports 360p (unless the vid was encoded in 720p). I am trying extensions FLV for both Firefox  and Chrome and they won't play 480p.  It is as if that resolution has vanished.

edited to add: this may be a Firefox
problem. I can see 480p on Chrome (but of course Google has disabled any video  downloads on Chrome)
but they've disabled audio on any 480p downloads by separating out the streams.

morgandawn: (Default)
 plus a Point Break vid, Dr Who vid, Jermiah and LOTR

The Pros vids

The rest:

Note: many of these are VCR-era vids with poor source, a beginning vidder and loooong talky face clips. The Dr Who, Jeremiah and LOTR vid are more recent.

So Sad

Jan. 29th, 2015 09:00 am
morgandawn: (BSG Don't Even Start Kara scifijunkie)
 My last SVHS VCR just died. And  I am in mid-stream digitizing old songvids.  I looked on ebay but I am leery of buying a used VCR from someone I don't know.  

This really derails a lot of the preservation efforts. 

Does anyone have a working SHVS VCR?  I can ship the tapes to you if you are not local - you will need a DVD-recorder however (mine is also on its way out).

morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)

Instructions on how to use, store and catalog your videocassette tapes. From the days when songvids were distributed on (often) unlabeled videotapes, hand copied and passed from fan to fan. There is information on these “songtapes” including the DVD versions that replaced them in the early 2000s. More at Fanlore here:

"Using Your Videocassette 

Time-Left ™ Gauge.  For accurate Time-Left readings, fast-forward to end of tape and rewind completely before your first  recording. Then follow the steps below.

 ~ Align the inside edge of tape with first line on window marked “SP/EP.” Reach for recessed. area on back of cassette and gently move left or right.

~  Follow the outside edge of tape to closest mark on window. This example shows 1 hour 20 minutes in SP; 4 hours in EP.”


morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
 Vidding History: Constructed Reality Vids"Scoreis an early example of aconstructed realityvid. In the vid, Bodie and Doyle fromThe Professionalsappear to be bowling againstStarsky & Hutchby intercutting bowling scenes from the two shows.In his bookTextual Poachers,Henry Jenkinsdiscusses the vid:"Since many fan video artists had previous experience as zine editors and writers, it is not surprising that their videos draw upon those same conventions. One can find equivalents within music videos for most genres of fan writing, from slash to cross-over stories. D.C.B. and K.L.’s "We’re Going to Score Tonight" cleverly combines footage from Starsky and Hutch and The Professionals, depending on principles of classical continuity editing (particularly eye-line matches) to construct an impossible bowling competition between the two series’ partners; particularly effective is a sequence where Bodie and Doyle look with disappointment and envy as their American counterparts walk away with their dates."In 1994,Sandy Herrolddiscussed the vid on theVirgule-Lmailing list:"Any idea who made it?Charlotte Hillshowed me it a while back. What a GREAT idea. (It was mentioned in Henry Jenkin’s book for those of you that haven’t seen it—basically the vid shows Bodie and Doyle bowling with Starksy and Hutch. Just adorable.) I’ve never seen a version of this that wasn’t incredibly fuzzy though. Whencircuit storieshave been read and copied one too many times, it is (relatively) trivial to retype them (Well short ofWaiting to Fall, orThe Hunting), but when vids fade too far, there doesn’t seem to be too much that can be done.”Excerpts from Fanlore, the fan run, non profit wiki. The entry, with screencaps, can be foundhere.

"Score is an early example of a constructed reality vid. In the vid, Bodie and Doyle from The Professionals appear to be bowling against Starsky & Hutch by intercutting bowling scenes from the two shows.

In his book Textual PoachersHenry Jenkins discusses the vid:

"Since many fan video artists had previous experience as zine editors and writers, it is not surprising that their videos draw upon those same conventions. One can find equivalents within music videos for most genres of fan writing, from slash to cross-over stories. D.C.B. and K.L.’s "We’re Going to Score Tonight" cleverly combines footage from Starsky and Hutch and The Professionals, depending on principles of classical continuity editing (particularly eye-line matches) to construct an impossible bowling competition between the two series’ partners; particularly effective is a sequence where Bodie and Doyle look with disappointment and envy as their American counterparts walk away with their dates."

In 1994, Sandy Herrold discussed the vid on the Virgule-L mailing list:

"Any idea who made it? Charlotte Hill showed me it a while back. What a GREAT idea. (It was mentioned in Henry Jenkin’s book for those of you that haven’t seen it—basically the vid shows Bodie and Doyle bowling with Starksy and Hutch. Just adorable.) I’ve never seen a version of this that wasn’t incredibly fuzzy though. When circuit stories have been read and copied one too many times, it is (relatively) trivial to retype them (Well short of Waiting to Fall, or The Hunting), but when vids fade too far, there doesn’t seem to be too much that can be done.”

Excerpts from Fanlore, the fan run, non profit wiki. The entry, with screencaps, can be found here.

morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
Vidders, your help is needed
Fan Video & Multimedia is once again working with our Legal Committee as well as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to petition for a DMCA exemption granting vidders, AMV makers, and other creators of noncommercial remix video the right to break copy protection on media files. In 2010, we won the right to rip DVDs; in 2012, we got that exemption renewed and expanded to include digital downloads (iTunes, Amazon Unbox, etc.). In 2015, we’ll be pushing to add Blu-Ray. Right now we’re in the data-gathering stage: asking fan video makers to talk with us about how they get Blu-Ray source and why Blu-Ray is important.

