Author Topic: Shouldn't Screen Caps Be Discouraged?  (Read 188 times)

Offline cgsweat

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Shouldn't Screen Caps Be Discouraged?
« on: January 15, 2020, 11:32:01 am »
By far, there are certainly thousands of screen captures taken directly from existing videos on the site.  Tens of thousands, perhaps.  Currently on the first page of the recently posted items (which displays 100 for me), at least 10 are screen captures.  That's 10%.  It's not unreasonable to believe they are contributing 5-10% of the site's total content.  Shouldn't these be discouraged, and rather the original video be uploaded instead?  If it's a matter of technical competence... well users have figured out how to upload files from Instagram, they can also figure out just as easily how to cut a video down to a 25 MB clip to upload here.  Laziness shouldn't be rewarded, and it is only cluttering the site with sub-standard quality content.

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Re: Shouldn't Screen Caps Be Discouraged?
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2020, 11:33:34 pm »
Generally speaking videos are preferred over screencaps. One exception would be if the video is long or unfocused. Sometimes it can be the case that a video is pretty mediocre as a whole but one or two screenshots of it are great. And of course there are cases when the video isn't available (i.e., the uploader found the screenshot somewhere but it didn't come with a video) in which case I'd rather have people upload the screenshot than nothing at all.

These are the exceptions of course, and as you well know we will happily merge screenshots into the video most of the time.

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Re: Shouldn't Screen Caps Be Discouraged?
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2020, 01:12:51 pm »
I actually prefer screen caps. Makes sense to me when I go through a 45 second video clip; as one example; and find that only a few seconds are worth looking at.

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Re: Shouldn't Screen Caps Be Discouraged?
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2020, 06:17:44 pm »
To each their own.  Interviews come to mind where many would prefer the screen cap.  If she flexes for a second but is just standing there the rest of the time, then it makes total sense.  Screen caps of lifting and flexing vids, though?  I would definitely prefer the video.