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Behind the scenes with pop songwriters, beatmakers, etc.

I am fascinated by the world of pop songwriting, and have read some articles about stars like Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Jeff Bhasker and anyone else in today's pop world... Now, where can I see video of them at work? Even if it's just a scene or two from a larger tv show or documentary.
posted by xo on Aug 27, 2014 - 7 answers

How to present my tablet app to potential investors online?

I designed an app for tablets that I'd like to present to potential investors. Problem is, I can't make an in-person presentation and I'll have to settle for an online one. How do the professionals usually go about this (videos, images, ...)? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Aug 26, 2014 - 4 answers

Cinematography: What changed on Doctor Who between Davies and Moffat?

This week I watched a Doctor Who episode from the Russell T. Davies era with David Tennant as Doctor 10. I cut my teeth on the Matt Smith episodes, so I always find the older episodes so different in terms of production quality. But what am I seeing, exactly? What were the technical changes in production between the two series? [more inside]
posted by fremen on Aug 22, 2014 - 5 answers

How can I Memento-ize videos, or play their scenes back-to-front?

Is there a video player that can either play a file's chapters in reverse order, or better yet, scan through a video to detect scenes (editors do this, right?), and then play them in reverse sequence?
posted by unmake on Aug 21, 2014 - 3 answers

Rebroadcasting video from a subnet

I run a science support network with frequent visitors and high turnover. A current project has two devices incorporating Axis webcams on a dedicated subnet. I have one laptop which is wired to the subnet and wireless on my “host” network. We don’t want to enable full routing to the subnet, so I want to use the laptop to re-broadcast the video from the two webcams onto the host network. The laptop (Windows 8) can see both the subnet and the host network, and machines on the host network can see the laptop. [more inside]
posted by HaveYouTriedRebooting on Aug 16, 2014 - 3 answers

Example of Japanese-speaker singing Disney song phonetically in English?

I've been digging for about a week and I can't find audio examples of a japanese-speaker singing Disney songs phonetically in English. I know it's a thing, because I think I remember being shown this sort of thing vis-a-vis The Circle of Life a few years back by someone who was bilingual, and I got the impression from the number of videos then that this was a common practice among Japanese (and maybe other Asian countries?) kids to do. Can someone find me a link? Or give me better search terms? [more inside]
posted by ABlanca on Aug 12, 2014 - 2 answers

Display issues on my laptop

My new laptop works perfectly except for the screen. At boot, the contrast is almost grey. On certain colors/wavelengths(?), there seem to be tiny pixels gyrating, almost like snow on old-fashioned TVs, but much smaller. It's nonetheless distracting. What settings do I change? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Aug 10, 2014 - 1 answer

Video app for iPad

I need a video app for my ipad that goes beyond what the built-in Video app offers. I need robust video tagging/metadata, smooth import/export from the computer, and slow-mo playback. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Aug 7, 2014 - 1 answer

Campaigning for closed captions online

I'm hard of hearing and I'm very upset that so much online video is not captioned and is therefore inaccessible to me. I want to contact online video providers - especially news organizations, documentary filmmakers and businesses - to strongly encourage them to provide closed captions, and I'm looking for your advice on an effective approach. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Aug 4, 2014 - 19 answers

Down Low Too Slow

Does anyone know who the creator of this short video is? I desperately want to let them know how much they've made me laugh.
posted by DWRoelands on Jul 30, 2014 - 6 answers

B-Roll: File formats and file size

I've got a lot of B-Roll and the file sizes are too much for us to maintain them in a usable way. 300 gb for a 30 min .avi? What are decent formats/compressions that are acceptable but that also give manageable file sizes? [more inside]
posted by furtive on Jul 29, 2014 - 12 answers

Looking for video sources/movie references for natural phenomena

I'm searching for visual reference material, in the area of kinetic natural phenomena - think falling rocks, volcanic eruptions, flowing magma, good tornado sequences, anything menacing, optimally POV. Photorealistic preferable, CG perfectly suitable, any duration, web or DVD sourced, docs or movies. Thanks!
posted by dbiedny on Jul 28, 2014 - 5 answers

Why will videos not play on my home network?