RivkaT adds:

The exemption will expire if not renewed! The big copyright industries fought really hard last time, and renewal is not a foregone conclusion, even though we’re still right. As always we need (1) examples of vids that make a critical commentary on the original source, particularly examples from the past 3 years, as well as (2) vids that need very high quality source, in technical terms, to do what they do. With Blu-Ray, we need (3) explanations of how getting Blu-Ray source can be done, so we can educate the Copyright Office, and (4) explanations for why Blu-Ray source is important.

If you can help with any of these, please let know!
(thanks to [personal profile] giandujakiss for the heads up)

morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
Fan vidder MartoufMarty is looking for copies of her fanvids. She lost them due to website/hard drive crashes. She made one Alias/Angel vid that was show at vividcon 2009 and I think I remember her making SG1/SGA, Alias, Heroes, BSG, Batman, Dr Who, Life on Mars, and other fandom vids as well. Her tumblr posts are:

morgandawn: (Supernatural Sam Dean Smile)
Amalthia has set up the 2014 Supernatural J2 Big Bang Collection on A03. Hopefully, the instructions on how to add your story to the collection are clear. When we posted about the collection in 2011, we had some suggestions about how to  post to the A03  along with a reminder to artists that they can post their artwork to A03 - either part of the Big Bang story or on their own.

Here is the master collection covering  2007-2014 (the Ao3 collection was started in 2011 and writers and artists have been slowly adding their past fanworks):

And here is the one set up for 2014.

Note: A reminder that all Big Bang fanworks can be added to the collection. Art and fanvids are especially welcomed and can be added as their own stand alone entries or as part of the Big Bang story post. And here is a shout out to the latest Big Bang art posted to the collection:
kjanddean's art post for "Surface Tension" by ephermeralk and the most recent Big Bang vid for the 2010 Big Bang: meivocis' vid or "Luminous" by devilsduplicity

Feel free to cross-post or link to this post.  Because this is not being run by the Big Bang challenge moderators, there will be no "official" announcement on the SPN J2 Big Bang community or any of the other SPN communities  - so the only way to get the word out to fans who are posting their fanworks on AO3 is through you.
morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
  THERE IS STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR VIDUKON! Registration for attending and supporting memberships closes on MONDAY 26 May 2014. We’d LOVE to see you there. Please consider joining us - it’s a great time!


Registration for attending and supporting memberships closes on MONDAY 26 May 2014.  

We’d LOVE to see you there.  Please consider joining us - it’s a great time!"


For those who cannot attend, consider a supporting membership : "You'll be sent a copy of the Premieres DVD and get real-time access to VirtUKon - and even more of our undying adoration. Sadly, no scones.

morgandawn: (Fair Use)
article here

"The highly popular online video service Vimeo
announced Wednesday that it's introducing a new system called “Copyright Match” to automatically remove copyright-infringing videos from the site."

Edited to add comment from below:

"This article about this change from No Film School isn't as sensationalist as that Ars Technica article, which is disappointing on Ars Technica's part.

In short: Right now, the change isn't affecting already uploaded videos. It'll affect videos being uploaded to the site as of recent. So if you uploaded something prior to today, Vimeo isn't going to make you change or delete anything with copyrighted images and/or music yet. But if you try to upload a video today with copyrighted images and/or music, there's a strong possibility it might get flagged, and it might be an uphill battle to get it deemed "fair use" so it can stay on the site.

I don't trust Vimeo to host my old fan vids any longer before they come for them. From now on, until/unless Tumblr's policy changes, I'll host my videos on Tumblr instead."

edited to add a note about I have not used or tested them extensively so cannot comment about the quality or reliability. You can can check out yourself  - they offer up to 5 vids for free. For more than 5 vids they offer a subscription model.

From their FAQ

  1) Is this a free site or is this a paid site? 


 It is both. Viewers who enjoy watching vids can join for free and watch all the vids they want and get updates of new vids related to their favorite fandoms or vidder or even musical artist. Vidders can join and upload up to 5 videos for free and try out the site. If a vidder would like to upload more we are asking they contribute $20/year /$2/month to help offset the storage cost & support the running of the site. We think is a very reasonable for what this site offers and will be offering in the future.  


  Also, if you are a viewer you can support the site by sponsoring a Vidder whose work you'd like to support who may not be able to afford a membership  


 New - If you have Paypal we will credit you $10 for every member you invite who subscribes. Invite 2 people who subscribe and your membership is paid for - invite more and you are making money!  








morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
"I think that fans might want to consider that the nature of the Internet is change - and we need to to keep that firmly in our minds. If Youtube has become more hostile to vidding content, then we need to move ourselves elsewhere - whether to another low profile streaming site or back to our webs.

I would not point the finger at fans who choose to stream their vids and say they are ruining vidding for us - (a) it is counterproductive and (b) it is inaccurate. The RIAA/Studios are the ones 'ruining it' - not just for vidders but for legions of the their fans. They have been battling the democratization and globalization of media for the last decade by refusing to adjust their business models. Seeing vidding as part of that battle may help bring some perspective of how deep and wide the gulf is between fans and the content creators. It is not as if MGM/Viacom/Sony have been 'awakened' by the acts of a few vidders. This is part of a larger strategic battle between Titans.

