- Member: azulmagia
- Studio: Wizeguyz Studios
- Title: Ai Tenshi Ain't Goin Out Like That
- Premiered: 2005-06-18
- Cypress Hill I Ain't Goin' Out Like That
All right, this is my very first attempt at an amv...so go easy on me. The actual editing was kinda fun, which wasn't what I was expecting. The AMV is not perfect, but you have to start somewhere, and set up challenges for oneself. The anime was selected because I had just gotten the DVD of
Wedding Peach volume 2 and wanted to use it for my first AMV, since there is a distinct lack of Wedding Peach AMVs out there, indeed I daresay it could well be the best Wedding Peach AMV hitherto made, even given its manifest shortcomings. If only for the fact that a lot of people don't seem to like Wedding Peach... :( The music was selected because...well, because I don't have a very large library of CDs. (Hell, it's so limited I'm considering using a classical CD I got in a friggin' cereal box for a prospective project.) I decided to go with the song that I considered the LEAST appropriate given the nature of the anime, and mix a little comedy, although it's mostly intended to be a straightforward action video.
Personally, I think the video came out, visually, and in terms of editing, about 150% better than I expected for my first video...and about 80% than what I had originally intended. The planning for clip selection was about half premeditated, half on the fly, with a number of decisions about such
being subject to rapid fluctuations. I started to run out of ideas (not to mention hard drive space) as the song made its instrumental closure, so I just decided to do nothing fancy and add some pretty basic scenes (Yes, I am aware that having the Love Angels happily drink milk after being depicted
kneeling before Limone is a double entendre).
I am reasonably satisfied with the way the action sequences worked out. Wherever possible, I used scenes that generally matched the lyrics. A number of scenes were worked in simply because they looked cool, like the henshins and Wedding Peach firing the Saint Grenade Launcher.
The main weakness, in my opinion, of the AMV is the lip-synching sequences. Clearly that editing skill is going to take some work for future presentations. Hinagiku's synch in the first chorus came out almost exactly as planned, but not the others. Jama-P's lip-synching went through a number of changes. The first edit, horror of horrors, his mouth was just HANGING OPEN like Kimura's
from Azumanga Daioh... :( It's pretty much as fixed as it's going to get considering my flawed methodology. The lip-synch occuring between the three Love Angels at about 0:01:30 in the video is complete fortuity. I've also noticed that the video sometimes starts a fraction of a second before it's supposed to, but I'm not 100% sure it's the AMV itself.
Video Editing Software: Windows Movie Maker 2, VirtualDubMod, AviSynth
Audio Editing Software: Audacity, dBpoweramp Music Converter
Footage imported into WMM2 as deinterlaced, progressive 29.97 fps uncompressed RBG (WMM2
kept crashing with HuffYUV imports).
Exported from WMM2 via a DV-Avi-derived HuffYUV like mentioned in the guides.
Audio: I used a wav for the wmv version of the video. In the version presented here, I used the
dBpoweramp Music Converter to prepare the mp3 audio, and added it to a silent version of the final xvid edit.
AviSynth Post-processing Setttings:
I tried to do nothing too sophisticated my first time out.
Incidentally, the Wedding Peach footage (though not the Wedding Peach DX footage) was tweaked before clip importation into wmm2 at settings sat=1.5 and bright=-10 to make the visual differences between the two footages less blatant. Didn't really utilise any special effects besides these.
The Wedding Peach DX footage was obtained from the Wedding Peach DX trailer from ADV's 2004
Catalog DVD. I also made use of the Wedding Peach trailer from that DVD as well.