Alright, you've planned out your video, captured
the footage, and cut, spliced, and synced for weeks. It looks
great!! What's left?
The first thing is the intro and closing captions,
also know as "bumpers". Bumpers are completely optional.
Many of the top video producers don't use them, so don't feel
obligated to. If you are going to use them, try to keep them
around the 6 to 8 second mark and definitely under 10 seconds
each. Not many people want to sit through a 10 to 30 second
intro before they see your video no matter how cool the intro
is. People want to see the video, not some 3D graphic that
took 30 hours to render. Simple bumpers are the best. Some
text about who you are, the name of the video, music, and
anime is all you need. Plain text is fine.
The last thing is compression. Not many people
want to download the couple-hundred megs of your completed
video. Compression is necessary. There are tons of ways to
compress your video. I'm going to talk about three of them:
MPEG 1, AVI, and RealMedia.
MPEG 1 is considered to be the method of choice
to compress and distribute your video. If done correctly,
it gives a clear, smooth picture and excellent sound quality.
A resolution of 320x240 or there abouts is the usual distribution
For AVI distribution, people like to use the
DivX codec. It does a heck of a job compressing with good
Finally there is RealMedia. Many people poo-poo
this method of compression, mainly because there are not that
many examples of good output. Most people for some reason
use a low bitrate when compressing with RealMedia. If you
use RealMedia, make sure to use a high bit rate when you compress.
You can get the free version of RealProducer, but it will
only compress as high as 450 Kbps, which is not bad at all.
You can use higher bitrates with the retail product. The best
example I have found of a good RM video is "Blue Mercury"
by Aluminum Studios. It is compressed at 650 Kbps, is 15.8
megs, and looks better than his 25 meg MPEG version (in my
There is a giant guide dedicated to video compression
"AbsoluteDestiny & ErMaC's
Technical Guides to All Things Audio and Video"
Now all that is left is to enter your video
information here at AnimeMusicVideos.org and then distribute
your video to some conventions or on some server. Good luck!!