FAQ

I created this page in an effort to answer the most common questions I receive.
If your question isn’t answered here, feel free to contact me.

I’m a long-time fan who hasn’t visited in a while.  Where did all of your clips go?

Alternate Question:

I’m new here.  Where’s all of your content?

In April 2017, my hosting service advised me that my site was frequently crashing.  The report they included showed that it was crashing over 300 times/month because it exceeded the hardware limits for shared hosting.  I hadn’t noticed because they automatically reset it each time.  Nevertheless, I had a decision to make:  Upgrade to dedicated hosting or close the site.  The prohibitive financial cost and my mental fatigue compelled me to choose the latter, so I decided to shut the site down when the domain name came up for renewal in October 2018.  The idea was to give everyone 16 months to download whatever they wanted before it all went away.

In July 2017, I came up with a third option after trying Google Drive on a couple of message boards I frequent:  Delete everything and start over, keeping only a couple dozen clips online at any given time while rotating new content every month.  Unfortunately, that would require the permanent removal of all 800+ clips and the Video Library would be replaced with a text database and screenshots of each scene, so I put the option up for a vote with one question: Would you support a site overhaul?  To my surprise, the majority of respondents voted Yes.  I completed the overhaul on August 2, 2017.

In addition to saving the site, the overhaul gave me an opportunity to reflect on the site’s history in the fantasy death fetish community and how I want to run it going forward.  The internet has changed by leaps and bounds since going public in 1994. Thanks to inexpensive technology and the generosity of others, there is a wealth of mainstream fantasy asphyxia content all over the web, and I could not feel more relieved. I’m certain video editing will remain a lifelong hobby for me, but I’m no longer interested in trying to spotlight every scene I can get my hands on. I’m tired of editing scenes that do nothing for me, and I’m especially tired of writing about them, so I re-purposed the site in October 2017.  Now, I only feature scenes I like well enough to edit.  Given how picky I am, I imagine it’ll be another 20 years or so before the site reaches the capacity that prompted the overhaul, so I’m building a new Video Library as well.

Rest assured, the site is here to stay, but there won’t be nearly as much content available anymore.

How did you get into video editing?

I was really tired of seeing otherwise great asphyxia scenes interrupted by camera cuts to build suspense.  The powers that be simply don’t understand that there are those of us who actually prefer to see all of the action and say to hell with suspense. I longed to be able to record scenes and remove all of the camera cuts but didn’t have the tools needed to do anything with my computer.

During the Summer of 1999, I bought an internal TV tuner, called WinTV. It came with recording software that was supposed to offer quick and easy video capture. Unfortunately, it didn’t work nearly as well as advertised. After spending a month teaching myself the basics of video editing and compression, and some trial and error with a few shareware programs, I decided I needed something much more intuitive.

Enter VideoWave II, by MGI Software. The first release of this little gem had already established a firm hold on the home video editing market by the time I got into the hobby. It had a wonderfully intuitive, straight-forward interface, but, despite its claims to be compatible with my WinTV tuner, it wasn’t. Most of my earliest attempts wound up in the Recycle Bin. The audio and video in my test clips were out of sync, and the video quality was shit. Back to the drawing board. I needed something designed specifically for recording digital video on a PC.

After another week of research, I found something I was sure would work. I went down to Best Buy and bought an external video capture board called the Dazzle Multimedia Digital Video Creator. At last, I finally had what I needed to build my own video editing studio.  The entire setup cost me $350 – the Dazzle was $250, VideoWave another $100 – and I could not have been happier.

My first edit was Brigette Bako’s strangling in the 1995 film, Strange Days. I posted it on a few fantasy death fetish message boards I frequented to gauge interest in my new hobby and was inundated with positive feedback and requests for other scenes.  I launched my site in October 1999.

Today, I use MovAVI to record mainstream sources and Corel Video Studio Ultimate for editing.  Click here for detailed information about my current setup.

Why did you build a website?

I wanted to offer a central location from which people could download my clips.  The original incarnation of the site was called Out of the Shadows. I later renamed it Matt’s Clips, after myself. Feeling a need to come up with something more stylish, that best conveyed what the site’s about, I put two and two together and registered Cinemasphyxia.com in November 2000.

The site enjoyed rapidly growing popularity before financial circumstances forced its closure in March 2002.  Two years later, bandwidth was affordable, so I re-launched the site on August 1, 2004.  I’ve kept it running ever since.

Have you ever thought about cutting down the longer clips to feature just the money shots?

Deciding how much buildup to include is one of the trickiest aspects of my editing process, especially when the money shot is only a few seconds long.  It depends on what’s happening in the scene.  Personally, a scene is less enjoyable to watch without some context.

Do you ever plan to charge for access?

No.  The site will always be strictly a labor of love.

Are there any other similar free websites?

The only two I know of are at the top of the Links page.

How would you feel if someone started one?

More power to them!

How often do you edit new clips?

Whenever I see something of interest to me.

May I send you a clip?

I no longer accept clip donations because I have no control over video quality or editing.

I’m experiencing problems viewing the clips.  What’s wrong?

Please contact me for help with viewing clips.

Does Cinemaspyxia.com have a mailing list I can subscribe to?

No, but it does have an RSS feed.

Websites come and go every day.  How long do you plan on keeping your’s online?

For as long as I can, until circumstances force me to shut it down.  Until then, enjoy yourself!