For some reason my laptop will not play videos on my home network. The sole exception is when I view youtube videos on the youtube site itself. The video players will load, but then wait to buffer the video without ever loading anything. I have no issues on other networks than my home network, and I have no issues with other devices or laptops, other than my personal laptop, even on my home network. And what is so special about the youtube site that makes it immune to the problem? I have tried using other browsers, and the behaviour persists. [more inside]
posted by jamincan on Jul 25, 2014 - 4 answers

Who's writing about video games?

I'd like to learn more about video and digital games. I don't know where to start. I'm thinking--there must be bloggers, games writers, etc. who are writing about both classic video games and new releases? Who are they? [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Jul 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Has Anyone Got Loop Findr Working?

So yesterday I read about this cool new OS X application, Loop Findr, that apparently automagically analyzes an MP4 and finds segments that are ripe for looping as an animated GIF. Unfortunately, I can't make it work. Who can? [more inside]
posted by Mothlight on Jul 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Male video game character mapped onto female character movements

Help me find this video or gif that I can't seem to locate with google. Sometime in the past year I've seen either a video or an animated gif where someone made a hack that put a male character skin on a female video game character. [more inside]
posted by MsMolly on Jul 17, 2014 - 2 answers

Good place to get super-8mm home movies put on DVDs in NYC?

Lots of home movies, some are super-8, some are tapes, some are mini-DV tapes, etc. I'd like to get them put on DVDs that I can then easily edit. I'm in Manhattan, NYC. thanks (oh a long time ago there was another question like this and somebody suggested a mail-order place, but I don't feel comfortable sending off my precious home movies from the 1950s etc. away)
posted by DMelanogaster on Jul 14, 2014 - 6 answers

Side by side video

I have three vertical iPhone videos, each a few seconds long. I need to combine them into one video with the three clips arranged side by side, with no gaps in between, in the quickest and easiest way possible. [more inside]
posted by Behemoth on Jul 8, 2014 - 3 answers

A cheap source for five differently sized 60s-style black men's suits?

I need five black suits for a video/photo shoot and subsequent band performances. The suits need to have a kind of sixties cut (think Reservoir Dogs, or something Steve McQueen might wear) with a narrow pant leg. What's my best bet for finding them? Quality is irrelevant as long as they look OK, budget is 'as little as possible'. [more inside]
posted by Sportswriters on Jul 6, 2014 - 3 answers

How can I recreate this website on a service like squarespace or six?

This is my company's website/portfolio. It was not created by me. It's not built well (slow and javascripty) and I want to replicate it using either squarespace, wix, or some other platform that will allow it to be very easily updated. My plan is to embed the videos from vimeo as opposed to having them actually hosted on the site. I'm trying to figure out how I can recreate the navigation for the different videos as you now see it. Is that possible?
posted by matt_od on Jul 3, 2014 - 6 answers

"Learn English" videos for Spanish speakers who aren't literate?

Can anyone recommend a beginner level English language tutorial series for Spanish speakers who cannot read or write in either language?
posted by jayCampbell on Jun 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Mirror a video RSS feed on a secondary server?

I work in an educational environment, and we have a local media server set up to record lectures and then allow them to be watched/downloaded online via podcast-type RSS, but only a limited number can be stored before they're deleted. How can I go about setting up a mirror of this RSS feed that will allow me to store these recordings indefinitely? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by sciencemandan on Jun 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Advice for a new youtuber

My twelve-year-old son has aspirations of becoming a pro youtuber. He initially wants to do video game reviews and demonstrate in-game scenarios. This will involve screencasting while skyping with friends. What resources can I point him to or advice do you have for getting started? What software and setup are most Youtubers using? He can recognize poorly done videos and wants to do something with decent production quality (bearing in mind it is for an audience of kid gamers). What are some of the key skills in video and audio he should start to pick up? What video formats and resolutions are best for Youtube? Are there places he can get free backing tracks? Are backing tracks even something to worry about? I'm quite knowledgable about computers in general but don't know what I don't know in this area. I currently have him set up with a decent mic on a Mac Mini, Quicktime for recording, and iMovie for editing. I haven't purchased any screencasting software yet.
posted by stp123 on Jun 8, 2014 - 6 answers

I want to host my own videos for my website. What's the best way?

