Let me start off by saying this: internet
and compressed anime footage blows!! Don't even bother
using it. Your video will look like crap. Bigtime. Don't give
me that, "Oh, I can't go out and get a real copy"
bull. If you're going to do a video, do it right. Save up
and go buy a copy on tape or DVD. If you have to, go out an
rent it or even borrow it from a friend who has the footage.
Find a real copy somewhere.
As far as source goes, VHS is ok. The one thing
you will want to do is make sure you have a clean copy. If
your copy looks as if it has been viewed 200 times, it probably
isn't going to give you clean footage. Your video can only
look as good as the source (unless you are willing to put
in LOTS of time digitally cleaing it up). There are too many
videos out there that have streaky lines and chopped up garbage
as source footage. You don't want your video to be one of
Oh yeah, make sure the VHS copy is a NON-SUBTITLED
version. Most anime watchers have a Pavlovian response to
read subtitles any time they appear on the screen. We can't
help it. If you want us to pay attention to your video, make
sure there are no subtitles going along the bottom of the
screen. As a last resort, use black bars or fake a letterbox
screen cut to cover the subtitles. There is also a guide dedicated
Laser discs are a now obsolete method of storing
movies. Laser discs are really big, really heavy, and really
expensive. But, laser discs are an excellent source of quality
footage. If you happen to have some or have a friend who will
let you borrow thiers, consider yourself lucky. The major
drawback is that you need an analog capture card to get the
footage into your computer.
Now DVD rules the world. I would highly suggest
that you purchase or use a DVD copy of the anime you are going
to use (in fact, I have sworn to never purchase VHS again).
Plus, if you have a DVD drive in your computer, capturing
is a snap. A computer DVD drive can be grabbed for $25 or
less (even cheaper on eBay).
One thing you may want to keep in mind when
choosing footage is the aspect ratio of the anime source,
letterbox (widescreen) or pan-and-scan (TV sized). You generally
don't want to mix the aspect ratios because it gets annoying
jumping between the two in a video (it's big, it's small,
it's big again).
Now take your song map you made in step 2 in
one hand, your video remote in the other, and watch all the
anime you are going to use in fast-forward. Look for clips
as they fly by that would match the ones you've written down.
When you see one, do a rough time count to see if it fits
time wise and then write down the clip location (tape 3, 20
mins 12 secs in). Do this for as many clips as you need for
Once you have a list of footage to use, setup
your capture station and start capturing away. Capture at
the highest resolution and quality you can. If you are capturing
footage from a VCR or laser disc player, be sure to use the
s-video component if you can. Your captures will come out
much nicer than using the regular RCA composite connection.
Also make sure you capture a second or two buffer before and
after clip you want to use. You can trim things down easy
enough, but if you don't have that first or last split second
of footage, you don't have it.
The last thing you need is a copy of the music
to go with your video. As with video, downloaded MP3s are
not good. Go out and get a CD copy or even borrow one if you
On to Step 4: --> Cut,
splice, and sync