Vidding Linkspam April 22, 2019

Apr. 22nd, 2019 05:15 pm
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This year I decided to make a vidshow about how much I hate capitalism. (I’m not kidding.) The working, and probably actual, title is “Be Gay, Do Crimes”.  It will be vid show on queers and marginalized folk doing what they gotta to survive under capitalism/the patriarchy/etc.
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Proposal to download YouTube fanvids before Europe's Article 13 takes them down
"I was thinking about each of us downloading videos, and marking them as "Safe/Downloaded" in the comments, until we find another place to put them / way to share them."
 
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PLEASE don’t steal work from vidders.
Whether it is reuploading a video, or taking clips from their edit and passing the editing off as your own, PLEASE DON’T.  
 
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Make things that are bad, silly, self indulgent.  
Making that silly middle school-esque fanvid was the most fun I had video editing in a while. I went to uni for media, I got graded on my editing. It can kill the fun.  Make things that are bad, silly, self indulgent. Just make things because you want to. Don’t let perfectionism kill ideas.
 
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seekingferret: Wiscon Vids/Database Vids  
But it strikes me that vids like "Transmission" and [personal profile]eruthros's "Straightening Up the House", which got its own 7.5K creation essay, are vids that in an essential way may reflect an emerging Wiscon aesthetic that is meaningfully different from VVC-style vids. These are vids that are created by vidders fluent in the VVC house style, but they have the DNA of academic research projects in them as well. Vids are always attractive to me because of the information density they're capable of conveying, but "Transmission" and "Straightening Up the House" intentionally throw more information at you than you can absorb, while making you aware that they are doing this. The kiloword creation essay is an essential part of the art. You can simply sit back and watch "Transmission" and enjoy it, but you do so with the full awareness that you are not seeing everything the vidder has to say. I feel like that stands in confrontational opposition to the idea of Vid as Essay, which is so often essential to understanding VVC vids. 
 
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elfwreck: Vidding 101 Begins
I picked up Sony Vegas 14 at HumbleBundle a while back, and finally got around to installing it. 
I want to make a vid. I want to make a vid I know damn well nobody else will make, so I guess I gotta learn vidding.
However, the vid I want to make is complicated and involves several sources from different eras, which I know is a pain. So first, I gotta make an easy-for-beginners vid to get used to the software.
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All this Endgame excitement is really overflowing my brain with ideas for vids. But my only experience with making fanvids goes back more than a decade with a borrowed copy of DVD Shrink and Window Movie Maker on a computer that wasn't really equipped to handle either, and I always wanted something that would let me layer video in more ways that WMM would allow.  
 
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On the plus side, this little exercise in frustration made me finally fully update my index of Vids by Song (I have 3 indexes: by Song, by Vidder, & by Fandom; the other 2 are complete, but I started the Song database later on, so I never got it fully done). Next time I get convinced I have a vid set to a certain song, I want to be able to go directly to the song itself & see! Not combing through every single vid. 
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Resources

Vid songs database? 
Is there somewhere an index or rec list or database or website or something where you can search for vids by song choice rather than (in addition to) fandom or ship or vidder? 
 
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How to make the perfect fanvid rec list - using vids from multiple streaming platforms (YouTube, Vimeo, Internet Archive, Daily Motion etc).  
"Any recommendations for for newer software that might deal with files better? (I'm using Lightworks for the actual vidding)"
https://vidding.dreamwidth.org/389542.html
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Challenges/Contests

cupidsbow Equinox Vid Recs - Sources from the 1990s
 
 

 

Movies Seen In Theatre 2019 (so far)

Apr. 22nd, 2019 12:27 pm
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Aquaman x 2 - so much fun
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (for the second time) - so amazing
Bumblebee (for the second time) - *happy sigh*
The Grinch - not bad
The Kid Who Would Be King - fun kids movie
Miss Bala - enjoyable
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part - not as bad as I feared it would be, mostly fun
Happy Death Day 2U - this was a fucking riot, need to watch the first one now. it's like a comedy horror groundhog's day, but fun!
What Men Want - mostly fun
Alita: Battle Angel - it was definitely made by men
Captain Marvel x3 - THIS WAS SO GOOD MY FACE HURTS FROM SMILING
Nancy Drew & The Hidden Staircase - utterly delightful!
Wonder Park - very sweet, very important
Shazam! - please god, please, let DC go more this way. such a sweet, fun movie
Hellboy - my review
The Goonies - my review
Little - my review
Missing Link - it was okay
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[personal profile] allheadybooks posted: Has anybody vidded Hannibal to "Psycho Killer" yet?
 I have no video editing skills or free time to acquire them in, unfortunately, but if I did I would definitely make this vid.  There's so many directly applicable lines.  "I can't sleep 'cause my bed's on fire / don't touch me I'm a real live wire" would be shots of Will Graham writhing and flinching, "I hate people when they're not polite" is obviously Hannibal reacting to rudeness, "run run run away" is Will stumbling through the woods after the ravenstag, all that French could be laid over Hannibal in elegant European settings . . .  because in the end they are BOTH psycho killers . . . 

