- Member: BMXRIDERSI
- Studio: Intriquality Developments
- Title: Frozen Dream
- Premiered: 2005-01-29
- Hoobastank Disappear
Have you ever had a dream that stayed frozen in your mind? A dream that you believed couldn't be more real? It's common for humans to awake from their dreams and recall feelings and thoughts that were some how developed during their sleep and have no idea why they were thinking of such things in the first place.
Like any other video, I began this one pondering the possibilities of it's success. I mean, there aren't many scenes in Animatrix that I could see fitting to this song, and I was pretty questionable. I did have strong feelings for this video. After watching the anime and the 3 Matrix movies I was drawn to the strong possiblity and truth in it's theory. The whole concept baffled me and still does today. For all we know, we could really be in a Matrix. It may not be called a matrix though. It may not even have a name.
The making Process
Getting footage for the video was easy enough. My friend walked in during a weekend at Technical School, and he brought with him the Animatrix DVD. My first thought was, man this is a just a stupid cartoon of the matrix. Boy was I wrong. I thought the matrix movie made me think a lot. Well this anime just made me think a whole lot more. I was perplexed yet again, and even further than before. I used the dvd as soon as I got to my first permanent party station in Texas, where I am residing now. I'm in the lovely dorms :P Anyway, I took the .VOB files off of the dvd. Afterwords I pulled open a program called Virtual DuBMOD. This is slightly different from Virtual dub in a sense that it's more compadible with the files that you normally work with around editing. Although the downfall is that it doesn't quite handle audio as well as the regular Virtual Dub does. I directly opened each individual .vob file in Virtual DUBMOD and exported a low quality MJPEG file for each of the 9 vob files that were the 9 scenes from the dvd. I used this for footage in Adobe Premiere 6.5. After editing for quite some time, I was ready to replace the ugly low quality movie files, with the huge high quality MJPEG files. So I once again imported each individual .vob file from the dvd and exported nice max quality MJPEG footage from virtual dubmod just as I did with the low quality footage. I erased all the low quality footage and opened up Adobe. Of course the first thing it asked was "where is file blank, blank.avi?" I pointed towards the new high quality footage I had just made. After adobe had imported all the high quality footage, I exported the video out of adobe and WALLA. Nice, 700 mb high quality master copy of the music video.
This time for compression, I decided I wanted a MPG file and a Xvid file instead of just having an XviD file. I planned to upload the MPG file so anyone who downloaded this video wouldn't have problems playing the file, since MPG plays in practically everything, and you need a special codec to play the Xvid file. I came out with a 3000 Kbps Xvid file and a 2200 Kbps MPG file which both are very nice. The Xvid file came out to 88.5 MB and the MPG file came out to 70.4 MB.
As for audio quality, I used a cd ripped version of the song and put it into wav format. I used the original virtual dub for XviD final compressions on audio and video. All i had to do was import the wav into Virtual Dub while I was compressing the video so it was automatically attached. I set the compression for the audio at 224 Kbps Mp3. As for the MPG file version of my video, I used TMPGenc for the encoding of the audio and video. The video came out to 2200 kbps, and looks very close to dvd quality, and the audio was a mpg format layer 2, 224 kbps compression rate.
I'm pleased with the way this video came out, I was begginning to get worried near the ending of the video because I was starting to run out of scenes to match to the music but I scurried around. This video is very basic and there are no technical effects. The whole purpose of most of my videos is just to flow.
Timing and Scene selection are the most important combinations to me in making music videos. You don't need special effects at all. In the real world of editing, fades, crossovers and straight cuts are the most widely used and are the most perferred by professional editors. Usually throwing in effects can be neat because people like to see things they have never seen before but sometimes effects can overdraw attention to the overall point of the music video, and what the artist is really trying to aim at with his timing and scene selection. I try to make my videos flow and to get the feeling you should get when watching a video that executes well with the song chosen.
The Link to this video is in the following format:
2200 Kbps CBR bitrate
224 Kbps CBR bitrate
MPEG layer II
This video should be able play in most commonly used media players such as:
Real Media Player
Windows Media Player
Enjoy the video!