I created this page in an effort to answer the most common questions I receive.
If your question isn’t answered here, feel free to e-mail me.
How did you get into video editing?
I was really tired of seeing otherwise great asphyx scenes interrupted by camera cuts to build suspense. The powers that be simply don’t understand that there are those of us who actually prefer to see all of the action and say to hell with suspense. I longed to be able to record scenes and remove all of the camera cuts, but didn’t have the tools needed to do anything with my computer.
During the Summer of 1999, I bought an internal TV tuner, called WinTV. It came with recording software that was supposed to offer quick and easy video capturing. Unfortunately, it didn’t work nearly as well as advertised. After spending a month teaching myself the basics of video editing and compression, and some trial and error with a few shareware programs, I decided I needed something much more intuitive.
Enter VideoWave II, by MGI Software. The first release of this little gem had already established a firm hold on the home video editing market by the time I got into the hobby. It had a wonderfully intuitive, straight-forward interface, but, despite its claims to be compatible with my WinTV tuner, it wasn’t. Most of my earliest attempts wound up in the Recycle Bin. The audio and video in my test clips were out of sync, and the video quality was shit. Back to the drawing board. I needed something designed specifically for recording digital video on a PC.
After another week of research, I found something I was sure would work. I went down to Best Buy and bought an external video capture board called the Dazzle Multimedia Digital Video Creator. At last, I finally had what I needed to build my own video editing studio. The entire setup cost me $350 – the Dazzle was $250, VideoWave another $100 – and I could not have been happier.
My first edit was Brigette Bako’s strangling in the 1995 film, Strange Days. I posted it on a few fantasy death fetish message boards I frequented to gauge interest in my new hobby, and was inundated with positive feedback and requests for other scenes. I launched my site in October, 1999.
Today, I use MovAVI to record mainstream sources, and Pinnacle Studio Ultimate for editing. Click here for detailed information about my current setup.
Why did you build a web site?
I wanted to offer a central location from which people could download my clips. The original incarnation of the site was called Out of the Shadows. I later renamed it Matt’s Clips, after myself. Feeling a need to come up with something more stylish, that best conveyed what the site’s about, I put two and two together and registered Cinemasphyxia.com in November, 2000.
The site enjoyed rapidly growing popularity before financial circumstances forced its closure in March, 2002. Two years later, bandwidth was affordable, so I re-launched the site on August 1, 2004. I’ve kept it running ever since.
Have you ever thought about cutting down the longer clips to feature just the money shots?
Deciding how much buildup to include is one of the trickiest aspects of my editing process, especially when the money shot is only a few seconds long. It depends on what’s happening in the scene. Personally, a scene is less enjoyable to watch without some context.
Why do you feature what you think are bad clips, as well as those you think are good?
What’s good or bad is entirely subjective. Just because I dislike a scene doesn’t mean someone else won’t like it either. Besides, the site doesn’t exist to only feature scenes I like. Though I have found titles that had scenes I wouldn’t touch because I simply didn’t feel were worth editing, I generally try and track down what I can.
Do you ever plan to charge for access?
No. The site will always be strictly a labor of love.
Are there any other similar free web sites?
You’ll find the only two I know of on the Links page.
How would you feel if someone started one?
More power to them! They might have clips from movies I don’t have yet, and I’m always looking to expand my collection.
How often do you edit new clips?
Whenever I see something of interest or fill a visitor request.
I’m experiencing problems viewing the clips. What’s wrong?
Please e-mail me for help with viewing clips.
Does Cinemaspyxia.com have a mailing list I can subscribe to?
No, but it does have an RSS feed.
Web sites come and go every day. How long do you plan on keeping your’s online?
For as long as I can, until circumstances force me shut it down. Until then, enjoy yourself!