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(Fark)   Discuss the upcoming VideoEdit contest: a job interview gone wrong. Details in link and thread   ( divider line
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2005-01-19 02:01:33 PM  

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Welcome to Fark's first official VideoEdit contest - this is mostly just a trial run right now to see how it pans out and to gauge participator interest in this kind of thing.

So then, here are the rules:

* Must be 30 seconds to 20 minutes in length
* Must be either Quicktime or Windows Media format (.mov, .mpg, .wmv)
* As in Photoshop contests, finding a reliable host is your own responsibility.
* Size, aspect ratio, and frame rate of the video is entirely up to you - just keep in mind that if it takes an obscene amount of time to download, many people will just skip it.
* If you are using copyrighted material (video, photo, music), please include the following disclaimer at the end of the video for at least 5 seconds:

"The video you have just seen is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant for sale or distribution. All copyrighted materials contained within are property of their respective owners."

Deadline to have your video finished is January 26th, 2005. On 01/26/05, at 2:00pm EST the official thread will be created for you to submit your entry for voting. When submitting, please just include a simple link to the video along with note indicating the file type, file size, and video length. A reminder thread will be posted on Friday, just in case people missed this one.

If you have any questions about this contest, technical or otherwise, please direct them to: vide­oedit­fa­rk[nospam-﹫-backwards]liam­g*co­m. I can't promise that I'll be able to answer every single e-mail, but I will do my best.

Good luck and remember to have fun!

2005-01-19 02:06:52 PM  
Is this for real or are you just hoping Drew goes for this?
2005-01-19 02:07:59 PM  
I've been in talks with Drew regarding the details of this and I have his blessing to give it a shot.
2005-01-19 02:12:08 PM  
I've been in talks with Drew regarding the details of this and I have his blessing to give it a shot.

Very cool.
2005-01-19 02:13:37 PM  
man this will be the shiat
first the photoshops where the peeps skill is amazing
then the audio which also is a great now the video moving boobies woo hoo
2005-01-19 02:15:05 PM  
i like this idea, but will be unable to participate for reasons of incompetence. good luck to all submitters.

nice one Pooter.
2005-01-19 02:16:53 PM  
Want a recommendation? Have people post a screen shot and snippet of dialog that goes to the file. A little preview.
2005-01-19 02:18:13 PM  
Good idea, EatHam - I'll put that in the submission thread next week.
2005-01-19 02:25:02 PM  
So, here's the obligatory host question... Does anyone know a good place to host a video file? Imageshack won't let you, so that's out of the question.

Also, what is a good set of tools to cut/paste/re-edit material?

I'd like to give it a go during this weekends impending hangover, but without the above two things I can't do Jack.
2005-01-19 02:33:58 PM  
And now for the obligatory host answer - I don't know. Personally, I'll be hosting my submission on my own website.

As far as the tools, I'm not sure if there's any freeware out there for this - I know there's some inexpensive tools, but I couldn't name any offhand. If you're using a Mac, you could just use iMovie if you don't have anything else.
2005-01-19 02:37:30 PM  
What about your ISP? If they are a small-time ISP, they probably won't notice the first few times.
2005-01-19 02:40:02 PM  
King Keepo: Also, what is a good set of tools to cut/paste/re-edit material?

Windows Movie Maker will work with .avi and .mpg etc., just not .mov
2005-01-19 02:45:11 PM  
They probably will. At least my Earthlink only gave one gig of bandwidth before they cut you off on the free webspace they give you. Not sure how long the average Fark video will be, but with 1.5-2meg audioedits I've easily come close to hitting my own (hosted, paid for) website's 20 gig bandwidth limits with just two contests. But then anyone sophisticated enough to have video editing stuff probably can swing their own website, which is probably how it's going to need to be done.
2005-01-19 02:46:01 PM  
That last comment was directed at Ceph.
2005-01-19 02:47:55 PM  
W00t! What do we win? And if I can host some of your entries?

Plan on using Maya/Combustion
2005-01-19 02:51:37 PM  
the only problem i have with this is the host. i have a host, but i'm afraid a greenlight would give me a killer bandwidth bill.
2005-01-19 02:56:39 PM  
I don't really want to destroy cliche-host while I'm still on the photoshop one-time-fee tariff, but I'll look around and see what's available.

I'll play around with Windows Movie Maker then, see what I can do. I hope I remember to do it... Thanks for the advice folks.
2005-01-19 02:57:27 PM  
This is an absolutley FANTASTIC idea. I hope we get at least a few really good submissions.

One idea: if you need movie editing software, check with the local college computer lab to see if you can buy some time on their macs.
2005-01-19 02:57:35 PM  
Oh, and good luck with this Pooter, it should be really interesting to see what people come up with.
2005-01-19 03:00:09 PM  
i think i'm gonna give it a shot.
cool idea.
2005-01-19 03:00:31 PM  
I think this should be fun. The only real hurdle I see is, of course, the hosting. Not easy to put up video files that get barraged by that many hits.

Still... we'll see what happens. Like I said in the OP, this is just to get a feel for the idea and see how it pans out.
2005-01-19 03:00:41 PM  
Good luck, guys.

Sounds to me like this type of contest will get AudioEdit type of response, though, due to the effort and bandwidth involved. I look forward to seeing the entries, nonetheless.

