Broseidon, second video? Seriously? I'm really
looking forward to your future in editing.
But yeah, I enjoyed this quite a bit. The Higurashi soundtrack is incredibly beautiful and haunting, I'm a big fan of it.
School Days, I admit is something that has always been on my list for quite some time but never really interested me enough to sit down and watch. Although this video may have bumped it up my list a tad bit. Anyhoo, the pairing was fantastic so thumbs up there.
As for the text, I understand it was a poem but I think it would have actually been a bit better if you left more out of it. Leave the most potent and haunting lines in and then let the viewer decipher what they have to do with the story your building in front of them. It leaves more mystery and intrigue to the video as opposed to a book with pretty background pictures. The text was nice but it drew my eyes away from what was going on too often and considering this was a video and not an essay, that's not exactly a good thing.
Also, get rid of that lip flap! This wasn't a lip sync video and I didn't hear any voices so tell them to zip it! haha
Also, was that some roto work in the very beginning or just a filter? Either way,I liked it. It gave the world a very bleak and desolate feel that added to the video. It would have been nice to see you keep that kind of thing up a bit more with some color effects to darken the mood even further. But that's not really a problem as much as it is a "this would've been cool" type of thing.
Then finally, the quality had issues. Tons of banding and decent amount of macroblocking. As far as I know, School Days was never actually released as a 720p remaster, meaning that you blew up something that was 480p to 720p. This is a rather common mistake (especially since all you hear about now with youtube and such is ZOMG 720P HD!!!!) and while luckily, it's not the worst
upscale I've ever seen, it still looks pretty nasty. I know that 720p is awesome and all but if your quality is going to take that big of a hit just scale it down to 480p and clean up what you can.
Overall, pretty damn solid for such a new editor. Any complaints listed are rather minor and are easily corrected. As I said, I've got my eye on you now!
Rendakor wrote:The audio on this didn't work for me. It would play for 2-3 seconds, then cut out for a bit, then come back on, rinse, repeat. Not sure what was going on.
Yeah, the preview's been glitched for some reason. =/ I've tried contacting an admin to fix it, he's tried re-encoding it, but it just didn't work apparently. And I didn't want to have to PM him again because I felt bad taking up his time for this. Downloading works though!
With this ^ I'm almost curious if it's the encode itself at this point. I had the same issue when previewing so I downloaded it. The download actually crashed my media player classic and would only run in VLC. I ran another re-encode on the stream but I'd recommend messaging Kariudo if you haven't already. And don't worry about bugging/taking up time! Seriously, we get lazy sometimes and need a fire lit under our butts
And if he gives you any guff tell him Yue will beat him up if he's not nice.
Beyond that, maybe try re-encoding it yourself with another encoding program? Because yeah, crashing the stream is one thing and then crashing my player is another thing. And those are two bad things. THINGS.
Your post has brought the biggest smile on my face. Thank you so much, you're too kind!
It is! While I was editing, my Mother would insist I'd give her the headphones so she could listen to the music, and I'd sit there waiting on her to finish because she'd have it on repeat xD Personally, I'm not a fan of School Days. It isn't the kind of anime I'd recommend watching, but nonetheless- was fun to edit with.
I agree, I should have left some of the unimportant text out (which I did, but that was just one line that I didn't feel was fitting). It did take some of the attention away from what was going on, also because I've added the text in different directions, but at some parts- I felt like centering the text was blocking their faces/what was going on in the clips. I had to go through one of my (very few) favorite amvs with text usage to get a slight idea of how this should be done; it had text in random directions, but it didn't quite work out AS
well for this amv I suppose. I definitely agree though, leaving some of the text out would've been more cryptic.
As for the lip flap- rookie mistake! I'd masked it out in two clips, but completely forgot to do the others by the end. Although, I'd left it on purpose at the part where Makoto was supposedly yelling at Sekai.
I just had to google what "roto" work was. Isn't that a brush tool from Adobe After Effects? If so, nope; I've yet to learn to use that program (I've tried to sometime ago, but it seemed a little complicated to me compared to Sony Vegas). If you're referring to the black and white clips with a few colors being highlighted, then that was "Color Corrector (Secondary)" effect from Sony Vegas.
The amount of times I had to re-render it, testing out all sorts of settings is unbelievable. I've tried reading up on this forum and learning to fix my rendering/quality issues, but it goes way over my head xD I'll eventually get there though!
I had actually PM'ed GloryQuestor about the glitched preview, he marked the preview build for re-encoding but that didn't fix it. I wasn't too fussed about it as the download still seemed to work (for me anyway), so I didn't want to bother him again. It crashed your player? I'm sorry! That's strange though, I downloaded it a few times to make sure it worked fine, and I've had no problems with it so far. I'll be PM'ing Kariudo though!
I'd like to thank you so much for taking the time out to point out the mistakes I've made, as well as for your kind words, I really appreciate it! I will definitely be looking forward to your helpful inputs for my future amvs! ^^
Rendakor wrote:I didn't use the preview, I downloaded it and still had that issue.
I just tried playing it with Windows Media Player, and it does crash. It works just fine with KMPlayer for some reason though. =/ Sorry for the inconvenience, I'll try re-encoding it!