The videos need to work across all browsers and devices. I'm having a hard time finding good advice. Can you help?
posted by markcmyers on Jun 3, 2014 - 13 answers

Is it safe to let kids put their original videos on YouTube?

Trying to think/work through my conflicted feelings on this. My awesome and creative kids (8 and 11) are getting into making videos, and of course they want to put them on YouTube. They're all excited about being able to check back and see how many views they've got - my daughter wants to do reviews of YA books, my son wants to do a video blog where he reviews sodas and candy and fun stuff like that. But I just don't know if I feel safe uploading them. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on May 29, 2014 - 25 answers

Imperfect Vlog Life

Which YouTube vlogs or vloggers show more than their picture-perfect, awesome, happy lives? [more inside]
posted by dire on May 29, 2014 - 2 answers

Looking for music video

Hi So once upon a time I saw a music video in which will.i.am and fergie apperead and will.i.am was driving through what I thought was Japan. Has anyone an idea which song this could be? Regards marius
posted by rndmusr on May 28, 2014 - 1 answer

Who are the choreographer and director of this mystery video footage?

The dance and visuals in this video continue to represent for me the summit of a certain kind of excellence after several years of repeated viewing. [more inside]
posted by bertran on May 27, 2014 - 3 answers

Soundtrack to a video game - what else was it used for? More inside

My wife has heard the first track to the Assassin's Creed soundtrack SOMEWHERE before. She is not a gamer. Any idea what video she heard it in? [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game on May 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Lighting a small office video green screen studio

I work at a small company that wants to get into producing short video clips. I have been asked to figure out a basic lighting setup for filming individual people talking to the camera in front of a green screen. What do I need to know about video lighting? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on May 24, 2014 - 4 answers

Encoding Softwre Advice

I've been asked to establish two simultaneous live video streams and have been given the following equipment: a new PC tower running Windows 7, an Osprey 230 capture card with Viewcast's Simulstream active. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Jamesonian on May 19, 2014 - 1 answer

How do I make a decent gameplay video?

I've been working on a computer game for a while. Apparently, a whole lot of people use YouTube videos as the primary means to find out about games. This is utterly alien to me, so I could really use some advice. [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen on May 18, 2014 - 3 answers

Youtube downloading in 2014

Now that SPOI's Youtube Options has gone subscription-only, what options are there for downloading Youtube videos in Chrome or Firefox? Userscripts.org seems to have finally bitten the dust, and the scripts it had were out of date.
posted by anemone of the state on May 12, 2014 - 14 answers

The rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air

What are some subtle or lesser-known examples of current-day real-world USA being a dystopia? [more inside]
posted by divabat on May 5, 2014 - 52 answers

What have been the most interesting and influential viral dance videos?

A friend of mine is starting a research project on dance videos (which certainly doesn't mean just ones created by professionals - so e.g. Saudi penguin dances are just as interesting as Gangnam Style) that have gone viral on Youtube or other online platforms. Many examples may comprise of both professional and amateur creation e.g. Happy . The key thing is that dance is the *main* reason for the viral spread. What are the most interesting and influential (or otherwise noteworthy!) examples of this in your experience? Thanks for your suggestions!!
posted by zresearch on May 3, 2014 - 25 answers

Documentaries about a particular musical time and place?

Looking to watch music documentaries in context. Not just a single band. [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Apr 30, 2014 - 29 answers

Shooting How-To Videos on a Desk Surface, Advice Needed Please.

Helping a friend shoot video for a niche how-to video site. Need some advice on improving our current setup. [more inside]
posted by Th!nk on Apr 30, 2014 - 2 answers

80s Music Videos with Communist References?

I'm trying to compile a list of music videos from the 80s (early 90s is fine too) that reference communism, with, for example, use of hammer and sickle imagery, or the like. The more the direct the reference the better. Bonus points for synth-pop. [more inside]
posted by matkline on Apr 27, 2014 - 26 answers

Seeking interesting videos about birds and pirates for sickbed viewing

My stepdad is ill and has some non-fun things coming up (surgery and chemo). I'd like to send him light, interesting videos or picture-heavy articles about his interests, mostly exotic birds and pirates. Can you suggest some? [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Apr 23, 2014 - 9 answers

Which book am I looking for? Um, it was blue...?