In other words - we must be clever.... like ducks! And find ways *to work together* as a group to keep vidding going. there are several approaches being undertaken on this front - and none of us know which one will work best."
Youtube Not Safe Any More
morgandawn: (Fair Use)
“I also think it's another step in fandom forgetting its place and status in the world. It has the same basic problem as the Star Wars fan-novelist selling her book on Amazon. Because, unfortunately, I think the proper role for fandom to take in any copyright or intellectual property issue is one of meekness and deference. We should credit our sources, and shut the hell up, because we are on very, very shaky ground. We really do exist in a continual state of maybe-getting-sued tomorrow. I cringe any time I see anything that starts to rock the boat. Because it's not worth rocking.”

morgandawn: (Purple Film reel organicdesigns)
A fan run media/sci-fi convention in Australia us looking for fanvids made with either Australian music or Australian source. Deadline is end of May 2014. Read more here.

xposted to vidding

morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
Vidukon, the fan run vidding convention in the UK is open for registration and they have a few more memberships left. Even if you cannot attend, a supporting membership will get you the convention DVD and live access to the streaming content.  More here.

morgandawn: (Fair Use)
First up, as Rebecca Tushnet reports, Australia has recommended adopting a fair use exception to their copyright laws. She points out that "one reason to adopt fair use is that it provides greater protection for "musical compositions, new films, art works and fan fiction."

Next: digitization efforts by libraries and museums are gaining greater acceptance worldwide. In the same Australian report several sections focus on the need for libraries and collections to (a) be allowed to scan copyrighted materials,  and (b) to allow less restricted access to those materials (ex: no digital hobbling, forced anti-copying technology or onsite only access with limited days and hours). And last, they argue for the right to preserve material that was "born digitally" (work that was only distributed in electronic format. Think along the lines of the Internet Archive/Wayback Machine): "Aside from ‘legacy’ works—such as old manuscripts and films—libraries and archives must also preserve materials that are ‘born digital’ in the face of ‘technological obsolescence’. Best practice preservation principles in relation to digital material require numerous copies to be made in multiple formats."

This is in line with the positions being adopted by US institutions. Not only do these institutions argue that fair use allows them to scan material for preservation and research purposes, but they also do not need to  conduct a due diligence search for  "orphaned works" (works where the copyright owner has vanished or cannot be determined.

"Because of these significant changes in the copyright landscape over the past seven years, we are convinced that libraries no longer need legislative reform in order to  make appropriate uses of orphan works. However, we understand that other communities may not feel comfortable relying on fair use and may find merit in an approach based on limiting remedies if the user performed a reasonably diligent search for the copyright owner prior to the use....."

They go on to note that the less commercial an item is, the stronger the fair use argument:"....the fair use case for such uses will be even stronger where items to be digitized consist largely of works, such as personal photographs, correspondence, or ephemera,*  whose owners are not exploiting the material commercially and likely could not be located to seek permission for new uses.”  (Library Copyright Alliance, 2013)

*Ephemera interestingly can include both paper items as well as video.  Fanvids would probably fall with the definition of video ephemera.

morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
Post from the admin of here. Please feel free to link to this (or his post) to help spread the word.
morgandawn: (fanarthistory)
As of March 11, 2014, Viddler, the vidding streaming service used by Festivids and many other LJ based vidders, is closing free accounts and deleting all vids stored in those free accounts. Vidders can convert to paid accounts by paying a monthly fee. Festivids is not planning on keeping their account active beyond March 11, so if you are a Festivids vidder (or a gift recipient  or just a  Festivids fan), you have until March 11 to download and save the vids. For 2013 Festivids participants, this gives you only a few weeks to upload your vids to another server after reveals.

To give some context, I took a sampling of the older Fetsvids from 2011. Around 25% are stored only on the Festivids Viddler account and the vidder has no backup link or alternative download method.  Plus, many Festivids recipients and Festivids fans, along with non-Festivids vidders, are no longer  monitoring LJ or DW so they may remain unaware of the shut-down until it is to late.

Please help share the info on LJ/DW and on tumblr to get the word out to both vidders and fans of vids so they may have a chance to download the vids.

x-posted to vidding LJ community

morgandawn: Fandom is my Fandom (Fandom is my Fandom)
There are 2 Youtube vidding documentaries underway.

1. xxKillerxGirlxx, a Youtube vidder is looking for vidders to submit brief video snippets talking about vidding to include in their vidding documentary. Details are here (click on "About"). Deadline for footage is June 2014.

Edited: the project has been canceled and the creator is leaving Youtube.

Please feel free to share this with other vidders

2. Also, a second group of Youtube vidders wants to do a vidding documentary as well (this is a different group it looks like this is a different group - hard to tell). They have a Youtube page here and their Facebook page is here. For this one you can record yourself answering questions, send footage from one of your vids or a quote. Deadline is December 15 2013.

xposted to [community profile] vidding 

morgandawn: (Fair Use)
Originally posted by [personal profile] otw_staff at Legal Needs Your Help!
Banner by Diane of two people talking with word balloons that contain the OTW logo and 'OTW Announcement'

The OTW's Legal Advocacy project engages in legal cases and responds to fan requests that involve matters of U.S. copyright and fans' rights to engage in fan practices such as creating fanworks.

