The first half of our panel will look at getting the editing program, source, clips and so on - the practicalities and legalities - as well as have a quick demo of some of the software we’re covering (which will be multi-platform freeware so far as possible).
The second half of our panel will cover more subjective areas, such as “Music and Video, AUGH HOW WHY?”
So! If you have any topics you'd like covered or questions you’d like answered, let us know in the comments.
If you’re wanting to start vidding, what sort of things would you like a firmer idea of? (Bearing in mind that the answer might actually be “witchcraft”)
If you’re a more experienced vidder, what tricks or aesthetics do you wish you’d known earlier?
We can’t promise to cover everything in the panel itself, but we will make every effort to put things in the notes, even if it’s just a link to somewhere with a way better explanation than we can provide.
The VidUKon 2016 "Vidder's Choice" vidshow is open for submissions. Many of you will already probably have taken part in this show in the past, but just in case you aren't familiar with it, this is what Vidder's Choice is all about...
Vidder's Choice is a show that anyone either attending VidUKon or who has purchased a supporting membership can participate in. Vidder's Choice has become a regular Friday night feature, almost like an introduction from everyone involved in making the con successful. If you've purchased an attending or supporting membership, you can submit any one vid you've made into Vidder's Choice, and it'll get shown during the show. It can be pretty much any vid you've ever made - not only are obscure shows and films and fandoms eligble, they're actively encouraged. Old vids, new vids, odd vids, funny vids, sad vids, angsty vids, action vids, horror vids... no matter what it is, this is your chance to have it shown at the con, and if you're attending to get to enjoy seeing everyone else watch it - and, if you're really lucky, you get to watch the VJ's head explode from outside the splatter radius as they wrangle all of the vids into something resembling a playlist.
Other than the requirement that you be an attending or supporting member of the convention, there are just two restrictions you need to be aware of:
1. The vid must not be a premiering vid. We've got a show already for premiering vids; it's called Premieres, it's a Saturday night highlight, and we'd always love to have more vids to show in it, so if you have a premiering vid, please send it that way.
2. The vid has to be submitted by midnight GMT on 15 May 2016. Any later than that, and the ftp server is closed for uploads, so the opportunity is lost.
Uploading your vid is easy. Honest. Even I've managed to do it consistently for several years, and I've been known to try and insert my tie into a card reader by mistake. All you need to do is log into your account on the con website, and from the homepage, click on "Upload" in the menu on the lefthand side. Then, at the next screen, select the "Vidder's Choice or Premieres" option, hit "Next", and follow the onscreen instructions.
Anyone who has a supporting or attending membership in place by the upload deadline can submit a vid for Vidder's Choice, so if you're still thinking about attending or supporting, why not jump in? I'd love to see what you submit for the show...
If you're attending the con, today is your last day to book a room at con prices (and there's not that many blocks left!)
Ask to be put through to Reseverations and reference VIDUKON when booking. If you're looking for a room mate, you're welcome to comment - good luck!
Friends, vidders, fanpeople. Every year, we hear that the people demand more panels in their VidUKon experience! And every year, few are willing to answer the call. We understand! It sounds a bit scary! But there's still time to submit panels and we would super love to have some more on our docket for this year. Remember, panels do not have to involve the panelist giving an expert technical presentation for 45 minutes, far from it!
Panels can include:
- a discussion of the vidshow we just watched, or putting together a smaller collection of vids for discussion
- roundtable or group discussions - by no means do you have to do all or even most of the talking
- activities - do you have an idea for vidder pictionary or a quiz or a game of Sardines?
The concom are very happy to help you realise your idea, from advance prep to sitting on the panel with you if you'd like. Drop a comment or email such.heights at gmail dot com. Submit your panels here. The deadline is tomorrow, Friday 11 at 11.59 GMT, but you just need the starting idea by then. Be the hero VidUKon needs!
Our VJs for this year are pulling together the con's amazing playlists, and some of them are asking for input. Please drop me links to any I've forgotten!
This Will Always Be Our Home, VJ'd by purplefringe
Aliens, and humanity's varying relationships to/with them VJ'd by carawj
vids from 2006 VJ'd by me
Revolution VJ'd by cosmic_llin and raven
Once again, VidUKon will be offering a scholarship! Even though the con is held in the UK, we like to think of it as a European event. The scholarship has been funded by donation and is intended to offer support to one fan, who is not a UK resident and who has not been to the con before, to attend. This includes an Attending membership, Saturday Night Dinner Ticket and accommodation on the basis of sharing a room with one other person. Preference will be given to European residents. Please check out the website to see whether you are eligible and to nominate yourself or others. We are also accepting further donations to the fund if you would like to contribute, and this will go towards travel costs for the recipient.