There's a video I'm trying to find - like a flash animation or maybe a youtube thing, from 5-ish ~ 10-ish years ago. All I remember is that it had like, geometric shapes that moved around, and the narration was a stream of consciousness thing, and the only part of the narration I remember is "this is why you drink." It was the kind of thing I'd expect to see on Boing Boing, maybe. Anyone have any idea at all what I might be talking about?
posted by colin_l on Apr 21, 2014 - 2 answers

Looking for good Let's Plays or tutorials that are minimally twitchy

I find a good Let's Play to be soothing and engaging. I like Minecraft best, but am willing to consider other games that have a similar vibe. I am interested in finding good videos that are relatively mature and fun. I would also consider good tutorial series. Currently I have been watching stuff put out by Paul Soares Jr, and I like it. I have not enjoyed anything by stampylongnose because it is too frantic and clownish. I have not found my way into Far Lands or Bust, but am willing to give it a try. Basically I like watching someone go about their business and talk about whatever while they do it. Do you have recommendations? Can you say what you like about your recommended titles?
posted by JohnLewis on Apr 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Making homemade videos. Er, digios?

So how are all the cool people making home movies these days, if they're not recording off their phone? And how are they storing and sharing such movies? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Apr 19, 2014 - 3 answers

In search of a more focused and efficient way to squander my time.

This morning someone posted a sweet gaming room to reddit (picture has since been taken down), and it made me think, "gee, I'm an adult now, I can do anything I want!" And since I'm nothing if not impulsive, I now really want to buy a video game console. For the first time ever. If I use both hands, I still have leftover fingers when counting the number of times I've played a video game in my life. Show me your ways, geeks of MetaFilter! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Apr 16, 2014 - 19 answers

What Video Camera Should I Get For Recording Family Interviews?

Looking for a recommendation of a video camera (and anything else necessary like external microphone etc) that is inexpensive but good enough that I won't regret not spending more money. If I could spend $200 that would be great, but if you tell me I'll kick myself for not spending $300 then I can do that. [more inside]
posted by Mjolnir on Apr 16, 2014 - 7 answers

Video of workshop/studio rules

I’m trying to remember/find this great video made that summarizes the rules of a New York artist’s workshop. The rules that I can remember are a couple shots where the narrator says “The correct response when someone asks you to perform a task is ‘I understand’. If there are parts to the task that are unclear to you, the correct response is ‘I do not understand’.” [more inside]
posted by edwardog on Apr 5, 2014 - 5 answers

Trippy music video featuring a train with special effects?

I'm trying to find a trippy music video featuring a train. The whole video follows the train for the most part. As the music gets more elaborate, the train gets a bunch of effects including changing its color and brightness. Another music video by the same band involved a fake PSA or television broadcast that devolves into a song. Does any of this ring a bell? I think the band was electronic, but don't quote me on that.
posted by yaymukund on Apr 2, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me get through a TV taping

I wrote a story for an online women's magazine, and it was picked up for a Canadian television network. They'll tape me as I'm telling my story, and then they'll re-enact it with actors. If you've ever seen Investigation Discovery episodes, it'll be like that, but funny. How do I get through this? [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Apr 1, 2014 - 14 answers

How do I embed a Facebook video into a webpage?

I'm hoping there's a really simple answer to this, but I'm stumped. I can't seem create the right HTML code to embed Facebook video from 2012 into a blog post. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2014 - 7 answers

Does blowing in a video game cartridge actually do anything?

Since the first Nintendo game console came out in the 80's, I can recall everyone I know (myself included) blowing into the game cartridge and/or the Nintendo itself when something went wrong (freezing, etc.). What is the premise for doing this (I saw other people do it, and sometimes it seemed to work, so that's why I did, thinking maybe dustiness/debris was the issue...), and is there any legit evidence that this really fixes things?
posted by PinkPoodle on Mar 28, 2014 - 9 answers

Music Video Copyright

Question about copyright as it pertains to a music video, a videographer, a musician, and video streaming sites. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2014 - 7 answers

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