I made an AMV for a contest and the opinion people have so far is that it's one of my best.
The video is on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a82jZa4k57I
I hope people enjoy it :P
Sorry I don't have more to talk about,
C ya arround
Making AMV's: The disc space
The most frustrating thing about making AMV's is most definitely keeping an eye on your computers disk space. If you're like me and have a hard time choosing which scenes work best with the song you are using without the music(Before you start editing), you might need to check how much disk space you have before,while and after you start gathering your footage so that you don't get stuck with no more disc space available halfway trough the whole project.
I cannot count the number of times my hard drive has been filled up just so I can make a single AMV (with one whole file once reaching almost 10Gb in size!). However, this is caused more by my bad habits when it comes to extracting footage more then anything else, so not everyone will have this problem. Even so, to make an AMV, you still need lot's of space on your hard disc. In my opinion, the ideal minimum amount of free space would be 5Gb. This gives you about 1Gb of space for the audio files, 2Gb for the source video files, 1Gb for the project files (includes the project, the final product and the title card), as well as a 1Gb spare, just to be safe. These are numbers that you can play with and it's up to the person making the AMV's good judgement when comes time to decide how much space to allocate to the whole project.
If asked to compare, the disc space is like our memory. You always keep adding to it, but when it fills up, you need to take a break and choose what you need the most (in other words, what you choose to delete/forget and what you choose to keep/remember).
Until next time, C'ya
Making AMV's: the "White Page Syndrome"
French Canadian's have an expression that describes the lack of ideas and/or inspiration quite well: the "white page syndrome".
The "white page syndrome" happens when you have no idea of what to do with your creation, yet know you have/want to do something. In other words, it refers to how the page used to write down your ideas stays blank and clean, thus the term "white page".
What sucks about the syndrome when your making AMV's is that it happens far to easily. Running out of either video footage to show or good songs to use is easy, depending on how big media library is. Sometimes, the ideas take a whole day to come and other times they take a whole month, maybe even more.
If you ever fall victim to the white page syndrome, do not force inspiration. Do not force audio and video together, the results will be brutal. The best thing to do is to take a break and to listen to your music and watch the shows/movies you can use for the AMV's. Also, try to listen to the radio and watch some newer shows/movies so that you can find newer ideas.
If asked to compare, the "white page syndrome" is like getting a bad cold. you need to take some time off and relax so that you can recover quickly and start working at full capacity again.
Well, until next time, C ya
Making AMV's: The Inspiration
When it comes to making an AMV that people will enjoy, you need to keep one important rule in mind. That rule goes as follow: THINK BEFORE YOU ACT!
If you have a sudden inspirational vibe of some sort, write it down and then think about what it would look like. If you haven't heard the song you want to use or haven't watched the anime(or live action) you want to use for a while, chances are you will end up scrapping the idea at the end if you don't take the time to evaluate how well the song and anime go together.
Also, if you have a tendency to listen to your music while on the go, keep a notepad and pen on you at all times. When you get an idea for an AMV, write it down right away(unless you are driving, of course). Doing so not only helps you remember the good ideas that you might forget later on, but also gives you a chance to think it over later on by re-listening to the song and re-watching a few episodes or a movie from the series you want to get footage from.
Finally, don't force something that doesn't fit. If it's not made to be, it's not made to be. Some songs and some footage just don't go well together, and forcing them to will normally make things worse. The only exception to this would be footage and music that are polar opposites.
Songs and footage that are polar opposites have a tendency to be pretty epic and funny to watch (as long as the AMV is well made, of course). For example, an AMV using footage from the Care Bears series and music from a death metal group would be epic and hilarious.
Polar opposite AMV's are harder to make and require professional software (something like premier). If you are new at making AMV's and/or don't have professional software, try to stay away from these types of AMV's.
If asked to compare, inspiration would be your mind's idea of fun. Sometimes it's intelligent and safe, and other times...you end up in the hospital.
That's all for now folks, C ya
Making AMV's: The Song and the Footage
When making an AMV, it is critical that the song and the footage match each other well. If the song is of poor audio quality, it will sound out of place. Also, if you use footage with subtitles and/or logos on it, it will give an unpolished look to the finished video.
However, the most important thing to do is insure that the song you choose and the footage you use go well together. I am not talking about the lip sync here, I am talking about the feeling you have when you listen to both. It's hard to pinpoint what exactly makes a song work with a certain show, but you should get that "you know what would be great with..." moment when it does.
A song that matches your footage will make it easier to understand and have a story that matches the one from the footage. For example, I made a video with the song"La 138", which is about driving a car and staying concentrated on the road. I used footage from the Speed Racer movie and it matched almost perfectly with the racing scenes from the movie. However, I also once tried to make a video using some footage from Haruhi and a billy talent song called "Prisoner of today". I thought it was a great match at first, but the style of the music just didn't fit with the footage I had and I scraped the project.
When it comes to comparing it to a human body, the choice of the song and the footage would probably be best represented by the looks someone has, mainly the choice of clothes they wear. If you don't chose the right clothes, mismatch your clothes and/or don't chose the right colors, you will look like a total clown. However, if you take the time to match you clothes up in a way that they fit together very well, you will look at as someone who is more serious and actually thinks before acting.
Well, that's what I have found AMV making to be like. So far, I have to say it is great, but I really wished I had more feedback.
That's all for now,
C ya :P
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