morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
2017-09-18 04:27 pm

Need Help Brainstorming VHS-Digital Transfer Problems

 I am working with a third party to convert VHS tapes onto DVD. At home, I only use the copyguard removal tool when the video won't  transfer  (note: most of the tapes are not protected, just really crappy quality). The reason is that when the tool is turned on, it caused horizontal "tearing" or wavy lines (think really bad Twilight Zone effect) on all clips.  So I use it only sparingly when I have no other choice

The third party is using a Time Based Corrector which also serves as  copyguard remover (if needed). We're getting the same problem - even if a tape has no copyguard on it, if the tool is turned on, it causes wavy lines. There is no way for him to capture without it (his setup is fixed).  

I'd love another set of eyes on the results to decide whether to proceed. And of course any suggestions.


  

edited: based on feedback, I tried adding a different TBC/clarifier (Panasonic DMR-ES10), inserting it before the Canopus capture card. This stabilized the image but introduced  a red/purple color shift across the clips. Again, this is not copy-protected tape - just really bad source.

What this tells me is this

1.An automated approach may not be feasible - we either live with jagged lines through all the vids or red/purple color shift through all the vids. Or we stick with the labor intensive method - run the video until it stops, mark the location, proceed and then return to decrypt the "bad vid" at the end.

2. I need to try different TBC/copy guard removers before confirming #1. There are two more - one is the Sima (on loan) and the other is the 
ATV-8710 that I will have to buy.  This second one does not have as good track record removing the wavy lines as the Panasonic DMR-ES10. One online reviews say that it handles wavy lines very much like the TBC that the third party uses (DataVideo)

3. If #1 turns out to be correct, I may not be able to use a third party because all they can do is push a record button and cannot make adjustments.



Links: all copyguard removal tools degrade the picture. So using them for all source may be counter-productive.

Digital copyguard removal tool recs

stand alone DVD recorders may be better for bad quality video

but if you need to get an external TBC the ATV-8710 might work

morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
2017-09-17 03:49 pm

Vidders.Net and VidderTube: Fan Run and Fan Funded Streaming Video Platforms


Currently, there are few fan-run streaming video sites that offer hosting for fanvids. Vidders.net, which is run off the Ning platform, offers members uploads at 15 fps. VidderTube, which is also run by the moderator of Vidders.net, offers members HD/30fps uploads for a modest annual fee.
 
Both Vidders.net and VidderTube are the only fan run alternatives to YouTube that are white listed for embedding at AO3.   Because they're low profile, they are able to offer YouTube vidders a haven for streaming fanvids that are  blocked on YouTube. Both networks are set up to archive and back up any content hosted on their network. 
 
 
Projects that Vidders.net/VidderTube have worked on this year:
1. Set up alternative streaming for a vidder whose vids had recently been blocked on YouTube. 
2. Set up a code to backup and/or import a vidder's entire YouTube channel to their network.
3. Offer YouTube vidders the ability to backup their channel video comments.
4. An intuitive cataloging system to filter vids by numerous criteria
5. The ability to distribute & view vids through smart TVs using Kodi/XMBC

Vidders.net current operating expenses is around $650 a year and is funded in most part by member support. Annual costs vary depending on the Ning service plan that is selected.

VidderTube is funded by memberships and the current annual cost is $250 (this cost increases with more streaming/downloads).
If you are interested in supporting Vidders.net's efforts by making a donation go here vidders.net/main/authorization/signUp (you can sign up using Google, Facebook, Twitter, or You Tube Social Logins as well as creating a Vidders.net account)

If you'd like to become a member of VidderTube to gain access to HD uploads, you can sign up for membership at Vidders.net as well by using the same link above.

morgandawn: (Cat Sleepy)
2017-09-16 05:40 pm

Database Design Question

 If you are designing an Excel database with creator names how do you handle entries where the creator is listed as "possibly Morgan Dawn"? 

I can think of several ways...

Creator:  Unknown-Morgan Dawn might be best.  That way if you sort, all the Unknown-Morgan Dawn works will still be listed together.  They won't be listed next to the confirmed Morgan Dawn works, but still searchable. If and when the ID is confirmed it could then be moved to "Morgan Dawn" or even updated to "Mary Sue Lamb". It could also handle multiple guesses: "Unknown-Morgan Dawn-Mary Sue Lamb

The idea is to leave "Unknown" for those were we have no clue, and keep the ones where we are guessing in another grouping.

