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Sun, Mar. 17th, 2019, 03:50 pm
vidukonnews: What's Coming Up at VidUKon 2019?

There are just about three months left before VidUKon 2019, so if you're thinking of joining us in Cardiff on June 14-16, here's a taste of what's on the schedule for the weekend:

We've got vidshows aplenty. From regulars like Vidder's Choice, Best of CreaSpace and highlights from Festivids 2018 to themed shows, with topics including monsters, a 2009 retrospective, stories, be gay do crimes, found footage films, masculinities and behind the scenes.

On Saturday night, check out the big event, the annual Premieres show, showcasing brand new vids from all kinds of fandoms.

Plus there will be panels, including Anatomy of a Vid, the Year in Vidding discussion and a look at some exciting tech developments.

For the third year running, you can take part in the (in)famous group vidding workshop - join a team to vid a section of a song in just three hours, then stitch the pieces together! (No vidding experience required, all groups will have at least one confident vidder.)

If you're most excited about socialising at the con, you'll be glad to hear that the programme includes a quiz, a room party, and a con dinnerbefore the Premieres show on Saturday night, as well as plenty of opportunities to chat between programme items. 

If you'd like to attend, it's time to get your skates on - the price for attending membership will rise on Saturday April 13, so take advantage of the current price while you still can!

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Mon, Mar. 4th, 2019, 05:48 pm
vidukonnews: Find a Roommate!

If you're coming to VidUKon in June, you'll probably need somewhere to stay! Rooms in the Future Inn Cardiff Bay have been set aside at a special rate for the convention, and these can be booked until Sunday April 14:

Friday 14 June - £94 single / £104 twin or double

Saturday 15 June - £119 single / £129 twin or double

Sunday 16 June - £74 single / £84 twin or double

We recommend taking advantage of the convention rooms if you can - Elton John is performing in Cardiff on the weekend of the con, so rooms elsewhere may be expensive and difficult to find.

Each room is wheelchair accessible, has two double beds and can accommodate up to four people (for more than two people, check rates with the hotel.) Breakfast is included in the rate.

If you'd like to find someone to share a room with, comment HERE or take a look to see if anyone else has already commented.

While we're here, a reminder that vidshow and panel suggestions close this evening! For more info on this and other important dates, take a look HERE.

VidUKon is a UK-based, fan-run, vid-focused convention. This year it's taking place in Cardiff on June 14-16. If you're interested to learn more, take a look at our FAQ.

Tue, Jan. 15th, 2019, 01:11 pm
vidukonnews: VidUKon Update: Vidshows, panels, premieres, room bookings and scholarship

This year’s con is getting closer! With that in mind, here are a few things worth knowing:

  • Vidshow and panel submissions are now open, until Monday March 4 2019! Check THIS POST for more details on how to submit an idea.

  • We are also seeking brand new, never-before-seen vids for our flagship Premieres show! Vids can be in any genre, style or fandom. You don't have to be attending or supporting VidUKon to submit a premiere. More information will be available soon, but the deadline for premiering vids will likely be sometime in May.

  • Some rooms have been set aside in the Future Inn Cardiff Bay for VidUKon attendees, at a special con rate. These can be reserved by getting in touch with the hotel by phone or email, and mentioning that you are attending the con and would like one of the VidUKon reserved rooms. These rooms will be held for us until Sunday April 14 2019, so make sure you book before then!

  • Nominations are open for our scholarship! The scholarship offers support to one individual who has not been to the con in the past and would like to attend. Priority is given to Non-UK European applicants, but UK and international vidders and vid fans are also welcome to apply! Nominations will close on Sunday 31 March 2019. Take a look HERE for more details, or to make a donation to the scholarship fund.

  • The VidUKon auction is running again! Kind and awesome vidders can offer their vidding services to be bid on to raise money to contribute to the running of the con. Signups for vidders are running until Saturday 19 January 2019, and bidding will take place between Sunday 20 January 2019 and Saturday 26 January 2019. Sign up or keep an eye on the bidding HERE.

  • If you haven’t had a chance yet, you can register for your attending or supporting membership HERE.

Looking forward to seeing lots of you at the con!

Tue, Jan. 15th, 2019, 08:23 am
vidukonnews: All new programming ideas for VidUKon 2019!

Yes, this is the place for you to bash out, brainstorm, collaborate, run away with, wow us all and fling suggestions for VidUKon 2019 panels and vidshows!

We always get more vidshows than panel ideas, so don’t forget to give those panels some love and as usual, we’re open to combos, new formats, workshops… whatever ideas you have, bring them here!

Veteran VJs are welcome and so are first-timers - if you'd like to put a vidshow together but don't know where to start, get in touch and we'll be happy to help. Priority will be given to attending members, but supporting members can put together vidshows for us as well.

Vidshow and panel submissions will remain open until March 4 2019.

Submit vidshow ideas here: http://www.vidukon.co.uk/convention/shows and panel ideas here: http://www.vidukon.co.uk/convention/panels

Sun, Dec. 2nd, 2018, 11:12 am
vidukonnews: VidUKon 2019 - 14th-16th June

The next incarnation of VidUKon, the UK's fan vidding convention, will take place in Cardiff on Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of June, 2019.