Signal Boost: Fanvids + WisCon

Apr. 22nd, 2019 10:54 am
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[personal profile] garrideb posted: Fanvids + WisCon
Also, I skimmed through the list of panels that still needed more panelists, and saw that the Fanvid Discussion Deep Dive panel was on there. So I volunteered for that, and got on. Each panelist screens a vid (not one of their own) and talks about what they love about it. I really have no idea which vid I'll pick. There are plenty I love that fit in with WisCon's themes of feminism and scifi/fantasy!
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[personal profile] cupidsbow posted: Exquinox - Sources from the 1990s
Masterpost: https://archiveofourown.org/collections/springequinox2019/works

 
Bitch - Batman Returns, Selina Kyle/Bruce Wayne
 
White Flag - Xena: Warrior Princess, Gabrielle/Xena
 
You Know What I Mean - The Heroic Trio, Tung & Ching & Chat 
 
Like, Wannabe - Clueless, Cher Horowitz/Josh Lucas
 
Take Over - The Craft, Nancy Downs/Everyone
 
Everything In Its Right Place - ER, John Carter
 
Come Away with Me - Northern Exposure, Marilyn Whirlwind/The Flying Man

Signal Boost: Vidding 101 Begins

Apr. 22nd, 2019 10:19 am
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[personal profile] elf posted: Vidding 101 Begins
I picked up Sony Vegas 14 at HumbleBundle a while back, and finally got around to installing it.

I want to make a vid. I want to make a vid I know damn well nobody else will make, so I guess I gotta learn vidding.

However, the vid I want to make is complicated and involves several sources from different eras, which I know is a pain. So first, I gotta make an easy-for-beginners vid to get used to the software.
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[personal profile] seekingferret posted: (no subject)
But it strikes me that vids like "Transmission" and [personal profile] eruthros's "Straightening Up the House", which got its own 7.5K creation essay, are vids that in an essential way may reflect an emerging Wiscon aesthetic that is meaningfully different from VVC-style vids. These are vids that are created by vidders fluent in the VVC house style, but they have the DNA of academic research projects in them as well. Vids are always attractive to me because of the information density they're capable of conveying, but "Transmission" and "Straightening Up the House" intentionally throw more information at you than you can absorb, while making you aware that they are doing this. The kiloword creation essay is an essential part of the art. You can simply sit back and watch "Transmission" and enjoy it, but you do so with the full awareness that you are not seeing everything the vidder has to say. I feel like that stands in confrontational opposition to the idea of Vid as Essay, which is so often essential to understanding VVC vids.

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[community profile] vidding posted: Free or nearly free software for clipping large/ 1080p mkv files on mac
Trying to vid for the first time in years, and I've gone back to MPEG Streamclip for clipping purposes, but as well as no longer being as stable as it used to be, it doesn't seem to be able to deal with large .mkv files.

I have no problem clipping the .mkv that are around 1 gb 720p but can't deal with .mkv files that are around 4gb 1080p. (I'm not technically savvy enough to know whether it's the size or the encoding it's having an issue with).

Any recommendations for for newer software that might deal with files better? (I'm using Lightworks for the actual vidding)
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[community profile] viddingnewsposted Vidding News | Vol. 012 | 21st April 2019
 
[personal profile] mithborien posting in [community profile] viddingnews
Editor's Note: I am now going to be including individual vid announcements in the weekly newsletter instead of on a monthly basis since a) there weren't as many as I thought and b) I missed posting the second month anyway.

Doctor Who: Twelve - Bill's episodes

Apr. 20th, 2019 03:53 pm
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I was doing so good getting caught up with this show last summer to watch the new season as it aired, but then I got sick and that waylaid everything. Time to get back into it.

spoilers for the 2nd half of Twelve's run )

M/M "Romance"

Apr. 19th, 2019 07:31 pm
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I was chatting with [personal profile] lierdumoa about the fuckery going down on The Magicians. I haven't been watching, but this sounds like the latest in a long string of canons letting us down.