The other way is to have a second column that would add a Y/N in  "Presumed Creator" but I don't like separating data. Plus one more cell to fill in is a pain.


morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
2017-08-31 04:46 pm

Say Goodbye to my Vids, guys!

Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2grGQVQ on August 31, 2017 at 08:21AM

avenuepotter:

(at least on YouTube)

WHY does YouTube have to go through these purging cycles every few years? Why oh why? 

It started with Canada. Some of my vids couldn’t be played in Canada (despite filing a dispute for these TRANSFORMATIVE works). But, ironically if the music was by Canadians (Arcade Fire) - no problem! No copyright violation if you use Canadian music, only American. WTF?

Well, actually, most of my stuff has been blocked in Germany like forever. They don’t like fan music vids very much I’m guessing.

But now, a bunch of my vids are blocked all over - some I was sent an email about - some just got blocked without notification. And now, it’s not only for the music, but also for the visuals. That is new. And very odd seeing as NBC never had a problem with me using their footage in many of my fanvids for well over a year - and now suddenly they do. Yippee! No problem, no more SVU fanworks from me then I guess. Vids or otherwise (even though I can easily document that I’ve recruited viewers to the show through my works - their loss). There goes the new gifs/graphics I was going to share for Amanda Rollins appreciation week! Sorry guys. 

The fan vids I edit/create SHOULD be covered under fair use. They ARE transformative work. However, the Riverdale clips I’ve shared with you all recently on my channel all ARE NOT. So if I got that stuff blocked, I’d get it. I would not be upset in the slightest if I was asked to take them down. But so far so good with those. Weird, huh?

BOTTOM LINE: YouTube FUCKING SUCKS

And now all this does is create more work for me because I will actually have to get my website up and running again for distribution of my fan vids if I want them to have even half a chance of being seen.

But they won’t be on YouTube … so they won’t be. Ugh. It’s almost not worth the effort.

If you would like to see (or have/downlaod) a fanvid of mine that you can no longer access on YouTube or from my old archive, please just send me a message. I have them all in my personal cloud and can easily send you links.

If you read this far, thank you for listening to me rant.

Tagging peeps who might be interested in this current turn of events: @of-salt-and-moon @gottagetmeoneofthese @hawkland @rollisi-svu

Thank you for the heads up. VidderTube may be an alternative. In addition to offering embedded streaming on AO3, they also have the ability to import  your Youtube channel so you can back up your comments.  Since they are lower profile, they can keep your vids up longer.

http://viddertube.com/

Tags:some of these may be borrowed tags, youtube, vidding, fan music video, transformative work, fan vid, fair use, fanvids, fan vids, vidders, copyright issues, riverdale, rollisi, svu, sonny carisi, bughead, deleted scenes, fanvid, avenuepotter, DWCrosspost, viddertube

Tumblr post (this is likely a reblog, and may have more pictures over there)
morgandawn: (Deter Hire People With Hooks)
2017-08-08 02:53 pm

Asking For A Friend

Who here in the US has fiber with upload speeds of 500 Mbs-1 Gbs   Here in Silicon Valley ATT GigaFiber is limited to the northern valley. Google Fiber has dropped its plans for a Silicon Valley rollout (for now). Sonic.net has no plans to come south.

If you have access to 1GB, drop me a line @ mdawn6 @ yahoo.com




morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
2017-06-29 07:21 pm

CreatSpace.Ru - CreaCon Vid Contest 2008-2017

CreaSpaceRu- a random collection of vids submitted to the CreativeSpace contest over the years. A different vidding aesthetic than the one I am used to. Thanks to VidUKon for putting on a vid show just for the CreaCon contest vids year after year.




morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
2017-06-03 03:38 pm

Vividcon

 plane tickets purchased. hotel room reservations made - except for the first night when they are sold out. will; be looking for another hotel nearby (FYI we're arriving earlier than most people to meet up with family). sad to hear 2018 will be the last year - hope we end with a blow out.


morgandawn: (Default)
2017-01-31 10:12 pm

Does anyone have a handout or guide to constructing a vid show?