Maybe we'll get a lukket for the next generation!
2005-01-19 03:01:31 PM  
If you need to find a reliable host for something using that much bandwidth, find a friend who goes you a university and whore their bandwidth. Works like a charm.

/Been doing this for 2 years now.
2005-01-19 03:01:51 PM  
For those of you who need a quick fix for a host, try That's the only thing I can think of on short notice.
2005-01-19 03:02:43 PM  
i might be able to help out with some hosting duties, i have some free space and i've never had a bandwith issue with photoshop contests.
2005-01-19 03:03:31 PM  
[image from too old to be available]

Example of a job interview gone horribly wrong:
2005-01-19 03:04:25 PM  
Hmm, this could almost be just an audio edit.
2005-01-19 03:07:49 PM  
How about videoedits that are more generalized. Like "Interview gone wrong". This way if we dont have video cameras and actors and such, we can find footage off the web, and edit it to our liking. Like cutting up regular interviews or dubbing in new audio. I think the participation lever would be much greater if the constest were more generlized.
2005-01-19 03:08:00 PM  
We could call it PROJECT GREENLIT

har har har
2005-01-19 03:08:05 PM  
All these entries!!! Which one shall I choose to view first?

/smart ass
2005-01-19 03:10:55 PM  
Question: Why are animated gifs excluded?
2005-01-19 03:12:08 PM  
2005-01-19 03:10:55 PM prufrock2

Question: Why are animated gifs excluded

Make an animated gif, then encode it into a video file.
2005-01-19 03:13:18 PM  
YMIGTSTC - There's nothing preventing you from doing that. The only thing specific about the interview in this theme is the fact that it's for a job. Go ahead and chop up existing material, make a slideshow, do whatever you want to your heart's content.
2005-01-19 03:14:16 PM  
Animated gifs would be easier to host if they were kept as gifs.
2005-01-19 03:14:39 PM  
Try utilizing a storyboard when creating your movie.

I think this is really open-ended YmIgstc! There is no limits to how or what you use to create this.

I recommend for starters, videomach and cool edit pro for sound. They should have trial and/or time-limited downloads of them somewhere. Flash could also be used just as easily.
2005-01-19 03:14:57 PM  
prufrock2 - Many people use animated GIFs in photoshop contests - this is designed to be a different medium altogether.
2005-01-19 03:16:41 PM  
* Must be 30 seconds to 20 minutes in length

Um, I'm thinking that if the ae-ers have a hard time getting people to check out their stuff, then won't a 20 minute video be even worse? I know that I can't spend 20 minutes per entry per thread. I would think that maybe 3 minutes max would be more reasonable.

Love the idea though!
2005-01-19 03:18:38 PM  
I, for one, would like to welcome our new amateur movie director overlords.

Just out of curiosity, this VideoEdit'ing is designed just to take existing movie files and chop/futz-with/edit/etc to acheive a desired result?

Perhaps a clearer question is: are we mainly hoping to develop our collective Editing skillz, or our Directing/Acting/Production/etc skillz?

(not sure i said that right...)
2005-01-19 03:18:51 PM  
i imagine that these will be a little harder to pull off because you only have so much time to put something together , and by the time you submit your entry, the headline will be so far down the page that most people will have forgotten about it.

i would like to see what people can come up with assuming people can do their work in a reasonable amount of time.

good luck to everyone participating!
2005-01-19 03:19:25 PM  
Im just using that as an example, not trying to change this one. Like I said I think more generalized topics will get more participation.
And even have source vidoes like we do for photoshop. "Videoedit this video". Im just throwing ideas out that I think will get more participants.
2005-01-19 03:19:42 PM  
Pooter: I understand. There was some talk about animated gifs having their own contests and I thought this was it at first.

So that means that only actual video is allowed? No cartoons?
2005-01-19 03:20:34 PM  
Bandwidth surrenders.
2005-01-19 03:20:57 PM  
knonshu - There really is no restriction or goal here, other than to have fun. You can use directors/actors/original footage, you can chop up existing clips, you can even make a slideshow with sound if you want.
2005-01-19 03:21:38 PM  
just wondering
2005-01-19 03:23:03 PM  
kryhme - Read the OP again - this is just the announcement for the VideoEdit. Another thread will be up in 1 week for people to submit their finished VideoEdit.
2005-01-19 03:26:14 PM  
I know someone will do the same entry as me...

What happens if this occurs? Should we be more lenient on repeat entries or similarly-styled videoedits?
2005-01-19 03:27:07 PM  
Pooter: what about setting up bittorrent for distributing the video files?
2005-01-19 03:27:11 PM  
Streaming the resulting video into flash could be an alternative, if it reduces bandwith of course.

I'm interested in getting into this. I got a video camera laying around doing nothing and a capture card. Will have to learn a bunch of shiat though!
2005-01-19 03:27:53 PM  
Well, choo - considering the amount of time it takes to create one of these, it would seem that if there are two nearly-identical posts it would most likely be discounted as a true coincidence, rather than idea theft.
2005-01-19 03:27:59 PM  
2005-01-19 03:26:14 PM choo

I know someone will do the same entry as me...

What happens if this occurs? Should we be more lenient on repeat entries or similarly-styled videoedits?

simililar entrys should be fine because no matter how similar they are Im sure they will still be different in enough ways.
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