beccatoria: (vid all the things!)
*RE-EMERGES FROM THE WILDS*

Hey all of you! :D

So, [personal profile] lithiumdoll and I are putting together a Vidding 101 panel for VidUKon and we need your help, good people! You don't have to be planning to attend - if you might be there via VirtUKon, or read the notes online afterwards, we'd love to hear from you!

Very briefly, it'll be a mix of practical advice on the basics of how to make clips, how to put clips on a timeline, etc., all using multiplatform free software as far as possible.

The second half is gonna be a more subjective section where we're hoping to answer audience questions and put together some stuff that will be of interest to you guys. So if you have any big questions you'd really like addressed in this panel, we would REALLY like to hear from you!

The post is here: http://vidukon-cardiff.dreamwidth.org/27490.html

It's gonna be great! :D
beccatoria: (vid all the things!)
Hey guys. So uh, yeah. *glances around sheepishly* I haven't been here in a really long time. BUT. But. I do come with news:

I'm up for auction for VidUKon this year, so if anyone would care to bid on me (or one of the other five awesome vidders who volunteered - buffyann, jagwriter, LithiumDoll, Llin and meivocis), here is the link:

http://www.vidukon.co.uk/convention/auction

Bidding ends Sunday, 7 Feb at 8:00pm GMT (which is like 3:00pm for you people on the East Coast, I think).
beccatoria: (the legend of this chick)
Title: Republic City
Video: The Legend of Korra
Audio: Atlantic City // The Gaslight Anthem [Springsteen Cover]
Summary: Everything dies, baby that's a fact. (But everything that dies, some day comes back.)



Direct download available here. RightClickSaveAs. 83 megs approx.

Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] vidding and [community profile] vidding

Other vids available here.
beccatoria: (johnny the astronaut)
Title: Blue/Pink
Video: Steven Universe
Audio: Blue Lips // Regina Spektor
Summary: Human, Gem. Boy, Girl. Blue, Pink.

PASSWORD: vidses



Direct download available here. RightClickSaveAs. 80 megs approx.

Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] vidding and [community profile] vidding

Other vids available here.
beccatoria: (vid all the things!)
Hey guys!

I'm in charge of a Superheroes vidshow for VidUKon this year! My aim is to make it awesome. So obviously I'm going to ask all you awesome guys to help me create a shortlist of vids to include.

My goal is to root it in self-identified Superhero stuff but also to reach out to other things that don't necessarily self-identify as capes and costumes heroics, but clearly draw on those archetypes.

So I'm soliciting any and all suggestions!

Though I'd be super, super grateful for suggestions that aren't for either Marvel or DC because that's a lot easier to find.

To help this process, I brainstormed some fandoms that fit under either "Actually Superheroes!" or "Oh Come On, They're Superheroes!" I want to try and make sure that the latter category isn't just "action heroes", so feel free to question, challenge or suggest stuff in the comments even if you don't have a specific vid to rec (though obvs, omgs, I hope you do!)

Actually Superheroes!
DC (duh)
Marvel (duh)
Kick-Ass
Watchmen
Hancock
Krrish
Judge Dredd

This list is as complete as I can make it, so if I've missed something PLEASE let me know!

Oh Come On, They're Superheroes!
Commander Shepard
Olivia Dunham
The Avatar (as in The Last Airbender and Korra)
Buffy Summers
Lara Croft
Ghostbusters
Blade
Jedi characters in Star Wars
Xena
Knight Rider

This list is both arbitrary and incomplete and mostly designed to act as a starting point. I'd also note that the focus of vids in this list will probably matter more. Wonder Woman is always going to be identified as a superhero. A vid about Buffy could focus on a lot of things other than her superheroic attributes.
beccatoria: (vid all the things!)
Shamelessly stolen from [personal profile] frayadjacent and [personal profile] chaila! Give me a number (or a few) and I will try to answer things! Some numbers are missing because my intelligent predecessors went through combing for questions they didn't think they'd be so interested in, but I'm, um, lazy, so I just copy-pasted one of their lists and ran with it. YAY ME.

1. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-vid.
2. Is there a genre or style you've yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
3. Is there a genre or style you wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole?
4. How many vid ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
5. Share one of your strengths.
6. Share one of your weaknesses.
7. Point to a section from one of your favorite vids you've made and explain why you're proud of it.
8. Which vid was the hardest to make?
9. Which vid was the easiest to make?
11. Is there a section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
12. What's the best vidding advice you've ever come across?
13. What's the worst vidding advice you've ever come across?
14. If you only could vid one show/movie for the rest of your life, which show/movie would it be?
15. Do you work mostly from start to finish, or do you vid sections out of order?
16. Do you use any tools, like clip notes or storyboards?
18. Describe your perfect vidding conditions.
19. How many times do you usually revise your vid before posting?
20. Choose a section from one of your earlier vids and talk about whether and how you'd do it differently now. (Person sending the ask is free to make suggestions).
21. If you were to revise one of your older vids from start to finish, which would it be and why?
22. Have you ever deleted one of your published vids?
23. What do you look for in a beta?
24. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
25. How do you feel about collaborations?
26. Share three of your favorite vidders and why you like them so much.
27. Do you accept prompts?
28. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your vids being canon compliant?
30. How do you feel about crack?
31. Which is your favorite site for posting vids?
32. Talk about your current vids in progress.
33. Talk about a comment or review that made your day.
34. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
beccatoria: (vid all the things!)
Poll #15354 What Should I Put Into VidUKon's Vidder's Choice Show?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 12

VID SHOWDOWN! THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!

Counting Stars because WONDER WOMAN!
10 (83.3%)

I Say Fever because FARSCAPE!
2 (16.7%)



Because I'm torn. I'm probably leaning towards Counting Stars, because Diana, but also, I actually think that I Say Fever is one of the better vids I've ever done, but it's for a fifteen year old show, buried in a 30 day vidding project and maybe this'd be a nice way to say, hey, you know, look at this thing I made because I think a lot of people will already have seen Counting Stars? But also, Counting Stars. And it's more of a crowdpleaser, I think.

My indecision!

(Or convince me of a totally different vid in the comments, if you are so inclined...)
beccatoria: (vid all the things!)
I just wanted to thank everyone for the really kind words you all left on my last entry. I didn't have the...well, energy I guess, to reply individually, just because I was still a bit messy and sad, but I genuinely appreciated every single one. Thank you all for such thoughtful and attentive comments. It really made my days better getting them.

In slightly happier news, registration for VidUKon is open! And this year it will be super exciting because if you purchase a non-attending ticket (for the princely sum of £16!) not only will you get a programme (with your name in) and a premieres DVD, you will also get entry to VirtUKon! Which will be a virtual convention. Yes! The vidshows will go up, streaming (where possible), in REAL TIME, complete with comments to discuss with the masses of other virtual attendees who will surely be there in droves!

We are also looking into livestreaming some panels. This is, of course, our pilot year, and this will depend on several things, but one of them is getting enough subscribers to our YouTube channel so that we can enable livestreaming. It's a totally doable goal and we're a good way there already, but if you'd be willing to head over to our YouTube Channel and subscribe to us, you would be the most awesome person ever.

In the meantime, for a taste of what VirtUKon will be like, our previous cons are already up at the site! Just pick the year that you want to view...
beccatoria: (vid all the things!)
SO HEY GUYS, do you remember back at the start of the year when I got to make a video trailer for the webcomic - My So-Called Secret Identity?

I actually got to make a second video as well, but it was originally a donation reward, and then with the completion of the second issue and relaunch of the Sound & Vision part of the website, I made a third video making use of the events of the second issue.

ANYWAY! All three are now up and available for viewing here, with a few comments form yours truly! Also (although not from yours truly) there is a suggested soundtrack available for streaming.

COMICS VIDS.

YOU KNOW YOU WANTS THEM PRECIOUS. ;)

Or if nothing else, I wanted to generally let people know I made them. See! I am still vidding sort of! Just less regularly and in...animated form!
beccatoria: (vid all the things!)
Hey guys, so first a general apology - I haven't been very...present here the last few weeks. I owe a lot of you replies on your longer, more thoughtful posts, and I owe, well, this. Because [community profile] tightpresent happened, and then Vidukon happened and then WisCon happened, and that's a LOT of vids, you guys. And I had this awesome idea to post the epicest of Rec Posts all at once when they were all done with, except anyway, it's a week late.

I haven't forgotten about the daily meme I was doing, or, just...trying to be around more in general; it's just been a stressful RL time and, well, whatever, we're here for recs!

tightpreset

Okay so first, I want to point everyone to the vids that was me ~for meeeeee~ because I WON and got two of them, and they're both really great and interesting:

Mineshaft by [personal profile] chaila is a Sarah Connor piece to the most perfect song I've ever heard for her.

