I started making videos when I bought a Canon 7D and people liked the memories I presented from attending sports and cultural conventions. It was enormously satisfying and addictive, and I met others along the way doing the same thing with their DSLRs, particularly the 5D. But then Canon neglected the potential from upgrading their firmwares and blocked Magic Lantern. In a parallel development, websites hosting many of these videos got more strict about the copyrighted music accompanying them, and politicians started threatening them with ACTA. I suggested alternative regimes in letters to MPs and MEPs, and wrote to Canon and others about their own shortsightedness, and never received a single satisfactory reply, not even a thank you for my interest. I tried alternative hardware to overcome some performance issues that were bothering me, but found it frustrating to deal with different codecs, especially AVCHD, and then Apple replaced FCP7 with Final Cut X.... I still want to make videos, but only for a limited offline audience of family and friends, because the effort for me is still largely dependent on using the music I find most satisfying, rather than searching for a bland royalty-free substitute. As a consequence, I travel less often, upgrade less often, and still get frustrated when, for example, Sony say they can’t give any internal 4K recording on their A7S. I just don’t believe their excuses. This is not just my experience either, but also true for many of the imaginative and enthusiastic film-makers I met along the way, people who really presented durable videos, not just bite-sized posts on social media. I’m still optimistic that some sense will prevail, because pluralising the skills, and social and economic benefits of people recording their own vignettes of life on this planet is a profoundly good thing.