These days, most of the canons I consume aren't tv or movies or any of the standard things: I've spent the last couple of years mostly reading ebooks in the genre known as "m/m romance". A few of these are through the romance arms of major publishers, but a lot of them are self-published or from tiny presses. The style and tropes of the genre owe a lot to slash fandom, whether the authors profess themselves to be fanfic writers or not.

Some of these books are standalone romance novels or what is known in the industry as "series romance". (Book 1 is brother #1 getting his happy ending, book 2 is brother #2. Book 1 is a girl from a particular school, book 2 is her roommate, etc.) Some are erotica. A lot of the most popular series aren't anything of the kind. What they actually are is series urban fantasy that owes more to Buffy or The Dresden Files than traditional romance novels. Some are buddy cop series that sound like every casefic from the 80s and 90s. Some are Heyer pastiche regency romance.

What they have in common is a strong m/m plot (sometimes the A plot with background casefic, sometimes the B plot with the mystery shenanigans taking the lead) and a general lack of bullshit deaths. The authors in this genre generally share my tastes about who is too interesting to kill off, unlike TV writers.

Frankly, my life is a lot happier now that I restrict my consumption of mainstream media. So for anyone smarting from the latest idiocy on television who wants to take a little vacation in media that is more by us and for us, here are some recs:

Subgenre: The magic FBI

These series all feature protagonists who are homicide detectives who handle the weird cases or who are assigned to the X-Files division or who get recruited by the secret spy organization that handles magic or who openly work for the werewolf version of the FBI or something else of that sort. They're mostly set in a recognizable current day US.

PsyCop by Jordan Castillo Price - 10+ books and counting. I like how the lead is kind of a basket case at the beginning, but over the series thus far has gotten off drugs, made peace with a bunch of his childhood enemies, and started to piece together his missing memories of his traumatic years being experimented on. I like how there are some actual villains in this series, but a number of people you think are evil and/or dead turn out not to be.

Big Bad Wolf by Charlie Adhara - 3 books so far. The lead is recovering from a gruesome werewolf attack, gets assigned to the new werewolf crime bureau, and has to come to terms with working with a werewolf partner. Oh no, he's hot!

SPECTR by Jordan L. Hawk - 2 "seasons" of 5 books each. "Season 3" book 1's preview just went out to kickstarter backers. These are hilarious trash where a woobie goth gets possessed by a very nontraditional vampire and both of them fall in love with the hot federal agent trying to exorcise the vampire. Expect presumed dead and emo, over-the-top cliffhangers. The series features great supporting characters. There were points when the diversity felt a little Captain Planet grab bag to me, but OTOH, if you're tired of every single character in this genre being white and cis, it's nice to see something else for a change.

Subgenre: Lone Slayers, Secret Societies, and Cross-Country Road Trips

These are the Buffy, early seasons SPN, and Anne Rice's Watchers ripoffs.

Witchbane by Morgan Brice. 2 books so far, and it ties in to a couple of other series. The lead was hanging out in a supposedly haunted spot, having a few beers with his brother. When the brother got murdered by supernatural elements, he discovered an elaborate plot to keep an evil ghost alive with the sacrifice of descendants of the men who killed him. He saves victim #2, and they go on the road to put an end to the curse.


To be continued... I have to run off to dinner, and digging out the names of these takes forever.

LJ and DW tech problems

Apr. 19th, 2019 03:10 pm
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Ok, something weird is going on both at DW and LJ.

1) I am logged in at DW. I am looking at my feed and earlier today I answered some comments. I try to do the same a few hours later, haven't logged out, and in two different places DW is refusing to send the replies through because it says I have the wrong password for my account. What?

EDITED TO ADD: Well the problem seems to be resolved, at least for now. Apparently the site was simply no longer accepting my password. I don't know why. When I tried logging out and back in again, it would not accept my password. I finally had to reset it to log back in, and once I did the various pages where I tried to comment accepted the new password and let the comments through. Why this happened only on other account pages and not on my own makes no sense to me (not to mention why it simply stopped accepting the password in the first place).

2) I am seeing the LJ 18+ image in all sorts of places, apparently from accounts hotlinking from the LJ gallery but also accounts I'm seeing on LJ itself. Does anyone have any idea why this is happening?

