shinyjenni: Toph from Avatar: the Last Airbender (toph)
Equinox reveals were yesterday! Thank you to [personal profile] starlady and [personal profile] cosmic_llin for my vids! :D Here is the vid I made for [personal profile] such_heights:

Title: We Are The Brave
Fandom: Mass Effect
Character/Pairing: Ensemble, FemShep/Liara, FemShep/Garrus
Content notes: Bright flashes, fast cuts, jerky movement. One image of suicide (timestamp: 0:40, please ask if you want more information.)
Spoilers: Contains footage from all three games and all DLC.
Summary: Love is gonna win the fight.
Notes: For [personal profile] such_heights in the Spring 2017 [community profile] equinox_exchange. ♥
Download: here (3:36 minutes, 132MB) | subtitle .srt
Also at: Youtube | AO3 | Tumblr

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shinyjenni: Close up of Jaylah from Star Trek Beyond (jaylah)
Title: Brighter Than The Sun
Fandom: Star Trek
Music: Colbie Caillat
Content notes: A few bright flashes
Summary: "Lightning strikes the heart", or, me/Star Trek OTP
Download: here (3:54 minutes, 172MB) | subtitle .srt
Also at: Youtube | AO3 | Tumblr

Notes: For More Joy Day. Thank you to [personal profile] cosmic_llin, [personal profile] purplefringe and [personal profile] anoel for betaing!

As I may have mentioned about two or three hundred times already, I REALLY liked Star Trek Beyond, and the subsequent avalanche of feelings precipitated something of a full scale Star Trek feelings renaissance (A++ would recommend). So this is a vid about that, and about all* the things I love and have loved about Star Trek over the last decade or two. ♥

*well. Not all. They wouldn't all fit. Call it a representative sample?

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shinyjenni: Natasha Romanov (natasha)
Title: What About Everything
Vidders: [personal profile] shinyjenni and [personal profile] silly_cleo
Fandom: MCU
Character/Pairing: Ensemble
Music: Carbon Leaf
Content notes: Some fast cuts and bright flashes, some violence.
Summary: "I am not in need."
Notes: Thanks to [personal profile] cosmic_llin and [personal profile] purplefringe for betaing, and to [personal profile] sol_se for Agents of SHIELD help!
Download: here (3:44 minutes, 163MB) | subtitle .srt
Also at: Youtube | AO3 | Tumblr

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shinyjenni: Peggy Carter watching Jarvis sew up the wound on her leg (peggy jarvis)
Title: Welcome to New York
Fandom: MCU (Agent Carter season 1 (plus one clip from season 2), Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter, Agents of Shield)
Character/Pairing: Peggy Carter
Music: Taylor Swift
Content notes: Some bright gunfire flashes
Summary: "It's been waiting for you."
Notes: This vid was BESET by technical difficulties but FINALLY it is DONE. \o/
Download: here (3:33 minutes, 155MB) | subtitle .srt
Also at: AO3 | Tumblr

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shinyjenni: Close up of Jaylah from Star Trek Beyond (jaylah)
Title: Anthem
Fandom: Star Trek Beyond
Character/Pairing: Kirk, Enterprise crew
Music: Delta Rae
Content notes: none
Summary: "Give me something I can hope for."
1. Thank you to [personal profile] such_heights for betaing! ♥
2. I am almost certainly going to remaster this when the DVD comes out, because that's the sort of thing I'm into. ETA: and indeed I did. All links should now be updated; give me a shout if not!
3. So I went on a weirdly similar emotional journey to Kirk while I was watching this film. I've been pretty glum about a lot of my fandoms recently, specifically in a way that's made it hard to be enthusiastic about new canon; and then this film, for which I had no expectations at all, came along and just captured my heart and made me feel like hope wasn't such a silly idea after all. ♥ So, in conclusion, this vid is as much about me as it is about Kirk.
Download: here (1:24 minutes, 60MB) | subtitle .srt
Also at: Youtube | AO3 | Tumblr

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shinyjenni: Steph eating popcorn and wearing 3D glasses (does it have a bat on it?)
Title: Start As You Mean To Go On
Fandom: Supergirl
Music: Thea Gilmore
Content notes:
Summary: We're gonna start by aiming higher.
Notes: Festivid for [ profile] way2busymom. Thanks to [personal profile] purplefringe for betaing!
Spoilers: up to 1x08
Download: here (3.35 minutes, 155MB) | subtitle .srt
Also at: Youtube | AO3 | Tumblr

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shinyjenni: Janeway sitting at a table, smiling (janeway)
Cut down (and somewhat rewritten) version of the fandom meme, because I didn't feel like doing the whole thing:

Biggest fannish surprise of the year: How much I loved Supergirl! I was always planning to watch it, but I wasn't terribly enthusiastic, since I've never particularly connected with the character, and DC is really not doing much for me at the moment, but then the sneak peek came out and I fell for it completely. ♥ ♥ ♥ I love how it's unafraid to be silly or earnest, I love how Kara can be sweet and kind and also a complete powerhouse (I love her confident superhero walk), I love how much it seems to like its characters and how much they like each other. I love its cheerfully unsubtle feminist anvils. Watching it just makes me happy.