We'll have all the usual delights:

- vidshows including themed shows, Vidder's Choice, and our flagship Premieres show on Saturday night

- panels, discussions and workshops to dig deeper into vids, as a creator and a viewer

- plenty of opportunities for socialising with other vid fans

Stay tuned for more information soon about registration, vidshow and panel submissions, room bookings and more!

Mon, May. 7th, 2018, 03:05 pm
vidukonnews: Last chance for attending tickets, plus Premieres and Vidder’s Choice deadline!

VidUKon is fast approaching!

If you are planning to attend the con, now is the time to get your tickets. Attending ticket sales will end on May 13. Get your tickets here:


If you can’t attend but want to support the con, you have until May 31 - but bear in mind that if you would like to include one of your backlist vids in Vidder’s Choice, you will need to have registered before the Vidder’s Choice deadline.

The Vidder’s Choice deadline and the deadline for Premieres are both on May 14.

Attending and Supporting members of the con can submit any one back catalogue vid to Vidder’s Choice. Anyone at all can submit a brand-new, never-before-seen vid to the Premieres show. You can upload your vid for either show on the site now:


If you’re not sure how, take a look at this post for instructions:


Hoping to see you all at the con!

Mon, May. 7th, 2018, 03:05 pm
vidukonnews: How to upload your Premiere or Vidder’s Choice Vid

The deadline for both Premieres (brand-new, never-before-seen vids from any interested vidders, in any genre, style or fandom) and Vidder’s Choice (back-catalogue vids by Attending and Supporting members of VidUKon 2018) is May 14.

If you have your vid for either show ready to go, here’s what you need to do with it!

(I know this post is a little long but I promise it’s pretty easy. Do give us a shout if you get stuck though! We’d much rather take the time to give someone a little advice than miss out on showing great vids!)

How to upload your vids

1) First of all, you need to have an account on the VidUKon site.

Just click Create Account on the homepage, fill in the relevant details and log in. (At this stage, if you want to submit to Vidder’s Choice and you haven’t yet registered for Attending or Supporting Membership, you’ll want to head over to Registration in the menu at the left of the page and do that first.)

2) Once you have an account, go to Upload in the menu on the left. Select the show you’d like to upload a vid to. (You’ll need to click Next at the bottom right of the page to get through each stage.)

On the Video Details page, fill in the title of your vid, a description/summary, the source(s) you made it from (ie, the TV show/movie/comic/whatever), and its duration. On the next screen, fill in the music title and artist. Then, on the next screen, your name (as you’d like to be credited) and email address (as well as your website and/or blog if you’d like.) Tick the box for any applicable warnings, and fill in additional info for anything under Other.

3) Next you’ll see a page which asks you to choose how to upload - browser, FTP, or link to files. My personal recommendation is FTP. It takes a few minutes to set up but over the years I’ve found it the best and most straightforward, plus it’s the easiest way to see when your file has successfully made it over to us.

If you’d like to try that option, click Upload via FTP, then download and install Filezilla:


It doesn’t take long! Once it’s installed, open it. You’ll see some boxes to fill in across the top. In Host put “ftp.vidukon.co.uk”, and in Username put “anonymous”, then click QuickConnect. Some stuff will scroll by. Don’t worry about any error messages you see.

Now you’re ready to send over your vid. If you’re uploading for Vidder’s Choice, you can upload as mov, avi, mp4, m2v, mpg or divx. For Premieres it’s a little more complicated, see further down this post for instructions!

When you have the vid you want to upload in the right format, make sure the filename is identical to the filename supplied on the Upload via FTP page - it’ll look something like “vidderschoice_test_test”. This helps us organise things behind the scenes. In the Local Site menu on the left of Filezilla, find your vid and double-click it, or right click and select Upload.

You’ll see the upload’s progress bar at the bottom of the screen. Once the file has moved, it’ll show up under Successful Transfers in the tab at the bottom of the page.

4) Once you see that, check the box on the Upload via FTP page that says “I confirm that I have FTPed my video file(s) with the name [filename]”. You can then move on and choose whether you’d like your vid to be in the virtual con - if you do, fill in your embed code from YouTube/Vimeo/wherever and a link to the vid (on YouTube or AO3 or Tumblr or Dreamwidth or whatever). If your vid is passworded, add that in.

5) Then just click through and hit Save if you’re happy with everything! The website should thank you for submitting your vid.

If you’re not sure whether your vid arrived safely, please check with us, via Twitter or email. We’d hate to miss out on your vid because it didn’t get uploaded correctly and nobody knew about it!

How to get your vid in the right format for Premieres

For Premieres, vids need to be in this format:

MPEG-2 (.m2v) and the audio encoded as a separate wave (.wav) 48 kHz 720x480 resolution NTSC format, 29.97 framerate 5500-6500 kpbs bitrate (NOT higher) 4:3 (if vid isn't 4:3, it has to be letter boxed to show in 4:3 fine)

If you get stuck on any of this, please let us know, we want your vid! But here’s the easiest way to do it. (Bear in mind that I’m on Windows and don’t know how this works on Mac!)

