There is a very cool discussion about vidding -- process, tech, tips, you name it -- at 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 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. ( Cut for navel-gazing about recent non-participation on DW )
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
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.