- Member: dj_ultima_the_great
- Title: How Happy You Made Me
- Premiered: 2005-05-28
- Me First and The Gimmie Gimmies Mandy
- Silent Hill 2 OST Angels Thanatos
My tenth music video.
***This video has been remastered! Please refer to the bottom of the page for more info.***
My inspiration for this video came from a lazy day off of school. I was sifting through my many PS1 games and running them through the PSX Multi-converter to see what came up. When I got to Chocobo's Dungeon 2, I remembered what a cute game it was. Moreover, it was a Squaresoft creation, so I knew it would have some intersting cutscenes. Bored with the ideas I was working on and intrigued by the idea of a CD2 video, I decided to see if I had any music suitable to the project. The cutscenes are few and far between in that game, so I couldn't afford a long song. I finally found one I really liked (as I'll describe in the next section) and put the idea to the test. I loved it.
About the music...I decided on the piece "Mandy" by Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies for a few reasons. 1. It was short. For this video, short was good. I had considered a few Dance Dance Revolution songs, but they were just all too upbeat for my idea and editing talent. 2. The song fits the game in a weird kind of way. I mean, Chocobo is looking for/rescuing Shiroma the whole game because he loves her in his own innocent way. Also, he's horribly depressed when she's away. The scene in the snow that I use near the three-quarters mark of the video is so sad. It makes me want to cry! 3. I just liked the song. I liked the change of pace, the beat, the lyrics, and just the general way it was done. I'm iffy about punk covers, but this one is cool.
About the video...mostly, this was just an effort to make a fun video. I tried comedy and failed. I tried action and sort of failed, though my friend pinky seems to like it. So, I wanted to try something fun. This was that idea put in motion. Yeah, there was a lot of effort put into it. Yeah, it could still be better. Yeah, no one will ever download this video because no one has heard of the game and the song is unique to this video as well. Heck, at least I'll get high marks for originality. Nobody can say that I don't think outside the box.
Overall, this video is just meant for enjoyment. It's not meant to press the boundaries of video editing and I'm not trying to pwn video quality. Have fun with this and I hope you like it.
Program: Windows Movie Maker II
Ripped with: PSX Multi-Converter
Hours Spent: 10
Date Completed: 5/27/05 (a day-late birthday present to myself)
Scores I would give in a review...
Capture/Output Quality: 7/10
Sound Quality: 8/10
Action/Editing Sync: 8/10
As always, Farewell, Good Luck, and Happy AMV-ing!
PS: *smooches pinky*
For the remaster, I utilized Avisynth and input some smoothing scripts, and I also brought down the resolution some - from 640x480 to 512x384. It's not a huge step up in quality, but it is noticable. My worst troubles came in the form of the extremely bright colors of that game. Chocobo's yellow seemed to bleed out into everything around it, as well as Shiroma's pink hair. When all of the filters were input, I encoded the video in XviD. For those wondering why I don't do h.264, it's because it doesn't play smoothly on my computer (unless I close out every other program); therefore, I'm opting to use the encode that will work best for me.
This video is a practice run for Avisynth and VirturalDubMod. With this, I'm hoping to learn methods to use in future videos. If you already have 'How Happy You Made Me' in your collection for some reason (can't imagine why anyone would, honestly), you should probably replace it with this version.