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09 May 2012 - 01:3483697
Cosplay TV
Hi guys,

For the past few months I've been inking out plans to produce some monthly video content starting late 2012 or early 2013. The TV show I've proposed would focus on the cosplay community which would feature, news, interviews and maybe tutorials.

The current proposal is currently for a 30 to 45minute monthly round up in either a studio format or predominantly through Skype. The visual format would then take either the route of a generic news broadcast (desk, pip overlays etc etc) or a more "online stream shows" such as the esports show "Live On Three" or "State of the Game".

So what will be in this show? The following is from the current design document...

"As stated previously the show would be comprised of three to four main elements which fall under the topics of “News”, “Events”, “Interviews” and “Community interaction”.

The “News” segment will start off by recapping any news posts made by CI before moving onto news released by events such as a new event date set, the opening of registration or the posting of their cosplay rules over the past month.

The “Events” segment will focus on various events that have taken place over the month. Reviewing the event from the perspective of a cosplayers and their attendees while grabbing interviews with those involved in running the event through Skype. An example of the May or April edition would be to grab Joe in order to talk about EuroCosplay and potentially the winner or qualifier of that event.

The “Interviews” segment would contain interviews with the months CI showcase “winners” and talk with them about how they set out to make their costume etc etc using visual overlays to shine a light on the more intricate details and so we can guided on the process of how it was made by the creator.

The “Community interaction” part will require a different name, but the premise is to scour the forums for the “best” or most helpful forum posts or shine a light on some of the big names in the UK cosplay scene who are out purely to better the scene."

The document then goes on to detail the the potential crew requirements and the technical aspects of each component. So that's about it.

So my question to you, the people we are ultimately going to be producing this for is, would you watch it? Is it going to both worth our time and money, which we'll sink into new computing equipment to actually put this out there? Would you watch this show "Live" through streaming outlets such as Ustream/Livestream/Justin or Twitch, or would you prefer a Youtube VOD of the episode?

With the ability to record webcam say through Skype and some "live" broadcasting packages out there it would also be really easy to integrate more and more of the community to add content to these videos. Those willing to provide videos, photos from and possibly interviews with members who went to an event our events team couldn't cover. Would that be something you'd be interested in?

If you want to PM me about a more details then feel free too. I'll be watching this thread to see your thoughts on the subject but I must state that after Amecon a pilot episode will be made in order to test tech and people logistics.

So yeah. Thoughts?



Last edited by Amy-Lou (09 May 2012 - 10:38)
09 May 2012 - 02:2783698
As a Producer who's been there and done that with the Broadcasting and witness Granny at work with MCM's Podcast-

It's down to availability. Appealing to the masses with Material that Available on demand is probably the pro-bono marketing tactic I would go for-

Maximum distribution whenever you want.

So Youtube would be the best method for that, and then vimeo. Spreading it across the platforms..

And then highlights such as extra podcasts would do well.

Myself and the Final Fantasy Round-Up Are at your disposal with tones of Final Fantasy News updates ^_^


09 May 2012 - 08:2683706
I have to say I would watch this in either format. However, I think the Youtube/pre recorded video format would probably work best. Seeing some of the issues Joe and Stu have with streaming just audio (partly as they are linking it through Skype) it might not be practical. Also with streaming there is the question of bandwidth.

I also think more people would watch a recorded version as it would be available at their leisure.

It might be a good idea to give the show it's own section on the forums, for things like Q&A, and generally interacting with the show.


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09 May 2012 - 08:4383708
I would definatly watch the show.

I agree with the previous comments that having the show on a recorded format such as YouTube would probably work best. Anyone unable to watch the show would be able to catch up afterwards, which would definatly allow for a larger overall audience.


09 May 2012 - 08:5883709
Yeah, I'd watch that. Being an incredibly lazy man, things like this are ideal, as they package up the info I need to know into a neat, easily digestible format, meaning I can spend more time away from my laptop/in Azeroth, and still not fall hopelessly behind on what's happening!

I'd also echo the sentiments above regarding the VOD route. Streaming is great, so if possible still offer that, but making it available on Youtube, Vimeo, etc. increases the chances that people will watch it because of the flexibility to do so around their own lives.


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09 May 2012 - 09:3483711
There's nothing to stop you also doing a live stream too, but people with other commitments may not be able to view them that way (such as me! My work shifts may not allow me to see it).

But yeah, really interested in it.


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09 May 2012 - 10:3783714
This sounds like a really great Idea, My friends and I would probably watch it, but most likely on a pre-recorded format on Youtube or other such sites.

But if you do decide to do a live stream then i will probably try to watch it live every now and then.


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09 May 2012 - 13:2683719
Thanks for the input so far guys, it's been helpful thus far, so lets keep that going

Just thought I'd clarify a few things though, at this stage this production is independent from CI, even though the original aim was to create content for the CI community as a group outside of the CI management it wouldn't be right to speak on behalf of CI as an independent group.

With regards to the livestream vs Youtube VOD, the aim wasn't to make one or the other. The idea behind the livestream is that on a given day we'd stream the episode live for people to watch and then convert the live show into a VOD to be watched either hours after the episode has finished or on a timed delay (Such as a day after).