But now our Legal Committee needs your help. We are helping with some (confidential, for now) court filings and would like to use the following information to help the drafters shape the arguments. We might possibly include fans' stories of facing legal difficulties, but would only do that with express permission from the fan.

What we need is the following:

(1) DMCA take-downs. We'd like to hear from fans who have received DMCA takedown requests for their transformative fanworks and have had to decide whether to counter-notify that their fanworks are fair use and therefore don't violate copyright law. We'd like to hear what they decided to do, why they made that decision, and what the outcome was for them.


(2) Fans who’ve been told that their transformative fanworks violate someone’s rights of publicity, or who have considered rights of publicity in deciding whether or not to make a fanwork. We're particularly interested in published accounts about the relationship between fandom and rights of publicity.

In both cases, all communications will remain entirely confidential. We won't tell anyone's story or use anyone's name (or pseudonym) without their express permission. But we want to make contact with people who have faced these situations -- their stories will help us make legal arguments that, we hope, will prevent future challenges and take-downs of fans and fanworks.

If you have experienced either of these two things, or encountered news items about either of them, please contact Legal. If you know of someone who has experienced a DMCA takedown request, please direct them to this post. We need to hear from people by October 11. Thanks for your help!
morgandawn: (Star Trek My Fandom Invented Slash)

We're at the end of our discussion of Rainbow Noise, the first (and only) vidding letterzine. Published in 1993, we have been only able to find two issues. If you have any copies, drop me an email or comment.

The last section in the letterzine focuses on two topics: “how much to charge for your fanvids on videotape” and “wouldn’t it be awesome to have a fanvid library where we could borrow vids on tape?”

The issue of whether to charge - and how much to charge - for fanworks is that one fanzine publishers, fan artists, and fan vidders have wrestled with since media fandom flowered in the 1960s. Today, the prevailing view is that it is wrongwrong and WRONG to ask for any money for your fanworks. Fanworks are gift of love. And everything should be free on the Internet, right?

But in those olden days, the days before the Internet, the only way to share a story was to physically imprint it on paper (such as a
mimeograph machine that inked letters onto drums that rotated and spun and made you high with their fumes), seal it in an envelope and send it via post. Few fans had printers in their homes and before the 1990s computer ownership was not common among fans (although fandom with their geeky ways were early adopters of computer technology). Fan vids had to be made on VCRs using videotape. In fact you needed two VCRs to make a fanvid -- at a time when most homes could only afford one VCR. And, like fanzines you had to ship the videotapes through sleet and snow and hail. Fan artists - well the print reproduction process was limited. And who would ship their originals to a convention hundreds or thousands of miles away just so someone could see your art? Submitting your fanart to fanzines in exchange for a contributor’s copy was the only way to “be seen.” Which led straight back to fanzines and how much to charge for them.

But back to the song video library. If a vidder did climb that logistical mountain to make copies of her “
songtapes" to send out to the world….. well the quantities were limited. Since there was no Internet, the only place to see fanvids was to travel to a convention (very expensive) or to find someone local who had a copy and was willing to open their living rooms to you. And for fan vidders who wanted to see other vidder's work - well everyone was in the same boat. Forget about discussions of fan vids, or feedback or concrit.... if 100 people ever saw your vid, you were lucky. If 500 people saw your vid, you might as well call yourself Vincent and gogh home and paint more sunflowers.

So you can imagine how a song video lending library would have been an awesome idea.

Sadly, the technical logistics and the small circulation of the Rainbow Noise meant that the songvid library never took off.

So now, aren’t you glad that the Internet was invented just so you can watch and share fanvids? And art? And fic? And podfic? And gifsets?

On to the proposal in issue #2 of Rainbow Noise:

"Opinion Time: Like a story sitting in a drawer, a video that no one sees is wasted. Years ago I became frustrated because I would see a video once at a con and never again. Or, even worse, hear about it second hand. Or, the very worst, have only multiple gen or ripped-off copies floating around. That's why, back in the Calicon days, I started making "contest tapes" for the convention members. There has been wonderful encouragement and support from concoms (like Candy P. who even makes special lists on her

computer) and the video makers who allow me to copy their songs. I want to publicly thank everyone for their help. But, I'm still a little frustrated. I keep hearing about videos, videomakers that I've missed (I was told 2 years ago about a funny video with different fandoms bowling—but have yet to see it!)

I am also disturbed by reports that pseudo fans are duping off multiple gen copies of music videos and selling these for big bucks. If anyone wants more than $5.00 for any con, or compiled (ie. from multiple video makers) tape—this is a rip-off. Please spread the word and let's try to shut them down.

A second means of attack and a way to relieve my frustration with missing videos came to mind while talking with several video makers. I propose setting up a music video library. Video makers would send me tapes of their work and I could dupe for fans (at cost) on my industrial quality VHS, Beta and PAL machines. Creators would have a wider audience, the best possible copies would be available, and creators would miss the hassle of running bunches of copies. This arrangement has worked out well for people like Mary Van Deusen and Cybel. However, if a maker, such as Dee Jay, prefers to make her own copies, I'd be willing to pass along flyers, or info. So, I invite all video makers to contact me.

