How has the AMV landscape changed?

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How has the AMV landscape changed?

Postby CrackTheSky » Sat Sep 22, 2012 4:30 pm

Hello everybody. I've basically been M.I.A. for the past 2+ years, for a number of reasons...real life stuff, responsibilities, a huge lack of free time, etc. I haven't edited anything for about that long, mainly due to the fact that I had an aging computer that finally gave up a few weeks ago. But whatever, I got a nice bonus from my job around the time that it died so I finally had as good an excuse as any to get a system worthy of being a part of this decade. As a result, I hope to start editing again...I've missed it, I've missed a lot of you guys, and I love this community. I don't know when I'll be able to actually sit down and put a video together (real life will be hectic for me for the foreseeable future, too much to get anything really substantial completed), but I've been wanting to for a while so it'll happen. Sooner or later.

But that's not the point of this thread.

I'm just wondering for the sake of curiosity, what has changed over the last two years? I'm not referring to specific members, site enhancements, or anything like that. I'm curious about how different it is to be an AMV editor now as compared to then. Are there certain editing trends that have cropped up in the past few years? Has the volume of new AMVs being uploaded to the .org increased or decreased? My guess would be that YouTube has finally won out and most uploads have migrated over there, but I could be wrong. Have things like AMV video quality generally increased over the past years? What animes are popular with editors right now? Gimme the lowdown. Anything you can think of.
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Re: How has the AMV landscape changed?

Postby Animated » Sat Sep 22, 2012 4:32 pm

Four words.

Old-school is dead.

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Re: How has the AMV landscape changed?

Postby TritioAFB » Sat Sep 22, 2012 5:26 pm

There's a change into the motivation behind the amv-making nor to mention how the new generations start now.
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Re: How has the AMV landscape changed?

Postby Castor Troy » Sat Sep 22, 2012 5:29 pm

I retired.
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Re: How has the AMV landscape changed?

Postby Radical_Yue » Sun Sep 23, 2012 12:43 am

EMOBEN!!!!! :D :D :D

Hit me up on Skype sometime, we shall chat ;)
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Re: How has the AMV landscape changed?

Postby Emong » Sun Sep 23, 2012 4:43 am

I could actually try to answer this question since I went on hiatus in 2008 and came back in 2011. Maybe it's just my imagination but I noticed a few changes in style:

- Everybody is doing pan/zoom/camera motion/mask transitions

- People have increasingly learned how to AE

- Cross-overs became more popular (Umika's amvs being the best examples here)

- Beat sync is dead

- Amvs look more and more like they're made by graphic designers

About the org:

- Fewer active members, less active forum

- Nobody leaves opinions anymore

- We are still pretentious :bear:
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Re: How has the AMV landscape changed?

Postby AMV_4000 » Sun Sep 23, 2012 6:39 am

Back in my day, we didn't have these fancy editing programs that did all the work for us... you did things the hard way, and people liked it... all videos now adays look the same, with yer fancy shaking and zooming and yer overly shiny and pretty anime shows... :down:
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Re: How has the AMV landscape changed?

Postby Fall_Child42 » Sun Sep 23, 2012 12:01 pm

I planted some flowers.

Made a rock garden.

It's supposed to be peaceful but the large rock in the centre of the garden is actually a speaker that loops "God gave rock and roll to you" over and over.

Also my name has had a couple of minor changes and then reverted.

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Re: How has the AMV landscape changed?

Postby macchinainterna » Sun Sep 23, 2012 12:04 pm

Everybody edits to MLP now.
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Re: How has the AMV landscape changed?

Postby l33tmeatwad » Sun Sep 23, 2012 12:29 pm

macchinainterna wrote:Everybody edits to MLP now.

Quite a few edit to MLP on the side, but editing to that has little do do with ANIME Music Video community :P
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Re: How has the AMV landscape changed?

Postby Kionon » Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:57 am

I'm pretty much retired. I do mostly MEPs when people ask me to. I have about twenty projects I never get to.

Honestly, between the MA (still writing my thesis on Japanese radical ultranationalism) and my day job (JHS teacher), most nights I get home and head to sleep. I've been pulling some twelve hour days recently. On weekends I fiddle, but never really add much. My days of sitting around with loads of time to spend rotoscoping dancing Obamas and Lynn Minmay are largely over.

Animated is right, old school *is* dead. What's worse is part of the reason why is because not only are some of us oldsters retiring, some of us actually are dying. Which is absolutely depressing. I don't know if you noticed, but we lost Quu. I'm still not taking it well. Godix's death was a large part of my lack of motivation, and Quu just made it worse. Along with Zetzu (who I admit, I did not know well) I'm starting to equate the hobby with untimely death, and I'm not old enough to watch my friends from my teenage years dying, but that's precisely what's starting to happen...
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Re: How has the AMV landscape changed?

Postby ZephyrStar » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:26 am

If anything, the hobby is booming. It's spread out now far more than it used to be. Youtube has become huge, and there are lots of youtube-only editors. The org membership and active people have changed quite a bit, but most of us oldfags are still here even if we don't edit (I'm making a movie, so that counts >:O).

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Re: How has the AMV landscape changed?

Postby Nya-chan Production » Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:17 pm

Emong wrote:- Beat sync is dead

Except this I have to agree :3
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Re: How has the AMV landscape changed?

Postby Otohiko » Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:11 pm

AMVs are not a landscape.
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Re: How has the AMV landscape changed?

Postby BasharOfTheAges » Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:20 pm

The happy trees are now despondent.

The rocks, however, are taken to fits of maniacal laughter.
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