gwyn: (beaten cap shield)
[personal profile] gwyn
On Saturday I had a tea party with some friends, where I get to break out the Red Wing Pepe midcentury dishware pattern I started collecting a few years ago and my cool midcentury modern stuff and make tea and eat stuff I shouldn't. It's the only time you'll likely be at a tea party where you also get to talk about blood and guts and gore and sexual shenanigans while eating scones and drinking orange blossom oolong. Seriously, we were talking about this fanart I love where Steve gets deserumed and Hydra carves their logo on his chest and he's given to the Winter Soldier and then we were all laughing hysterically because yeah, that's not your typical tea party conversation. I love fans.

Anyway, I was lamenting my worries about the Vividcon auction, like ya do when you know people are going to spend money on you and you worry about whether you can do what they want, and without my realizing it for a while [personal profile] minim_calibre started bidding on me, and [personal profile] killabeez was plotting as well. After everyone had left--such a lovely time! Thank you all again for coming!--I went across the alley to see my old next door neighbor, who was visiting my other neighbor, and chatted and caught up, and then I came back home and the auction had ended. There was an email from Killa saying VICTORY IS MINE! and I knew, from being in a bidding cabal with her before, that she'd had trouble in past auctions getting the vidders she wanted, so she was very happy to make me her vidding slave.

So now I am owned by Killa and we're talking songs and fandoms and I am so excite! You always worry that you might not be sympatico with whoever buys you, just like there's always that tension before you get your fandom assignment for Festivids. It's great to be able to do a vid for someone you love. I've been so lucky in my vidding gift/auction vid assignments--for three years running in Festivids I've been assigned someone I like, and in the first VVC auction I got bought by kadymae/devilc, so I cannot complain about this. This is gonna be FUN.

OTOH I'm tortured by what I want to make for premieres, and I have a book coming in in a couple days with a ridic deadline and I really want to finish this goddam Steve/Bucky fic that's been torturing me for MONTHS now and makes me want to spork my eyes out and claw my face off. It's not worth the effort, I know it's not, and yet here I struggle.

The one bad thing about Saturday was that I found out Vimeo has removed all of my vids without any warning. It says I have zero vids, and I can't seem to log in even after requesting my password and stuff. I knew they were banhammering new vids, but I didn't think they were just flat-out deleting older ones, and I'm kind of sick about it. I just don't have the time or inclination to put those up on my YouTube channel but people don't seem to want to DL vids just to view them these days. Ugh. I hate it. Especially because one of them was the Flashpoint vid that Hugh Dillon tweeted about a couple years ago, and now it's just gone. Fuck you, Vimeo. God, I hate YouTube but that's really the only option now.

Date: 2015-03-23 11:09 pm (UTC)
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
From: [personal profile] sholio
Oh, ugh, that's awful about your vids! :(

I bemoan the general trend towards people no longer offering downloads of their vids; doesn't anyone like saving vids anymore? They disappear all the time; you can never assume that a streaming vid is still where you last saw it! I'm so glad I've got all these saved vids from 5 or 10 years ago, because most of them are no longer online. You even see people every so often in places like [ profile] vidding who lost all of THEIR OWN vids in hard drive crashes and hope that someone saved them and can email them. When everything is streaming, are vids just going to become a transient art form, and fans who get into a show years after it went off the air are completely out of luck? (grumble grumble, kids these days, lawns, etc)

Date: 2015-03-24 12:04 pm (UTC)
killabeez: (Default)
From: [personal profile] killabeez
Since Megaupload died, it's become even more of a pain to host vids. I used to keep mine available for download on slashcity, but even with the relatively low number of views/downloads I got, the bandwidth quickly overtook what I had allotted for the K/S archive. We started running out before the end of the month every month (which caused the archive to go down until or unless I paid more money). I took them down rather than have to worry about the archive.

Date: 2015-03-24 06:53 pm (UTC)
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
From: [personal profile] sholio
Oh, that's a really good point re: the death of free gigaspace hosting sites. Which is interesting because there is SO MUCH more bandwidth/disk space available now than there was 10 years ago ... but you usually have to pay for it in order to get the good stuff. Funny how things never quite work out how we think they're going to ...

