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I want *colours*

Dear Merlin Vidders,

WTF is up with all the colour filters? Merlin as a show has such a vibrant colour pallet. This makes watching it so pretty and should make vidding it super pretty. Why, then Merlin vidders, are you stripping the lovely source material of it's colours by having all your vids in sepia or shades of blue or anything else that drains the colours. There are very specific reasons to use colour filters! You don't just use them because you feel like it!

Some Love,

[personal profile] paraka


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Jan. 16th, 2010 11:07 am (UTC)
I feel this way about most shows. I don't understand why so many vidders (especially on youtube) are so color-filter happy. And as an aside, I sorta hate sepia as a rule.
Jan. 18th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
As a rule, if I have to use a colour filter, sepia is my absolute last choice. I will go with purple first so you're definitely not alone in that :P

And you're right. I notice it the most in Merlin fandom, but it's been happening a lot in other fandoms too. I was discussing this with my room mates this weekend and I wondered if maybe people started using more colour filters since vid manips have become more popular. It's a lot easier to hide the imperfections of vid manips if the colours are changed so people. Other people noticed and started imitating without knowing why and boom, we have a new vidding norm.

I still hate it and really, it makes me wish that fan creations, especially technical creations, weren't done behind such a curtain. I know that's the internet we work in, but still.... I support the idea of more meta. :) And encouraging more people to read it. I know when I first started vidding, I didn't even know meta existed and I spent far too much time copying what I thought other people did well, rather that developing my own style.
Jan. 16th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
I don't watch many vids in general because of dial-up, but wow, really? I love the look of Merlin when watching it on TV! It seems so silly to use color filters. (Unless you're trying to make it "blend" when mashing it up with scenes from another show, of course.)
Jan. 18th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
Unless you're trying to make it "blend" when mashing it up with scenes from another show, of course.
I think that might be part of it. It can be hard to match up different source material, and vid manips have become more popular and adding colour filters can hide a lot of imperfections and you know, sometimes it's just jarring going from night to day or from inside to outside. I think, if you try and are patient enough, you can work around those issues without stripping a vid of it's colour, or adding a ton of weird ones (there's this one vidder that I used to follow all the time, but even though I liked her vids, I got tired of watching my characters in greens and purples and oranges).

The thing is, vids that don't have those needs are still adding colour filters. I think it's just become a "thing". A lot of vidding seems to be done behind the curtain of the internet. It's harder for people to share their creative process and motivations (vidding meta exists but it often takes people a long time to find it if they don't think to specifically search for it). So one person will do something because it's necessary for their vid, and another will try to imitate it, not realizing that their vid doesn't need it.

Also, as vidding technology becomes more main stream and easier to get your hands on, I think there are just more people experimenting with what they have. When I first got into fandom and vidding Windows Movie maker was just out and suddenly all these people had it on their computers. One of my early complaints about vidding was all the stupid effects people would put in. Some vids felt like they had every single Movie Maker transition in it, and really, there aren't that many situations that call for a serious heart transition. :P These days people can easily get their hands on more sophisticated technology, there are a ton of really affordable programs available, or that come free with certain types of equipment like cameras or camcorders. People want to experiment and colour filters are something easy to do. I sometimes find it frustrating, since I'm firmly from the "less is more" camp (seriously, I didn't even use transitions until my, like, 8th vid or something, especially if you're a newbie. Effects for the sake of effects is generally not a good thing.

Anyways, if you want to see a Merlin vid that totally embraces the show's colours, you should really watch Red (link to my vid rec). It's an amazingly beautiful vid that caught me with it's colours but as I watched it over and over again I realized that it's the perfect Arthur song. So good. It's totally worth downloading, even if you're on dial up.
Jan. 16th, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
saw this on festivids flist
Agreed. I don't think Arthur's true beauty shines when his skin and hair are all green or purple or pink. It's just so upsetting to see the filters in what otherwise could've been a pretty good vid.
Jan. 18th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
Re: saw this on festivids flist
I don't think Arthur's true beauty shines when his skin and hair are all green or purple or pink.
Exactly! There's no reason for the characters to be unnatural colours and it really does ruin a perfectly good vid.

I kind of compared it to some of the early vids online, where, due to bandwidth issues people would post lower quality vids. You'd watch them and know that they were well thought out vids, however instead of seeing our favourite characters, we'd be watching people shaped blobs moving around. We got the point of the vid, but it wasn't as pretty as it could have been. Adding useless colour filters is kind of the same thing.
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