I was also... pleasantly surprised isn't quite right, but something like that, by Jessica Jones. I wouldn't call this paragraph spoilery at all but just in case )

Not quite a surprising thing, per se, but an honourable mention goes to Steven Universe for consistently living up to the hype. ♥

(Also, there was some musical about American history or something, idk.)

Biggest fannish disappointment of the year: Clariel and Convergence: Batgirl #2 were strong contenders, but for the sheer magnitude of the drop from the heights of excitement to the depths of despair, it has to be The Force Awakens. :(

Biggest fannish anticipations for next year: New stuff wise, I think it's just Luke Cage? Oh, and Sarah Rees Brennan's Tell the Wind and Fire! Probably there is also stuff happening that I don't know/have forgotten about. Otherwise, it's mostly more of what I already love: Supergirl, Agent Carter, Brooklyn 99, the last Raven Boys book, the new Captain Marvel comic (which is going to have ABIGAIL BRAND IN IT YESSSSSSS). And catching up on stuff from this year that I haven't got round to yet (Ancillary Mercy, your time is SOON). And going to see Hamilton! :DDDDDDD

Vidding meme:

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shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (Default)
Title: I Awake
Fandom: DCU
Character/Pairing: Wonder Woman
Music: Sarah Blasko
Content notes: Some bright flashes, fast cuts and juddery movement
Summary: My heart is an adventurer.
Notes: For [personal profile] silly_cleo in [community profile] festivids 2015
Download: here (1.14 minutes, 55MB) | subtitle .srt
Also at: Youtube | AO3 | Tumblr

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shinyjenni: Janeway sitting at a table, smiling (janeway)
- I went to Nine Worlds! Like a month ago. What even is time. Anyway, it was great, highlights this year included... well, basically the entire Star Trek track, but especially pictionary and the worldbuilding panel. :D On Thursday night [personal profile] such_heights and I ran a Star Trek vidshow: here is the playlist, as well as the playlist for [personal profile] such_heights's excellent Friday night vidshow. On Friday I cosplayed Regency Wonder Woman (based on this fanart); on Saturday I cosplayed Fairytale Stephanie Brown, from the last issue of her Batgirl run (Timehop helpfully informed me that exactly a year earlier I'd also been cosplaying Steph); and on Sunday I was Deanna Troi, not Trio as autocorrect would have it, in a knitted Starfleet uniform. (I did not do the hair, as my hair will not do that. My hair has Firm Opinions on what it will and will not do.)

- Fic rec! [personal profile] happydork wrote basically the perfect Wanda Maximoff fic, Pour Back The Ocean. It is wonderful. ♥

- Question for people who know how to vid games: if I wanted to capture a little bit of footage from a game I'm playing on my PC, what's the easiest way to do that? It's for a multifandom vid, so I only need a few seconds. (I know I could probably find a playthrough on youtube, but this is the first game I've played on my own as a grownup, so I am quite keen to capture some of my own authentically inept gameplay if possible.)
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (wonder woman)
I went to [community profile] vidukon_cardiff this weekend and it was awesome. So many great vids! I am planning to do a recs post sometime soon, but for now, here is a post about the vids I made for it; I premiered two vids this year, and I feel like between them they sum up quite a lot of things about me. For Premieres itself, I made a Young Justice vid, New Romantics, in which teenage superheroes are v. heroic and also have a lot of feelings. And for [personal profile] purplefringe's Tropes vidshow, I made Weapon of Choice, a multifandom vid about weaponised women, which I have been planning for about four years and FINALLY finished. :D (I also submitted Salute to Vidder's Choice, and took the opportunity to remaster it and add in a character that I missed. :D)

And now I need to go and sleep off all the feelings I had this weekend.
shinyjenni: Steph eating popcorn and wearing 3D glasses (does it have a bat on it?)
Title: New Romantics
Fandom: Young Justice
Characters: S1 ensemble
Music: Taylor Swift
Content notes: One bright (camera) flash
Summary: "I'm about to play my ace."
Notes: Premiered at [community profile] vidukon_cardiff 2015!
Download: here (3'42 minutes, 159MB) or here (68MB) | subtitle .srt
Also available from: AO3 | Tumblr

