DriftRoot (Lauren C.)
Me too, kind of. I don't vote for popular vids, per se, I just vote for what I liked. Since I'm picky and I don't watch a lot of "popular" vids, that leaves me not voting for a lot of things. This is why I love NG's Livestream of the semifinals, it's a great way to catch up on things I haven't seen (often over and over and over again due to multi-nominations) and it's fun to watch with other people. AMV watching is usually a pretty solitary experience, outside of cons...
Speaking of which, this weekend I have thus far gotten zero done on my new video. I had a seminar to attend Friday and Saturday, and today a new and unexpected kitten to deal with. Long story short, my mother rescued a 3-month old kitten found abandoned in a snowdrift during a recent blizzard, and since my cat is currently 19 and probably running on empty, figured I'd welcome some young blood. She's cute and friendly, definitely not feral (which is sad, b/c that means someone's probably missing her), but definitely NOT the kind of cat I'd pick out for myself. Best thing she's done so far is go at my alpaca throw like it was a mommy cat, kneading the fur, nuzzling around, very cute.
So, back to AMV land.
Pre-Edit: 7 hours
Edit: 9 hours
The Good: Got the interlacing thing figured out. It was a combo of failing to set "Honor Pulldown Flags" and then (worse) my Premiere export preset getting royally messed up so that it exported interlaced footage. Thank you to doki as always for suggestions as to what might have been wrong! To be safe, I've re-done all of my AVI files. Only one more disc to go.
The Bad: As mentioned, no editing got done this weekend. I also just spent an hour rearranging the furniture in my office, b/c lo and behold, Daylight Savings Time means the afternoon sun beaming right onto my desk and monitor (a.k.a. no computer work). So I reversed the room and am now much happier.
The Ugly: Work obligations are going to complicate finishing this video in time for AB. Not only do I have to film and create TWO advertising/instruction videos on my own time, but I also am helping with PR for a regional marketing conference. Why do these things always have to pile on at the same darn time??
Oh yeah, and I'm going to try my darndest to get to Otakon this year! I registered, I've got a hotel room, now I just have to scrape together some money to pay for it all. This new apartment of mine is not cheap...nor are kittens...
It's possible I didn't tell DGIndex to Honor Pulldown Flags. I'll know in another 14 hours, after my computer generates a new AVI file.
Pre-Edit: 6 hours
Edit: 9 hours
The Good: Nine hours of editing this weekend. Didn't think I had it in me, for this video. Mind you, it wasn't grand slam, "that's definitely done" editing. More like "well, I have three short scenes which kind of synch, now I wonder what it will look like when I export it" kind of editing. Still, something's coming together, even if I'm not sure what it is.
The Bad: A good chunk of time today was spent crafting a rape scene, so that was a jolly good time. *rubs hands together* Reminds me of what I said at the Anime Boston AMV panel at last year, when I had the gall to offer advice on a type of AMV I'd never made and never really had any interest in: romance videos are a lot more powerful if they've got more to them than generic shots of smiles, quivering eyes and flower petals. Just because a scene isn't all hearts and happiness doesn't mean it can't be in a romance video - hence rape. I just hope the adult subject matter doesn't tip me over the edge in the judges' eyes into drama. :| In fact, I hope this is still PG-13...is non-explicit sexual assault worthy of an "R" rating? There is a small bit of nudity involved, but no naughty bits.
The Ugly: When I attempted this video several years ago, I had the very unpleasant experience of working too close to the timeline. This is what happens when I focus too narrowly on precision editing and lose sight of the forest for the trees, the bark and the ants under the bark. After many years I've determined this is one reason I find editing with Advent Children oddly do or die - there is just TOO MUCH forest in AC to get distracted by ants. With regular anime, though, the ants are often more interesting than the forest. In any event, I haven't actually watched what I've spent nine hours fussing with, yet, so there is a 79% chance it's all garbage and I've wasted one whole weekend of the four I have left before AB.
K, I'm going to watch what I made, now.
:( Why is there interlacing everywhere? This footage isn't supposed to be interlaced. IS THIS FOOTAGE INTERLACED???
Starting over from scratch. Again. I think this makes six times with this particular series.
4 hours 5 hours
2 hours 0 hours
So let's see, what has happened lately? Oh yes, to recap, all my hoarded footage I've had for years was thrown out about three weeks ago, when I bit the bullet and expunged dozens and dozens of discs from my collection b/c I was tired of moving them and never using them. This necessitated renting - for the sixth time, as I figure it - from Netflix the series discs so I can rip them and re-hoard the footage I need.
So, ok, I've done this six times now. I should know exactly what I'm doing, right? Wrong. After quickly rewriting an AVS script to clean it all up a bit, VirtualDub takes 14 to 17 hours per disc to cough up an AVI file. So there goes a few days down the drain. This weekend I go into Premiere to start making subclips and run across some old, dreaded friends: the planets http://goo.gl/u1D62.
This shouldn't look right to anyone, and I've seen it five times before. This time was no different, I had a brief tantrum and then spent about two hours on Saturday trying to figure out what's wrong with my project file, my AVI file, my .AVS file, my .d2v file, my VOB file...you get the picture. At the end of the day, I still don't know what's wrong, but I'm blaming it on something the original encoders did - this is how it looks on the DVDs themselves: Planet Squishedness. It's not right, but it's the way it is. Other scenes with purported perfect circles look ok, but not this one. Bastards.
So I gave up and let it be, making a mental note to try and avoid using this scene in my video. -_-
Oh, YES!! And today I got my next three discs from Netflix, and one of them is almost completely cracked in half, which I somehow missed when I put it in my CD tray. So there's another delay.
And I need to come up with a title for this thing...
Because after my move, I can't find my discs of ripped footage and have concluded with horror that they were among a large quantity I threw out in an attempt to unclutter my footage-for-AMVs-that-will-probably-never-be collection. *throws things* The AMV gods are are STILL out there playing their horrid little jokes on me!
Netflix DVD rentals to the rescue. Still, there goes one weekend/10 hours of editing that might have been. -_-
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