You can also donate to the scholarship fund through the scholarship page, if you'd like to; you don't have to donate to the fund to nominate someone, and you don't have to nominate someone to donate. The scholarship funds are kept seperate from the convention funds, and will never be used to fund the con itself; if no-one accepts the scholarship, then the money will be rolled forward to fund a scholarship for next year. In the event that there is no next con, the scholarship fund will be donated to an international charity.
You can check out the scholarship page here: http://www.vidukon.co.uk/convention/sch
There's just under four days left in the auction - there's still some time to grab yourself a vid from one (or more) of the six lovely vidders who're sacrificing themselves for our cause - metaphorically, not literally. Don't leave bidding to the last minute unless you love tension and are willing to risk losing out...
The VidUKon auction, it is begun! We're raising for pretty much the same stuff as last year, plus a projector so the con comm doesn't dissolve into a pile of nervous wreckage. The charity we'll be donating 50% of anything above the target is Médecins Sans Frontières. Find out all about how the auction works at our website.
Once again, we have ridiculous talented vidders, because we win forever.
beccatoria is up for grabs, which. AAHHAHAHAH. OMG o/ There is seriously no one better with musicality and narrative and just. Maaan. But if you're a fan of animated or video game vids especially? I actually don't need to tell you, because you've already watched everything she's ever made and gone to bid, because this is your birthday now.
buffyann :D :D :D :D <3 Buuuuuuuffyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaann is amaaaaaaziiiiiing. Which is not actually news to anyone, but if I didn't start to use my words, this summary would basically be a series of smilies and stars. So ecclectic and so freaking engaging, and especially if you're after something a little more quirky. Buuuuuuuffyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaann :D :D :D
I'm not entirely sure how we got cosmic_llin? BUT WE GOT cosmic_llin AAHHAHAH NO TAKE BACKSIES :D As adept with comedy as drama, and with a pretty much magical sense of timing and pacing and seriously how does she even doooo thaaaat? I kind of want to say this is the best day ever for Trek fans? But honestly, this is the best day ever for vid fans.
I'm actually pretty sure we got meivocis through rituals and chanting, but you can get her through bidding! IT'S SECOND CHRISTMAS, PEOPLE. meivocis has an incredible sense of musicality and character, and her vids are mesmerising enough they may classify as a class C drug. Get her while she's still legal?
There are vidders who vid what they love, and then there are vidders who love what they vid so much they make a hundred vids for it. And that's just the start! One of the most prolific and imaginitve vidders out there, the delightful jagwriter78, volunteered to be auctioned by us! All of her vids tend to burst with wonder, and often with humour, and she's ours - all ours! *insert evil laugh*
And then we have got the ever-glorious Lithium Doll vidding for us! How she finds the time alongside making everything about the con work, we just don't know. But she does! She will make you a bee-ooo-tiful vid full of expertly-cut layers of meaning and insight that will you make you cry and be happy about it, which is the source of her power.
Greetings, vid fans! We've got a bunch of updates for you today.
- Brainstorm and submit your programme ideas
- Auction open for volunteers
- Extra time at the con
1. Submit your programme ideas now! We are now open to your ideas for programming for this year's Vidukon. We're always particularly in need of panel ideas, and remember you can do a vidshow and panel combo if you'd like. Priority will be given to attending members, but supporting members can put together vidshows for us as well.
Veteran VJs are welcome and so are first-timers - if you'd like to put a vidshow together but don't know where to start, get in touch and we'll be happy to help. Want to brainstorm? Get feedback on your ideas or suggest them for someone else to pick up in the comments on this post at the livejournal comm or dreamwidth.
The deadline for submissions is 11.59pm GMT February 11th. The final schedule will be announced a few days afterwards, and you will then have until March 12th to submit all content for your vidshow. More detail will be available when the schedule is finalised.
2. We’re holding the second VidUKon auction o/ Our goals this year are going to look eerily familiar to anyone who saw them last year (badges! more usb sticks! life-giving tea!), with the addition of something a teensy bit more ambitious: a projector to call our very own. The hotel’s AV system does a fair job considering half its circuitry was chiselled on rock using stone age implements, but for vid show enjoyment in general and the sanity of the concom in particular, we’d really love not to have to rely on it. Should we manage to exceed our target, the charity we’ve chosen to donate 50% of any additional funds to is Médecins Sans Frontières.
If you’d like to offer a vid (thank you! thank you! thank you!) you can sign up here (closing 10PM 23rd January). Bidding will open midday 25th January and run through until 8PM February 7th.
