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Zarxrax
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Re: Kevin Caldwell Complete Remasters

Post by Zarxrax » Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:51 pm

I just put together a few pictures giving a behind the scenes look at making Believe.
https://imgur.com/a/rUHg8WR
Thought it might be interesting for someone out there.

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Re: Kevin Caldwell Complete Remasters

Post by quadir » Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:11 am

What a monumental effort. Thank you Zarxrax, this was truly wonderful and despite turning off most of my notifications over the years, I am so glad I still received this one when you uploaded.

I especially enjoyed your writeups about the videos, both on the information available, the contents of the video, and your reviews. I know they are on your website and also in this thread, but maybe they could be copied into the video descriptions? (I know you dropped links)

For the Phantom of the Opera scene in the youtube video, perhaps you could contact the creator as to the source? I am sure you already did that though.

Again, thank you, definitely made me come out of my lurk for this.
23:19 (snip) I actually agree with everything quadir says.

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Re: Kevin Caldwell Complete Remasters

Post by Zarxrax » Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:03 am

Well they are all released now, and a torrent is available at https://nyaa.si/view/1259137

This has been fun.

quadir wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:11 am
What a monumental effort. Thank you Zarxrax, this was truly wonderful and despite turning off most of my notifications over the years, I am so glad I still received this one when you uploaded.

I especially enjoyed your writeups about the videos, both on the information available, the contents of the video, and your reviews. I know they are on your website and also in this thread, but maybe they could be copied into the video descriptions? (I know you dropped links)

For the Phantom of the Opera scene in the youtube video, perhaps you could contact the creator as to the source? I am sure you already did that though.

Again, thank you, definitely made me come out of my lurk for this.
Glad you enjoyed them!

For Phantom of the Opera, I'm just going to wait on the new US blu-ray release before I change anything. It might turn out that they have a better transfer and I can just redo the whole thing. Not that the current one looks bad or anything though. There is also a (small) chance some of these other sources might come out on blu-ray eventually.

I didn't really put any info in the video descriptions because some of my write ups reference other ones, so I felt its best to read it all in one place.

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Re: Kevin Caldwell Complete Remasters

Post by dwchang » Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:45 pm

I have not made an AMV or been involved in the community for years, but like others, got a notification via e-mail and decided to check it out.

Alan thank you for your efforts in recreating these. It was a trip down memory lane. For some, these memories go back almost 20 years and it was great to relive them again.

Take care!
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Newest Video: Through the Years and Far Away aka Sad Girl in Space

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Re: Kevin Caldwell Complete Remasters

Post by Katranat » Fri Jul 03, 2020 3:22 pm

Zarxrax wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:02 am
Today's video is Engel.
Here's my hot take: I think it's one of Kevin's worst videos. Fite me.
Lol, it's totes fine that that you think it's one of his worst, but I'll bite.

I know this AMV is practically a meme these days but I do love this video an awful lot. It's not my number one of Kevin's (that spot is firmly held by Caffeine Encomium), however it's quite high up there.

First of all there's the nostalgia factor. It took hold right around when Rammstien was getting big, combined with being one of the few competently edited videos to their work it got super popular so a lot of people loved it.

Second is the lip syncing. I agree the technical aspect of this could have been done better, however I adore the scene selection in these parts as I feel the characters expressions are very well matched to the tone of the song/video. I especially enjoy when Shinji is the one singing.

Third the tone of the video. This is something I can see people getting confused at. Overall the video is quite tongue in cheek but it does also get a bit heavy, I quite like the balance between these two that the video has.

Finally, probably one of my favourite parts of any AMV is 2.19 - 2.28. The clip is onscreen for almost 10 seconds and it manages to sync to two different people singing, plus the little pop sound at the end. Now I have no idea how much the clip is edited to fit that, but still it's something that has inspired some of my own editing style.

At the end of the day, this video will always have a special place in my heart.

Honestly dude, thank you so much for remastering all of these, it's been really special to be able to watch all of these in high quality. They were already pretty notorious but hopefully now with these versions added they will be forever cemented in AMV history. Especially for all the new AMV editors who may have not come across them before.

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Re: Kevin Caldwell Complete Remasters

Post by Zarxrax » Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:04 pm

dwchang wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:45 pm
I have not made an AMV or been involved in the community for years, but like others, got a notification via e-mail and decided to check it out.

Alan thank you for your efforts in recreating these. It was a trip down memory lane. For some, these memories go back almost 20 years and it was great to relive them again.

Take care!
Man, it's so fun seeing these old names popping up. These vids were all a total nostalgia trip for me. Glad to hear from you again!
Katranat wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 3:22 pm
First of all there's the nostalgia factor. It took hold right around when Rammstien was getting big, combined with being one of the few competently edited videos to their work it got super popular so a lot of people loved it.

Second is the lip syncing. I agree the technical aspect of this could have been done better, however I adore the scene selection in these parts as I feel the characters expressions are very well matched to the tone of the song/video. I especially enjoy when Shinji is the one singing.

Third the tone of the video. This is something I can see people getting confused at. Overall the video is quite tongue in cheek but it does also get a bit heavy, I quite like the balance between these two that the video has.

Finally, probably one of my favourite parts of any AMV is 2.19 - 2.28. The clip is onscreen for almost 10 seconds and it manages to sync to two different people singing, plus the little pop sound at the end. Now I have no idea how much the clip is edited to fit that, but still it's something that has inspired some of my own editing style.
There is no doubt this video enjoyed massive popularity back in the day, and it deserved it. It was a fun and entertaining video using both an anime and a song that people loved. And it was able to break through that barrier of just being popular among AMV fans, and become known among anime fans in general.

I agree that some of the lip sync scenes are chosen well, although none of them are particularly well-made technically. However, I think there are also several scenes that are chosen horribly. Like, the whole section with Misato and that ship captain who randomly appeared in that one episode. WHY is that even in the video? WHY did we change away from lip synching Asuka and Shinji to these 2 characters? And WHY do both Misato and the Captain lip sync to the same voice?!! It's as if he just put that in as a placeholder clip and then never found anything to replace it with.

The scene you enjoyed at 2:19 is fairly straightforward, just a few simple cuts, no masking or anything (I believe there was only a single scene in the whole video that used a bit of masking). The technical inaccuracy of the lip sync in general is one thing that really bugs me about this video. For the most part, he just lets clips run and the flapping lips manage to sync up fairly well. There might be a few cuts here and there to keep things looking alright, but that's about it. This is in contrast to the Believe video, where the lip sync was carefully done frame by frame. I just really think that a lot of the lip sync in Engel could have been much better if he had spent only 5-10 more minutes on each scene... that's all it would have took!

And that is mainly what bugs me about this one. It's the only one of his videos where I have thought, "man, if he just spent a little more time on this it could have been so much better".
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Re: Kevin Caldwell Complete Remasters

Post by Zarxrax » Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:53 am

In what must be a cruel joke being played by the gods, it appears that Kodocha will be coming out on Blu-ray later this month.
I guess I'll have two re-remasters coming soon. I just hope they include the clean opening, or else I'll still have to mix laserdisc footage in with it.

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