I am also willing (eager) to put together and distribute copies of con video contest tapes for cons that1 do not attend. I would like to invite any concom to contact me."


morgandawn: Fandom is my Fandom (Fandom is my Fandom)
"I've yet to figure out the justification for some of these moral shades of grey that pop up in fandom. It is okay to steal from the producers. It is okay to plagiarize from professionals. It is OH MY OM! WRONG! to plagiarize from your fellow fan and wrong to write derivative fiction based on their original characters. It is okay to profit from fandom for product. It is not okay to profit from service. It is wrong to archive a person's fiction without permission but it is perfectly okay for Google and The Internet Archive to archive it, long after they have removed it themselves. It is wrong for a fan fiction archive to claim copyright on your fan fiction but web service providers like MSN, Geocities, Tripod, if they were to claim copyright to everything posted, it is okay. It is okay to threaten other fen with lawsuits but TPTB should realize their greatness and not threaten them."

From a 2005 discussion about RPS fandom.

morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
We're almost at an end to our journey back to 1993 and the Middle Ages of fan vidding. In the second issue of Rainbow Noise, the vidding letterzine, a lonely male vidder writes an essay titled: "Song Videos and the Male of the Species."

At the time, almost all media fan vidders were female (in contrast to other vidding fandoms such as anime)

In the essay, he argues that the prevalence of female vidders in media fandom is an historical accident. And that surely the percentage of slash videos will drop dramatically. Right? Right?

"Unless we can argue that there is some inherent predisposition from an interest in slash to the production of music videos, above and beyond a familiarity with video equipment which is shared with, for example, fans of Japanese Animation, we must admit that the particular way in which song tapes have evolved and the resulting preponderance of female video artists is largely a historical accident.

All this may be painfully obvious to everyone else, but if the theory is true we can make several predictions. As time goes on, the dominant sex of those creating music videos may remain female, just as a small majority of science fiction fans are still male, but the ratio will level. out More significantly, we can predict that as the hobby expands, the total number of slash videos being produced will probably increase, but the percentage of slash videos will drop dramatically."

morgandawn: (Purple Film reel organicdesigns)
The shift from analog to digital vidding in the early 2000s impacted fannish life on so many levels. For example, videotape was fragile and could wear out and break. Every copy you made from a videotape lost clarity, until you were watching small blobs running across the screen. And for many fandoms, it was not until decades later when your TV show appeared on DVD that you realized you had your favorite character's eye  color all wrong.

But vidders were always willing to give technical tips. Here are some tips on how to watch your favorite TV shows. To closely approximate this on your DVD/DVR/Computer, please remember to use only every other key/button to preserve their lifespan:

"It is possible to love a tape to death. Recently, I borrowed a series from another fan, and I can tell where every one of her favorite scenes is located. Every time she paused the tape - backed it up - paused the tape - replayed it (sometimes in slow motion), the tape stretched a little bit. Now her favorite scenes are bracketed with wavy pictures and rolling images. You can avoid this. First, pause a tape as little as possible. Second, if you must pause, as in making music videos, try to pause in a different spot each time. Doing it just seconds before and after the usual spot can minimize the damage. Third, use a stronger tape. Professional (AKA industrial) tape is made for editing. Few of us can afford it for a whole series, although you can get best episodes in rerun.* The next best choice is an extra high grade (AKA special event) tape. I use Sony, Maxell, or TDK."

From Rainbow Noise, the first and only vidding letterzine published in 1993.

*The cost of a single 2hr professional grade videotape in the early 1990s was around $15 or $24 in today's dollars. Imagine paying $24 today  for 2 episodes that you recorded off-air...That would be almost $300 for an entire season of Teen Wold or Supernatural, And you'd have to do all the taping work yourself...and pay for the cable. And the VCR. And the TV. 

morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
We're still in 1993, solidly placed within the era of VCR vidding. In the first issue of the letterzine Rainbow Noise, vidder Gayle F writes an article about the use of color in vids: how she selects clips based on color scheme and not because of content or context or movement.  Digital vidding is another 7 years away and the ability to change or edit the color scheme of an existing clip is beyond imagination. 

"I realize this will not be obviously apparent to the viewer, but I do believe [color in vids] influences the whole, making it a more aesthetically pleasing and emotionally effective vid. …. I do think it is an often over-looked way of adding richness and cohesion to a video. It can be used to build mood, and to smooth transitions….. While color is generally only one of these many on-going considerations for me, I do have one recent vid where I feel it works a major force in the emotional effect of the vid, fusing meaning and mood. This is the MV vid, End of the Night.....When I was listening to the Doors' End of the Night, I decided it would be a great song for a Sonny-as-Burnett vid. Without a clear memory of that part of the series, I knew I wanted to use the dream sequence, and imagined that it would be played against a lot of night images, dark both visually and in content. When I actually rewatched the episodes, I was delighted by the frequent use of surreal color, and decided to build the vid using those images. Because so many of the images from these episodes have colored lighting, the same visual effect might have been inadvertently obtained choosing images only on the basis of content, but there were significant moments that could have been used with more natural lighting which I rejected in favor of the strange nightmarish world that builds up with the heightened color. All the night blacks are stained with either blue or red, and the cold, distant blue and the hot, flame and blood red are themselves used as the predominant lighting in other shots. The unnatural, bleached white of the dream sequence becomes the "bright midnight" of the lyrics, fusing the black nightmare world of Burnett with Sonny's haunted dreamscape. I choose just one moment of white interior lighting before the end of the song-in Burnett's bathroom, where the screen splits into black and while halves as Sonny/Burnett reaches out to touch his reflection in the mirror. Although the color was less exaggerated, it echoed the other scenes and epitomized the emotional conflict. Only when Sonny starts to remember and accept who he is, does natural sunlight, normality, enter the images. Even then, the first images are blue washed, impressionistic. Only in the last-paradoxically nightmarish-shot of Sonny's return to the station is the lighting clear and bright."

