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The Here And Now
Vidding: Why In The Old Days We Used Bearskins and Stone Knives!
I didn't start vidding until the mid-1990s and first started by working with other vidders before going out on my own and buying the (then) very expensive video editing VCR. But this vid perfectly captures the insane process VCR vidders went through - although in my case my VCR had reliable counters and I didn't have to use a stop watch to time the clips. But the entire vid had to be planned in advanced and then each clip was put down in sequence, with no ability to edit or change. And because we were working with tape, the constant stop and start would cause the tape to heat and stretch and break, so you never knew when your next edit would be your last and the end of the vid. And if your VCR had a variable rollback it would cut off frames from the end of the last clip and then sometimes the audio would drop out and.....

So every time I curse the difficulties with digital vidding - this vid reminds me it was never that easy.


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From: improperlydone Date: January 28th, 2008 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I tried making a vid once, mid-90s, using the two VCRs. It made me insane because my one VCR had the rollback issues. I have always had such admiration for vidders, especially when I watch some of my older Quantum Leap, SH, and Wiseguy vids, made long before the shows came out on DVD.

Cool video. Thanks for the link and the history lesson.
codyne From: codyne Date: January 28th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Somehow, I found it easier to make vids that way... maybe because it was so restricted. You found the next clip and stuck it on and tried to get the timing right, but if it was a little off, oh well, it was the limitations of the equipment. And that was that. There was no question of effects and filters and aspect ratios and clip speed -- you got what you got. There was much less to worry about. I feel too intimidated to even try to do a digital vid.

Plus, I'm a linear thinker, anyway. I always write my stories one scene after the other straight through -- I had no problem doing my vids that way as well.
sweeney32 From: sweeney32 Date: January 31st, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh my goodness, I remember the California Crew! (I am also from California) One of my friends was making videos (sort of) around that time as well. It never would have occurred to me to try it because it looked so difficult! How things have changed.

Thanks for the link.
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