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shinyjenni: Buffy smiling (buffy)
Title: Weapon of Choice
Fandom: Multifandom - Agent Carter, Babylon 5, Buffy, Dark Angel, Doctor Who, Firefly, Fringe, Legend of the Seeker, MCU
Music: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Content notes: some fast cutting
Summary: "I don't think I'm gonna be taking any more orders." A vid about weaponised women.
Notes: I've been planning to make this vid since 2011 and finally premiered it in [personal profile] purplefringe's Tropes vidshow at [community profile] vidukon_cardiff 2015. Huge thanks to [personal profile] purplefringe for motivating me to finally finish it, and for betaing! ♥
Download: here (2'50 minutes, 124MB) or here (68MB) | subtitle .srt
Also available from: Youtube | AO3 | Tumblr

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shinyjenni: Steph eating popcorn and wearing 3D glasses (does it have a bat on it?)
Title: Head Over Heels
Fandom: Supergirl
Music: ABBA
Summary: "Some people like it, others tend to go wild."
Content notes: none
Notes: Shush, this was an excellent use of my evening.
Download: here (0:47 minutes, 35MB) | subtitle .srt (NB subtitle playback is not working for me in VLC at the moment so I haven't been able to test these, let me know if there are any problems! I think I fixed it? Again, let me know if they're not working!)
Also available from: Youtube | AO3 | Tumblr

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shinyjenni: Cartoon drawing of Bernice Summerfield surrounded by butterflies and cake; text reads "in a happy place" (benny's happy place)
Title: Trouble
Fandom: St Trinian's
Character/Pairing: Ensemble
Music: P!nk
Content notes: none
Summary: "OK, girls, swimming pool rules: no running, no shoving, no heavy petting."
Notes: Festivid for [ profile] gwenfrankenstien!
Download: here (3'14 minutes, 142MB) | subtitle .srt
Also at: AO3 | Tumblr

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shinyjenni: Five, Nyssa and Adric in a wood, the TARDIS is next to them at an angle, text reads "experiencing technical difficulties (technical difficulties)
(I did not get round to posting this on Friday like I said I was going to! But I have a really good reason, of course. You see, what happened was LOOK OVER THERE A DRAGON *runs away*)

[personal profile] frayadjacent asked Vidding with Lightworks: the good, the bad, the hairpulling?

This whole post comes with the caveat that the only other program I've used is Windows Movie Maker, so that's my only basis for comparison!

The most frustrating thing that I've encountered about Lightworks is the updates. Which seems counterintuitive but there's no way to put off updating and there's no way to go back to an older version so if, say, an update BREAKS EVERYTHING you're stuck until someone on the forums works out how to fix it. This is the major reason why I'm planning to look into alternatives: the fear that another update could come along and mess things up again. :/

(Though, having mentioned the forums, they are definitely one of the good things about using Lightworks: there's a lot of knowledge and helpfulness on there. Once I've worked out the technical vocabulary to describe what it is I want to know, I can usually find an answer.)

The other thing I don't like about Lightworks is how counterintuitive bits of it feel - I tend to learn by trial and error, so this is really tricky for me! I spend a fair bit of time yelling "why did you do that, I didn't want you to do that" at it. Also, I've been using it for over a year and I still try and use CTRL+Z to undo. /o\ Plus, there isn't really any information on how to use it: just the forums and a few video tutorials on the basics. (And video tutorials make me want to bite things in frustration. Stop explaining how to open the program and tell me what I actually want to know!)

But onto the good stuff! The best thing about Lightworks is just how much you can do with just the free version. I've still only really scratched the surface of the effects package (and have barely touched any user created plugins) but pretty much everything I've wanted to do I've been able to. Transitions, lots of colouring stuff, zooming in on clips because the character I want is in the background (I'm also considering using this feature to deal with source that's in different aspect ratios, rather than faffing about cropping stuff at the clipping stage), speeding up and slowing down (to be fair to the most recent update, this has just got a lot easier), adding motion to still images... I don't really understand about masking yet but it looks like there are plenty of options for that too.

Also, NON-LINEAR EDITING. :D I couldn't go back to linear editing now if you paid me. (Well, maybe if you paid me. How much are you going to pay me?) Obviously this isn't a Lightworks specific thing but I am so glad it's something Lightworks offers: it's the one thing I HAVE to have in a vidding programme.

Those are my feelings about Lightworks! I don't recommend it wholeheartedly, but I do like it most of the time. (If anyone's thinking about trying it out and wants a guide to the basics of using it, I'd be happy to try and put one together, with the caveat that it would probably contain a lot of "there is probably a better way of doing this" and "I don't know why this works", and so on. ;))
shinyjenni: River Song in her cell, looking up from her diary (river)
The December Talking Meme was fun last year, let's do it again! Give me things to talk about and I will talk about them in December* (unless I feel I am somehow unequipped to do so, in which case I will ask you to pick a different topic). Suggest a day if you would like, but do not feel you have to!

