Yes, I've always found video of performances leaves me cold compared to the live performance, but they are better for stealing ^H borrowing moves from
OK now you mentioned it, I saw a few of my "old" moves in a least one of those
Also, when judging live you are watching the performance and then need to pick up on the "ticks" ground touches, one of the reasons I got into judging was that i wasn't happy with the judges ruling on my ground touches (the ones I meant to do!)
I would encourge any flyers who want to compete to judge, you learn so much! And you can also influence teh judges as to what it diffcult and technical if they are not the same standard as you in whatever you do.
There are Winter Leagues all over the World, why not get out there with a coupleof friends and have a go at flyihg a couple of figures, and judge them