Get a comfy chair because here is where the
most time will go into your video. The more time you spend
on this step, the better your video will look.
The first and easiest thing to do once you start
arranging your clips to the sound track is action sync. From
your planning in step 2, you should have a good grasp on where
the beat, symbol crashes, and dynamics are in your song. The
trick is to make stuff happen at those times. Generally, the
more stuff happens at these times, the better the video will
"Gag" sync (funny or ironic lyrics
matching to the action) is more of an art form than action
sync. For gag sync to work, the viewer must usually hear the
words and then see the gag. The time between the word and
the gag is where the art form part comes in. You usually don't
want the gag and word to happen at the same time. This causes
the viewer to go, "What was that? I missed it..."
Give the viewer time to absorb the word and then anticipate
Also, don't over-use the gag. It may be great
the first time and cool the second time, but after five or
six times of the same thing, it's probably getting old fast.
Try changing the gag around into something more unexpected.
Lip sync can be easy or hard depending on the
scene you choose to sync. Easy clips to lip sync are ones
where the character speaking and the only thing moving in
the entire frame is the mouth. Generally in these clips, there
are two positions of the mouth, open and closed. Advanced
(and better) lip syncing can be done with more mouth positions.
To lip sync, all you have to do is isolate the open and closed
frames and then repeat them with the words. The open position
could be repeated for five or six frames and then two or three
frames of the closed position. With more mouth positions,
you can follow the dynamics of the lyrics better and add more
realism to your lip syncing.
Hard lip syncing clips are ones where there
is alot of movement in the shot, either by the character or
the background. In these shots, you either have to be lucky
or do some major Photoshop work to get the sync right (most
of the time it's luck). Basically, and this applies to the
easy shots as well, if the mouth movement starts when the
words start and the mouth movement stops when the words stop,
the shot should look fine (or at least as good as the overdub
Mouth movements are not good when there are
no words. Mediocre videos will usually make the mistake of
having talking head shots during the solo of the song. It
may be a crucial moment in the anime where someone is explaining
something extremely profound to someone else. But to the viewer
who hasn't seen the anime yet (imagine that, someone who hasn't
seen the same anime you have!), the viewer is left thinking
"I wonder what are those people talking about?"
instead of paying attention to your video.
Another thing that is generally not good to
do is repeating footage. Say you get through the first verse
and chorus. After the second verse you get to the second chorus.
Don't use the same series you did for the first chorus. Bad,
creator, bad! Even using the same clips in different parts
of the video is usually bad. The viewer is going to say to
themselves, "you've been there, done that". There
are some good uses, such as repeating a small segment in rapid
succession for dramatic effect. Other than that, repeating
footage in a video is considered bad.
The last thing to cover here is digital effects.
I know, your looking at this big pallet of effects and transitions,
like a kid in a candy store, wondering how you're going to
fit them all into your video. Don't do it! There are pleanty
of excellent videos which use few to no effects. Digital effects
should only be used to help tell the story your video is trying
to tell. Using digital effects for the sake of using them
puts you video in danger of falling into the "Episode
1" category. (In case you're new to this planet, "Star
Wars: Episode 1" was the much anticipated first prequel
to the widely famous, and considered sacred, Star Wars series.
It has some dazzling effects and cool ninja moves, but other
than that, the movie unfortunately blows.)
I'm not just talking about cheesy effects either.
There are some videos out there that have some spectacular
and impressive effects, except there was to much emphasis
on the effects and the video wasn't that good. The best example
of the good use of digital effects in a video that I know
of is "Tainted Donuts"
by Weibelius (Eric Kobet). It's chock full of effects and
each adds to the telling of the story in the video.
On to Step 5: --> Finish
up to distribute