*probably December. Almost certainly before the end of January.

And speaking of things that were fun last year, [personal profile] silly_cleo is organising another vid album project, this time to Taylor Swift's 1989! Come and join us, vidders, it will be awesome. :D
shinyjenni: Steph eating popcorn and wearing 3D glasses (does it have a bat on it?)
Title: Salute
Fandom: DC animated (see below for full source list)
Characters: Many! See below for complete list in order of appearance.
Music: Little Mix
Content notes: some fast cuts and bright flashes
Summary: "Athena knows the League could use more female members."
Notes: Thanks to [personal profile] silly_cleo for betaing!
Spoilers: Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman
Download: here (3:58 minutes, 172MB) or here (87MB) | subtitle .srt
Also available from: Youtube | AO3 | Tumblr

Remastered April 2015, mostly to add in the one character I missed.

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List of sources )

List of characters in order of appearance )
shinyjenni: Five, Nyssa and Adric in a wood, the TARDIS is next to them at an angle, text reads "experiencing technical difficulties (technical difficulties)
If I have ever recommended Lightworks to you, I am very sorry and entirely retract that rec. D: I upgraded to version 12 on Wednesday (I didn't want to, but it doesn't let you use an old version if there's a newer one available) and it's basically been a disaster. First all the clips I'd already imported were offline; the option to relink to them was greyed out and reimporting them made no difference. I was so frustrated by this that I actually posted about it on the forums (this may not seem like much, but for me it's HUGE), and after trying a few different things, someone suggested running Lightworks as an administrator, which I did, and ta-dah! There were all my clips again. So I bounced off happily to meet my West Wing watching group. On the way home, I had an idea for part of my vid, so I fired up Lightworks and started fiddling about with my newly reappeared clips. Only to find that the sound wouldn't play. /o\ Oh well, I thought, I can just reimport it, it's only one track and I haven't edited it. So I did that and... it played, but somewhat faster than is really ideal. Originally it was a four minute track; played through Lightworks it's lasting three and a half minutes and I have no idea why. *gnashes teeth in frustration*

This is also SPECTACULARLY bad timing as it's induction week, ie the busiest and most stressful week of the year, and after a long day of explaining how the printers work I could really have done with coming home and playing with this vid project that I'm really excited about, but HA HA NOPE. I'm going to try converting and re-importing the audio tonight, but if that doesn't work I'll be looking for new editing software. Does anyone have any recs? I only really need it to be able to handle multiple video tracks and non-linear editing, and also to WORK. (Being able to zoom in on clips would be great too, but it's not essential: I only have one clip I've used that for so far in my current project, and only to highlight which character I'm focusing on in that clip (HI CASS HI). And if push comes to shove I could always jury rig some system involving exporting the zoomed in clip from Lightworks.)

*growls unhappily*
shinyjenni: Five, Nyssa and Adric in a wood, the TARDIS is next to them at an angle, text reads "experiencing technical difficulties (technical difficulties)
[personal profile] chaila gave me:

12. What’s the best vidding advice you’ve ever come across?
13. What’s the worst vidding advice you’ve ever come across?

and I am going to answer them together, because I can't really identify any bad vidding advice I've come across other than advice that contradicts my answer to #12! For me, the best vidding advice I've come across is just to make the vid you want to make, the way you want to make it. I was thinking that this wouldn't necessarily work for everyone, because some people are more interested in making vids that will challenge them technically or intellectually, or making vids that will get a good response, but then I realised that actually, no, that's all covered by "make the vid you want to make in the way you want to make it". For me, though, it means "make the vid of your heart, even if no-one else will watch it, and make it in a way that will make you happy, whatever rules it breaks". So, for example, I do try and avoid talkyface in my vids unless I'm using it for a specific purpose or there's really no other option, but not because it's wrong but because I personally find it a bit distracting - I automatically try and make the shapes that the characters' mouths are making match the words I'm hearing. (Similarly, I also find it distracting when gifs are subtitled with words that the person in the gif isn't actually saying.) But on the other hand I don't really care that much about source quality or whether it's watermarked or whatever, so I'll happily just use whatever I've got as long as the quality's good enough to actually see what's going on in the clip. And I would never judge someone else for caring about source quality or not caring about talkyface just because the latter bothers me and the former doesn't. I find this a very freeing way to vid, because as a general rule I AM the sort of person who worries a lot about what other people think, so it's really helpful to be able to give myself permission not to do that.

(Whenever I post about vidding the random icon button on Dreamwidth seems to give me "experiencing technical difficulties". IT KNOWS.)


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