Emong wrote:- Everybody is doing pan/zoom/camera motion/mask transitions
I admit, I have seen an increase in this. I'm not sold on its use for every video however. If the video is fairly simple, I actually think it come off as too much.
- People have increasingly learned how to AE
...not I, said the Kio.
- Cross-overs became more popular (Umika's amvs being the best examples here)
Crossovers have always been popular. I think they've become easier to do with current software and technology, but I mean... Look at Tainted Donuts. If a crossover was pulled off well, it was always welcome.
- Amvs look more and more like they're made by graphic designers
That's in part because of software changes and in part because to be blunt, we are. I do a large amount of graphics design work in my videos, I just hope, usually, that no one notices because my videos usually aren't videos where I want it to be obvious. Huge chunks of my videos are actually tif/png/psd files. And then there's credits. I now look at credits as entire unique works, and I think my graphic design work shows up in my credits. Minmay 2.0's credits and 泣くないで's credits are especially full of graphic design work married to beat sync of chosen credit audio.
You would be hard pressed now to find many editors which are not proficient in the use of Photoshop and without some fairly significant understanding of graphic design work. The further you go back in time in the hobby, the fewer and fewer editors you can say that for, until you arrive at the late 90s, early 2000s and only a handful of editors really knew how to utilise photoshop even though it was well integrated into Premere 6.0 and 6.5, and those that could were often the top editors we now consider old school legends.
For myself I learned graphic design as part of my political work. I didn't just make commercials or campaign videos. I also made mail-pieces, flyers, posters, etc...
- Fewer active members, less active forum
This saddens me the most out of any of the changes I've seen to the Org. The hobby isn't dying but the diffusion of remix culture, especially via YouTube, has killed the Org's ability not only to be the primary repository of AMV subculture but also of its ability simply to maintain its previous level of influence and activity. I remember when we used to see posts every few seconds during peak hours. Now... I'll be happy if I see a few posts a day. And I'm at fault. I don't post when I'm not editing, and given how little editing I've allowed myself to do over the past few years... Of course, when it comes right down to it, no individual is responsible for this, and no particular group of editors. We still have thirty to forty registrations per day, but less than one in those thirty or forty ever post to the forums. I know, I've actually been checking. I imagine most of those registrations are merely for access to local, and there is no broader interest in being involved in the hobby.
- Nobody leaves opinions anymore
This is not a change from 2008. This happened pretty much as soon as stars and quick comments became the main form of feedback. It is why I opposed them when they were first mentioned, opposed them when they were first implemented, and will likely continue to oppose them until they die, the Org dies, or I die. I haven't left an opinion in years, so I don't excuse myself. I should do better, and this is what Review was in fact started to try to address, a resurgence in opinion posting. I'd bring it back, it's still active, I am still channel founder, if people are willing to help me. I can't do it alone. I need a rotating cast of panel moderators...
- We are still pretentious
Course we are. Fuck hosatchel.