Clarification Question

Can you help me understand...?

C'est pas évident

Andras Chonn Andras Chonn (1) on 04/06/15

I know in Quebec, "évident" could take the meaning "easy", so "that's not easy" would be something like "c'est pas évident, ça".

However, I just came across a Youtube video by a speaker of French of France who appeared to use it in the same way. The wordreference dictionary doesn't contain this Québécois definition, so I wanted to make sure I was understanding it right.

Here's the video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzrgWe9k6XI

This guy basically films certain scenarios related to guys going to the toilet. After all, the name of the video is "ce mec... - aux toilettes".

At 2:52, he says "Ce mec... qui s'excuse parce que filmer dans 1m^2 c'est pas évident."

I can't think of any meaning here that would fit besides the Québécois "easy". If it's some other meaning, please let me know. If it is, can a French of France speaker explain whether or not it's common for "évident" used in the sense of "easy"?

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I think he also meant it as "évident = easy" As Hannah said, the "évident = clear, obvious" is the first meaning of the word, but in this context it's the same as in québécois.

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I agree - Hannah answered before me!

The more common meaning is - it's not obvious.

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It means something like "it isn't clear." The direct meaning is "It isn't obvious."

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Andras Chonn Andras Chonn (1) on 07/06/15

Wait, then how would you translate the phrase in question? "Ce mec... qui s'excuse parce que filmer dans 1m^2 c'est pas évident." If you translate "évident" by the typical definition "clear" or "obvious", then you would have a translation like "The dude who apologizes because it's not obvious/clear to shoot a video in a 1 square meter space." Does not sound correct to me at all. Whereas if you go with the québécois usage of évident, you'd have "because it's not easy to shoot a video in a 1 square meter space", which would make perfect sense in this context.

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