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Read this article about Internet video editing and then TikTok

If you’re an old fart working in editing and post-production (like me I mean… I’m not a spring chicken anymore) and you haven’t taken time to dive into the world that is short-form internet video let this article from Vulture called In the Messy Land of Internet Video, the Editor Is King be your introduction. Or better than that is 25 Edits That Define the Modern Internet Video. It’s a nice round-up of what Vulture magazine deems worthy of the best edited (viral?) internet videos. This list runs the gamut of the short life of short-form internet video reaching all the way back 9 years, an eternity on the internet to old YouTube videos, some Vines and of course TikTok. While the stodgy Casablaca loving film intellectual might dismiss all that is silly on the portrait-oriented slab of Gorilla-glass they hold in their hand, they are missing some great escapist entertainment. And even if a lot of it is mindless, dumb (even misogynistic at times) there’s a ton of it that is well thought out, well produced and amazingly edited. Even if a lot of that lot is made to look like it’s simple and sloppy.

What’s truly amazing about some of this content is that a lot of it is basically edited in camera. And my “in camera” I mean in the app that it is created in. While you can take your mobile-captured clips and do a cut in iMovie, Premiere Rush or even the comparatively sophisticated LumaFusion much of it is all done within the TikTok (or similar) app. And since the more detailed editing techniques of J/L cuts, audio transitions, trimming and frame f*****g aren’t really part of the package a lot of that editing is done by trial and error. And redoing. And redoing a redo.

Those of us that are old enough to remember hooking two VHS VCRs together and editing with the pause button because we didn’t have a flying erase head can probably appreciate a lot of what is going on in these apps. Perhaps you experienced the early tape-to-tape editing consoles like a Sony RM–440 which were limited in their ability to fix a problem and had to start your edit from scratch when you didn’t see the glitch at the top of the project. Or maybe you’ll remember the in-camera shooting/editing exercise of film school where if it didn’t look right when you were done you had to do it over again.

Think back to those days and you can appreciate the hours spent with a tiny mobile phone on a mini-tripod with a ring light redoing hidden transition cut to get it just right. Hell, just search TikTok head spin transition on YouTube and you’ve got your whole day set.

Ignore this stuff at your own peril while you edit away on the 6th video in your 20 video corporate interview series. You’re probably making more money than most of the TikTok transition YouTubers in the search above but you might not be having a much fun. I know, I’m deep into my own corporate video series between this blog post and taking the dog out for a walk since we have a gasoline shortage right now and I don’t dare drive to the office.

On a personal note, I’ve got two young boys and as they’ve wanted to get into this internet world of content creation they’ve realized it’s a lot harder and more time consuming than they thought to actually make engaging content for the world to see. I set them up a TikTok channel for our new(ish) dog and they enjoy creating videos about him. But they got a lesson in the algorithm recently.

Early SirRiggy videos were mainly simple, silly affairs and despite hash-tagging away, views were limited.

@sirriggy

A dog plays with his ball. #dog #dogsoftiktok #dogs

♬ Cute – Tik Tok

Once they started getting this idea of in-camera-TikTok-app editing things got a bit more sophisticated.

@sirriggy

It is time to fetch the stuffy Sir Riggy!! #dog #dogs #dogsoftiktok #stuffy #bench #dogpark #dogparkfun

♬ Run – AWOLNATION

And then came the realization that maybe tagging a consumer product might help in the viewership.

@sirriggy

Dogs like ice cream too. #dog #dogs #dogsoftiktok #dogsters #dogstersicecream

♬ Ice Cream Man – Geof Johnson

But leave it to the random encounter with a dog gone crazy, a dead possum and a realization that dad give me your phone, this will make a great TikTok would be the video suddenly got views into the thousands and in little boy’s minds … went viral.

@sirriggy

Riggy found this on are morning walk#dog #dogs #dogsoftiktok #possum

♬ original sound – user7186778854348

It isn’t always the editing, or the concept or the quality. There’s a lot of unknowns that go into making the internet video that you can be proud of or that gets a lot of views or that gets a lot of likes and comments or that ends up making you millions. Sometimes it’s out of your control but you don’t get anything from the content creation if you don’t try it. Any hopefully have fun in the process.

Ok, this blog post went off the rails. The purpose of it was to link to the 25 Edits That Define the Modern Internet Video article so you might enjoy it as much as I did. Under his eye.

Instagram Adds Auto-Caption Feature to Stories, Will Soon Add to Reels

Instagram has announced that it is rolling out an auto-captioning feature to Stories that will allow English-speaking users to add auto-generated captions to videos via an announcement on Twitter.

Following in the footsteps of TikTok who recently added the same feature to its platform, Engadget reports that Instagram will now allow users to enjoy content with or without audio. The feature is especially helpful to the hearing impaired, such as those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Additionally, it’s a nice feature for those who want to pass the time in the app but may not be in an environment where having audio play is desired or socially acceptable.

