DriftRoot (Lauren C.)
Oh those puppy eyes... how can I resist?!
I wasn't planning on sending this anywhere until the spring, but since you asked, I will certainly pop it over your way in a few weeks. :)
Arrrggghh It's done.
So unless I decide to change things in the next six hours (entirely possible), I've completed my sixth AMV. Current rate seems to be one every year-and-a-half/two years. :|
Last-minute additions and subtractions are complete. Final fiddling with clips I've already fiddled with 27 times is finis. Wrestling with temperamental AVS script WHICH WORKED FINE THE LAST TIME I USED IT is over. What's going on now? First test MP4 file is being encoded. So far, no crashes! Meanwhile, I'm going to go play with my dog!
Ok, worst of the lip syncing is done. It was very odd, I thought I had a ton to do, but thanks to a lot of previous nitpicking over scene choices, there was only one place I had to go in and really mess around. I am not going to go ballistic with this video, though, "perfect" is not what I'm after. Shocking, I know.
Honestly, though, my lip syncing got thrown a massive curve ball this afternoon when I found that there's something really "off" with ... something in my computer. I can't get accurate frame exports out of any video program, the gamma in the images is all messed up (too dark). Never ran into this issue before, so I did a little Interneting, but didn't find a solution. I suspect it's a graphics card issue. In any case, this effectively killed all the methods I was going to use for lip syncing CG mouths, so I had to resort to some less-than-ideal alternatives in AE. I'm going to haul some of this stuff into work on Monday and see what happens on my PC there.
So! What's left? Some special effects, since I seem to have the time. Nothing outrageous, just a little something extra to make people smile.
I'm soooo tired
The Good: It's almost done. Done enough that I am pretty much "done" with it. All that's left is a bunch of lip syncing (oh joy), making a decision about the opening of the video (I have two options, neither of which I'm really pleased with), ripping the ending apart (again) and ...oh yeah, the intro screen. That should be super easy, I still have my files from L.F.S.
The Bad: I am really, really tired. Work has been extremely hectic and stressful all summer (which is saying something) and isn't going to let up for the foreseeable future. I get home at night and I'm almost a zombie, no energy, but can't sleep b/c I'm stressed out. Come the weekend, I'm totally burnt to a crisp, which is...
The Ugly: ...not good, because if I am to make my self-imposed deadline, I only have two weekends a.k.a.. 32 hours - left (I can't hack editing more than eight hours a day or really bad things start to happen and my chiropractic bills are high enough, thank you). The final factor is really the lip syncing, if that doesn't go well, then this AMV is not going to be done on time. Next deadline? *sigh* I don't know.... it would be nice to finish it this year, but maybe I just sit on it and take a shot at Anime Boston next year. *sigh*
I'M SO SUUUPER ENTHUSED ABOUT MY AMV!! CAN'T YOU TELL?!!
Is this what happens when I make an AMV just for fun? I don't care much about it? I guess so... that sucks. :(
The Good: No blank spots left on the timeline. I can watch it through and not wince badly, the story works - I'm not making anything up (from a certain point of view...).
The Bad: There are tons of spots with different clip options stacked four or five high, because nothing is exactly the way I want it. Using ABC gets me one thing that matches EFG, but maybe it's better to match XYZ. I don't usually have this problem with my AMVs, typically I hunt around and experiment until things click into place. This one just isn't clicking. Kind of reminds me of Takout, in this regard, that video fought tooth and nail against me.
The Ugly: Special effects will be required, mostly some lip syncing, which is oh-so-much fun to do with CGI. (not...) I also want to try out some other stuff, but only if I have time, and time's getting short.
Gotta find me some beta testers soon. :)
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