Newbies: How to make your first AMV

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Postby OmniStrata » Wed Aug 14, 2002 11:47 am

I've done 3 Inu Yasha videos!

:lol:

Whoa...

I guess it's fine to make more than one amv per anime. [looks at jBone and ErMaC.]

But you can only do so much before the audience gets bored and says, "oh, it's another Big O video."

or

"Great another Eva video from him again".

Be big on variety after you've done 4 or so of the same anime. I did what can possibly be the first "Dramatic Dance" video! ^_^
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Postby CaTaClYsM » Wed Aug 14, 2002 2:10 pm

but remember, this thread of for noobs, they should be warned not to go strait for a linkin ball z vid. It is actually in thier best interests not to because they will fall into the same trap most noobs do, and noone exept for a few friends and a diehard fan or two will actually watch it..

And as for making vids of rare animes; I think making vids for the same anime can be a good thing in the sense that after each video the person learns more about making a video for than anime, he will know how well the song worked, which clips to use and not use, and theoreticaly be better prepared for the next vid he makes, problem is I don't know if this theory works or not.

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Postby WillWorkForTrigun » Wed Aug 14, 2002 5:01 pm

i have a ton of rayearth movies on VHS.
how do i get the movie files from the tape onto the computer?

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Postby Mask of Destiny » Wed Aug 14, 2002 8:45 pm

i have a ton of rayearth movies on VHS.
how do i get the movie files from the tape onto the computer?


You need to get a capture card. Check out the hardware review section for advice on which one to buy.
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Re: Some help... [Virtual Dub as editing environment]

Postby Kai Stromler » Fri Aug 16, 2002 9:53 am

OmniStrata wrote:

notes and warnings: Premiere will not run too well on low end systems. Look in my a-m-v.org profile for what my system looks like. I rank it quite high for editing. My previous system was a 300MHz with 64M SDRAM! AND I STILL EDITED!!! ^_^


If your system is too slow to run Premiere within the limits of your patience/time and you are too cheap to upgrade/switch to another editor (I use Dazzle's MovieStar mostly, despite its ghetto reputation; thinking of upgrading from their MPEG1/2 toolset to DV), it is possible IN THEORY (currently working on the practice part) to make an AMV solely using Avery Lee's free (as in beer and as in speech) video processing tool VirtualDub, which most people around anime online should be familiar with. You'll be limited with regard to your effects, but the only things you'll really be missing from your toolbox are layering, morph, and transition effects.

If you've got the patience, you can do all kinds of transforms in VDub by editing frame-by-frame; so far I've done a 360-degree rotation, a pendulum swing, and an inversion strobe. Want a blinding strobe? Clip a single frame, use the built-in threshold filter to make it completely white, and insert that after every frame in the clip you want to flash. Want to make your video go twice as fast? Delete every other frame (1234 -> 13). Twice as slow? Dupe all frames (1234 -> 11223344). It takes time, patience, and trial and error to make VDub work for you, but that's true of any editing system.

For more advanced effects, you might want to try MEIMI (sorry I don't have a link), especially if you have Japanese fonts installed -- there's no English patch yet. I haven't had much time to work on getting it running, but I've had a video to finish lately. If anyone's remotely interested I will provide aditional details as the Freeware AMV Project proceeds.

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Postby AMVUserII » Fri Aug 16, 2002 7:57 pm

Well New ppl to AMVs

Read the Guides and the FAQs here and you'll be on your way.

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Postby Castor Troy » Fri Aug 16, 2002 8:13 pm

I had pentium 1, 200mhz with 64MB ram and still edited. I did 1/4 of Dragon Bebop Z after effect stuff on it before I got a new comp.

You can take naps during rendering time with that!
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Postby WillWorkForTrigun » Sat Aug 17, 2002 1:16 pm

so how much are capture cards?
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Postby NicholasDWolfwood » Sat Aug 17, 2002 7:15 pm

Capture cards aren't that expensive. I've got an http://www.iomagic.com PC-PVR TV Tuner card, and it's fine. It has S-Video out, RCA in and Comp out (Dunno wtf that is...)

I got it for $50 from the I/O Magic store (Well, actually, my dad got it for me, but same difference..)

It's a pretty useful card, and the software it comes with (Cyberlink PowerVCR II 3.0) will capture into MPEG-1 or MPEG-2.
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Postby Lyrs » Sun Sep 01, 2002 11:11 pm

Don't worry, within 2 days the org will feel like home. Just don't go into teh Off Topic/Way Off topics area just yet. Posting anything there is likely to get tons of spam and useless flaming.

Anyhow, I'm sorta something of a newb too so don't feel like you are all alone in a big bad world. I signed up since July 2001 with another member name but I haven't started seriously to make anything other then play. This new ones for forum help.

My suggestion, as may have already been noted, is to play around with small clips first. Get the hang of cuting/pasting and adding new digital effects. Small clip files are easier to mess with and entirely more convient when you consider that some video's can take up to 30 gig's when you first try to make good ones.

Anyway, I read teh guides. They aren't hard to follow and I'm using them to help me mess around with some video/music combinations. I will hopefully have something out, but if not, well that's just life. I'm more into music so it might take me some time to make a video.

People might not like newb's taht much but new blood in teh Org is what keeps the Org alive and fresh, after all, when the senoir member's have gone on to another habby or are all dead due to a past history of spending some much time capturing and editing.

Wow....I didn't notice I was writing so much...anyway, good luck on your first vid when and if you make one.
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Source Footage

Postby MaxArtea » Sat Oct 05, 2002 3:14 pm

Hmmm, not sure if this was answered in the FAQs and stuff though I did read them. Anyway, the question is this:

Where do you go to find raw source footage for rare anime?

I'm thinking along the lines of stuff that hasn't been released yet, like Arjuna or Chobits or something.
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Re: Source Footage

Postby Kai Stromler » Mon Oct 07, 2002 12:55 pm

MaxArtea wrote:Where do you go to find raw source footage for rare anime?


Some have said that WinMX is useful for finding unsubbed recent anime, as it is the most popular p2p program in Japan. I have no direct experience with this, but unless your system has Japanese fonts enabled and you have some way of recognizing what you're getting, you're going to have to pick your way through a good bit of chaff.

There is also a guide on removing subs from fansubbed files by various methods. OmniStrata would have more experience with this, as he makes all his vids exclusively by this tactic.

The third way is to do what I do and just cut around the subtitles. Unless you are doing lipsynch there is no reason for mouths to be moving in your video anyway.

The last and easiest (if most expensive) option is just to import your source on physical media from Japan or another country where it is licensed. Though it may require modded or region free hardware and definitely involves spending time and postage, it's legal and reliable.


WRT your original post, Arjuna IS licensed, and Bandai is going to be releasing it shortly in R1, if they haven't started already. If you want to do a video using this series, just save your money and wait.

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Postby Blood » Sun Oct 13, 2002 12:44 am

Dear Everyone,

I know that you guys dont like newbies that ask stupid questions that can be found out by reading a simple tutorial, and after reading this thread I realized that the questions I want to ask are not suited for here. I am one of the many who wants to make an anime music video, with no clue how too. My point is that, although I read many manuals and tutorials about makine anime music videos many of my questions are unanswered. Time for me to instigate a flame war...I mean ask some questions.

1. I know that newbies to anime music videos were told not to ask this but, could anyone please e-mail me at xbluecarx@hotmail.com and tell me where or even the name of one or more music video makers. I know that you need a computer to make a good music video and I have one but dont know which programs to even start looking for.

2. If anyone is willing to put alot of time into helping me specifficly with technical questions and such please e-mail me at xbluecarx@hotmail.com

Well I hope those two questions are ok by you guys.

P.S. Does anyone have the music video of Evangelion with the song "Iris" by "The Goo Goo Dolls" anime music video that was showed at Otakon this year? I loved that but I dont know who made it, and cant get a copy.
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Postby Sub0 » Sun Oct 13, 2002 11:26 am

Blood wrote:Dear Everyone,

I know that you guys dont like newbies that ask stupid questions that can be found out by reading a simple tutorial, and after reading this thread I realized that the questions I want to ask are not suited for here. I am one of the many who wants to make an anime music video, with no clue how too. My point is that, although I read many manuals and tutorials about makine anime music videos many of my questions are unanswered. Time for me to instigate a flame war...I mean ask some questions.

1. I know that newbies to anime music videos were told not to ask this but, could anyone please e-mail me at xbluecarx@hotmail.com and tell me where or even the name of one or more music video makers. I know that you need a computer to make a good music video and I have one but dont know which programs to even start looking for.

2. If anyone is willing to put alot of time into helping me specifficly with technical questions and such please e-mail me at xbluecarx@hotmail.com

Well I hope those two questions are ok by you guys.

P.S. Does anyone have the music video of Evangelion with the song "Iris" by "The Goo Goo Dolls" anime music video that was showed at Otakon this year? I loved that but I dont know who made it, and cant get a copy.


:wink: the ultimate answer to amv noobs (like me) just make your first amv. Nobody (but you) expects the thing to be perfect, just makes sence (and, unfortunately I admit, even the Linkin Ball Z vidz make SENCE... well most of em...). Suggestions and reviews of software (even links to free stuff) to use is in the guides... somewhere. I've found that 'pros' (least the ones I'v asked) don't like to repeat answers they put in the guides. you may get lucky though, good luck :twisted: .
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Postby Blood » Sun Oct 13, 2002 12:39 pm

Um...that didnt answer either of my questions. Its not that I know how to make AMV's but I suck at them, It is that I dont know how to make them. Which programs to use and such.
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