♻ Raw Video

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I like being subscribed to the Associated Press’s YouTube channel because they not only publish concise, digestible recaps of news, but also because the AP releases snippets of “Raw Video”—video intended to be used as background imagery while a news anchor performs a voiceover. Well-edited, the clips also preserve the background noise of the video and let the affiliates mute it at their discretion.

It’s an interesting decision for the AP to post the Raw Video clips to YouTube, since they’re clearly not of high enough quality to be downloaded and used in a commercial broadcast; they’re just there for transparency.

Some interesting, some boring, but the ones I like best feel like cinéma vérité. Footage like this, featuring workers sealing up manholes juxtaposed with loud supporters mindlessly chanting for cameras:

Perhaps not intended as art, but viewed through an artistic lens, what isn’t?

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