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29 June 2013 @ 09:55 pm
Learning to Vid by Word of Mouth  
SO. Let us say there is a person who lives in Colorado who really really wants to learn to vid. (This person is not me. I do not live in Colorado.) How - how does this person go about this? Are there Colorado-based vidders who can mentor? Someone who does email or chat support for newbies? Online resources that are helpful? What takes a person from Not Vidding to Vidding? (I really want her to learn to vid because, um, she's going to make a vid I want to see. Look, a lot of fandom is enlightened self-interest, okay?)

All suggestions welcome!

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Grey Bard: defaultgrey_bard on June 30th, 2013 05:10 am (UTC)
I got all my vid mentoring by chat or email. Even though I used a different (but similar) program than my mentor, it still worked out fine. A number of cheaper vidding programs (Sony Vegas, Corel Video Studio, some others...) are available on a free trial basis, so this person would be well-advised to download a few and try them and see which makes the most sense to her.

She won't need an expensive or powerful (by today's standards) system: I vid on a three year old netbook without the slightest trouble.

Ideally, she should start with something that has very little source needed. Movie or one episode vids are a really good place to start.
09 f9 11 02 9d 74 e3 5b d8 41 56 c5 63 56 88 c0: vids- vid ALL the things!!!laura47 on June 30th, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
i think fan_eunice might live in colorado? or mresundance? they are... in that part of the country? and they are both cool and great vidders. :)

as for chat, she should DEFINITLY get on irc, irc.slashnet.org and go to #vidding. IRC is way easier than it looks. lots of great vidders are in there all the time.
lacking in glittertawg on July 2nd, 2013 02:33 am (UTC)
Youtube! Most programs have official tutorials for doing a bunch of stuff, and then people have made vids for more tricky or niche things. Many are program specific, though it's worth checking out some vids for other programs just because you can pick up little tricks. It might also be worth looking into picture editing programs? I know some people have used photoshop to edit frames, ImageReady to make frames into a gif, and then imported the gif into their video program. I think those people are wizards, but getting a handle on tweaking colour saturation or contrast etc seems to be a pretty relevant vidding skill.
emma_in_ozemma_in_oz on July 2nd, 2013 05:11 am (UTC)
By coincidence I have been working on my first ever songvid - The most helpful was a person who showed me what to do but this was also useful - http://www.foolishpassion.org/mac-vidding/vidding-tutorial-1-page2.html