1) Download a great little program called Llamaenc2 HERE. (With thanks to AbsoluteDestiny for creating it!). Install it, open it.

2) Click on Choose Vid, find the vid you want to convert. Choose the top option in each dropdown in Settings.

3) Take a look at the preview on the right to see if it looks ok and not squashed or anything. (You can scroll using the blue slider to look at different shots.) IF it looks good, you’re in luck! You probably don’t need to change anything. Choose a file name and output directory, then click Convert.

Once the conversion is finished, watch the resulting vid through to check it looks ok. (The video and audio will be separate files. If you struggle to find a way to open them concurrently, I know Windows Media Player Classic will play them together automatically if they’re in the same folder.) If it looks good, go ahead and upload both video and audio according to the instructions above!

If any of the above causes problems, for example if the vid looks squashed (the most likely issue), tinker with the Aspect Ratio setting and the Crop and Resize radio buttons until it doesn’t look squashed, then try converting. And again, give us a shout if you get stuck or you're not sure!

Mon, Apr. 16th, 2018, 02:04 pm
vidukonnews: VidUKon is looking for premiering vids!

Attention vidders!

VidUKon is seeking brand new, never-before-seen fanvids for our Saturday night Premieres show!

Vids can be in any genre, style or fandom. You don't have to be attending or supporting VidUKon to submit a premiere. All you have to do is make a vid, submit it on the VidUKon site before May 14, and keep it under wraps until the Premieres show on June 16 - after that you can post it online as normal.

(The site will open for submissions in early May, so don't worry if you can't upload yet.)

Your vid will be shown on the big screen for all attendees of VidUKon, and if you wish it can be made available via streaming for supporting members in the virtual convention too.

(If you'd like more information about VidUKon generally, there's a roundup of important info here: http://www.vidukon.co.uk/news/2018/03/15/54 and a sneak peek at programming here: http://www.vidukon.co.uk/news/2018/03/21/55)

Mon, Apr. 9th, 2018, 12:04 pm
vidukonnews: Update: Last few days for regular-price attending membership, hotel bookings

The con is fast approaching!

If you’re planning to attend but haven’t purchased your membership yet, prices rise from £39.99 to £49.99 on April 13 - that is, this Friday! Get your ticket before Friday if you want to pay the lower price.

If you haven’t yet booked your hotel room, now’s the time to do it. Rooms at the special con rate are available until April 15 - this Sunday. Book your rooms before then if you want the con rate. (Actual payment is usually at the con itself.)

If you’re working on a premiere vid, you have until May 14. That’s also the deadline for uploading your Vidder’s Choice vid, so if you’re a vidder attending or supporting the con, have a think about which of your back-catalogue vids you’d like to showcase.

For more detail about memberships, room bookings and upcoming deadlines, check out this post: https://vidukon-cardiff.dreamwidth.org/33751.html

For more detail about programming at the con, check out this post: https://vidukon-cardiff.dreamwidth.org/33825.html

Also, some exciting news - this year selected vidshows will feature a post-show discussion session so that we can reflect on what we’ve just watched and dig a little deeper into the themes and questions raised!

Hoping to see you all in Cardiff!

Wed, Mar. 21st, 2018, 06:03 pm
vidukonnews: VidUKon 2018: A Sneak Peek

Concom, VJs, panellists and vidders are all working away behind the scenes to create this year’s convention - the tenth anniversary of VidUKon’s first year! A full schedule will be released a little closer to the time, but if you’re trying to decide whether to attend, here’s a partial list of what’s coming up:

- Multifandom vidshows (curated playlists of fanvids that are shown on the big screen) on a variety of themes, including dance vids, the history of femslash, a look back at Vividcon auction vids, highlights from CreaSpace, diversity in vidding, a 2008 fandoms anniversary retrospective, the BBC, Festivids, and VidUKon’s first ever singalong vidshow!

- Saturday night’s big event, the Premieres show, showcasing brand new vids from all kinds of fandoms

- Vidder’s Choice, an opportunity for vidders who are attending or supporting the convention to show off their back-catalogue vids in any genre or style

- Panels and talks, including the annual Year in Vidding discussion, a chance to learn about new academic research in vids and vidding, vids past and future, and more!

- The return of last year’s highly successful group vidding workshop! Join a team to vid a section of a song in a single morning, stitch together the sections from all the teams, admire the glorious Frankenvid!

- Tons of opportunities for socialising and squee, including a quiz, a room party, and the con dinner on Saturday night

All of this takes place on 15-17 June 2018 at VidUKon’s regular home, the Future Inn Hotel, Cardiff Bay. There’s a block of rooms allocated for VidUKon at a special rate, the con space and hotel rooms are wheelchair accessible, and there are lots of food options and a supermarket within walking distance.

To learn more, check out our most recent news update and explore the VidUKon website: http://www.vidukon.co.uk/news/2018/03/15/54

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