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(Fark)   Final notice: Upcoming VideoEdit due on 1/26. Theme: A job interview gone wrong. Details in link and thread   ( divider line
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2005-01-21 02:41:45 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!

Update: I've gotten a lot of good feedback during the first thread about some of the details about this contest. Many of the ideas submitted (Flash movies, lower time limit) will be taken into consideration and implemented during the next VideoEdit contest.
2005-01-21 02:51:25 PM  
Sounds like a great idea. Can't wait to see how it comes out.
Pity those on dial up.
2005-01-21 02:55:21 PM  
This could either be the greatest thing or the worst thing evar!
2005-01-21 02:59:24 PM  
Anyone know a good freeware video editor? I ain't got no Final Cut on this computer.
2005-01-21 03:02:44 PM  
This is gonna be awesome!

Just like all those audio edits we all love...
2005-01-21 03:04:00 PM  
I was kinda hoping the first theme would be a trailer for FARK: The Movie. Maybe next time.

Hopefully, video edit wont be the new audio edit.

</you know it's true>
2005-01-21 03:05:20 PM  
Cinelerra is supposedly a good video editor and it appears to still be free.

Runs on Linux only though.
2005-01-21 03:06:27 PM  
AE-Stor already has the framework to handle video files the same way it does audio files. If there is enough demand I can open up that functionality. While tinkering around in there I might add the much-desired edit and delete functions.
2005-01-21 03:09:08 PM  
As much as I hate to say it, I think that the Videoedit concept will fail. Even though it's a good idea, putting a video together (especially if you shoot the video yourself) requires a lot of time and effort. More time and effort, I suspect, than the average person has to spare for Fark.

I'd still like to give it a whril, though.
2005-01-21 03:09:50 PM  
Virtual Dub is a free video editor for windows. I've never used it for anything to serious, but it probably covers the basics.

I'm sure there are many more free options availible for linux users if you wish to go that route.
2005-01-21 03:12:30 PM  
WHOO HOO! I will get to work on my porn, er um, vid, right away...

now hosting it is another matter...
2005-01-21 03:12:54 PM  
A job interview gone wrong? You mean like the time I mistakenly let an F-Bomb fly?
2005-01-21 03:15:47 PM  
"So, Peter, where do you see yourself in five years?"

"Doing your...Son?"
2005-01-21 03:16:14 PM  
I'll be using iMovie.
2005-01-21 03:16:20 PM  
I will be doing this for sure. Great idea!
2005-01-21 03:17:45 PM  
We need a Flash contest.

Video is too large and too difficult to do
2005-01-21 03:21:25 PM  
I have a short film I'll toss up, if anyone can tell me a good place to host a large Quicktime file.
2005-01-21 03:28:57 PM  
no matter how cool this idea is, video just takes way too long to do for a thread. but i'll sure as hell try something.

oh yeah, spicy_mchaggis-
who says flash isn't video? just somehting for you to think about!
2005-01-21 03:28:59 PM  
when is the contest for a new video edit tag? i find the rip off of the video tag wanting.
2005-01-21 03:32:22 PM  
In case no one has mentioned Stream Guys for hosting, I will.
2005-01-21 03:54:04 PM  
No divx? Sigh...
2005-01-21 03:56:45 PM  
yeah hosting could suck

i know i could get an awesome (in my eyes) video done in that time, but dont know where i could host it for free. if this works and hosting is readily available it would be awesome.

unlike PS contests i would actually finish this, fine i probably wont
2005-01-21 04:03:29 PM  
I'd love to do this. I didn't know this was happening until now.. maybe I can throw something together.

As far as bandwidth, I can host a few videos on my band's server so if you're cool and into metal, email me @ ron at and we'll see what's up.
2005-01-21 04:03:41 PM  

WMV format is the BEST compression of those three. And a google for windows media encoder will get you a link to dload it for FREE.
2005-01-21 04:04:09 PM  
I love the idea guys, but the logistics are nuts. Maybe if we had a month to pull it together? 5 days isn't really enough time to nail everything down to pull out a production that is worthy of Fark's production standards. Also, I would like to recommend scaling back the time limit to 8 or 10 minutes. Short no budget films suck way less than long ones.
Also as far as hosting goes- compress the crap out of it and try to find a cheap ISP with unmetered transfer.
OR if someone shows me something really nice, I'll host it for you.
2005-01-21 04:15:52 PM  
mark your entries "so-n-so over at Fark dot com"

so when one of these hits my e-mail a year from now I can really laugh
2005-01-21 04:19:08 PM  
My lastest headline submission:

VideoEdit contests - officially out of ideas. Audio edits surrender

Not OKed... Oh well.. =)
2005-01-21 04:19:32 PM  
this is sweet. i will enter, no matter how f'ing bad my vid is. unless hosting turns out to be a yotch.

also, i wouldn't worry too much about limiting the length. anyone who cares enough to make a decent entry probably won't have the time to do an epic (yes 20 minutes is an epic).
2005-01-21 04:20:35 PM  

aybe if we had a month to pull it together? 5 days isn't really enough time to nail everything down to pull out a production that is worthy of Fark's production standards

ya see the "Final Notice" up there ? Makes me think this was posted at least twice already....