  [personal profile] sdwolfpup  has a good post about how to build/design a vid show here: http://sdwolfpup.dreamwidth.org/595386.html  But I am looking for more examples. 


morgandawn: (Fair Use)
2017-01-22 03:38 pm

AMV History

 The earliest date I have for AMV.org is Dec 4, 2000. Does anyone know if it was online earlier?

Also, when did AMVs start appearing online (either streaming or downlaod) and where? Examples wopuld be great
morgandawn: (Default)
2017-01-19 11:44 am

Looking for old Pros Vid

Who made it.

Shape of a Heart a Jackson Browne song.
morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
2017-01-05 05:12 pm

Tumblr CrossPost: Fanvid History Stash, II

Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iUqx0g at January 05, 2017 at 09:00AM

Fanvid History Stash, II:


Tags:original post by me, fanvids, vidding, fandom history, vidding history, DWCrosspost
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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
2017-01-05 04:20 pm

Tumblr CrossPost: Fanvid History Stash, I: "Us" (Free, how?)

Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2hWAYSz at January 05, 2017 at 08:04AM

Fanvid History Stash, I: "Us" (Free, how?):

Tags:fanvids, vidding, fandom history, vidding history, DWCrosspost
Tumblr post (this is likely a reblog, and may have more pictures over there)

morgandawn: (Tree Prettty)
2016-11-06 07:12 pm

VCR Era Vidders - Storyboards

 This may be a long shot, but do any VCR era vidders still have copies of their vid storyboards or notes? It is for a vidding history project,

And digital/more recent vidders - do you still create a storyboard for your vids? I'd like to include a few example pages.

A storyboard is "a written set of lyrics of the song, ideally written only on the left half of the page to leave the right half available for notes."
morgandawn: (Default)
2016-11-04 08:45 am

Vidding History Question

 when did anime vids start being shown at convention? I have 2 dates for live action vidding - informal room parties and then formal programming first show, first contest)


I found this:
http://www.animemusicvideos.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=44607
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anime_music_video

Anime Music Videos are about 21 years old now... 1983 is about the time that the first AMV(s) started to emerge... Most of them were done back then by people who had access to video editing suites and two VHS decks since owning 2 VCRs back then was a luxury that only a few could afford... To give you some idea why, When I had my first VHS machine back in 1984-85, Video tapes would cost me about $12.00 US for standard grade, and that was considered cheap... 

Anyway, in around the late 80s, two VCRs were getting common and so "Home" made AMVs started to appear... The trick back then was to try to make your edits without the "Rainbows" since Flying erase head VCRs back then costed you about $1200 US. I kid you not since my first 4 head Hi-Fi VCR cost me that much! 

Back then as well, AMVs were a cult of a small group of people and AMV contests were shown in rooms the size of shoe boxes. Most people laughed at us and figured it was a novelty and would wear out. Boy were they wrong! 

a Lot of AMVs on VCRs were made in the 90s.. a lot of them suffered from poor quality and audio/video drops. Getting clean and good footage was an issue due to the costs and availability. 

What made the breakthrough in better quality videos in the 90s was Laser Disk!! Although 30 minutes of anime tended to cost about $50-75 US, most of us were silly enough to buy them. Heck, I bought all the Gundam 0083 discs at $60.00 per episode and used them to make my first Gundam video back in 1983... So there should be no whining about not being able to afford your sources!! Also keep in mind that if you adjust for inflation, ot would be like buying your anime discs for $100.00+ a pop! 

morgandawn: (Default)
2016-11-03 08:21 am

Zebracon & Mediawest

 Does anyone who attended Zebracon or Mediawest in the 1980s or 1990s (through 1994) have copies of their progress reports or program guides? W're trying to track down some vidding history.
morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
2016-10-06 11:18 am

Looking For Vidding Meta In All The Right Places

 I am pulling together links of the vidding meta as far back as I can go.  Here is what I have so far

*metafandom
*metablog
*vidding newsletter
*vidpub.proboards.com
*vidding LJ meta tag

any other forums, blogs or tumblrs?