The same can be said for Instagram’s implementation here. The captions are auto-generated by the app, but users can edit them before publishing the Story to fix any spelling or punctuation issues to better reflect what is being said. Once the captions are generated, users can also adjust the style and color of the text.

According to Instagram, the feature is launching in Stories but will come to Reels next, and soon.

“Now you can add a captions sticker in Stories (coming soon to Reels) that automatically turns what you say into text,” the company writes. “We’re starting in a handful of countries and hope to expand soon.”

Instagram initially tested this feature in early March and as Engadget reported, it came as accessibility features were becoming more common across multiple platforms including YouTube, and are expected to come to Zoom and Twitter. However, the early version of auto-cations wasn’t available to the public and was only being tested in closed groups.

Below is an initial tweet from March 9 posted by Matt Navarra, a social media consultant, who demonstrated the feature.

Auto captions will be available to English-speaking users starting today with support for more languages and additional countries coming soon.

Instagram Launches Remix for Reels, a Copy of TikTok’s Duets Feature

Facebook as a business is extremely fast to respond to competition, and it continues to do so with Instagram’s latest feature. Called Remix, it’s an add-on to the Reels feature that allows users to record new Reels videos alongside Reels from other users.

Duets are one of TikTok’s more popular features and is used primarily as a platform to host “reactions” to content posted by other users on the platform. Instagram Remix through Reels is basically a carbon-copy of that experience, which is one of TikTok’s most valued features. Some of the most popular content produced on TikTok are reactions or additions to videos uploaded by other creators, which adds a deep community feel to the platform and allows for organic engagement and expansion of content from a wide variety of users.

According to TechCrunch, Instagram’s Remix feature has been in public testing leading up to its launch on March 31, but it is officially rolling out to all users now.

Instagram started developing Remix around the same time that Snapchat was reportedly working on adding the feature. Snapchat has yet to launch it, but was apparently considering using the same name for its version.

To use the new Remix feature, users will tap the three-dot icon in a particular Reel and select the new option “Remix this Reel.” The view then splits to the original Reel and a user’s new one where a recording can be made side by side. After the new combined reel is recorded, users will be able to adjust other options like volume or adding a voiceover before publishing the new Remix.

The feature is apparently not able to be used on older Reels and only newly-uploaded ones, which may limit the amount of classic content that can be toyed with via Instagram’s new Duets-knockoff.

The addition of Remix is just the latest in a long list of features Facebook has implemented within Instagram to address competition. Earlier in March, Instagram launched Live Rooms to compete with Clubhouse. Last August, the company added Reels to compete directly with TikTok just a month after it tested a feature to compete with GoFundMe. And of course, the wild success of Stories, which it added to compete with Snapchat, can’t be ignored as it became twice as popular as the feature it was designed to compete against.

Instagram may not have many new ideas, but it certainly knows how to provide new features found in competitor apps quickly to keep users coming back.

Tom Cruise Isn’t On TikTok: It’s a Shockingly-Realistic Deepfake

A TikToker is using deepfake technology to impersonate Tom Cruise on the social media platform and the results are so realistic that some may mistakingly believe it actually is the famed actor. This latest situation has again raised concerns about the creation and use of deepfakes.

While the account is clearly making folks aware that this isn’t the real Tom Cruise — the username is deeptomcruise, for starters– those not paying attention can easily mistake what they’re seeing for the genuine article. Even without seeing the username, the video isn’t quite perfect (The Verge notes that the lip-syncing is off in places and the voice isn’t quite right).

@deeptomcruise

♬ original sound – Tom

@deeptomcruise

Sports!

♬ original sound – Tom

The most recent video, uploaded four days prior to publication, is the most realistic of the batch and depicts the Cruise impersonater performing a magic trick.

@deeptomcruise

I love magic!

♬ original sound – Tom

Again, looking closely reveals that something is amiss, but no doubt this video would fool many and it’s clearly close enough to raise the alarm as multiple publications have weighed in on the account that is once again causing some to question the legality of deepfakes.

Overall, the account has more than 10 million views, 1.1 million likes, and over 370,000 followers. On Tuesday afternoon, coverage of the account reached a fever pitch and was trending on Twitter.

According to TikTok’s own terms of service, the Tom Cruise impersonation videos should be a violation:

You may not: […]
impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent you or your affiliation with any person or entity, including giving the impression that any content you upload, post, transmit, distribute or otherwise make available emanates from the Services

Yet days after the initial story of the account’s viral spread broke, the videos remain on the platform.

The artificial intelligence at the core of deepfakes is becoming easier to not only access, but use. Despite the many tools available to combat it, deepfakes detectors can still be fooled and have tested social media company’s abilities to stop them, including Facebook. Some speculate that overall fake news and faked content could cost the economy $39 billion a year.