Pooter: "I've gotten a lot of good feedback during the first thread about some of the details about this contest. Many of the ideas submitted (Flash movies, lower time limit) will be taken into consideration and implemented during the next VideoEdit contest."

personally, I can't wait... these should be pretty clever

2005-01-21 04:20:55 PM  
Also, can I suggest some standards as far as your compression- don't let the window size get above 320x240. If you keep it small like that, you can get your bitrate down around 300 without too much loss and a filesize that's about 10 megs for 4-5 minutes of video.
2005-01-21 04:26:39 PM  
People familiar with the Avid interface might find this pretty comfy...
2005-01-21 04:27:51 PM  
I'd totally be down for a Flash video contest, but have to agree with the consensus that live video is impractical.

Live video has sharp knees also.

There's usually only a dozen Audio Edit entries submitted ...there's probably not gonna be more than 3 or 4 videos.

I'm whiny today
2005-01-21 04:28:02 PM  
i submitted this with a better headline.
2005-01-21 04:29:15 PM  
This friggin rocks!
2005-01-21 04:33:16 PM  
hoyl carp! I gotta get total fark so I could've been working on this sooner...

video edits are the future.
2005-01-21 04:51:21 PM  
If you have a video camera and a computer, you can do this.

If your video camera is analog, a brand-new TV tuner/composite input card will set you back maybe $15.

If your video camera is DV, a brand-new Firewire card will set you back even less. Many laptops already have Firewire. Most recent Macintoshes do.

The only problem I see with this is the subject matter. It is basically looking for a talking-heads video, telling jokes that could just as well have been typed into a comment box. A more abstract subject, like "Reasons to be afraid of water" or something would allow more freedom for interesting visual gags.
2005-01-21 04:56:02 PM

No html skilz, but this should work for hosting.
2005-01-21 05:03:19 PM  
Someone has enough bandwidth for a Fark linked video?

Too bad you can't post one in Flash. I'd take exception to the idea that WMV has the best compression. Sorenson FLV is comparable in both quality and size.
2005-01-21 05:14:20 PM  
Um... Sorenson FLV isn't an option. So just go on and take your offense back.
2005-01-21 05:24:18 PM  
BitTorrent would come in very handy for bandwith issues. I suggest LokiTorrent as a tracker. Maybe a fark admin wants to contact them and ask them to add a special category - fark videos?
2005-01-21 05:26:23 PM  
this is the one for only the TF'ers to view first, right?

and does fark own the videos after posting?
2005-01-21 05:28:08 PM  
if you have sorenson squeeze you should be able to compress your video down to a really really decent size. i got a 30 second commercial i made down to a little over 1meg and it's great quality for the internet. but then again, not to toot my own horn here, i have a degree in video production and deal with video every day at anyone is worried about size issues get squeeze and all your troubles will be remedied!

also with squeeze you can render your video into a viariable two pass .swf that looks beautiful. if you need player controls on the flash video there are player files you can find on .

2005-01-21 05:57:04 PM  
anyone in nyc (specifically manhattan - i don't mean to be lazy but hey, that's life. even more specifically, midtown east...) planning on doing this? i have some decent mid-range gear (camera, mic, mac w/ final cut express - got all of it used, baby). we could team up unless you're a wierdo.

TheKingInYellow : mind if i ask what sort of work you do?
2005-01-21 06:28:46 PM  
That's kind of like saying "if you have cleaner 6, you can great size and quality compressed video." "Student" versions of decent compression software are a real pain to come by.

The free windows media encoder is here. It is easy to use for the most part, free, and will play on just about anything. It seems to like .avi's the best, and won't touch quicktime movies at all.
2005-01-21 06:29:32 PM  
The link did not seem to work. Google "windows media encoder" if you're interested.
2005-01-21 06:33:15 PM  
Wow. 20MB limit? How the hell do they manage that?
2005-01-21 07:02:39 PM  
I'll host some of the videos if anybody needs it. Email joemc91 AT gmail DOT com.
2005-01-21 10:00:42 PM  
...because there's just too much unused Internet bandwidth, right?

2005-01-21 10:36:45 PM

enjoy all
2005-01-21 11:02:19 PM  
I don't see anything in there expressly forbidding animation. So you could create something in Flash and put in in Quicktime format. QT will play Flash directly, or you can output Flash to a movie.
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