morgandawn: (Fair Use)
2016-08-20 02:53 pm

Vividcon 2016: State of the Union: Vidding Edition

 
One of the things I really miss at Vividcon is  having a "State of Vidding" panel where we gather to talk about events and items  of vidding interest from the previous year. I have suggested  to  VVC that they resume offering it as an annual panel idea. But here are some of the topics  that came up in my private chats with people.  Please feel free to offer up links to any posts, discussions or articles in the comments below. Also feel free to link to this post on tumblr or twitter or elsewhere. Final note: this is a stream of consciousnesses post so most of the nuances and details are missing. These are comments I overheard and they are being offered up without edits, they may be garbled. conflated or may be wholly inaccurate.  Memory lapses, typos and grammar errors abound. Typing remains difficult for me.
 
Vimeo
There was some discussions about it becoming harder to upload vids to Vimeo in the past year due to their content matching system. Someone else said that they had "grandfathered" in existing vids, and the problems were mainly for newer vids. Since Vimeo is the platform of choice for many vidders in our community, I'd like to hear more. Could not find any posts about this, but with our vidding community continuing to be decentralized, not surprising.
 
Vidding Outreach
This was the result of several vague conversations where members expressed a desire to connect with other  vidders outside the well worn paths. Reasons:  Survivalbility  (new members promote growth) as well as supporting creative growth (new vidding techniques and styles).  Plus: more chance to garner squee for your fanworks.  Youtube was mentioned frequently as a place where Vividcon and the Vividcon attendees  need to have a greater presence. See the Youtube section below for some of the ideas. Example of one step to take now:  start subscribing to each others Channels on Youtube. The other idea is to include basic text whenever we post a VVC premiere: "Premiered at Vividcon, a fan run convention about fan vids held in Chicago each August. Vidders and fans of fan vids are both welcomed."  

Vividcon should also start using their existing YT channel to start promoting vids that were shown at VVC that year (showcased with Vidder permission) including linking to a week/monthly VVC Premiere vid as part of a featured vid or playlist.

Finally there was discussion of cross-promotional advertising at  existing fan run conventions (ex: there is  Kiscon convention with a vid show in LA in Sept 2017. There will be a femmeslash convention with a vid show in LA in 2017. Both VVC and our community could be mentioned by the convention organizers, flyers created etc). Outreach might also include going to larger conventions that focus on broader aspects of video editing like Vidcon. Getting vidders onto a  existing Vidcon panel would be a great start, or getting a few vids into one of the shows. Other possibilities:  offering a room party or staffing a table. 

These outreach efforts do not have to be tied to Vividcon and in fact it might be better if they were not. The outreach  could be part of an OTW outreach or even individual vidder community outreach depending on what is needed to gain access to the other communities (Ex: Vidcon panel might need the weight of the OTW to happen).  While VVC is a focal point for our corner of vidding fandom, we need to think larger and offer multiple ways of hooking up with one another and reach out to newer vidding boards/communities in places like YoutubeTumblrimzy (see below) or pillowfort.io (when out of beta).

On that note of outreach, Vividcon has playlists for the fanvids that were shown, some with links: http://www.vividcon.info/ To send them a link to your newly uploaded vid go here: And check out the wonderful Fandom Life vid show playlist.  Here is the partial unofficial  Youtube version
 
Vidding Newsletter
A few people thought that it would be great if someone would re-start the periodic Vidding Meta/News Roundup, cross-posted to tumblr and the Vidding LJ/DW communities. Less content now on DW/LJ  so it would be easier to track. Using the tumblr vidding tags is also doable. (I edged away from this part of the conversation lest anyone look in my direction).

Festivids
There was some meta discussion going on in the Festivids community as to what constitutes a "fanvid" for the purpose of excluding a fandom from the exchange. (Festivids is similar to Yuletide where the greater the number of existing vids, the less chance the fandom has to be included).  Are 6 second "Vines" a fanvid? Are trailers a fan vid? More here.  If anyone has other links or summary posts, please drop them below.
 
