Videodefunct System

A software project to create a tool for making online interactive documentaries.

The Videodefunct System (2007-9) was developed as a collaboration between Keith Deverell, Seth Keen and David Wolf (2007-9) with support from the School of Media and Communication and the Design Research Institute at RMIT University. The screenshot above of the Banter prototype published in the Videodefunct System, documents interviews conducted with the collaborators on the outcomes.


The VD System is a customised WordPress theme that includes a multi-window video player feature that provides the potential to combine and playback multiple video clips. The WordPress dashboard was adapted to upload and classify, video clips using the category and tag features.

A description of the project from the article published in the Video Vortex reader (p 31).

Videodefunct (VD) is a project that explores an alternative form of online video content, which differs from the linear, single window clips that users are familiar with on the video-sharing websites like YouTube. In the context of this research, YouTube is seen as a publishing platform for moving-image content that is predominately produced offline and remains largely unaltered by the Internet environment. A version of Internet TV, that continues the tradition of passive viewers sitting back and watching moving-imagery from beginning to end. In contrast, the aim with this research project is to produce video content online, which responds to some of the inherent characteristics of the digital video format and the network (computers, the Internet and the World Wide Web)

Keen, S. 2008, ‘Videodefunct: Online video is not dead’, in Video Vortex: Responses to YouTube, Institute of Network Cultures and, Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 231-237 ISBN: 9789078146056


X-Media Lab

The VD System as a software development project was selected into a commercially orientated international Digital Media think-thank ‘DIY TV: Video, UGC, Mobile and IP TV content and services’, held at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) August, 2008. In a workshop setting with some leading international developers, feedback on the work and the VD system pointed towards an original approach towards granular scene-based video and multi-window viewing.

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Video Vortex II Workshop

The VD System was presented in a workshop at the Netherlands Institute of Media Arts in Amsterdam 2008. This workshop ‘Videodefunct and Showinabox: Hitting Vlogging with a Hammer’ was a collaboration with the Showinabox videoblog developers. Showinabox a community non-profit organisation were engaged in designing plugins that could be used to modify WordPress for videobloggers.