A few years later, Gayle repeated the lesson in color at an Escapade vid panel and fan vidders boggled at the idea of using color as  a primary factor in choosing a clip. It would be like designing an entire menu around the color white. Or red. Choosing your food based on color and not on nutrition or taste? Craazy vid talk!

You can see screencaps from the Miami Vice vid "End of the Line" here.

On a personal note, my first VCR vids were done with Gayle as my teacher and mentor. When I vidded with her clips were selected based on color, context (what was happening in the episode) and content (what was happening in the clip), often in that order. When I vidded on my own, my choices were content, context and only then color. When I began digital vidding, I discovered I no longer had to put color last - I now had the ability to change the color palette of a clip if I needed to. I could have my white chocolate cake with white chocolate  frosting and white chocolate cherries on the top and eat it too (although why anyone eats white chocolate anything is beyond me.)

morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)
The year is 1993. Video editing VCRs are all the rage with fan vidders pooling their money to buy a single machine for $1000* which they pass around from home to home. Fanvids have been around for almost two decades but there are few, if any places, where vidders can talk about vidding. Almost no one has email and mailing lists are just beyond the horizon.Two vidders decide to publish a letterzine for vidders and decide to call it Rainbow Noise - named after the flashes of color you sometimes get on videotape when you make an edit on a VCR without a flying erase head.

But first, before they can publish, they have to decide what to talk about. In the initial subscription letter, the editors tossed out a few suggestions. Remarkably, technology aside, it is very much the same as what vidders talk about today.

The first in a series of posts about Rainbow Noise.**
Ideas for Contributions to Rainbow Noise (excerpts)
  • Review a song video, old or new
  • The ten song videos you'd take to a desert island, and why.
  • Talk about different song video styles
  • Yeah, song vids are fun, but are they art? Does it matter whether they are?
  • Compare one of the successful videos you've made to one you've made that you feel is less successful. Do a nitty-gritty analysis on what you got vs. what you thought you'd get, and why you think this is so.
  • Story line in song videos (theories in general, or how story line works well in a particular/favorite vid)
  • Trials and tribulations of choosing a song
  • Editing songs for use as sound tracks
  • Show-and-Tell. Your particular [VCR editing] machine(s) - advantages, disadvantages &peculiarities. Would you recommend it to others looking for a new or used machine for song video making?
  • Why doing song videos can make you crazy
  • Does watching a songvid work like reading fanfic, or differently?

*That's in today's dollars
**A special thanks goes out to [personal profile] gattagrigia who found two issues of Rainbow Noise and donated them. They will eventually be sent to the Fanzine Archives to be part of the Sandy Hereld collection. We do not know how many issues were published (we only have issue #1 and 2), so more info about the letterzine - and additional copies - would be very much welcomed.

morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
Early horror movie vidding post here. by [personal profile] jetpack_monkey .

"It's just interesting to see the parallel developments. If horror fandom picked up vidding in the 1970s/1980s, they'd dropped it by the time I came onto the scene (I think -- admittedly I was more of a horror fan than a member of horror fandom). The horror vids that we see today developed out of the tradition and community that came from media/slash fandom and AMVs."

It would be an interesting comparison between media/anime/horror vidding. There was an early Dark Shadows vidding scene, but it was hampered/strangled by a convention organizer who prohibited the copying and distributing of fan vids submitted to be shown at his/her events.

morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
At Vividcon, I picked up this beautiful handmade DVD booklet made by [personal profile] kiki_miserychic . A wonderful way to share your fanvids on DVD. I love the little touches, like the library checkout stamp and the glued on seahorse.

morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
Cut Up: an exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, going to Sept 15!  Go see the pretty vids in a museum!

PS. More about the vid on the screen here.

edited: more images here and here

morgandawn: (Fair Use)
Once again, the OTW and the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) presented persuasive arguments that - for the second time in a row - allows  vidders to legally break copyguard protection on video source (DVDs). Even more exciting is the fact that this year, the protection was extended to allow vidders to break encryption on downloaded source (ITunes video etc). 

[personal profile] giandujakiss provides a excellent summary here, which includes links to the actual arguments and the final Library of Congress ruling.  The OTW's reply brief includes my favorite line: "Lawyers, in general, should not be in the business of evaluating or interpreting art; the copyright laws are not designed to protect only that which lawyers think is worthwhile expression."

x-posted to [community profile] vidding 
morgandawn: (Star Trek My Fandom Invented Slash)
Part V - adventures in video editing. Actually, this is more about adventures in audio editing. Making fanvids in the VCR era was hard. Blending dialog and/or musical sources was almost impossible when all you had were cassette tapes and video recorders. But fans are as inventive as a pointy eared alien stuck back in time in the 1930s. So read about "Nights in White Satin" (or the fanvid that was built on Pepperidge Farm cookies). Take a moment to read the footnotes - they contain colorful and useful information. And as a bonus - a streaming version of the vid has been uploaded.

morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
Vid show reviews, vid show reviews.....who came up with the idea behind vid show reviews?

