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There is currently a vibrant culture of alternative and radical video activism in the UK - perhaps a result of the availability of affordable digital camcorders, cheap computers, video editing software and broadband Internet - or perhaps because people are increasingly frustrated with the crap on TV. This page aims to provide a starting point for those interested in producing radical video. Check out the 'screening projects page' for information about obtaining and watching radical videos. Another useful source of information is the VideoActivismFAQ, a work in progress on the IMC Video wiki pages.

IMC UK VIDEO can be thought of as a loose informal network of groups and individuals who use video as a tool for social change. There is no single 'IMC Video' group as such although sometimes a group will form around a specific collaborative project related to a specific event or issue. Recent examples of collaboration include 'Indefensible' a film about the 2003 DSEi arms fare and also the G8 indymedia video compilation. More often, IMC UK VIDEO is simply a resource, a way of tapping into a diverse range of skills, experiences and interests within the field of progressive video. Like-minded people use the imc-uk-video mailing list to communicate and it is a great place to find out what's going on, request or offer footage, or work with others on collaborative projects. It is a fairly low traffic list and if you film, edit or organise screenings it would be really good if you joined the list.

UK Video Groups / Individuals

These are groups / individuals and active in the UK. No doubt it is far from comprehensive. To request a link, email details to If there isn't somebody near you then perhaps it's time to form a new group - check out this possible manifesto for video activist collectives.

Global Video Groups

It is obviously beyond the scope of this page to provide a comprehensive list of global video groups projects but here are some of the active collectives we know of. You will find a much bigger list of more diverse groups, organisation and projects on the Indymedia documentation GlobalVideoProject WIKI (which is editable so you can add or correct details). There is also a good list provided by VAN Media links.

Useful guides and How-To's

The Video Activist HandbookIf you are new to making films or would like to develop your skills, these guides may be of some help. If you know of other resources that we should list, let us know by emailing the list

And there are even some videos that provide guides to making video - check out for the Introduction to Camera Work and Video for Change, plus the Cascadia Media Collective for the Guerrilla Video Primer.

Oh yeah, don't forget them old fashioned paper book things. The Video Activist Handbook is an essential read and can be bought from Undercurrents and various book shops etc.

Uploading your videos

The following is a list of the sites to which we would recommend you upload or link your videos. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of online video archives but if you think we should add something, please let us know.

You might find useful this guide on how to upload a video to using Filezilla as the ftp client.

Transcripts and subtitles

Hey, there are people who don't understand english who might want to watch your videos. You can make life much easier for them if you provide english transcripts with timecodes that they can then translate and use for subtitling.
It's pretty simple but fairly time consuming on longer videos. On windows you can use a piece of software called 'Subtitle Workshop'. On Max OSX you could use 'Miyu'. This software is easy to use, you just watch the video and stop it whenever somebody talks and type in what they say. You fiddle around a bit with the duration of the text so that it appears are the right time and there is plenty of time to read it. Finally you export the transcripts as a timecoded text file in a format such as .smi .srt or .sub. These files can then be distributed with your video so that people who wish to screen them can organising translations easily and ensure your video is seen by as many people as possible.


Distribution projects

And finally, what about your audio?

When you edit you are naturally going to throw away the vast majority of what you filmed. How about separating off those long interviews or speeches etc as plain audio files and upload them as a resource for others to hear or use. There are a number of collaborative radio projects that could make use of such audio so why not create a mono mp3 (or ogg) of each speech or interview in full and upload it to


IMC UK, 26.08.2004 23:00