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It's been a few weeks since Imeem took down everyone's vids, and I'm still bitter. All the work we did putting them up, building a community of like-minded vidders, all the comments, everything... grrr.

But I think what's making me more bitter is that I find BAM video vault a much less worthy alternative, and Viddler and Blip may not be a good place even though the video quality seems better, at least on Viddler, due to their TOSs and whatnot. When I saw that someone had already had a vid taken down by Blip, I figured I wasn't even going to bother trying to set something up there because it seems highly unlikely we won't get TOSed and C&Ded to death in the future.

But I've put 4 vids up now at BAM and they are incredibly disappointing -- I don't know what frame rate the vids are encoding as, but it's seriously sub-par, possibly even worse than YouTube. It's definitely not as grainy as YouTube, so that's at least a plus, and it does seem like they really want to support fannish vidding, but it's disheartening to see the herky-jerkyness of the vids there and realize that half of your flash-cut edits aren't even showing up. It's like a whole nother vid, and not a good one.

I wanted to have some kind of streaming space so that I could put up at least the vids that are mentioned in articles or blogs, so that those links can go live once again. But I just am so disappointed by the terrible jittering that I don't know if I want to go to all the trouble of uploading vid after vid there. (People said there was a batch upload, but I sure as hell can't find it.) Just to see how bad it was, I uploaded a vid that uses a number of 1-3 frame cuts, and the playback can't handle it at all. All the other vids, even with slow cuts, look bad, and any kind of a pan shot or rack focus makes it stutter.

So now I can't really decide what to do. Spend all this time uploading vids that I don't even think people really care about, just to keep any links or recs live, or forget the whole thing, since despite the progress we think we're making, vidders are never going to be a coveted animal in any site because of what we do.

I'm also not inclined to do much right now in terms of uploading and such just because my god, it's so effing hot. It's been 90 in my house all day, with al the windows open and doors open and everything. I went in search of a box fan today because my furnace fan just isn't able to do that much to get rid of the hot air sticking around. Wow, was that tough. Just about every store in Seattle was sold out of fans. I finally stopped by on the way home, having given up, at the little hardware store by my house and they were selling out of their last pallet of cheap box fans. I snatched that up like a glutton at the dessert cart. It's still horrible in here, but at least I can sit in front of the fan and dry the sweat off. I can't even bear the thought of going to my gym (the cardio is on the second floor, where there is no AC).

I did walk up to the salon and get my hair cut at the hottest part of the day. It's five blocks that felt like 50. I wasn't able to even sleep last night despite taking a pill. The cats are like melted butter and they are so miserable, but there's nothing I can do for them, really. Blues is scared of the fans, but... not going to not use them. Seattle has no real infrastructure for extreme heat or extreme winter weather -- it's so mild here most of the time that we don't plan for the bad ends of things. So quite a few places have no AC, and it's highly unusual in homes here. My neighbors put in a window AC yesterday, and I wish I had the money for that. Oh well, another year.

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Jul. 29th, 2009 11:45 am (UTC)
To help with the heat, you can put a dish/pan of ice/ice water in front of the fan. And if you freeze 2-Liter soda bottles, you can set those out for the cats to snuggle up to. I hope you guys cool off soon!!
Jul. 29th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
My own solution, fwiw, is to stash vids at both BAM and blip.tv, and when I post about them, to encourage downloads because that's the way to get the shinier version. (Granted, I only have 3 vids out there in the world -- a 4th coming soon and a 5th next month! -- but either way, uploading them to two places isn't the hassle for me that it would be for a longtime vidder who has a lot of work.) It's not ideal, but for the moment it seems like the best alternative.
Jul. 29th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
Is Vimeo crap for fan vids? I know their quality is great but nothing of their policies (I should look it up for myself as I have an account there.)

The heatwave you guys are getting is so crazy. It normally gets that hot here in Chicago in August and though I've lived through it my whole life...it sucks. You might find a little relief by applying a damp facecloth to the back of your neck. Growing up pre-affordable window a/c's my parent's would put the box fans in the windows (with boards on the sides.)
Jul. 29th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
It's 63 degrees outside, and I'm sitting here wearing a polar fleece jacket, drinking hot coffee, wondering where summer went. My heat actually kicked on two mornings this month because it got so cold overnight. I guess the grass is always greener. *is trying not to be bitter*

I still haven't uploaded any vids to BAM. Their playback is 15 fps, and I can't see the point of spending the time uploading vids with fast cutting when I know it can't handle them. I haven't explored any other options, either, because I keep hearing about vidders being TOS'd and having vids taken down. laurashapiro suggested we start streaming on our own websites, but that entails technical wizardry to turn them into flash, then hoping your host doesn't dump you if you exceed your alotted bandwidth. So... %#@$*&!
Jul. 29th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
Like I told dine, I feel so bad for you guys. It's not like that isn't the kind of heat we here in the Midwest deal with every year, but we're ready and geared up for it. But having lived a chunk of my life with no A/C in the house, I do know how you feel. I can remember lots of showers and living in front of a fan with a spray bottle of rapidly melting ice water. But I also remember a small TV on the closed toilet so I could lay in a cool tub of water!

Stay well. Heat stroke is a very real possibility.
Jul. 30th, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
Ugh about the heat! I grew up with summers like that and do not miss them at all. :(

I haven't gone to BlipTV or Vimeo because I'm concerned about them becoming another waste of effort like imeem. BAM with 15fps is worthless, IMO. YouTube is risky and yucky, but since they've added the "watch in high quality" option, it's possible to get some surprisingly good playback. And the sheer ginormity of YT may keep some vidders under the radar. For a while... It's really a shame that so many people will only watch streaming vids, because streaming sites have such inferior playback and are so risky for vidders. Blech!
Jul. 30th, 2009 06:54 am (UTC)
I've been using viddler under password protect since Jan.

test playback - also has instructions

I am going back to using these sites as hosting locations and not social networking, driving all my vid viewing via LJ.
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