3. Extra Time We took a gamble a few years ago, and started running programming on the Friday night of the con weekend, as an opportunity for everyone to socialise and make introductions. That's gone really well, and has proven pretty popular over the years, so we've decided to try something new. The bulk of our attendees tend to arrive on the Friday, and those who arrive early tend to spend a lot of time vidder-spotting in the hotel foyer or bar. We've decided to pay a bit extra, and book the con rooms from the lunchtime on Friday.
There probably won't be any programming until the usual time, but this'll give the techbunnies more time to hyperventilate and ask the important questions in life, like "But why is it doing that?" and hopefully give those who want to arrive earlier in the day somewhere to hang out, relax, and get to know everyone as they arrive. We hope this'll be useful on several levels - from the option of maybe getting earlier trains and saving on travel, to more chance to hang out and chat before the vidshows start, right through to hearing more exciting stores about the weird and wonderful things that those who arrive even earlier for the con have been up to.
Even More Extra Time If you're thinking of coming down even earlier than Friday lunchtime, there will still be people around; last year, beccatoria, BrokenMnemonic, doccy, LithiumDoll and Isagel spent some time off looking at dinosaurs, watching Mad Max: Fury Road, eating huge slabs of cheesecake, watching Mad Max: Fury Road again, spending loads of time talking about Mad Max, watching all those vids that never quite fit in any of the shows, converting other people to the joys of Mass Effect and Banshee... There also tends to be people around on the Sunday afternoon and even the Monday, if you want to chill out after the con, and while the concom may be partially comatose, there are always giant slabs of cheesecake around somewhere.
4. The VidUKon Scholarship is funded by donations and intended to offer support to one fan that is a Non-UK resident, has not been to the con in the past and would like to attend.
The scholarship includes:
- Attending membership for the con
- Accommodation for 2 nights (Friday & Saturday) on the basis of 2 sharing a room.
- Saturday dinner ticket
Nominations open on 1st of Feb, if there are no non-UK applicants by 15th of April the scholarship will be open to UK residents as well. All the details are on the website.
We'd like to take the opportunity to wish everyone all the very best for the holiday season - we hope that you're all having as much stress-free fun as possible. May the New Year bring you everything that you desire, and nothing you don't want.
As you may be aware if you're following VidUKon on twitter, registrations for VidUKon 2016 are open, and we're currently running a special offer for memberships, both attending and supporting. If you use the code FESTIVE when you buy an attending membership or supporting membership, you'll receive a 5% discount. That 5% discount brings the cost of an attending membership down to £37.99 and a supporting membership to £15.19. That makes attending tickets the cheapest they've ever been - and you can use the code to buy attending and supporting memberships for other people, too; you can use the code as often as you like, with just one restriction: the code is only valid until midnight GMT on 31st Dec 2015.
What could be better than seeing the New Year in with a con membership for VidUKon 2016? Well, admittedly, a few things... but either way, we'd love to have you with us in body, spirit or both at VidUKon 2016.
Happy New Year everyone - fingers crossed that 2016 is a good year for everyone.
If you have any questions or thoughts on any of the items below (or in general) please comment here, there or message/email us.
I LIVE TO POLL
This is the last week to register for VidUKon 2015!
Our convention runs from the 12th to the 14th June 2015 in Cardiff Bay. We are small, relaxed and welcoming, and we'd really love it you came to kick back and watch some vids with us! Our programming schedule is available on our website, and we are thrilled with the level of response our call for premieres received!
If you can't be there in person, a Supporting Membership will get you a programme, a DVD and access to VirtUKon where our shows will go live in real time throughout the weekend. You'd also have our endless gratitude for helping support the convention!
Registration closes at midnight on May 15th 2015.
If you have already registered to attend, may I remind you that we are now taking orders for our Saturday night dinner, and if you haven't signed up yet, or ordered from our menu, please consider doing so!
We come to you with unfortunate news! As you may have noticed if you have visited our upload page in the last few days, we have been suffering technical difficulties. They are now resolved! But we may need you to reupload your Vidder's Choice and Premieres vids.
An issue with our webhost meant that vids uploaded to those shows were not being saved correctly. As it was not a problem directly with the site, it was not something we could fix immediately, and we cannot say with certainty when it broke. Thanks to LithiumDoll's hard work, it's all up and running again now! But also, if you have already uploaded your Vidder's Choice or Premiere vid, we're gonna need to ask you to do so again, to be on the safe side. We're really sorry for this inconvenience.
If you uploaded via the browser upload option, we will need you to go through this process again in its entirety at our Upload Page. Please note that this option is not reliable if your file is over 100 megs. In that case, you will need to use the FTP.
