Bio Mapping - Christian Nold

Community Edit

Christian Nold
2004 - 05

This project envisages a new model for grassroots video production and distribution.

Instead of only focusing on the problems of distribution like the V2V project, this system imagines a radically distributed network of content providers and editors.

Community Edit allows video content to be editing by all members of the community in a recursive fashion generating a "Community Edit".

The project uses a client / server model. The client part of Community Edit client is available for download as a fully functional stand alone demo.

Community Edit Client for MAC OSX
dmg file (2.7 meg)

Community Edit Client for Windows
self extracting executable (3meg)

Download the 6 example videos for use with the application or drop your own videos into the "movies" folder

(30ish meg each)
1st movie
2nd movie
3rd movie
4th movie
5th movie
6th movie

This Quicktime video shows a Community Edit in progress:
Simulated editing session (39meg)

This Diagram explains the function of the whole of the Community Edit system.
PDF Diagram (1.3meg)


1 Members of a community upload DV footage of a particular event to a server.

2 The server analyses the time code in the rushes and places the footage into a temporal matrix.

3 The client software allows the members of a community to view this footage chronologically and create their own video-edit.

4The user can see an event from six simultaneous but separate viewpoints. An edit-in point is made just by moving the cursor over one of the video clips.

5 Clicking the mouse on any of the video windows toggles backwards and forwards between the playback and edit modes.

6 Each individual edit is stored and loaded back into the temporal matrix where it can be reedited in a recursive fashion.

7 As more members of the community use the system a rough edit is produced. This communal edit becomes finer and finer with each user.

8 This subsequently results in a "Community Edit" which can be output as a film at full DV quality from the server.

Christian Nold


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Last Updated 3/3/2011

It has been an enourmous long time since I last updated this! I have never been a blog person, and felt irritated by the way new media culture pushes us to be constantly visible to the world. Recently though I kept getting email from people wondering what I was up to. So today is my birthday and I have finally given in :) . So a quick update I am excited about what Rob van Kranenburg and I are calling the Internet of People - which will be a book coming out in the next few months. I am also exstatic about trying to build and map alternative currencies. Take a look at the Bijlmer Euro project. In the last year I have also been building a unique mapping software called Sensory Journeys and the Town Toolkits for which I will build a proper site. On Saturday I am off to Helsinki for the Pixeache festival where I am preseting some work but more importantly working on and island toolkit for the next year. More info soon...