If there isn't a massive call for the livestream version of the show we have a bit more freedom on when various segments can be compiled and put together as all we'd have to do then is slap it together as one video but can be worked on in chunks over the month.

I'm currently not ready to reveal my current crew or cast list, however if you wish to get involved PM me your details and if possible a recent vlog of somekind.


09 May 2012 - 19:1283739
I'd definitely watch, you know it.
I think this would be a really awesome thing to exist and...that's about the most helpful thing I have to say about that. YEY


14 May 2012 - 00:5283981
Quote Shinigami_ky:
I'd definitely watch, you know it.
I think this would be a really awesome thing to exist and...that's about the most helpful thing I have to say about that. YEY


Remind me to get in touch with you, would love to have you on the show at some stage.


14 May 2012 - 07:0583985
I would definitely watch it. It sounds very interesting. Would be more than happy to do some stuff for it if you are at all interested (like tutorials and what not).

I would most likely watch it in youtube or other video site similar as I have real trouble live streaming due to the building I live in having huge metal girders in it XD.

Even though its an independent thing from CI it does sound good to join it with the community.

Good luck with it and I look forward to watching ^^


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14 May 2012 - 07:5483988
Is the livestream idea just because it's like TV? Or were you planning to use the advantages of live programming? (up to date news, real-time interaction with audience, etc)

Personally I'd prefer VOD/Youtube, as I wouldn;t have to rearrange my life to be able to watch on a specific date/time. (It also allows re-watching if I miss something, or you have a tutorial, or whatever)


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14 May 2012 - 09:2983996
Sounds like a rather great idea!

I'd definetly watch it! =D


14 May 2012 - 13:1284012
Quote PandoraCaitiff:
Is the livestream idea just because it's like TV? Or were you planning to use the advantages of live programming? (up to date news, real-time interaction with audience, etc)


Pretty much this, even if the stream chat is only about 30 people it allows us to talk with chat and raise topics we might not have thought of live on the show. I'm also debating with having a interview guest and let people call in via skype to ask the guest questions regarding their chosen -whatever-.

Quote PandoraCaitiff:
Personally I'd prefer VOD/Youtube, as I wouldn;t have to rearrange my life to be able to watch on a specific date/time. (It also allows re-watching if I miss something, or you have a tutorial, or whatever)


As mentioned above, a VOD/YT will always be the final product, livestreamed or not. There might just be a few hours delay in when it appears on Youtube after the live broadcast.


14 May 2012 - 17:3784028
Quote Shenny:
Pretty much this, even if the stream chat is only about 30 people it allows us to talk with chat and raise topics we might not have thought of live on the show. I'm also debating with having a interview guest and let people call in via skype to ask the guest questions regarding their chosen -whatever-.


Unless you are screening/vetting callers, you might want to have them ask questions via a text medium, just so you can filter out the junk/trolling/swears and avoid any drama


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14 May 2012 - 17:4384030
Quote PandoraCaitiff:
Quote Shenny:
Pretty much this, even if the stream chat is only about 30 people it allows us to talk with chat and raise topics we might not have thought of live on the show. I'm also debating with having a interview guest and let people call in via skype to ask the guest questions regarding their chosen -whatever-.


Unless you are screening/vetting callers, you might want to have them ask questions via a text medium, just so you can filter out the junk/trolling/swears and avoid any drama


I think this is a good idea, not only can you keep tabs on what people are saying but it can also give less confident people a chance to ask questions without having the pressure of talking on a live stream.
Perhaps set up an e-mailing system or a Twitter page? ^^


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15 May 2012 - 20:0884108
Quote Karakulz:
Quote PandoraCaitiff:
Quote Shenny:
Pretty much this, even if the stream chat is only about 30 people it allows us to talk with chat and raise topics we might not have thought of live on the show. I'm also debating with having a interview guest and let people call in via skype to ask the guest questions regarding their chosen -whatever-.


Unless you are screening/vetting callers, you might want to have them ask questions via a text medium, just so you can filter out the junk/trolling/swears and avoid any drama


I think this is a good idea, not only can you keep tabs on what people are saying but it can also give less confident people a chance to ask questions without having the pressure of talking on a live stream.
Perhaps set up an e-mailing system or a Twitter page? ^^


The twitter and possibly Facebook fanpage will be something we'll have but at the moment it's just a matter of confirming a name. Which is actually surprisingly hard.


02 Jul 2012 - 03:2887021
Hi guys just thought I'd update you on the creation of this project. As it currently stands I do not have the finances to back this project to be what I want it to be as after months of testing I am unable to get certain elements off the ground, as a result the project in it's current form is on hold until 2013.

However the current sectional format (news/reviews etc etc) can still exist as a podcast. Details for which I will iron out over the coming week.

The reason I have chosen to make turn this project into a podcast is down to a number of reasons but out of all of those I feel that we can't just launch into a full video production without testing the water and so a audio only version would be a natural starting point. Obviously there are limitations to having an audio only show, as we wouldn't be able to showcase much in the way of imagery but I'm hoping that simply providing a timed link will also be able to bring a visual showcase of some degree.


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