20 August 2006 @ 10:35 pm
Poll: Vid Watching  
This is the counterpart to the poll I posted earlier. (It, uh, had to undergo some revisions after the results of that poll.) And this one is for anyone who has ever seen a vid.

Again, feel totally free to pimp. I'd love to get a range of responses on this one.

After this, there'll be a round of vid meta coming out, but then I swear we'll go back to fan fiction. I'm really starting to miss recommending the written word.

Poll #800594 For vid watchers.
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: None, participants: 472

Are you taking this poll?

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I click, therefore I am.
460 (100.0%)

Tell me what you've done. (With respect to vids. This is not Penthouse Letters, here.)

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I've watched vid(s).
21 (4.5%)
I've made vid(s).
0 (0.0%)
I've downloaded vid(s).
4 (0.9%)
I've attended a vid show at a con.
0 (0.0%)
I've attended Vividcon.
0 (0.0%)
I've never done any of these things with, to, for, or about vids. (In that case, um, you might want to bag the rest of the poll.)
1 (0.2%)

What else have you done? (No one can see the answers but me, and I won't be telling anyone or yelling at anyone; if it's something you shouldn't have done, we'll assume you were young and naive.)

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I've uploaded vids that aren't my own - to YSI, YouTube, wherever - for purposes of sharing them.
0 (0.0%)
I've burned vids that weren't my own to disks for backup purposes.
34 (7.3%)
I've burned vids not my own to disks to send to other fans.
3 (0.6%)
I've burned vids not my own to disks for other reasons.
1 (0.2%)
I've shown or distributed vids not my own to other fans. (Pimping, in other words.)
24 (5.2%)
I've shown or distributed vids not my own outside of fannish circles.
5 (1.1%)
I've provided direct download links to vids on someone else's server.
0 (0.0%)
I've taken clips from someone else's vid to use in my own.
1 (0.2%)
I've recommended without getting permission.
23 (5.0%)
I've never done any of these things.
60 (12.9%)

Recommending vids, in your LJ or website or wherever: have you, will you, won't you?

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I've recommended vids from time to time.
162 (35.1%)
I recommend vids pretty regularly.
7 (1.5%)
I plan to recommend vids from time to time in the future.
29 (6.3%)
I plan to recommend vids pretty regularly in the future.
0 (0.0%)
I've never recommended vids.
98 (21.2%)
I never plan to recommend vids.
11 (2.4%)

How have you gotten your hot little hands (or, okay, eyes, but that sounds weird) on vids?

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Off-clicked, saved-as from a link provided by the vidder.
24 (5.1%)
Downloaded through a free file host, like YSI or Sendspace or whatever.
0 (0.0%)
Watched on YouTube or other streaming service.
0 (0.0%)
Downloaded from a vid hosting site, like Farscape Fantasy or AMV.org
1 (0.2%)
By mail from the vidder (or a consortium thereof).
1 (0.2%)
At cons.
0 (0.0%)
From people other than the vidder. (Like, you watched it on a friend's laptop, or a friend uploaded it privately for you.)
2 (0.4%)
I am too original to be encompassed by mere check boxes; only a text box can satisfy me.
0 (0.0%)

So. How have you gotten your highly original hands, eyes, or other bodily parts on vids? (Keep it clean. If possible.)

Will anything totally keep you from getting or watching a vid?

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I won't download vids only available through free file hosts
0 (0.0%)
I won't download vids only available through a specific free file host. (Example: you'll download from YSI but not MegaUpload.)
1 (0.2%)
I won't download vids that are on password-protected sites, even if the password is readily available.
0 (0.0%)
I won't download vids that are on password-protected sites if I have to email the vidder to get the password.
5 (1.1%)
I won't download vids that are over a certain file size.
4 (0.9%)
I won't download vids that are under a certain file size.
1 (0.2%)
I won't download vids that are in certain formats. (Examples: .wmv, .avi, .mpg)
2 (0.5%)
I won't send away for vids by mail if they're only available on CD/DVD.
48 (10.9%)
I won't download vids with grammar or spelling mistakes in the summary.
0 (0.0%)
I won't download a vid if there's not enough information.
6 (1.4%)
I won't download vids with crappy images/teaser picture.
3 (0.7%)
I won't download vids that require too many clicks to get to. (From the announcement to the private LJ to the website to the vid page, for example.)
3 (0.7%)
When it comes to answering this question, my needs can only be encompassed by a text box.
12 (2.7%)

I'm here to meet your needs. What else will keep you from downloading a vid?

What's the largest vid you'll download? (This is normal-length vids only - no longer than ten minutes, say.)

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Smaller than 5 MB.
2 (0.4%)
5 MB
2 (0.4%)
10 MB
0 (0.0%)
15 MB
5 (1.1%)
25 MB
11 (2.4%)
35 MB
25 (5.6%)
50 MB
58 (12.9%)
75 MB
55 (12.2%)
100 MB
49 (10.9%)
150 MB
15 (3.3%)
200 MB
7 (1.6%)
There's no limit; I will download the largest size offered, no matter how big that is.
221 (49.1%)

What's the smallest vid you'll download? (Normal length vid - say, no smaller than 2 minutes.)