Date: 2015-03-23 11:31 pm (UTC)
dine: (socks - hermitsoul)
From: [personal profile] dine
your tea party sure sounds like a grand time! what a perfectly fannish conversation to have in such a civilized setting

I'm so sorry about vimeo - personally, I'm glad you still make your vids available for download, because I've always been a fan of rewatching, and it's just no fun to discover something one loved has vanished.

Date: 2015-03-24 01:47 am (UTC)
klia: (big baby)
From: [personal profile] klia
I hadn't heard Vimeo was deleting vids and banning people! That sucks! I just checked, and the one vid we have up is still there, though I expect we'll get dumped off, too. No way I'm putting anything up on YT, either, especially after what just happened to Brad. No. Freaking. Way.

You're right, except for us oldsters, no one wants to dl vids, anymore, and I find that incredibly sad.

Date: 2015-03-25 05:26 am (UTC)
klia: (!)
From: [personal profile] klia
He wrote about it here.

Vidding really is one hell of a hobby. /o\

Date: 2015-03-24 10:07 am (UTC)
ratcreature: RL? What RL? RatCreature is a net addict.  (what rl?)
From: [personal profile] ratcreature
I'm sorry to hear that about vimeo. FWIW I like vid downloads but often watch streaming first to see whether I'll like it

Do you have a link to that fanart? I don't think I have seen it and it sounds great.

Date: 2015-03-27 08:25 am (UTC)
ratcreature: Thank you! (thanks)
From: [personal profile] ratcreature
Thank you so much that you went to the trouble to find something again on Tumblr.

Date: 2015-03-24 03:47 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore

I just routinely save downloads of vids I really love (like Sorrow!) because I remember when Headtilt (blast from the past, wow) went offline and I hadn't done that. So now I'm paranoid about it. But yeah, people seem very reluctant to DL stuff now, even tho computers have much more space? I don't get it.

Date: 2015-03-24 04:44 pm (UTC)
cesperanza: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cesperanza
Get an account at critical commons - I can help you do this and they're our people. Or YT, I'm not against it, but if you want an alternative, critical commons. :D

Date: 2015-03-24 04:45 pm (UTC)
cesperanza: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cesperanza
replying to myself to say there's more info about this on the OTW's Fan video project page. And critical commons loves vidders.

Date: 2015-03-24 09:19 pm (UTC)
grammarwoman: (Default)
From: [personal profile] grammarwoman
+1! I applied for an advanced account and mentioned that I was a vidder, and I got approved with a lovely note in less than a day.

Date: 2015-03-25 02:44 pm (UTC)
grammarwoman: Captain America in his Winter Soldier gear (Captain America Winter Soldier)
From: [personal profile] grammarwoman
It is free, and I believe that the advanced account is need to upload/host. I haven't taken any of those steps yet, though; [personal profile] ghost_lingering is the one that turned me on to them, so she would have more details. Plus [personal profile] cesperanza below. :)

Date: 2015-03-26 06:48 pm (UTC)
grammarwoman: (Default)
From: [personal profile] grammarwoman
Oh, I saw that too, and it gave me pause, so I prefaced my letter with that exact "I am not an academic or educator, but I would appreciate a place to host vids where I don't have to fear takedowns", and I got a nice letter back with my acceptance saying that I totally qualified just on the grounds of being a vidder. So I say go for it! :)

Date: 2015-03-25 05:29 am (UTC)
klia: (!)
From: [personal profile] klia
Last time I checked, CC wasn't active yet. Thanks for the heads up.

Date: 2015-03-25 01:36 pm (UTC)
cesperanza: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cesperanza
They are! The downside is that they're academic, so they don't have a glossy and intuitive interfaces, and moreover, they require you to say something about your vid; for them, the idea that is video produces ideas/discourse. But even a summary or a line about what you think you were doing in the vid is enough; the idea isn't JUDGED at all and most people won't be seeing it on that site anyway - you can embed in the AO3 or anywhere else.

