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Apr. 30th, 2014

twin peaks: cooper

bwenner

Advice?

Hi guys! I'm new to this community and still somewhat new to vidding in general. I was looking around for a community where I could talk with other vidders and share some tips, techniques, and general advice. When I say I'm new to vidding, it's somewhat misleading because I am a general creative type and can do advanced work with programs like Photoshop and Flash. I know my way around Sony Vegas fairly well and I expect no less of the aesthetics of my videos than I do of my art. Here are some of my videos. (Spoiler alert: Don't watch the Twin Peaks one if you haven't seen the show! The whole plot is: "Who killed Laura Palmer?", and that will be spoiled within the first 5 seconds of that video if you click it.)


My questions for you guys are:

1. Do you have any advice for how you plan out your videos, and how do you keep track of and organize your footage?

Any given Vegas project file for me has two parts: the actual, organized footage of the video that I'm set and happy with, and a huge chaotic mess way off to the right, full of footage and clips and soundbites I stuck there because I might use them. The problem with that is, I can't ever find anything when I need it. I'm working on a Twin Peaks vid now and I tried keeping a separate file to keep footage from the prequel film Fire Walk With Me organized and available so that I could just cut and paste from it. I went through and separated scenes I knew I wanted and cut footage I knew I wouldn't use and generally tried to break the whole thing apart, but it's a time consuming process and the end result is still difficult to navigate. It somewhat worked for the movie, but to do this for the whole series would be plain impractical.
Some stuff you know by heart as a fan, but for the rest, do you guys just rewatch the shows and write down timestamps of particular footage so you know where to grab it from, or do you spend the time digging through the episodes for the clips? I've also tried referencing screencap galleries so I can track down what episode a particular scene was from and quickly find where to grab it. I'm just wondering if there are more efficient methods than these because it just gets to be so time-consuming.


2. What do you do when you feel stuck?
With some songs, I see what I want perfectly at different parts. I know how I want that intro to look, I've got a perfect vision for this chorus, that footage is meant for that part and those lyrics, etc., etc. But then you get to those bits inbetween where it's not so clear what should go there. Do you guys plan ahead and storyboard the song you're using or do you try to keep it organic and figure it out as you go along? Sometimes I feel like I'd know what to do if I rewatched the whole show, but, again, that's a lot of time to set aside to get one video done. I just find that once I get together the parts that I see clearly in my head, I'm left with these gaps inbetween and an unfinished video with a dauntingly unlcear or vague vision. Other times, the song is too long or too short and I struggle to either cut certain footage I'm in love with or to come up with filler since the lyrics of some of those parts feels integral to the video as a whole.

Thanks so much for reading and I appreciate any feedback you guys are willing to give!

Apr. 21st, 2013


auntshoe

bubblegum bitch [lydia martin, teen wolf]



Title: Bubblegum Bitch
Vidder: auntshoe
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Song: Lana Del Rey & Marina and the Diamonds Mashup – National Anthem vs. Bubblegum Bitch
Category: character study
Character/Pairings: Lydia Martin, Lydia/Jackson, Lydia/Peter
Warnings: blood, violence, hallucinations
Summary: “I’m the girl you’d die for.” Lydia’s character study throughout the two seasons, her relationship with Jackson and Peter.
Download & watch: at my journal

Mar. 14th, 2013

My_eye

misstotos

Lost Girl - Bo/Tamsen - You Got Me



Vidder: Tweyelite
Fandom: Lost Girl
Title: You Got Me
Song: You Got Me
Artist: Colbie Callait
Warnings: none
Category: Romantic pairing
Characters/Pairings: Bo & Tamsin
Summary: Use of season 3 clips to show the relationship between the two characters.
Disclaimer: Made for fun not profit

Jan. 12th, 2013

Boys_you're real

secretlytodream

vid: Take Me Away (From here)

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Vidder: Loki
Fandom: Merlin BBC
Title: Take Me Away (From here)
Song: Lullaby Suicide
Artist: Ryan Star
Warnings: spoilers up to 5x13
Category: AU
Characters/Pairings: Merlin, Arthur
Summary: Merlin will wait for his King to wake up.
Links: here at graphicinmotion

Dec. 22nd, 2012

credit: julie_izumi

petitecuriosity

Vid: House/Wilson/Cuddy - Whatever You Like

Title: Whatever You Like
Vidder: petitecuriosity
Fandom: House M.D.
Pairing: House/Wilson/Cuddy
Rating: PG-13
Song: Whatever You Like
Artist: Anya Marina
Warnings: None
Category: Romance
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Dec. 21st, 2012

Boys_you&#39;re real

secretlytodream

vid: Running to the Rain



Vidder: Loki
Fandom: Supernatural
Title: Running to the Rain
Song: Running to the Rain
Artist: Peter Gabriel
Warnings: character death
Category: AU
Characters/Pairings: Sam, Dean
Summary: "There are many names in history but none of them are ours." 2014!verse au.
Links: here at graphicinmotion

Dec. 5th, 2012

Boys_you&#39;re real

secretlytodream

vid: The Noose



Vidder: Loki
Fandom: Supernatural
Title: The Noose
Song: The Noose
Artist: A Perfect Circle
Warnings: none
Category: character study
Characters/Pairings: Sam Winchester
Summary: "Your halo's slippin' down to choke you now". A Sam Winchester as the Boy King character study.
Links: here at graphicinmotion

Nov. 25th, 2012

Boys_you&#39;re real

secretlytodream

vid: Heroes (Aren't Meant To Survive)



Vidder: Loki
Fandom: Supernatural
Title: Heroes (Aren't Meant To Survive)
Song: Heroes
Artist: Mika
Warnings: none
Category: general/themed montage
Characters/Pairings: Dean & Sam
Summary: "Last words? - I think I'm good. - Yeah, me too." 5x10.
Links: here at graphicinmotion

Nov. 10th, 2012


alexandermcn

Titanic: Sky is Falling

Vidder: McN
Fandom: Titanic
Title:  Titanic: Sky is Falling
Song: Sky is Falling
Artist: Natalie Duncan 
Warnings: none
Category: General 
Characters/Pairings: Fabrizio De Rosse, Helga, Rose, Jack
Summary: "...they called it the ship of dreams. and it was. it really was.."


Oct. 24th, 2012

candace talking

auntshoe

fighting your way to the surface (teen wolf)



Title: Fighting (Your Way To The Surface)
Vidder: auntshoe
Song: Piano
Artist: Roma UFO
Category: angst, character study
Character: Stiles Stilinski
Summary: “It’s not scary anymore, it’s actually kinda peaceful.” Stiles’ character study throughout the two seasons, his relationship with his Dad, Scott and Lydia.
Links: here, at my lj

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