So, you want to create an AMV? Well you've come to the right place, because this guide is going to show you everything that you need to know!
First of all, there are three things that you will need.
Once you have everything that you need, you might be wondering about how to actually go about making your AMV. Here are the general steps:
Now, of these four steps, step #3 is the creative process that everyone wants to get right into. Steps #1, 2, and 4, however, involve a lot of technical things that can be difficult to learn and understand. It's not uncommon to spend as much time on these steps as you do actually making your video. And I'm not going to lie to you--these steps are not fun. However, they are necessary. The amount of work you put into these technical steps will directly influence the overall quality of your video. If you try to take shortcuts, your video will end up looking like crap.
The purpose of this guide is to help you with the technical aspects. You will not find instructions here on how to actually edit your video. For that, you need to read the manual that goes with your NLE. For the most part though, actually editing the video is a piece of cake. Editing WELL, however, is something that takes practice and experience, as with any other art form.
How to use this guide
In order to use this guide effectively, you must be willing to read and follow directions. Many people complain that they don't feel like reading it all, or that it's too complicated. Well, tough! Digital video is complicated, and if you want to learn to do this correctly, you are going to have to make an effort. I do promise though, that its really not all that bad if you at least try!
This guide is split into two main segments: a theory guide, and a practical guide. The theory guide explains the main concepts behind digital video that you need to know. This section of the guide is actually fairly short, but it can be difficult to understand at first. I highly recommend that you read the theory section before you begin creating your video. Even if you don't understand everything it's talking about, it will introduce you to a lot of important concepts and terminology.
The practical guide walks you through the things that you actually need to do. This part of the guide is (necessarily) quite long and complex, with many branching paths. I highly recommend that you follow it from the beginning, rather than trying to just read a single page or two when you get stuck. Much of what is being done later on in the guide is dependant on things that were done earlier in the guide, so if you skip around, you WILL get confused! If you stay on track and follow things correctly though, I don't think you will have much trouble. If something in the guide confuses you, you can always come and ask about it in the forum.
Hopefully, I haven't scared you away by now. If you are ready, let's head back to the index so you can get started!
Zarxrax - January 2007