Urban Stories

Apr. 19th, 2019 09:23 am
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1) I returned from a weekend trip to Chicago to visit a friend who has been having a difficult year. (Her father died in August, her husband 3 weeks ago). To some degree I think the weather matched the vagaries of our time together. Read more... )

2) I hadn't exactly forgotten that I'd recorded a few brief podfics years ago, but I had forgotten to add them to my AO3 account. So I corrected that this week. I had intended for it to be an ongoing thing but my free time changed a lot around the end of that year. The year before I had been job hunting and so assumed my schedule was very up in the air. A year later I realized I'd better start finding something to do because apparently the job search was not going to end as I expected. Enter the podfics and volunteering and then that new microphone got packed away just a few months later.

So I told [personal profile] shadowscast, (who has been writing again!), that I was going to try and get that rolling this year. And now I'm saying it here so that I actually do some more recordings, although after all this time I've forgotten what little I'd learned. So it may not be soon.

3) I finally saw Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse and boy was that good! I can't recall anyone who didn't say the same these past months. I do really regret that when I had the chance to see it with friends that we ended up at The Favourite instead. Not that it wasn't a good movie also, but very different, and I think we would all have had more to talk about regarding Spiderverse instead (especially since one of the group was an animator). Read more... )

4) I was thinking about how there are so many only kids of deceased parents in superhero stories. Why is this? Does it simply make it an easier story to tell because the hero has few obligations and ordinary ties? When one thinks of it, it's a very unusual story, especially in earlier decades and centuries where being an only child was a fairly unusual circumstance.

5) I just posted my 222nd rec at AO3, and it's for a fic that is as flawless as they come.

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10 years on Dreamwidth!

Apr. 18th, 2019 08:32 pm
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It looks like a whole bunch of us are celebrating 10 years on Dreamwidth this week. My anniversary is today.

What a great place this has been to spend a decade!

♥♥♥

pictures from our trip

Apr. 18th, 2019 01:06 pm
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Geoff took more than eight hundred pictures, and I took twenty or thirty. One of my post-trip jobs is to go through and weed our pictures down into something feasible for showing to family members and interested friends, and I thought some of the people reading might be interested in seeing a few, too -- so here they are! Uh, more than a few.

The photos themselves are in Dropbox, and I'm just linking to them here; clicking the links will take you to them.

At Waitangi Treaty Grounds:
The gorgeously carved Treaty House
A closeup of the carvings over the doorway Remember I said "prominent genitalia"? (But SFW because of cultural and artistic importance.)
The gorgeously carved and paneled interior
The opening of the challenge/welcome ceremony An armed warrior approaches us.

The Bay of Islands:
The view from the top of the island we had lunch on, when we went kayaking Honestly, New Zealand is spectacular.

Caving:
The mouth of the first glowworm cave we visited Remember I said the big touristy one was glowworm Disneyland, and this one . . . wasn't? Yep.
Inside the first cave This was the one with lights and a pathway built through it.
Glowworm web strands hanging down With a light shining on them, you can see the individual threads and the droplets of sticky liquid on them, like tiny jewels.
Closeup of a glowworm
Inside the for-real unimproved cave that afternoon, with wetsuit, gumboots, and helmet
There were some rude cave formations in there 🍆

Our big hike: The Tongariro Alpine Crossing
A long view of where we were going and what we were climbing
Early in the hike, just after dawn Not so challenging yet!
Then we started climbing
And climbing
Until we reached the top Steaming ground is a warm place to sit to have lunch!
The steep descent down the other side You can see how crowded the trail is getting as the day goes on.
The view as we came down the far side
Taranaki Falls, our slowing-it-down hike the next day

Orekei Kurako Thermal Grounds:
The grounds as seen from across the water The ferry is at the dock on the right, and you can see the safety rail along the start of the pathway. Note the flat rock face slanting down to the water.
What that flat rock face looks like close up
The pathway built over the boiling groundwater
Looking down at the "artist's terraces"
Closeup of more multicolored silica deppsits and extremophile algae
VIDEO of a bubbling mud pool
VIDEO of steaming ground (at the Craters of the Moon)

Whakarewarewa Village:
Dancers performing
One of the natural geothermal pools in the middle of the village
Village kids in the community baths that that pool drains into

Our last day:
Gorgeous scenery from the top of Rainbow Mountain, our final hike
Looking in another direction from Rainbow Mountain Look, there's a lot of gorgeous scenery in New Zealand, okay.
Inscription at the mountaintop, honoring the local iwi
The start of the suspended Redwoods Treewalk
On the treewalk, high enough to look at tree ferns level-on . . .
. . . and from above

In conclusion, glowworms are cool.

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