It all started innocently enough. In 1996, after the Virgule convention vid show[personal profile] sherrold , [personal profile] wickedwords , and a few fans gathered at Denny’s with a list of vids to chat about how to cast their votes for the Vid Show Contest. A few weeks later members of the Virgule-L mailing list began debating the pluses/minuses of vid show contests when [personal profile] movies_michelle piped up and said:

One thing [the convention] does that I think *is* good, is give a "best technical" award that is NOT determined by popular vote. Several seasoned vidders watch and critique the vids, and decide what was most technically adept. I really enjoyed listening to [personal profile] sherrold and Stacy D discussing, for instance, Sandy's vids and others at Z-Con a couple of years ago. Okay, an in-depth discussion about the pros and cons over what VCRs are best for what tends to make my eyes glaze over, but just listening to people talk about how they make things and how they judge when they have made them *well* is something that I really enjoyed."

[personal profile] charlottechill , one of the Escapade convention organizers was on the mailing list. And, because she knew an awesome idea when she saw one, she immediately offered her convention to serve as the trial run for this new panel: “Sandy's one concern is that vids get *discussed*. To that end, and because I agree that anything in fandom that requires as much work as vidding does should get talked about, I'd like to offer a possibility for ESCAPADE. If on Sunday morning the new vids were RE-SHOWN in a panel format with a TV, and discussed as a par of that format, would that help vidders get more feedback for their work? Would that, possibly, be another avenue for discussing the vids--how they were done, why choices were made, suggestions for improvements, etc.?”

A few hours later Tashery, an experienced vidder volunteered to lead the panel (and volunteered Sandy to be her co-moderator). When Sandy finally caught up with the stream of emails, she wryly commented: “Oh gee, do I have to? What a great idea!….I already see logistics problems (song average almost 5 minutes—if we spend 5 minutes talking about each one, that's only 5 vids, and we usually get about twice that many people submitting vids), but it *still* sounds like fun. I *hope* that even non-vidders get curious about the process (not so much the 'craft' part of it, but the 'art' part of it), as I'm not as excited about it being "by vidders, for vidders" but we'll have to see who comes, eh?”

Suggestions began to fly: “a double length (2hr) panel” and “let’s get non-vidders to attend,” or “ we might have to choose vids on a first ask first serve basis because there may not be enough time to cover them all.” Other ideas: “how about we pick just from the vidders who want their vids discussed” and “how about the *panelists* pick two or three vids and have them watch the vids ahead of time several times so that they can talk knowledgably about their making.”

And that’s how the first vid review panel happened in 1997 at Escapade 7.

Oh, you want to know how it went? Well, according to Sandy there was a lot of discussion of The Rules of Vidding: “And for *each* of these assertions, there were at least some other vidders there who *strongly* disagreed. … it was great to have the conversation, and there were some things that *most* of us agreed on, or we agreed that (as in writing), the 'rule' should be followed unless the vidder had a very good reason to break the rule.”
morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
Another post from [personal profile] sherrold in 1996. This is the day she and Nicole were caught gawking at the amazing  flying editing machines.

"Nicole and I took a vid editing class at the local avant-garde non-profit video-art co-op here in town (what, you mean your town doesn't have one?), and had a great time.

We were taking a straight-cuts, inline editing class (definitions available upon request), but we also got to wander through their other editing suites, including the $60,000 PC-based editing room. Ooh, it was sweet! Beyond the ease of doing dissolves, and the precision possible with such a system, this particular system had NO VIDEO LOST in transfer: no pixelation, no 'going down a generation' while transferring to the computer, and then another generation lost getting it back out of the computer. My little heart was going pitter-patter.

My theory is, if it is available today for $60,000, in 18 months it will be $6,000, and 600$ 18 months after that. It is closer than I ever thought it was and (needless to say) I WANT ONE!

Though, even as we were having a great time, I realized: If you have nothing interesting to say (and you use crappy music to say it), your vids are still going to be bad, even if you use the coolest editing toys in the world to create it. "

morgandawn: Fandom is my Fandom (Fandom is my Fandom)
This is not a post about how to fight a takedown notice or a forced audio swap of your vid (although you can find helpful tips on both topics from the OTW here).

It is a more practical post: how to use AO3 to create a stable "page" that you and everyone who loves and adores your vids can link to. A post where all the feedback and comments won't disappear overnight when your Yotube/Whatevertube account gets yanked.

The process is this: create a "page" on AO3 for your vid (like this one). Upload your vid to your preferred streaming site  (see list below). Add the embed code and/or offer a link to your AO3 page. If you password protect your vid, you add the password to the A03 post.  Most vidders add the word [Vid] in the title.

And you are done. If the vid at the streaming site gets taken down, you can upload to another site and replace the link. But the feedback, kudos etc you get on A03 won't disappear and you'll only need to update your links in one place. More in depth instructions are here

The OTW's Vidding resource page has a list of streaming video hosts. Feel free to mention any not on the OTW list or offer feedback on the ones that are/are not working for you. And feel free to forward this info to any fan vidding forum, LJ or mailing list. 
morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
If you ever are looking for a vid that speaks in the universal language of vidding, this is it:
morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
The Great Vidding Truth Meme has started. My thread is here. There are hundreds of other vidders too who'd love feedback.
morgandawn: (Farscape Touch the Stars)
An older vid, recently uploaded to a streaming site.

This is the vid that made me want to try fan vidding - it was originally made in the 1990s and I helped re-master it in 2003. The vidders are GF & TS

Data's Dream from morgandawn on Vimeo.

