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Mar. 2nd, 2014 11:01 am
frayadjacent: drawing from hyperbole and a half: cartoon girl at laptop at night, text says "vidding" (!vidding)
[personal profile] frayadjacent
There is a very cool discussion about vidding -- process, tech, tips, you name it -- at [community profile] wiscon_vidparty's vidding workshop.  Check it out!  This is such a great idea and I hope it keeps happening. I would have *loved* to come across this when I started vidding or in my first year as a vidder.  I love coming across it now!

A lot of people are talking about their vidding process, most of which are similar to mine in the finding/discovering song --> re-watching and/or clipping --> song editing --> vid editing --> beta process, but I've discovered (and rediscovered) that it really helps me to combine the clipping and video editing.  Because clipping is so boring!  I.e., I set myself a goal for a number of episodes to clip, then once I finish I reward myself by laying some of those clips on the timeline!  It helps with motivation.  Plus, I usually get a lot of ideas when I clip and it helps to enact at least some of those ideas right away rather than writing them down or taking mental  notes that don't get acted upon for days to months. 

Also, according to [personal profile] heresluck, an initial rule of thumb for matching motion to a beat is to have the explosion, fist-hitting, etc happen three frames before the beat (then adjust as needed).  WHOA.  I usually line these things up on the same frame as the beat, and I wonder if this is part of why I often feel like my timing is a bit off-looking.  I am definitely going to try this out.  If it works I will be glad to have a solution/bitter I didn't realize this ages ago.

I haven't been around DW much, and my fannish mode has generally been a bit different lately.  I have a lot of unanswered comments in my DW inbox.  I'm starting to get this guilty anxiety around it and I am dealing with that by somewhat avoiding DW.  I was traveling and having guests and wrist problems and in the meantime a bunch of comments accumulated -- including some really interesting, fabulous comments about Marxism and Buffy S5 (not the same comment) and I had all these thoughts and I HAVEN'T WRITTEN THEM DOWN.  And I know it's pretty silly of me to get so guilty feeling about it.  It's not like I really mind, most of the time, if someone doesn't respond to one of my comments. 

Anyway, the guilt is not the only reason I'm not as active on DW -- I also just have found that when I'm on my computer I need to work or I'm vidding or I'm watching Farscape*.   My time for chatting with others in fandom has been on my phone while commuting or something, and my Twitter/AndChat apps have much better typing features than the browser I use for DW.  So basically it's not my fault, it's DW's fault for not having an Android app.  (Just kidding!  Though that would be nice.)

Anyway, I'm honestly considering just clearing out my inbox and starting fresh, with sincere apologies to people who left comments for me and never got a response.

In other vidding news:  I've been vidding like mad the past week or so.  I'm making a Xena vid that is really trying to explore moral and thematic questions -- and take positions and make arguments about said questions -- more so than probably any other vid I've made.  I've been really digging the process of making it.  I think because, unlike with my Buffy vids, Xena is still quite fresh and new for me and I feel really excited about what I want to say about it.  Also, with Buffy vids I have the constant feeling that every idea I've ever had has already been done, and probably better.  But to be honest I haven't found even half a dozen Xena vids that I like.  I'm sure there were tons back in the day but they seem to be gone or at least beyond my ability/motivation to find them.  So I actually feel like I can make a contribution? Anyway, one of the cool consequences of my vid farr is that I'm finally learning how to use After Effects a teensy bit because my excitement for the vid is overpowering my laziness.

*Yes I am watching Farscape and one of the zillions of DW posts I've written in my head the past 6 weeks is how utterly I've fallen for Aeryn Sun, and about my predictable lack of response to John and the Aeryn/John pairing.

Date: 2014-03-02 06:35 am (UTC)
timetobegin: (marvelverse | bruce)
From: [personal profile] timetobegin
aww don't worry about taking some time away - i'm sure no one minds when you take a break!

Date: 2014-03-02 07:50 am (UTC)
timetobegin: (lots | richard)
From: [personal profile] timetobegin
its ok! honestly i don't really notice when people don't comment. that probably sounds a bit meaner than it should, what i mean is it's not a competition on who comments most/i don't keep a tally on who comments. lol.

Date: 2014-03-02 07:11 am (UTC)
grammarwoman: (Farscape OTP)
From: [personal profile] grammarwoman
FARSCAPE!!! How far into it are you?

Date: 2014-03-02 05:16 pm (UTC)
grammarwoman: (CB full of glee)
From: [personal profile] grammarwoman
Season 3 might be my favorite. I know they say to never split the party, but I thought it made for some incredible storytelling.

Farscape definitely rewards the rewatcher; you trade out the surprise of the first viewing for admiring how they layered and built up the story, and how the characters grew and developed.

IMHO, there can never be too many Farscape vids. :D

Aeryn! *flails* Totally amazing, and I love Claudia Black so much for the fantastic job she did.

Date: 2014-03-03 05:29 pm (UTC)
grammarwoman: (Don't turn your back on Claudia Black)
From: [personal profile] grammarwoman
One of my favorite things about Farscape is how they take all the sci-fi tropes, and make them new and funky and original and WTF off the scale.

Date: 2014-03-02 03:44 pm (UTC)
goodbyebird: Miranda: "Whaaat have you done today to make yourself feel good?" (Miranda whaaat have you done today)
From: [personal profile] goodbyebird
Ugh I know what's it's like to have things pile up, and then the urge to avoid becomes stronger and stronger. I say go for it and clean your slate.

Great to hear your vid-fu has struck. Certainly looking forward to a Xena vid. Off to collect some vidding tips yay!

Date: 2014-03-02 03:54 pm (UTC)
luzula: a Luzula pilosa, or hairy wood-rush (Default)
From: [personal profile] luzula
Hi there! Thanks for the link to the vidding workshop--on that mythical future day when I have lots of spare time, I might want to try vidding. (I already know the vid I want to make.)

And I assume you're referring to me with the Marxism comment. : ) Just reply to it if you feel inspired some day--no need to feel guilty if you don't get around to it.

Date: 2014-03-03 12:36 am (UTC)
laurashapiro: a woman sits at a kitchen table reading a book, cup of tea in hand. Table has a sliced apple and teapot. A cat looks on. (Default)
From: [personal profile] laurashapiro
JSYK, I wouldn't want my comment to be causing you any stress whatsoever. Naturally I'm interested in whatever you have to say, but if it suits your fannish mojo better to be vidding right now, then I say vid like the wind and let it wait. We can always talk about it at VVC!

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