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1 September 2013

CreativePact (18 posts)

Looping video techniques and Apple's divisive video editor Final Cut Pro X will be the focus of this year's CreativePact exploration.

Moving forward


As this project moves forward towards its second-half I just wanted to give an idea where I might go with the video element.

For the last week I've been working on these forever looping videos. After I complete the next one of these I want to look at a different type of videonic beast: advancing loop pieces.

The best example of this I know of (and indeed the inspiration for my investigation) is Martin Arnold's experimental film practices, typified by his pièce touchée (embedded below).

The technique is simple: while a piece of film is looped its start and end points are advanced, along with optional reversing and horizontal/vertical flipping. (Well, simple in concept, but a huge challenge if not working with a scriptable video processing system.)

What is created (with the right source material of course) is a time-bending edit of a short film clip that pulls viewing focus toward movements and gestures that would not have been noticed before (this is a key facet of looping in audio also).

I have captured a short segment of the classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey, with a view to process it using such techniques (this clip I found while searching for suitable material for my last audio loop). I will come back to mess with it in a few days.