The UPside is also that they're academic, which is to say they really get vids and love vidders and believe in transformative works and fair use and all the underlying principles we stand for. So what you lose is glossy corporate sophistication you gain in principles and heart. If you want more glossy sophistication, go to YouTube, which isn't really a terrible option either - they do takedowns but they mostly take them back when we protest, and there are people behind the scenes there who know vidding and OTW and us etc.

Date: 2015-03-27 01:46 am (UTC)
kass: Veronica and Wallace stare at a screen (veronica and wallace)
From: [personal profile] kass
My vids are still on vimeo but I always assume they're going to disappear at some point, especially now that I hear what happened to Gwyn. (Grr.) So I may pursue this also. Thank you for the intel!

Date: 2015-03-26 12:35 am (UTC)
kass: Twelve and Clara hold hands (hands)
From: [personal profile] kass
This is entirely unrelated, and I am sorry to do that (what is your email these days?!) but I have to ask: did you watch The Librarians?

Date: 2015-03-26 11:30 am (UTC)
kass: "let love be your engine," image of Kaylee and of Serenity (let love be your engine)
From: [personal profile] kass
For a silly reason -- we're doing a partial rewatch with [personal profile] grammarwoman who is visiting and had never seen the show, and in one of the episodes there is a room full of human skulls, and [personal profile] sanj and I both looked at each other and chorused "Human skull, on the ground, turn around!" and for the remainder of the evening I was thinking about your vid, that's all. :-)

I send love.

Date: 2015-03-26 10:50 am (UTC)
sperrywink: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sperrywink
Aw, your tea party sounds fun!

I'm glad your vidding services were bought by a simpatico fan! Go you!

That sucks so much about vimeo. I just checked and my vids are there (of course there are only 4, so no big deal), but I guess I have too little traffic to be noticed right now.

Date: 2015-03-24 01:23 am (UTC)
ext_15084: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
I just don't have the time or inclination to put those up on my YouTube channel but people don't seem to want to DL vids just to view them these days.

I feel ya on that one! I kinda hate that vids are all on YouTube now. When I see a really good one, I'd love to be able to DL it to watch over again, but that's not an option with YouTube and you never know when something's going to get taken down...

Date: 2015-03-24 01:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi, sorry for butting in, but if you use Firefox you can use the Video Download Helper add-on to download anything you want from YouTube without any issue whatsoever. It even gives you a choice of file formats. :)

Date: 2015-03-24 02:18 am (UTC)
ext_15084: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
Right, there are plenty of file converters out there,and I've done it on occasion. I'm just rarely ever happy with the quality of the file that way, and I find being irritated by that kinda ruins the benefit.

Date: 2015-03-25 05:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That was one of the things I actually loved about Vimeo--they had a DL option built right in and they tended to offer much better video quality. I'm really pissed about this.

Date: 2015-03-26 01:08 am (UTC)
ext_15084: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
It really sucks that everyone has to keep shifting around all the time. And I think it's especially lousy for the history of vidding if all the older vids are no longer around. :(

Date: 2015-03-24 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ugh, Vimeo. I'm so sorry they disappeared your vids. :/ It annoys me that there isn't anywhere to put vids where they can be safe from unwarned deletion. I don't want the visibility of YT. I like being able to limit who sees things, and change passwords when I feel like it to avoid anything being reblogged with accuracy on tumblr.

I was eyeballing you and Rho and Nicky in the auction, but you all got very pricey all of a sudden, and I had to choose where to throw my last-minute bid. I felt greedy bidding on anyone, because I have received amazing vids from all of you, so therefore I am very glad Killa won you! :D

Date: 2015-03-25 05:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Francesca was telling me about Critical Commons, and I'm going to check that out for at least the deleted vids. It's hard when you have as many as I do. I just don't have the time to put all this shit back up.

I wish people wouldn't wait till the last minute to bid on people! But it is always so. I had no idea it would escalate so fast. I'm thrilled that you got Nicky though because I'm dreaming of the possibility of another vid like Lightning Strike. ;-) But I'm most excited about being owned by Killa. She seemed to really like Monsters a lot, and I hope I can make a vid for her that will give her the same feels.

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