Friday, December 14, 2007

Posting competition videos

With the upcoming competition narrowing down the days for Hoover, Oxnard, Channel Islands and Glendora to compete in the first USA competition of the season, many are highly interested in new videos of their new routines. Which raises the question:

When is it acceptable, or unacceptable to post videos?

Some has stated that it's inappropriate to post any videos while the season is underway. This can.. create a source for schools to "study" routines to "borrow" ideas for the current competition season. It's a definite red flag to see your own choreography in another school's routine and with the rise of your audience (live, youtube, privately shared), how could you keep it from them? Having videos just allows any viewer to rewatch the same routine over and over again until they assume they know and can imitate it (a viewer on youtube has stated more than once that she could perform a competition routine if she "watched it enough").

Every competition team knows all too well that a video is more than meets the eye; with the diminished quality a video has to watching the routine unfold before your eyes just doesn't compare.

Many of the so-called "new" videos being posted are often of routines from past years (see carson 2006) or the camp routines at Sharp's competition in the summer: which are ultimately remakes of the previous season routines.

So I ask each team, Do you think its inappropriate for anyone, other than someone from your own, to publicly post a video of your routine? I'm sure there will be a renegade in the bunch who will decide to post a video despite suggestions to not post at all.

To sevenno: I am not sure if I can make it to the competition yet, I have work schedules to work out.
To Freddy: I apologize for mixing up the colors on the flag, I'll fix the current graphics to include the update as soon as I have time.

To the teams competing on Saturday: Good Luck, I know you'll do a great job and put on a show for whoever comes to support you!


Anonymous said...

Posting videos on youtube isn't going to stop other teams from copying what they've recorded. I'm not going to name any schools but you can definitely tell when signature moves have been "borrowed" or in their defense paid "tribute" to. Just because it's not up on youtube doesn't mean they aren't at home studying the video in slow motion LOL.

Anonymous said...

don't you think that the people who are recording teams are going to be the one that may or may not be studying them trying to steal ideas. come on now, those people who do record other teams at competitions, are the ones who try to get ideas in order to integrate them into their own routine, with few who actually watch it for their own enjoyment. so i'm pretty sure posting videos on youtube won't hurt anybody becuase if you were truly trying to learn someone elses routine, you'd be the one who were to actually record routines. why limit those who actually love this sport from watching it on youtube. I'm not saying that many out there are not trying to jock ideas for their own routines, but if they do, i'm sure that their team does lack creativity and integrity to last in this competitive sport. face it, in the end, when compeitition season is over, everyone is going to be able to tell who stole what from who and in the end, those who jock ideas from another won't just get a better routine, but will face the repercussions of other teams looking down upon their lack of creativity and morals. just my two cents

dnormus said...

POST 'EM!! Those who have been around flags knows that ideas are going to be "reused" by others in any way possible. Most of us go to the same flag camps, competitions, and exhibitions anyway, so there's bound to be some exchanges. Eventually what is considered a new trick now, is going to be considered basics in a few years anyway! I.e twirling with three flags, angle lines, two- in-one flags, kick lines, exchanges, etc.