Password: iwannavid
morgandawn: (Zen fen lanning Green)
I've posted about this before. But to me vidding - like most art - is all about the choices we make. Each choice impacts your audience and shapes their likes/dislikes of your vid. It is not about 'Rules' or 'Vidding The Right Way' or 'Quality Vidding' or "My vid is bigger better than your vid". It is all about understanding that what you do *with your vid* will cause other people to react *to your vid.*

Here is how it works folks. Take notes as there will be quiz later.

When you start making a vid you have the 100% hypothetical audience who loves and adores the vid and wants to have its babies. Your first step is to pick the fandom. You lose 10% of the audience - they're just not going to watch that Fandom X vid. You pick a pairing or a character. There goes another 10%. Then you pick the song - this one is a biggie - pick country western and you're likely to lose 70% of the remaining audience. Pick a rap song or heavy metal or Linkin Park and your numbers may not be much better. Bottom line: every song choice will whittle away a portion of your audience.

So by now, with careful selections - you're lucky to have 60% of your audience remaining. You're actually doing quite well (pause to pat yourself on your back).

But you have yet to make a single edit. If you cut too fast on the beat, some of your audience will fall over into seizures. Cut too slowly your audience will start to snooze. Ignore the lyrics and the dynamics of the song and cut just anywhere? Your audience will just be confused. Didn't edit the song? Too many notes!! You edited the song - but the audience really wanted to hear all hundred choruses of "bottles of beer on the wall?" Either way there goes another 15%.

How about if you add effects? Use too many white flashes or fades to black? Random POV shifts? You didn't use *any* effects? Boring. There goes another 15%.

So where are we? Somewhere around 30% of the audience is still hanging in there watching your vid. We're almost done. Because the last question is 'how did you distribute your vid?' Blurry Youtube version? WMV file with funky aspect ratio? "I only vid for Macs - Quicktime should be good enough for anyone". How about: "No I will not stream, you need to send me a certified letter before I'll send you the password to my website so you can download." Whew, there goes another 15%.

And now you've arrived at your destination! An entire 15% of your audience is watching your vid, loving it and wanting more. Congratulations, you've just made a vid.

But if you wonder why the rest of the world has failed to appreciate your brilliance? It's all about the choices, baby. And rather than railing against the vid, the vidder or the audience, I find it far more productive to realize that with every choice you gain an audience and you lose an audience. It's almost Zen-like.
morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)

Because yesterday I wandered over to [ profile] winterevanesce's journal and then meta-ed all over her,* I thought I'd repost my ramblings here.
*and even then she was amazingly polite and did not call for an aisle clean-up.
I have this idea for a panel...Vidders: Understanding Both Halves of Your Audience.

And it would be a vastly over-simplified panel dividing the vidding audience into two "vastly oversimplified and somewhat random but let's just play along" groups: Kinetic Viewers and Narrative Viewers.

"Narrative Viewers are viewers who absorb visual information through lyrics or, absent lyrics, a narrative/story-telling framework. Clips are used to evoke an emotional reaction in the viewers based on their fannish understanding/love of the show. This reaction is often apart from the visual information actually contained in the clip (ex. using a clip where Buffy smiles at Spike may have different meaning/emotional reactions depending on where and when the smiling is taking place in the Buffy-Spike storyline). Narrative Viewers look for edits to take place on the lyrics and are not as focused on the beats or the energy and pacing of the song. Some people claim that Narrative Viewers are a function of the past - before MTV taught us to absorb the world in 5 second sound bites, but that would actually be inaccurate. There are many people who still respond to this style of editing and there will continue to be because how we absorb visual information is quite complex. It does not only depend on how much MTV we may have watched. :-)

Kinetic Viewers are more focused on sound and movement. To them a static clip on a dramatic musical section is just as bad as a fast edit would be on a slow solemn swell of notes. Movement needs to match the tonal sound and beat as well. Lyrics are added on as an additional layer, but are not the key for this audience. They absorb their 'narrative' through the combination of sound and movement and do not rely on the lyrics as their main source of story-telling. And while context-dependent images (a static shot of a face or a talky face) are not a total turn-off to the Kinetic Viewer, they must be used sparingly and need to match up to the song's sound/beat to be effective (if at all). The Kinetic Viewers main emotional connection is not to the underlying source as much as it is to the structure of the vid and how it offers up the source."

Then I’d ramble about how when I started making and watching vids in the 1990s I was a Narrative Viewer and slowly grew into a Kinetic Viewer. But when I started programming for a local vid show, I had to relearn how to view vids through the eyes of the Narrative audience in order to better position vids that appealed to both groups. And now, I can literally turn off the one and become the other - and this means I now understand and appreciate more types of vids than I ever did before. It also means that I can be found weeping in horror and cheering with glee at a vid simultaneously which can be somewhat disturbing if you're sitting next to me in a darkened convention hall. But don't be afraid - this is *creative* schizophrenia.

I'd also have short clips of vids to illustrate my (did I mention they were vastly over-simplified???) points. And then maybe I’d serve cookies and tea.

That is, if I could still physically lead panels

morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
My thread in the Vidding Feedback/Concrit Meme. Thanks in advance for the feedback.

"A brain ego the size of a planet. And what do they have me do? Open the door, Marvin. Close the door Marvin. Make a vid, Marvin."


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