Meanwhile, companies like Adobe and newcomer Hour One are helping create technology that not only makes creating fake images, expressions, or entirely artificial people easier to access, but also easier to deploy and use every day.

With the speed that technology is advancing, there is an argument that steps to protect people aren’t moving nearly fast enough to keep pace. Some experts even go so far as to say that sharing a deepfake should be a crime.

Whatever the case, it seems that with each passing month a new, better, more convincing iteration of deepfake technology arises. How, if at all, society will decide to meet this is still to be determined.

(via The Times)

Tiktok silhouette challenge gone horribly wrong as The Internet finds a way to remove the red filter

About a week ago, Tiktok came up with a challenge to empower people and make them feel sexy. It’s called the Tiktok Silhouette Challenge, and the idea is to shoot a video of yourself to the sound of a Paul Anka “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” mashup with Doja Cat’s “Streets.” The “trick” is […]

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19-Year-Old Builds Booming Business Photographing TikTok Stars

Tati Bruening is a photographer who has found wild success in the unusual niche of photographing TikTok’s biggest celebrities. Bruening, known as Illumitati, has garnered 157,000 followers on Instagram and 900,000 on TikTok, and she has even signed with a talent management firm this month.

An article on Business Insider details the incredible rise to fame that Tati Bruening has experienced.

Her initial start was simple: she just got in touch with TikTok creators by direct messaging them on Instagram.

“I was addicted to TikTok and I would sit and scroll for hours and hours,” Bruening told Business Insider. “I saw the potential in the talent and the e-boy scene. These are good looking boys that could have a career in modeling, why aren’t we taking advantage of this?”

She started her business early just as TikTok was beginning to take off. Now, thanks to her relationship with stars like Chase Hudson, known as Lil Huddy, with his 26 million followers, Chase Keith with his 4 million followers, and Ellie Zeiler with her 7.7 million followers, she boomed in popularity along with them as the social network exploded over the last year.

Bruening was recently signed to Outshine Talent, an agency that specializes in social media creators and innovators.

“I’ve only been doing studio photography for a few months now,” Bruening said. “I was able to connect with bigger and bigger clients because I built my TikTok following and Instagram following so rapidly. It was like if you can’t beat them join them sort of thing. If I can’t get through to them on this level, then I just need to become an influencer.”

The entire story is a fascinating and highly educational piece for photographers who are looking to carve out their own niche to success. It’s easy to dismiss new social media companies like TikTok as a “fad” or “just for kids,” but Bruening is proof positive that anything that is popular can be leveraged into a business if you tackle it from the right perspective. If you do not have access to Business Insider’s “Insider” stories, the entire article was also republished on Yahoo.

TikTok Will Be Banned in the US on Sunday

The United States government just announced that the video-sharing social app TikTok and the social app WeChat will be banned in the US starting on Sunday “to protect the national security of the United States.”

President Donald Trump had signed an executive order in August to force a sale of TikTok to a US-based company. This month, TikTok began working with Oracle to spin TikTok off as an independent company in the US with a minority stake held by Oracle. The Trump administration has now decided that an arrangement in which ByteDance (the Chinese owner of TikTok) retains a majority share doesn’t resolve security concerns.

“In response to President Trump’s Executive Orders signed August 6, 2020, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) today announced prohibitions on transactions relating to mobile applications (apps) WeChat and TikTok to safeguard the national security of the United States,” reads an announcement posted to the Department of Commerce’s website. “The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has demonstrated the means and motives to use these apps to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and the economy of the U.S.”

Launched in 2017, TikTok has become one of the top camera and video apps in the US with hundreds of millions of users around the world.

The US accuses the social media apps of collecting “vast swaths of data” from Americans, including network activity, location data, and browsing/search histories.

“Each is an active participant in China’s civil-military fusion and is subject to mandatory cooperation with the intelligence services of the CCP,” the Commerce Department states. “This combination results in the use of WeChat and TikTok creating unacceptable risks to our national security.”

Starting on Sunday, September 20th, TikTok and WeChat will be banned from app stores in the United States. The Chinese owners of the apps will also be banned from hosting them in the US starting on November 12th.

Major American websites and apps ranging from Facebook to Flickr to Twitter to Instagram have long been banned in China, which tightly controls Internet content and blocks websites and apps determined to not be in the interests of the state.

“Today’s actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party,” says Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. “The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has demonstrated the means and motives to use these apps to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and the economy of the US.”

The order states that if TikTok can address the national security concerns posed by their respective apps by November 12th, this ban may be lifted.

CNBC is hearing from a Trump administration official that while WeChat is now “dead” in the US, TikTok still has a chance to make changes to continue operating in the US.