Compressions and other insanities of vidding

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Title: Compressions and other insanities of vidding
Creator: gwyn
Date(s): December 12, 2004
Medium: online
Topic: vidding
External Links: Tea at the Ford, Archived version
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Compressions and other insanities of vidding is a post by gwyn at Tea at the Ford.


[That's hard to imagine. When you made the transition from VCR to computer clips and programs, did you miss the hands-on-ness of it, or was it just a big relief? ?]: Oh god, don't get me started, you'll be here all day! The biggest thing for me is that while the capture process is still achingly, painfully slow (why aren't the clips all just in there? It annoys me that I have to actually get them), but by god, there's no fear of damage. Before, you lived in terror of damage to either your source tape from replaying a scene so often you broke or wore it out, or to your vid master because of the multiple inserts. You also had to worry about going back and re-editing, and if you inserted a new clip in a "finished" vid, you risked cascade damage -- all the clips after that could be screwed if you weren't incredibly careful. Now I can do whatever I want, so the stress is greatly reduced. There are tons of other stressors in vidding, but that constant fear of mistakes and damage is not one of them. You may make a bad vid, but you won't damage anything in the process.
This next year's theme for the Vividcon challenge show, in fact, is milestones, because it was 30 years ago next year that the first "songvid" (what we call them) was created. It was a slide show for K/S, set to a song sung by Leonard Nimoy, created by Kandy Fong. They showed it last year at VVC, in fact, and it was just so wild to see it again. Things were very different then; stuff we laugh at now was groundbreaking at the time. When VCRs became available it was at the time Starsky & Hutch was popular, the second big slash fandom, and they used them to put music tracks down and then put one big long clip over that. Then flying erase heads were created, and voila! The modern song vid as we know it came along. If you're interested I can bore you with the details, but I realize it's so esoteric and odd that there's probably not much interest. I find that most vidders, too, these days, just don't care about the past and like to believe they invented everything. Gives us oldtimers something to gripe about, I suppose. ;-)