thuviaptarth: little miss pretentious believes in a capella violence (little miss pretentious)
Blame it on thinking about Nearly New.

Remasters with logo-free source and a larger option ("Etheric Messages") and color and timing corrections and that weird lighting glitch in the end credits fixed ("Vampire Diaries"). Also, I edited the credits to read "Festivids 2009" instead of "Festivids 2010" since majority opinion opted for the wrong former numbering scheme. Ahhhh, logo-free source, I love you! There really isn't that much difference in this particular case, because I was mostly using S1 (DVD) source and X-Logo worked well on the clearest clips, but it makes me happy anyway.

Title: Etheric Messages
Fandom: Fringe
Music: "Etheric Messages" by Natacha Atlas
Length: 2:08
Summary: The recruitment of Olivia Dunham
Download: 848x480 (40MB) | 640x360 (24MB) | Subtitles (2K)
Original post with additional notes.

Title: Names
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Music: "The First Time" by Rose Polenzani
Length: 1:00
Summary: Bonnie character study. My mother, and her mother before her.
Download: 640x360 (8MB) | Subtitles (2K)
Original post with additional notes. Streaming not updated because it's a pain.
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Getting to name a clip "Little Sister and Cop plot in subterranean lair."
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I am now at the point where, instead of looking desperately at the black spaces on the timeline and wondering how I will ever fill them, I am not sure how I will be able to fit in everything I need in the space I've got left and also I have to take some things out because the completed sections are too crowded. This makes me hum the happy off-key two notes I do not inflict on other people.
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My biggest regret about my setup is that I didn't get Production bundle instead of just getting the individual programs; I didn't realize the dynamic linking between them isn't included with the individual programs and that I would have to export every damn clip I wanted to modify from Premiere before I could mess with it in AE.

As far as I can tell from the Help programs, importing the sequences should work, but it doesn't. I get the entire AVS file instead of the individual clips. So if I've done transitions, I have to pull apart the clips and if I've done effects, I have to turn off all the filters, and then export from Premiere and import into AE. It's so inefficient. It hurts my soul.

Also, occasionally I suspect Photoshop would be useful.
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[community profile] vidding@DW needs more comments (well, DW needs more comments and more activity), so this week I am going to be talkative. Today I am talking about storyboards and outlines. I would be kinda thrilled if anyone else felt like talking about them, too.

(Show me screenshots and scans! I want to know your intimate storyboard secrets!)

::plans to eat your brains::
thuviaptarth: ruby whirling, captioned "the demon chick" (ruby)
Title: Low Red Moon
Fandom: Supernatural
Music: Belly, "Low Red Moon"
Length: 4:47
Notes: Notes for the original, including beta credits, are on the original post. Notes on the remaster are below.
Feedback: All feedback welcome. Thank you!

Summary: Ruby character study, Season Three. And the moon became as blood.


Download AVI 848x480 (87MB), AVI 640x360 (56MB), Subtitles (2KB)

How to use subtitles )

Lyrics )

Notes on the remaster )
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Current project is balking, so it must be time for procrastination. I didn't want to do a year-end summary earlier because I wanted to talk a little about "Etheric Messages," most of which was done in 2009. (Because I am shameless, I am going to double-dip and talk about in the 2010 summary, too, where at last I will have more than one vid per year. But then I will talk about reception and here I want to talk about it as the result of my 2009 vidding learning curve.)

It was a pretty unproductive year, even by my standards: one story and one vid.

Naturally, that will not stop me from making a huge post anyway.

Fiction )

Vidding: General )

'Riot Act' notes )

2009 goals )

2010 goals )
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Vidding living shows with changing plotlines and seeing your vids kind of come true is so cool. I mean, that kind of happened with "Low Red Moon," but also kind of didn't and involved the grossly misogynistic death of one of my favorite characters after a retrofit that made her considerably less favorite, so it is still very new to me.

♥ ♥ ♥ !!!OLIVIA!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

Also, the way it adds layers to your vids that were impossible to predict but make you look SO SMART AND FORESIGHTED is very gratifying to the vanity, even if it is coincidental.
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[ profile] savetheproject is a fandom auction to benefit the Virginia Avenue Project, a free afterschool arts and academics program. 100% of participating children graduate from high school. 95% go on to college. 98% are the first person in their family to go.

