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Synonyms: Fan Cam
See also: Stage Mix, Fanvid
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A fancam is a recording of a celebrity or public figure taken and/or circulated by fans. They are particularly popular in K-Pop fandoms on Twitter. The most common fancams are taken during a musical performance, during which idols are usually dancing. Fancams will follow a single member of the group.

Around 2019, many began to use the term to refer more generally to what is usually known as a fanvid or an AMV.[1] Largely on Twitter, where fancams had become ubiquitous, videos that were not fan-recorded single takes, but rather edited clips from other sources set to different music, were referred to as fancams. These "fancams" were no longer limited to real people who could be recorded naturally by fans; video from any source, such as a live-action film or cartoon, could be edited to make a "fancam."

Fancams have become such an integral part of the Kpop fandom that in 2020, when most Kpop events were pre recorded without an audience due to pandemic restrictions, some venues were releasing "fancam" footage from the performances.[2]


Use of fancams is extremely high among K-pop stans on Twitter. Their ubiquity has spread to the practice of using fancams in replies. Stans will attach a fancam to their reply despite the idol, group, or even K-pop having nothing to do with the topic of discussion. Stans may attach fancams to deliberately make light of the topic by pointedly changing the subject. For example, if someone outside of K-pop fandom tweets that K-pop stans are annoying and overenthusiastic, K-pop stans will deliberately flood the comments with fancams and interact with each other instead of the OP. However, they are also used simply because of a genuine desire to boost the video.

Here is are two fans explanation in 2021:

Fancam is a video of a single event, often focused on a bias (e.g. one idol within a group of 11 singing)

Fan edits is a bunch of videos put together to make some point (e.g. XZ clips cutest with puppies)

Fanvids is what we know best xD put together to create an au-style narrative[3]

fancams are edited videos of real people, fan edits are short edited footage of some fictional media for tiktok/insta, fanvideos are fan edits but normally longer and on youtube[4]

this is just my interpretation but: fancams - of one celeb/character, short, special effects edits - of multiple characters/a ship, short, special effects fanvids - longer/full length, sometimes less special effects, focus on any number of characters/ships [5]

Fancam activism

George Floyd Protests, May-June 2020

On 31 May 2020, during the protest movement following the killing of George Floyd the official Twitter account of the Dallas, Texas Police Department (@DallasPD) invited people to share video of illegal activity during the protest through Dallas PD's app iWatch Dallas.

K-pop fan @7soulsmap tweeted a screencapture of DallasPD's tweet to their followers and in a follow-up tweet encouraged people to post fancams to the app to protect the identities of BLM (Black Lives Matter) protestors.

Twitter user @ngelwy was one k-pop fan who quote tweeted @7soulsmap with instructions to 'DOWNLOAD THE APP AND SEND ALL YOUR FANCAMS!!! SEND THEM ALL!!! MAKE THEIR JOB AS HARD AS POSSIBLE!!! GET THEM FRUSTRATED!!! MAKE THEM TAKE DOWN THE APP!!!'. (@Ngelwy's tweet was deleted early in the morning of 1 June 2020 out of concern for the security of people downloading the police app.)

Although (as of 1 June 2020) there is no concrete proof that this fancam activism was the reason, the police app was taken down soon afterwards. Early in the morning on 1 June 2020, Dallas PD tweeted that 'Due to technical difficulties iWatch Dallas app will be down temporarily'. One of the earliest replies to the tweet came from twitter user mika (@chaengjiwoo) who responded 'hope you enjoyed the fancams', attaching a fancam to the tweet.

A screencapture of @ngelwy's deleted tweet went viral when it was shared by twitter user Unfriendly black thottie (@thotimus_primee) who tweeted within an hour of the DallasPD taking down their iWatch Dallas app to say 'LMFAO THE KPOP GIRLS TOOK DOWN THE IWATCH DALLAS POLICE APP WITH THEIR FANCAMS'.

Afterwards, Twitter users encouraged K-pop fans to use their fancams for good by flooding the pro-police hashtags, which they promptly did,[6] including spamming the Instagram hashtag #whiteouttuesday on 2 June [7]. On 3 June K-pop fans were so prolific at spamming the Twitter hashtags #WhiteLivesMatter and #whiteoutwednesday with fancams that Twitter categorised those hashtags as 'kpop'.

Other Twitter users expressed their joy at this activism, many saying something along the lines of "I take back all the annoyed comments I made about fancams".[8]

The Dallas PD iWatch app incident was reported by Caroline Haskins at Buzzfeed on 1 June 2020. Follow-up examples of fancam activism against protest-related apps and hashtags were reported by Seren Morris at Newsweek on 2 June 2020.


Fan Comments

i will say that kpop stans have the right idea by using fancams in online arguments. inoffensive enough to not be taken down but annoying enough to drive the opponent crazy. the modern equivalent of bugs bunny kissing his enemies on the lips[9]

Meta & Further Reading


  1. ^ Meme on Fancam vs AMV, Tumblr. Mar 3, 2021 (Accessed 4/15/2021)
  2. ^ (2020 가요대전) 갓세븐 마크 'POISON+Breath(넌 날 숨 쉬게 해)' (GOT7 MARK FanCam)│@2020 SBS Music Awards, accessed 25 April 2021.
  3. ^ response to the question: what's the difference between fancams, fan edits (or edits or whatever) and fanvids? [1], Archived version
  4. ^ response to the question: what's the difference between fancams, fan edits (or edits or whatever) and fanvids? [2], Archived version
  5. ^ response to the question: what's the difference between fancams, fan edits (or edits or whatever) and fanvids? [3], Archived version
  6. ^ Kpop fans are taking over M*GA and pro-police hashtags and crashing law enforcement snitch apps and it’s beautiful tweet by Laura Hudson from June 3, 2020
  7. ^ The K-pop stans have done it again!!! tweet by Asad from June 3, 2020
  8. ^ I owe all of k-pop my sincerest apologies. I am so sorry for any malice I have spread in the past. tweet by PixelatedGarrett, posted on June 3, 2020
  9. ^ Oct 15, 2019 by chirithee