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Vidding Toolbox: All the tools an aspiring vidder needs to become a vidding ninja!

By [personal profile] beccatoria and [personal profile] nemonclature

"Open to all vidders, from novice to ninja. We've got short video tutorials to tackle basic concepts, software-agnostic hints and tips, as well as in-vid examples of more advanced techniques and why you might want to use them. This panel aims to provide a forum for discussion and information-sharing at any level."

stream tutorial here
download tutorial here (right-click, save-as)

Example vids: (in the panel we used clips of these, but here I have linked to the whole vids)

Counting bodies by milly - This vid uses colour as a shock tactic, punctuating the vid and drawing attention.

Happy Now by franzeska - An example of using colour to draw attention to a character we would otherwise not notice in the background - the red of her shirt against the muted colours in the rest of the shot draws the eye.

Teardrop by almostgaby - This is a good example of isolating colour against greyscale to set a tone - in this case, yellow is used.

We must be killers by cupidsbow - The vidder colourised footage that was originally black and white by mixing different tints - an extensive commentary on the technique is linked from the announcement post.

stream tutorial here
download tutorial here

Example vids:

This is us by lithiumdoll - Using masking to set a tone - in this case, the protagonists reflectively watching their own life.

Palindromes (streaming currently available here) by gigglemonster - Creating things which never happened; these two were never in bed together.

New Frontier by heresluck - A good example of seamless masking; like the two in bed in the previous example, the Doctor never looked at the brainscan in such a shot, but unlike the above, we're not supposed to notice the change.

The Tree by newkidfan - Guys, this is mostly here cus it's awesome and different - using masking and other techniques more common to photoshop, the vidder's created a really unique looking vid.

Split Screens (Aspect Ratios and Cropping)

Aspect Ratios Tutorial:

Stream tutorial here
download tutorial here
(This was a brief tutorial on aspect ratios to help you understand how they work and what they mean.)

Cropping Tutorial:
Stream tutorial here
download tutorial here

Example vids:

Life is Sweet by china_shop- the vidder uses splitscreens here to show us multiple points of view on the same events, simultaneously.

Intergalactic friends by bananainpyjamas- here, the splitscreens are intended to mimic a very specific style - comic book panels.

Vogue by luminosity - You probably ALL know this one! Vogue uses splitscreens to create a tone appropriate to the music - in this case the glossy, style-over-substance tone of a magazine shoot. (Official site currently undergoing maintenance and vids are temporarily offline.

Please don't make me cry by meriC - Combining splitscreens with perspective effects, the vidder creates the illusion of projecting images at angles and onto walls.

stream tutorial here
download tutorial here

Example vids:

Particle Men by drewboiX- An example of the benefits of isolating a dialogue track. (alternate link

Ecstatic Drum Trip by luminosity - an isolated dialogue track, combined with clever in-vid use; the vidder has lip-synched one man's voice from another's lips. (Official site currently undergoing maintenance and vids are temporarily offline)

Spork by cirrocumulus - We included this because it's not a vid in the traditional sense, but the editors have essentially "vidded" an audio book to create a new narrative. This isn't the most inventive section, but it is one of the only parts we felt we could safely broadcast loudly in a public space!

Hobbits by ? - Again, while not a vid in the traditional sense, it's another example of actively editing an audio track, in this case, manufacturing a song rather than a story.

Extra Vid Examples.

Thank you to everyone who suggested vids, both in the posts during the lead up to the con, and in the panel itself. Feel free to add more recs and examples in the comments!

(Most of this is beccatoria's commentary btw. I mostly just replied with: YES TO EVERYTHING)


Blue by kuwdora - colour as a theme Yeah, this is more an example of *vidding* the colour.

Dreamsby newkidfan - multiple sources, colour matching.

Need by newkidfan - Interesting use of luma levels (lighting, flickering) to evoke memory - using our association of oldskool photography/home movies, perhaps?

Queen bitch by thedothatgirl - 2:49 - 2:55 black & white with some red tints. I think she just threw a general filter over the whole vid, but it's a similar effect to colour isolation.

Red Right Hand by cupidsbow - Colour overlays (film burns) also motion. I'm a bit worried I don't get why the effects are being used because I don't know the source, but I'm thinking the opening is an example of how sometimes you want to desaturate colours rather than make them more intense.

Bang bang by gigglemonster - 0:25 - 0:40 use of colour. Good demonstration of how a red/blue/yellow colour filter to tint the footage really changes how it "feels".

Protege Moi by charmax - 0:20 - 0:30 Isolated red against black and white.

Sail by catnap332 - 0.17 and 0.21 light exposure/fiilm burn.


Bathwater by china_shop - 1:09:00 This is a GREAT example of cropping.

Movin On by cupidsbow - circa 1:20? I think the splitscreen STYLE here is helping create the vintage 70s feel.

Sandman by lim Obvs LOADS more going on here than just splitscreens, but re: the split screens - good example of using them to achieve a specific stylistic effect - in this case, evoking comic book panels.

Set my world into motion by beccatoria - the start: Vague attempts to evoke the unifited but fragmented timelines of the story? Also I thought it set off the classy electronic feel of the music.


Wake by cupidsbow - An example of vidding spoken word.

Sweet dreams by scifi_tv_addict - Show audio at start. Also use of (yellow) colour, maybe an overlay? and desaturation, I'm not sure. Backup link here..

Ambushed by newkidfan - Not really directly relevant to any of our tutorials. But just SO COOL!

I forget which tutorial these two referred to: During the panel someone mentioned a Buffy/Faith vid by milly which might be This one. Though the link isn't working for me. Also a Lost vid by newkidfan, which unfortunately I couldn't find. If anyone remembers or find the vids please comment.

Date: 2013-05-20 07:43 pm (UTC)
thingswithwings: dear teevee: I want to crawl inside you (a dude crawls inside a tv) (Default)
From: [personal profile] thingswithwings
these are so great! I love all the tutorials, I learned things, and I enjoyed bopping to the music. :) Thank you!

Date: 2013-05-20 08:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beccatoria
Awesome! Thanks for posting this! :D

Date: 2013-05-20 10:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] obsessive24
I loved the tutorials, thank you for the download! They are so fun and informative with the examples, and the music keeps making me bop up and down. Awesome.

Date: 2013-05-21 04:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cupidsbow
Thanks so much for sharing these. I'm really enjoying your tutorials.

Date: 2013-05-22 01:54 am (UTC)
theoret: (HP: Ravenclaw by default)
From: [personal profile] theoret
I said I'd link the examples I mentioned during the panel discussion, but I can only actually remember commenting about the use of colour to smooth transitions in [ profile] tearful_eye's Needs.

Although I was just going through some of my vid collection and had my memory jogged about [ profile] astartexx's To be a Ghost, which is an interesting example of split screens.

Date: 2013-05-22 05:36 pm (UTC)
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (btvs: buffy/faith)
From: [personal profile] such_heights
The Buffy split screen vid I was trying to remember is [ profile] milly's Don't Cha/Seether.

Thanks for posting all of this! I loved this panel and am really looking forward to trying out some of the new things I learned.

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