Meanwhile, Strange Angels by [personal profile] sanguinity is a Sarah Connor piece to a song I never would have thought would work, but it does - and it makes really interesting use of movie footage too.

Pretty much every other vid in the exchange was fascinating in one way or another, I pretty much blanket endorse going through the announcement post, but I do think it's worth highlighting a few others:

The Dream Before by [personal profile] sanguinity is an absolutely extraordinary vid about time travel with Derek as a pivot-point around which we see the whole universe unravel and repeat.

Losing Our Religions by [personal profile] ghost_lingering is an intriguingly ambitious project to vid ten different characters, both major and minor, as they struggle with faith of all kinds. Each character gets a different cover of REM's Losing My Religion.

Seamstress by [personal profile] chaila is the Jesse and Riley vid of my soul.

We Used To Wait by [personal profile] nicole_anell is a patient, sorrowful look at Sarah and Jesse.

Vidukon

YAY! Vidukon! Okay, I had like...a gabillion vids right after the con that I wanted to point out to everyone including a bunch I saw in the vidshows, and, of course, due to my idiotic procrastination I've forgotten half of them. I'm sure I'll pay for it one day in vid purgatory. But in the meantime, I can at least link to a few vids I really enjoyed and think you should check out too. Once again, I thought it was a really strong show overall? So I'm actually gonna focus some on the vids I think maybe got a bit overlooked because they were for less mainstream fandoms, or the vidders weren't actually present, etc:

Skin by [profile] m_a_r_i_k_s is a Debra Morgan vid (from Dexter) and it does a startlingly perfect job of capturing the character's incredibly complicated physicality - the way she manages to be expansive and dramatic at the same time as being tightly coiled with closed, awkward body language.

All The Rowboats by [personal profile] lilly_the_kid is a vid that I enjoyed at the time, but really appreciated once I got the clarity of her framing statement (which to be fair was in the programme but I have a memory like a sieve and it was dark!) and the way it uses the song to make points about the vidder's relationship to the source in a broader sense.

When I Am Laid In Earth by [personal profile] kiki_miserychic is a vid for a show called Utopia that I've never seen. Nonetheless, this vid is a beautiful, striking, disturbing spiral of colour and loss. I've never seen such vibrance mixed with such isolation.

FINALLY, [personal profile] nemonclature and I hosted a Vidding Tech panel, and our notes and example vids and little one-and-two minute tutorials on a few topics are all available at her DW, HERE, and we should all be very grateful to her because if it was my job to post it, it still wouldn't be done, and certainly not in such an orderly fashion...

WisCon

Ugh, you guys, I'm so jealous I didn't get to go, but why, why for it at most expensive time of year and four thousand miles away from me?

Either way, they have vid programming and stuff! Because I suck, I haven't had the chance to go and look at all the premieres yet, but I DO know that all of you need to go and watch [personal profile] chaila's Keep The Streets Empty For Me IMMEDIATELY. It's a Twilight vid, about Bella, that manages a wonderful (and visually stunning) take that critiques the original source's gender politics, without falling into the common trap of dismissing the fact that, despite potentially problematic execution, Twilight has always, canonically, been Bella's story, from her perspective, about her needs and desires.

And now I have to go off and hunt down the rest of the WisCon premieres...

Anyway, signing off, hopefully I will be back soon!
beccatoria: (commander space jesus)
OKAY SO.

Man, I have been busy. VIDUKON! In general I'm glad to say that I think most people had a good time, and hopefully the few things that did not go, err, smoothly, will be worked out at future cons, since people did seem keen to have another one. Which is aces! Also it really was awesome to get to meet a bunch of people for the first time, and to see a bunch of others returning - it started to feel...familiar, like a reunion, and that was nice.

Hopefully in the next few days I'll actually get together a bunch of recs and perhaps a slightly longer report on things.

But for now, because I am impulsive and stressed and realised (a) I have slightly more money than I thought this month and (b) you can, actually, buy a small HDTV for less than a hundred quid these days, I am...somewhat seriously considering getting one and then capping my own Mass Effect footage. So far I've been using generic walkthroughs from YouTube, which are fine as far as they go. Problem is not everything is easily available, and bluntly, I end up manufacturing a bunch of it myself with masking different sources together and it's sort of a nightmare. And I would like to be able to just...clip myself a standard library with all the major variations.

I mean, it's a stupidly huge undertaking either way. But.

HYPOTHETICALLY. IF I DID IT. Here is my dilemma:

What Shepard do I use?