Imzy
A new platform, has been created - a cross between LJ and Redditt.  You can set privacy controls, it allows threaded discussions, you can have multiple pseuds and other fandom friendly features. Possible tumblr alternative when  Tumblr implodes, also a great place to have discussion like discussions.  It is currently invite only but more and more vidders are joining  and there are invites floating around. Someone suggested we should start a vidding community there.   Again, any roundup or summary links welcomed.
 
Youtube 
Lots and lots of discussion here. Uploading your vids to YouTube allows both you and the community greater outreach as well exposes us as vidders to new ideas (and vice versa).  
 
**Youtube Copyright
Always an ongoing issue. Many issues can be circumvented except for the formal DMCA take down request. You are still limited to 3  DMCA take down requests. Third strike and your account is deleted but you can contest and if you win, it does not count against you.   Someone said that the OTW offers updated template language to contest.  Does anyone have a link? Those who use YT can  comment below but there are existing strategies to deal with 3 Strikes Account Deletion - create a backup channel with a notice on the main channel ("if my account is ever deleted you can find me here"). Create a dummy channel and test upload vids beforehand.  Other issues are country and platform blocking (many vids are blocked on phones). Again there are multiple strategies - link to a proxy website in the notes section of the YT vid directing blocked people where they can view the vid, offer a Vimeo link, or better yet link back to an AO3 placeholder post where you can list the multiple ways to view your vid.  Again, people more familiar with with recent YT policies and workarounds, please feel free to weigh in below. lim has two great posts about Youtube which I have reblogged here and here

(on a personal note: when vidders kept saying they were "contesting" Youtube  I could not tell if they were talking about a "3 Strikes Take Down" or a platform/country block based on the music of video.)
 
**YouTube Playlists
Great way to compile a list of recommended vids and they are infinitely embed-able. Conventions should be using them to create playlists of vids to showcase both the vidder and the convention. Individual vidders can also create playlists and you can copy someone else's playlist. Advantage: YT is now accessible to many more Smart TVs allowing people to watch your vids on a big screen in their living room with friends. Examples of individual playlists are: Astolat's VVC 2016 Playlistmy 2016 VVC Playlistmy Escapade 2016 PlaylistMy Kiscon 2015 Playlist etc....Downside: Youtube blocks playback for some vids playing on mobile devices (which includes Smart TV) and those missing vids don't show up as missing. Ex: my YT VVC 2016 Playlist has 23 videos on my Android phone but only 18 on my Smart TV. Confusing.
 
AO3
A reminder that you can create a AO3 placeholder for each fanvid and then link to multiple streaming/download  locations (if you are blocked on YT or Vimeo). That way if or when you have to move your vids, you only need to update links and embeds in one place. Plus, any AO3 comments or kudos won't disappear if the vid is deleted.
 
Speaking of Youtube comments: you can archive your vids (or any vid on YT) plus all comments with Firefox plugin Youtube Saver. If you want to avoid those pesky YT comments there are other Firefox plugins: No Youtube Comments. Additional YT tools and tips welcomed
 
Vidders.Net/VidderTube
Some vidders have started uploading high quality uploads under the paid plan.  People like the quality of the HD streaming. Subscription process is confusing and fans still struggle to differntiate between Vidders.net (the legacy site containing 18,000 older 15fps vids) and Vidder Tube (the newer site with HD playing at 30fps). Is not clear if the newer Vidder.Tube has been authorized for embedding on AO3 (Vidders.net is still listed as authorized). Questions about sexually explicit footage being allowed and/or if allowed, what notices and warnings need to be placed on the vids (this last part was muddled - I think sexually explicit material is allowed but must be manually approved by the moderator. And I have no clue what is considered sexually explicit.).  I suggest that people contact the admin directly for clarification of any and all above: admin@viddertube.com
 
Vancouver Mashup Exhibit
Francesca curated an display about vidding as part of a Vancouver, Canada museum exhibit about modern culture. Several vids were shown and she wrote an essay that was included in the museum book. bironic's vid "Starships" was among the vids shown and she brought her copy of the museum book to Vividcon and made photocopies of the vidding article available. I also have copies the essay in PDF format and have been given permission by the author to hand it out ,so email me if you are interested: morgandawn @ gmail.com bironic attended the event in person and has a write-up here .
 
 
I will update this post as I remember more topics discussed.

edited 8/20/2016