"Beta" version - Worth doing, or don't bother?

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"Beta" version - Worth doing, or don't bother?

Postby SarahtheBoring » Mon Jul 29, 2002 10:10 pm

OK, here's my situation right now.

The only workable idea I have at the moment is based on source that is not out on DVD here, so my chances of getting good source are essentially nil. (Yes yes I know there's some way of hacking my DVD player and importing Japanese DVDs at some hellacious markup or something, but I'm not good enough at editing to warrant those sorts of desperate measures.)

...so err, yes. Now I like the idea. It pleases me. It's probably not going to be liked by many, as it's niche in subject and stylistically straightforward, without tons of ub3rL337 editing.

I could not make the video at all, or I could make it now with bad source and try waiting till (if) it comes out on DVD to re-cut a new, better one. (I don't think I'd wait till it came out for my first crack at it, because I don't have any other ideas to practice on till then, if that day should ever come. X_x)

Yet I've heard using sub-crystal-clear source will bring legions of rabid viewers crying for my entrails to be ripped out and baked into a pie.

Do I bother, knowing it will make me happy yet universally hated?

Keep in mind that I don't take AMVing that seriously. I'd rather just sit back and watch the cool stuff other people have done, as I have no natural knack for it. ;)


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Postby FurryCurry » Mon Jul 29, 2002 10:39 pm

If the source you have is a recent, DivX fansub, some of those look really good. certainly good enough for an AMV.

Anyway, why not go for it? you're doing it for fun, not profit, right?

I have a very few vids in my collection that look rather like ass, quality wise, but are just plain cool, and I'm glad to have them as they are, rather than not at all.

Good luck, I'm looking forward to your video. :)
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Postby ShonenDizzyCow » Tue Jul 30, 2002 12:20 am

I've re-made 7 of my music videos before, 3 when I had access to better quality footage, 4 when I knew technically better how to rip footage.

It's a bit of a pain I admit, considering some of the remaking took longer than the time it took to make the original, but I never really considered at that time that I might eventually had access to better quality footage, so I went and made the videos anyways at that time.

But nowadays since it takes quite a number of hours for me to make my videos, I tend to wait it out to get the DVD before starting, but that's just me.

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Postby priuscomet » Tue Jul 30, 2002 12:21 am

hmm....if the idea is really really great and you know it will be a kick ass vid despite the vid quality then go for it. i mean...one category out of how many don't really matter. but if its a so-so idea then i guess you should just do it for ur kicks.

basically, go for it... just choose if you want to make it public or not.

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Postby alternatefutures » Tue Jul 30, 2002 12:41 am

I'm going to be the dissenting viewpoint and say sit on it. Assuming there's a possibility of it coming out on DVD where you are it will be much easier for you to make a "final" version if you haven't made a beta. Just think of it this way. Right now, the video wants to be made. As long as it does, it will be a joy to edit and the product will be great. Once it's made, that's it. Most of the time the idea will have exhausted itself and won't like to be revisited. Thus, when you remake it, it will seem like pulling teeth. You may even say "ah f*ck it!" and your beta will be your final. So, let it wait. Let the idea marinate in your brain juices for a while longer. There's no rush, so wait until you can do it right.

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Postby Ikasu » Tue Jul 30, 2002 3:26 am

all I have to say is...go for it....=P

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Postby SarahtheBoring » Tue Jul 30, 2002 8:03 pm

Interesting ideas... though again, I stress that NOTHING I do, no matter what the source, is ever, ever going to kick ass. Under any circumstances. ;)

That said though, I guess waiting has a lot going for it. Less trash in the gene pool, and maybe a video at the end (if I don't forget all the shots in my head ;)).

Meh, six months or more without making anything is going to suck, though. I don't have any other ideas. ^_^;;

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Postby paizuri » Wed Jul 31, 2002 9:57 am

I say go ahead and do it. Yeah, some people might be put off by the video quality, but you have an excuse anyways. Besides, you can always just not "release" the video to the general public and only show it to friends until the DVD source becomes available.
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Postby fellowhoodlum » Wed Jul 31, 2002 10:18 am

Of course, in six months the creative inspiration may have died out.

My bet is to make the video first; but you can always hold back on publicising it and decide if you want to re-do it once the DVD source becomes available.

No harm in making more videos. Anyone could use the practice :D

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Postby Atreyu Hibiki » Wed Jul 31, 2002 11:24 pm

Okay, this is a bit off-topic, but I was wondering if anyone would be interested in seeing my admittedly low-budget (made from Divx on Windows Movie Maker) music videos? I get the feeling from this thread that mid-quality picture isn't well-recieved... :?

If anyone cares, *please* let me know. I have 9 finished, and they range from the Ranma cast singing "C is for Cookie" to a misc. series video to "Lucy in the Sky"... If no one cares, I'll just make 'em for my friends and not bother finding a hosting space.

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Postby Chaos Angel » Wed Jul 31, 2002 11:55 pm

I say go for it while the idea is fresh in your mind. If you wait too long, you may lose the motivation for the idea or lose interest in it altogether. Do it now while you have the idea and the drive, and re-make it later if you feel you must.

BTW, I've seen some vids where, even though the video quality could use some work, the video itself is well done and I, personally, like it very much. So, I say: GO FOR IT!!
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Postby merrow » Thu Aug 01, 2002 2:50 am

I do this all the time.

I find that if I *don't* make the video when the idea strikes, I often won't make it at all. However I don't have any problem re-making a video multiple times as my source footage improves or editing techniques get better.

A major plus is that version 2 always turns out much better than the first version because the urgency to just "get it done" is past and you can really tweak the final version so that it shines.

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Postby Spyral » Thu Aug 01, 2002 4:09 am

I think that since you don't have any other ideas, you should go ahead and make it. Also plan on doing a remake when the DVD comes out (or take that great leap into importing...) and releasing it publicly. Inspiration is part of the process, you don't want to loose it if you have really good ideas right now.

My take on quality is that a low-quality video makes me feel that it's lacking, even if it's a really great video concept- and footage-wise. I really like high quality stuff, I think it just makes the video achieve a more "professional" level.
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