No, no, of COURSE I mean Femshep, but what I mean is. I've been using what is, essentially, an amalgamation of the two default Femsheps throughout the series because it's generic enough it was easier to source footage and I didn't feel like I was ripping off anyone's custom Shep.

I also don't want to use either of my Sheps because, well, I don't particularly think I'll be vidding their journeys?

But I guess I have residual bitterness from that stupid competition they ran for the ME3 default face when of COURSE the generic blonde, white chick won. (And then they didn't even stick with that because they went back to the red hair which if they had to change the default model part way through at least they stuck with that much. *sigh*)

But on the other other hand, I do think there's something useful about using a character model that is as close to the "default" version as possible. We all have our custom Sheps, but we also all recognise Sheploo (man I hate that name, makes me giggle EVERY time) and a shaggy-haired redhead as "Shepard" too.

Especially the few vids I have actively planned, I kind of...don't want to necessarily read as though they're the adventures of someone's personal Shepard, but rather explorations of her as an archetype.

Which in turn brings us back to the unavoidable fact that the fact "default" Shepard is a white dude is all kinds of ist, and making her a chick only solves one of them. :/

I'm kind of leaning towards keeping the model I've used for my previous vids for consistency and because she's more recognisable. And that iconicness is actually pretty important to me. I want to vid...varying versions of the pop culture icon, not my game's playthrough. So, you know, I kind of want to stick with the Default (or as close as possible with Femshep since they kept changing it).

But I'm not totally comfortable with the way I'm leaning. Cus there's no avoiding the underlying reasons for how the default looks. Should I just jailbreak this thing and make an awesome new Femshep for vids purposes (including possibly remastering Machine into higher quality)?

EITHER WAY THIS WILL PROBABLY TAKE YEARS. o.O

[ETA! I should also say, if I do this, I would totally be willing to share footage with any other fine folks who wished to vid ME...]
beccatoria: (vid all the things!)
Hey dudes!

So the deadline for Premieres and Vidders' Choice show uploads for Vidukon is this Sunday and I need to get my stuff together for it. My premiere is finished, no worries there, but I've yet to settle on a Vidders'Choice option because I'm genuinely just totally torn.

I'd make a poll, but I don't (yet) have a paid DW and therefore couldn't crosspost, so I apologise, no convenience for any of you. But please, comment below!

The main options I'm considering:

- Quantum Theory - Once Upon A Time vid, probably a good choice in general, it's a vid I like and all, except I'm slightly astray with the show right now so I have slightly mixed feelings about it. On the other hand it's one of my better more recent vids, I think, and I love the song choice.

- Matches to Paper Dolls - The Great Queen Seondeok - GAH EPIC KOREAN TV SHOW OF MY HEART. Problem is I'm not really sure it plays that well to people who've not seen the show. At least, like, in terms of the way vids sometimes "play" differently to live audiences than alone on your TV screen. Different expectations, etc. I do love the show unreasonably though.

- Marchin On - Young Justice (DC Superheroes) - It's big, flashy, shiny and superheroey! I actually quite like it as a vid and it might play well on a big screen, but idk, I'm also not totally sure how I feel about picking it essentially because I couldn't stick on something else.

So, yeah...

Also if there's a DIFFERENT vid any of you think I should pick, mention it! I also considered Set My World Into Motion (River Song) and I Need A Hero (Wonder Woman), briefly. But I can't pick Hands Away cus [personal profile] chaila already submitted that like a boss. ;)

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP CUS I AM AN AMBIVALENT NERD.
beccatoria: (vid all the things!)
SO! A Year In Vidding. Which I haven't done nearly enough of this year, but all the same -

2011 | 2010 | NaViMaMo 2010 | 2009 | 2008

THE VIDS! )

THE QUESTIONS! )

AND THERE WE GO. Meme complete.

As always, if anyone has any questions about any of my vids or the process of making them, please feel free to ask! :D
beccatoria: (vid al the things!)
SO! On the small chance that you are on my flist, are interested in watching a bunch of vids next Spring in Cardiff but aren't on the [livejournal.com profile] vidukon comm, HERE BE A PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT!

For some reason I have decided to assist in organising this thing, and to help it be truly awesome, I need your help, if you think you might be interested in attending, in letting us know what dates you'd prefer.

GO HERE AND VOTE!
beccatoria: (vid al the things!)
It's that time of year again! All the vids from 2011:

Previously, for reference:

2010 | NaViMaMo 2010 | 2009 | 2008

THE VIDS )

THE QUESTIONS )

So, yes. There we go. 2011 Vidding Complete.
beccatoria: (nihilus vs atris)
SO.

