Zarxrax's Friendly Amv Guide
"Learn to get video from a DVD into your editing program in about 20 minutes"
There already exists a very good guide that details how to use DVD source footage. That guide is AbsoluteDestiny & ErMaC's Technical Guides to All Things Audio and Video, AKA the EADFAG. However, since its a rather large and complex guide, many people are simply too lazy to be bothered to read it, or they may have difficulty understanding parts of the guide. For that reason, I have created these video tutorials.
I would like to point out that these video tutorials are extremely simplified, do not contain a wealth of information, and give you practically no choice in the way things are done. This should be enough for someone who is just starting out, but if you are serious about AMV editing, I strongly urge you to read the aforementioned guide!
Also, these tutorials only walk you through to the point of creating files that can be edited. I wont be covering topics such as how to set up the project settings in your editing program, how to actually edit your video, or how to properly export and encode your finished video. For those topics, again, I point you to the EADFAG. You really shouldn't have trouble following it from that point, because all of the difficult stuff will be out of the way.
These videos are MP4 files compressed using H.264 video and AAC audio. The easiest way to play them is by using VLC Media Player. If you prefer to use a different player, you can install support for these files by installing the CCCP.
To follow these tutorials, you will need a number of different programs. All of the necessary software is contained in the AmvApp, so please make sure to install this before you begin!
WARNING: This version of AMVapp is currently in beta testing. It is not intended for actual use, or for first-time editors.
Lesson #1 - Ripping the DVD (5.5MB)
Lesson #4 - Removing Interlacing (10.5MB)
Frequently Asked Questions
- What kind of program do I need to create an AMV?
You need some video editing software. One of the most popular programs among novices is Windows Movie Maker, because it is free with Windows XP. Windows Movie Maker is one of the worst programs out there though, and I don't recommend it unless you are just a newbie trying to get an idea what AMV Editing is like. Another popular program is Magix Movie Edit. Various versions of this software can be obtained rather cheaply (~$30), and it is quite powerful. On the high end (expensive), some popular editing programs are Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere Pro. The older Adobe Premiere 6.x is still a popular choice among many people as well.
- This Lagarith codec that you recommend makes the files too big! Can't I use a format like Divx or MPEG or WMV?
No! Absolutely not! Codecs such as Divx and Xvid, and formats such as MPEG and WMV are not suitable for editing, and should not be used! If you don't have enough space, even when cutting out only the clips that you need, there is a way of editing directly from the AVS files. It can be a little complicated though, so I don't cover it here. If you are interested, READFAG.
- I followed all of these video tutorials, what now?
Ideally, you should also read all of the EADFAG before you begin editing. If you choose not to read all of it though, here are the key steps that you need to take: