Video View is dead…

I didn’t plan it, but my tweet as I left Seven last night proved prophetic …

Video View is dead… long live YourTubes! Thats right, yet another event bites the dust, only to be instantly reborn phoenix like from the ashes. I’m sticking to the concept of audience driven viewing of online videos, and hoping the new moniker expresses this better. But I also want to introduce more variety to this neo infotainment, so we’ll kick off each evening with a selection of interesting, inspiring and down right exciting online presentations. No doubt featuring some TED talks, maybe even some Bettakultcha videos. More on this another time.

Now, with tissues at hand, let’s look back at the last ever Video View. Here’s another tweet from last night…

… yes I was so excited I was cheering and clapping myself. I was alone at this point mind, no-one likes to crash a party early. Anyway I was having great fun experimenting with overlays and mashups and that famed ‘luma key’. If you’ll excuse a moments geekery; a luma key turns one of your video channels into a stencil overlaid ontop of the other, allowing the video behind to show through on the lighter (or darker) areas. Think weathergirls & green screens and you’re about there. I explain this so one of the following bits makes sense…

Here are my 3 favourite mixes, culminating in the one that got me cheering like a loon. Firstly, we have Rafael Mendez with some virtuoso trumpet playing, which, along with his spoken word, worked beautifully over the top of Cornelius ‘Like a Rolling Stone’…

Then we had Diane Dwbbd (that’s what it sounds like!) teaching Reggie Watts how to yodel…

And finally, a couple of my favourites coming together in perfect harmony. ‘Little Britain’ is Dreadzone’s standout tune imho. As jaunty pirate reggae multicultural perspectives on this delightful island go, its unsurpassable. Playing it reminded me of a video I keep going back to, its of the Black Swan Rapper dancers doing their thing. These guys ARE NOT Morris Dancers, Rapper dancing is much more athletic and grittily northern to boot. So I’m overlaying the Rapper dancers ontop of the Dreadzone and the colourful flowers are shining beautifully through their white shirts and the beats and working nicely with the dance, when suddenly up pop the Morris Dancers at 2.53 and we have Morris inside Rapper. Oh it was a proper moment I can tell you, just hard to recreate online…

Enough about me, an audience had arrived, and wouldn’t you know it, the internet connection walked out the door as they walked in. Still I have a few workarounds for this, and with a bit of patience all round we were soon back in the groove. It turned out to be an old skool hip hop electro groove, which was a nice blast from the past. So the audience were suggesting Beastie Boys, LCD Soundsystem & Daft Punk and I was mixing and matching their suggestions with stuff from my playlists. We all had a blast. Rather kindly they compared me favourably with DJ Yoda, but it was around the time of night when everyone is your friend and the barkeeps are looking gorgeous.

Its hard to pick a winner, all the mixes just seemed to pan out perfectly, but it was fantastic to see Daft Punk’s ‘Around the World’ again. I watched this far too often when it first came out and it lost some of it’s sparkle as a result, but after laying off it for a few years it looked all spangly and box fresh again.

So there you go, that was Video View. I loved the audience interaction, but still came away feeling it needed a shot in the arm. My aim must have been a bit off as it ended up getting a bullet in the head instead…. long live YourTubes!

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