I know of the Virginia Avenue Project through [ profile] rachelmanija, who has been a volunteer at the project for many years, and has often spoken about working with the kids and hearing from them after they've gone on to college.

Bidding opens: Bidding begins the morning of February 3, 12:01 AM one minute after midnight Pacific Time, 2010
(GMT: 08:01:00 Wednesday February 3, 2010)

Bidding closes: the morning of March 1, 12:01 AM one minute after midnight Pacific Time, 2010
(GMT: 08:01:00 Monday March 1, 2010).

I am offering a vid. Opening bid: $5.
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I am having problems with backdating and getting things to show up in the proper place, so here, have links to the proper vid announcements posts. I made:

Etheric Messages (Fringe) for [ profile] charmax
Names (Vampire Diaries) for [ profile] greensilver

eta: Also, I owe Chaila, Sweetestdrain, and Anoel vidlets, so name your poison fandoms and prompts and possibly I will finish them before 2011, but I make no promises.
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Over the next few weeks, GoogleDocs is planning to allow all file types to be uploaded; it has a 250MB file size limit.

What this means to you and me: If you create a separate GoogleDocs account for your vids, you can host them on GoogleDocs and share the password in your LJ/DW posts. I, personally, would much rather deal with a password/sign-in than with the wait times, pop-ups, and interstitial ads for most of the free uploading services, so hey -- an alternative to think about.
thuviaptarth: festivids on blue and white swirl (festivids)
I am currently compiling the third version of my festivid I will be uploading. This is why I was so glad when the move to AO3 meant you could correct your own Yuletide stories, see.

I would be so much better off if I could be forced to wait a week after I've finished before posting any vids or stories, but I don't have the patience for it. I want immediate gratification and I want it now!
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Happy new year!

Last year, I was complaining to [personal profile] laurashapiro about not having a vidding syllabus. "I dislike this piecemeal learning!" I told her. "It is haphazard and uncomprehensive. I want courses! I want background reading! I want a series of set texts that cover the basics from a variety of different perspectives. Why are there no books on vidding to make things easy for me?"

"There are books on vidding," Laura said in surprise. "Just read books on film editing."

"Oh," I said, and then I did.

Since there seemed to be a lot of anxiety around authenticity and status earlier in the year (okay, every year), I should probably say explicitly that I don't think you need to read books on film, be interested in film theory, or take an academic approach to learning to be a good vidder. I read a bunch of books on editing and other film topics because (a) I had very little knowledge of basic film descriptive terms, theory, or criticism; (b) I like structured learning; (c) I had a lot of free time. I picked books partly based on recommendations from friends and acquaintances and partly based on what my library and local Barnes & Noble had available. (Note: If you are looking for books on film, it's useful if your local B&N is across the street from a film school.)

Film on film )

Editing technique )

That took longer than I expected, so I will save the comments on books on color theory and on the software I use (Premiere Pro and After Effects CS3) for tomorrow.
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Festivids is now open for signup!

I am looking over my preliminary nominations list with an eye to non-Western sources and sources prominently/predominantly featuring people of color, canon queer relationships, and people with disabilities, given some recent commentary.

Okay, here's my final list:

Cut for length and pimping )
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Blip.TV deleted my account for "copyright violations." I am pretty sure this is because they took a look at the SCC vid when I sent them a question about uploading subtitles, so if you don't bring yourself to their attention, you're probably okay using them for streaming.

A pity; their video quality is significantly better than BAM.
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Title: Riot Act
Fandom: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Music: Alina Simone, "Riot Act"
Length: 2:35
Beta: Thank you to [ profile] geekturnedvamp, [personal profile] laurashapiro, [personal profile] par_avion, and [personal profile] rivkat for beta.
Feedback: All feedback welcome. Thank you!

Summary: Riley character study. "Sweetie, there is no out."

Download: AVI 848x480 (47MB), AVI 640x360 (33MB), Subtitles (2KB)

How to use the subtitles )

Stream )

Lyrics )


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