Hello peoples. I fell off the internet for a while, mostly because I was vidding a lot and playing Mass Effect 2. And I realise I've got to this point where I keep having these things I want to post about here but they never seem significant enough/apropos of anything/like a significant portion of my flist would be interested, but now I have like four of them, so they are going together into a post, dagnabbit.

As always, you are encouraged to pick and choose cut-tags. ;)

1. Vidding [& Young Justice *looks sketchy*] )

2. Mass Effect 2 )

3. Once Upon A Time )

4. Wonder Woman (No, not the new issue that comes out today, ragging on Marston instead *duck*!) )
beccatoria: (Default)
Okay - that meme is going around again! The one where you comment on a post and get given five things the poster associates with you, then you get to talk about those five things on your LJ, and invite other people to comment on your post and ask for five things you associate with them!

So yes, [livejournal.com profile] chaila43 gave me the following five things! Comment on this post and I will give YOU five things! An endless cycle of things!

Vidding )

Project CAPSLOCK - a.k.a. Hands Away, the Sarah/Olivia vid )

Olivia Dunham )

Wonder Woman )

Wales )

And I'm done. Who wants five things from me?!
beccatoria: (Default)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHAILA! Originally I had a crazy plan to not even tell you I'd even started watching Damages, but obviously that lasted about three seconds. ;)

Title: blood, blood to the bruise
Video: Damages
Audio: Me & Stetson // Tom McRae
Spoilers: Seasons 1 & 2 only
Summary: You're like my daughter. I tried to kill you. [Patty. Ellen.]

Direct download available here. 32 megs approx. RightClickSaveAs.

Password: vidses


Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] vidding

Other vids available here.
beccatoria: (Default)
OKAY! For reasons best known to...some part of my brain for sure, I have made a series of tutorials to show people how to make vids on Linux. I've done this for a few reasons, firstly because there should be more vids, and my own experiences getting to grips with Cinelerra were more challenging than they would have been had there been an active vidding community to assist me, since a lot of the tutorials were aimed at different types of video editing or deeply technical. Secondly, I think more people should be aware of the option. Not only are Linux and Cinelerra philosophically free, as in open source, they're also financially free, as in zero cost. And they run much better on systems with lower end specs.

So you know, vidding has a somewhat deserved reputation as being an expensive hobby, but you really can have a program that can do fancy editing shit without spending a lot of money or having a superawesome machine.

SO BRIEFLY:

These tutorials are split into two parts. The first focuses on basics, including getting a Linux-based Operating System (I recommend Ubuntu) and setting that up, installing programs, setting up Cinelerra, basic editing on Cinelerra with a focus on what is most applicable to music videos (in my own biased opinion, of course!)

The second set of tutorials is a collection of stuff I've done over the past year that is more advanced. It's basically focused on achieving more complex effects and/or stuff that many other editing programs have presets for but Cinelerra doesn't. That's the thing about Cinelerra, it can do most of the stuff Vegas or Premiere can do, it's just not always obvious, preset-level easy, and will involve using a program that kind of looks like it was made in 1994.

SO. LET'S GET ON WITH IT:

TUTORIAL SET #1: Basics. )

TUTORIAL SET #2: More advanced effects. )

Finally, a few links:

The Cinelerra CV Manual: this is the official manual for the community version of Cinelerra (which is the version we are dealing with here; see here for information as to why if you're curious). The manual looks big and intimidating and probably isn't a good first step for a total beginner, but it's very comprehensive and very useful and will pretty much answer all your questions. So it's good to link it here for posterity.

Various Other Tutorials: The official Cinelerra CV site links to various other tutorials in various languages with various focuses. It's probably the most complete centralised repository of tutorial links I've found, though you can also just plain old search YouTube.

THE END.

:)
beccatoria: (crossbones)
Okay, like the rest of the interwebs I caved and posted my name to the latest Vidding Love Meme. I feel...thoroughly shallow and self-promotional. And will now go and make up for it by leaving feedback all all YOUR threads! :D At least for the next ten minutes I will. Cus then I'll have to go to bed, and may have to finish tomorrow.

HERE IS MY THREAD.

VIDS AND THINGS. WHY ARE ALL THE VIDS I'M MAKING RIGHT NOW THINGS I CAN'T RELEASE FOR MONTHS. (Okay that makes me sound like I'm making more vids than I am. Whatever. There is waiting and I don't approve!)

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