If you uploaded via FTP, then you will need to visit the Upload Page and fill in the vid information, but you will not need to upload your vid again, as our FTP has been working reliably. You can simply certify that the vid is uploaded and carry on to the next step.
The issues we have been experiencing with regard to saving vid information affected only our public shows (Vidder's Choice and Premieres). VJs working on other programming have not been affected and any work you have saved under "My Shows" has not been lost.
If you have successfully uploaded and saved your vid (via FTP or browser upload), the site will provide you with a link to a page where you can edit that information up until the submission deadline. If you do not get this link, your vid has not uploaded correctly. If in doubt, please contact us and we can check for you, but you may consider the link reliable confirmation that your vid has been logged on our site.
If you do find yourself experiencing errors with the browser upload, please try using the FTP. We are confident the browser upload is now working as intended, but it is not as quick or robust as the FTP option.
Once again, we apologise for the inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions, ask away and we will do our best to answer them swiftly.
WE HAVE A SCHEDULE
We are pleased to announce a full slate of shows and panels! It ranges from genre-based to technical, from pure squee to difficult and challenging, and, of course, sees the return of many of our regular slots like the Year in Vidding panel, Festivids and Eurovision.
Premieres and Vidder's Choice are both accepting submissions! If you are an attending or supporting member, please consider submitting one of your vids (any vid!) to Vidder's Choice. It's always our opening show and a great way to start the weekend.
The deadline for submitting a vid to either Vidder's Choice or Premieres is May 1.
LAST CHANCE FOR CHEAP PRICES
I'd also like to take a moment to remind you that our prices are about to rise.
It is currently £40 for an attending membership. This will rise to £52 on April 18. Registration will close on May 14.
Supporting memberships will remain at £16 until the close of registration.
Our scholarship is still open for submissions. This was extended by a fortnight and nominations will now close on April 15. If you have never attended VidUKon and are not a UK resident, or if you know someone who falls into that category, please consider an application!
We're now just two months away from the convention, and are looking forward to seeing you there, virtually or in person!
I'm looking for suggestions for the Superheroes show for VidUKon 2015! Actual Superheroes in capes and costumes as well as other characters that totally fall under the superheroic archetype even if they don't have any spandex pants!
Any and all suggestions of vids or fandoms to include received here at my journal!
The VidUKon 2015 Auction is open and accepting bids! It will run until 15 March 2015, 8:00 pm (GMT)!
You know what's awesome? Vids made just for you! You know what's even more awesome? Fundraising for tiny, but almost disturbingly enthusiastic conventions, and also donating to incredibly worthy charities! In a peanut butter and chocolate kind of way*, we bring you the VidUKon auction o/
The charity we're supporting this year is RAINN and they'll receive 75% of any funds made after our target of £100 is reached.
Our wishlist is fairly modest - we're after some double-sided badges so we don't have to keep asking each other what our names are (basically, the worst thing you can do to a British person that doesn't involve queue jumping or soggy biscuits falling into tea), some flash drives so we can make our growing library even easier to check out, and finally some snacks we can feed anyone who looks like they may be coming down from our mandated 3-day sugar high.
Bidding is currently open for four fantabulous vidders who we seriously cannot thank enough - thank you again, fantabulous vidders! We're pretty sure none of them need an introduction. In fact, there's a pretty good chance they should be introducing us, but we'll try anyway!
Buffy has an eclectic collection of vids, from sweet, feel-good and quirky to dark and moody, and everything in between. They only thing they have in common is how ridiculously engaging and well put together they are and, seriously, it's Buffyann, people.
There's no one better than jagwriter when it comes to a fantastic sense of musicality and motion, and with an open offer to consider any kind of vid idea or music, you know you're tempted!
Intricately edited and carefully timed, with a fantastic sense of character and physicality, LithiumDoll's vids aren't afraid to engage with darker subject matter, and are always completely absorbing.
Known for breathtaking, beautiful character studies, a purplefringe vid is distilled joy and appreciation in a collection of perfectly chosen snapshots. It will be gorgeous and lovingly-edited and you should treat yourself!
* if allergic, substitute the non-lethal food substance of your choice. Unless that's just how you roll. You be you, much adored potential bidder.
Greetings, vid fans! Submit your programme ideas now!
We are now open to your ideas for programming for this year's Vidukon. We're always particularly in need of panel ideas, and remember you can do a vidshow and panel combo if you'd like. Priority will be given to attending members, but supporting members can put together vidshows for us as well.
The deadline for submissions is 11.59pm GMT, Wednesday 11th March. The final schedule will be announced by the end of the day on Sunday 15th, and you will then have until Friday April 17th to submit all content for your vidshow. More detail will be available when the schedule is finalised.
Email me at such.heights at gmail dot com if you have any questions!