Vidding is the name for the hobby of editing fan-videos, which includes AMVs (anime music videos). Photosensitive individuals are often overlooked when creating and sharing content, making it hard for them to find videos that are safe to view. The VPR system seeks to change this by offering information on how to relay content advisories for common photosensitive risks.
If you’d like to read more about what can cause seizures to further help rate your video, please see WCAG (Web content accessibility guidelines) and/or Prodicle’s Photosensitivity Prevention Best Practice Guideline – Production (link contains high risk GIFs).
Originally made for our AMV Sashimi Discord server, this relay system has been designed to accommodate photosensitive individuals without Epilepsy so may not be suitable for those with different sensitivities.
However, we are happy to modify our information to make it more inclusive for wider adoption. Please join us in Discord (https://discord.gg/FQUnDrxzQQ) to suggest changes for the VPR.
Are you asking me to change my editing style to accommodate others?
No. Feel free to edit however you want! All we ask is that you label your video.
I don't want to use the VPR. Is there another way I can be considerate of photosensitive viewers?
Use of a standard Content Warning with an explanation of what is in the video will help. Example: CW: flashing, red.
A generic notice like “flash warning,” “photosensitivity advisory” etc. is also helpful, but more vague than a CW.
Using “epilepsy warning” is discouraged. It can be seen as reductive and exclusionary. Photosensitive epilepsy is not the only form of epilepsy and many photosensitive individuals are not epileptic.
Is it a bad thing if my video is VPR: All?
The VPR is not a statement on the quality of your video. It is simply a label to allow greater access for photosensitive people to decide if they are able to watch your video or not. Think of it like a TW/CW. A video that has a CW or TW doesn’t mean it’s a bad video.