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There's no lower limit; I'll download the smallest size offered, no matter how small that is.
223 (53.3%)
2 MB
38 (9.1%)
5 MB
56 (13.4%)
8 MB
43 (10.3%)
12 MB
35 (8.4%)
16 MB
5 (1.2%)
20 MB
10 (2.4%)
Larger than 20 MB.
8 (1.9%)

If you feel like it, recommend a vid to me. (Please, please, please?)

Tags: [poll], vids
 
 
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tried to eat the safe banana: TFV brownthefourthvine on August 22nd, 2006 03:36 am (UTC)
Like some other folks, I pretty much only download vids that have been rec'ed.

This is giving me, as a recommender, delusions of power. That's, um. Probably not a good thing.

One of my favorite vidders does it like that and of course I emailed once, immediately lost/forgot the password, and it's just not worth it to have to email again. And it makes me feel stupid, which doesn't help.

Allow me to recommend Opera, which saves all the passwords you enter; that way, you don't have to worry about losing the password. (The only annoying part is that I always forget to clear wrong saved passwords. Like, before I used Opera, I had Laura Shapiro's site's password and username memorized, except I could never remember which was which. When I started using Opera, I tried it the wrong way first. And as a result of that (plus my laziness), it always offers me the wrong way by default, and I always forget and try to use that way before I remember that I have to choose the other version. But, still, I only have to remember to use the drop-down menu, not remember the whole username and password. Improvement!)

Oh- but I'll show vids to non-fans, no problem. My 1.5 year old nephew is completely infatuated with that 'Itsy Bitsy Spider' SG-1 vid.

That doesn't actually count as showing vids to a non-fan; clearly your nephew is a fan. Just, you know, a pre-verbal one.

No, showing it to your nephew is totally fine. What is wrong about that whole scenario is that you didn't include a link for those of us who have not seen the itsy bitsy spider vid. *eyes you sternly*
taverymate on August 22nd, 2006 05:49 am (UTC)
IBS Vid Rec
No, showing it to your nephew is totally fine. What is wrong about that whole scenario is that you didn't include a link for those of us who have not seen the itsy bitsy spider vid. *eyes you sternly*

You know, this whole post and the comments has been full of odd fannish convergences for me. Hand to heart, I just had an extended email exchange last month with Margie about IBS, wherein I finally redeemed myself by giving detailed feedback to the vidder - as opposed to the gushing I've been doing about the vid for years to other vid watchers.

IBS is a great vid by Margie, who often vids with Seah, but sometimes vids alone. IBS was put out in 2003 and has remained on frequent rotation in my viewing cycles. I'd offer a fuller rec, but you should see the vid first unspoiled.

Margie & Seah's vids are here - and everyone is a keeper. Not a bad vid in the bunch. I really do like all their vids a lot, but my top three personal favorites are Kryptonite (Invisible Man), IBS (SG1), and Walking on the Ground (multi-fandom, meta).
http://www.trickster.org/vids/
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV bluethefourthvine on August 22nd, 2006 10:34 pm (UTC)
Re: IBS Vid Rec
Oh my god, I have seen that one. (I mean, it's Seah and Margie - I'd download anything they posted.) But I've never made it all the way through because I'm afraid of bugs, and that kicks me square in the arachnophobia. It makes the damned things much more spiderlike and real looking than any other vid I've seen.

OMG.

*hyperventilates*
taverymate on August 23rd, 2006 02:50 am (UTC)
Re: IBS Vid Rec
I thought it odd that you didn't recognize IBS as Margie's vid because I was certain that you knew the wonder that is Margie & Seah's vids. I don't always track vids by their titles, so that was also a possibility. But then I thought maybe - just maybe - somehow you'd not run across Margie & Seah's site. And that was a possibility too dire to contemplate. I didn't consider arachnophobia, though I must agree with you that: It makes the damned things much more spiderlike and real looking than any other vid I've seen.

There's a moment that always gives me pause that I don't know if you saw before you bailed on the vid. It's where the female for whom the replicators were originally built is in a room playing with one. It's the wing movement, I think, that is so effective there in giving the replicators a sense of aliveness.

Given your bug phobia, you probably will want to avoid Jackie Kjono's VVC premiering vid Beep Beep which uses Starship Troopers, a movie about fighting giant alien bugs.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV bluethefourthvine on September 3rd, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
Re: IBS Vid Rec
Given your bug phobia, you probably will want to avoid Jackie Kjono's VVC premiering vid Beep Beep which uses Starship Troopers, a movie about fighting giant alien bugs.

I approached Beep Beep with some trepidation, but actually, those bugs didn't bother me at all. I do much better with giant bugs than I do with small bugs; the Replicators are almost too big to trigger my phobia, but then they are, as I said before, very very real looking in this vid. (It's an unpredictable phobia; I track bugs in real life better than anyone I know, but on film, it varies. Like, in Minority Report, they use devices called spiders to search houses, and although they should trigger my bug ick - the right size and everything - I actually thought they were adorable - and so, I must note, did my very arachnophobic mother. It's a mystery.)

And, no, I didn't see the part with the woman playing with the Replicator; I bailed fairly early on, earlier than I normally do, because - eeek! Bugs!