Video Information


  • Member: Turankusu
  • Studio: Cryptic Aura Studios
  • Title: Naota's Life (In A Nutshell)
  • Premiered: 2006-02-26
  • Categories:
  • Song:
    • Liam Lynch United States of Whatever
  • Anime:
  • Participation:
  • Comments: Steel Editor 2006 Awards

    *2nd Place Winner: Best Fun At Steel Editors 2006 Awards
    *Judge's Choice Winner At Steel Editor 2006 Awards



    Where this came from, I don't know, but somewhere within the back of my mind somewhere told me to make a video like this. Where it began was well, shortly 3 nights ago from when this is being premiered. There was a competition coming up very soon and the deadline was less than a week away. The only good video I've ever done so far was Redemption and the rules say that I can't enter any video more than a year old, which most of them are unfortunately. I wanted to get at least another video in, another good, decent, great formatted video before then. That's when something crazy happened. A good friend of mine Vegeta119 happened to lend me his FLCL for the time being, and recently I was watching a video with this exact song and then automatically an idea triggered. This would be a great intermission, and a great chance to promote this video for the competition coming up.

    The Making:

    Now surprisingly, for a video like this, it actually only took me 2 days to actually complete it. But I couldn't actually make it during the day because I seemingly had my hands full and was everywhere at once and couldn't get to it, so basically in editing hours, took me just an estimated 8 hours to edit this piece. My second fastest making AMV next to Vegeta's Self Indulgence. But that doesn't mean it wasn't a pain in the ass to make. At first, the lip syncing I had done to this didn't seem all too bad in the program I was using. But once I take a look at it after exporting it and compressing it, the lip syncs were off, and on and off on and off I had to keep going back and fix those tiny errors. Even when I think it's great, few people saw some errors, so one last time I went and fixed the fram or two that was off. And as if that wasn't bad enough, the compressing was even more of a pain. It was easy for my last video but I wanted to make this a decent file size and still keep it's quality since it's a short video, but eh, nobody's perfect. I was hoping to get at least a little over 30 MB. But each time I compressed I kept getting bigger sizes and some pixels from what I can see.

    The Video:

    Now don't let the song fool you, this is actually NOT about the country at all in this video. The real main theme I'm trying to set in this video, is Naota's everyday life and what he goes through exactly. Honestly to me the anime itself is confusing, the real plot, but from what I can see from the kid and the song it fits so well. Anyone who has seen the anime, or hasn't seen the anime, can tell what's going on and what he's always involved in in the show. Especially since Naota is a "Whatever..." type of kid anyway, so I think I did pretty well. I tried to get as much funny action in this video as I can, and based it upon what I can see. So yeah, hopefully this will give me a boost in originality please.


    Hopefully this sort of video gives you a laugh or two on what I did, hope I did my job in entertaining you. I'll keep trying to make videos and keep trying to make them as great as my last video and this one, hope this isn't a big disappointment. In overall I had lots of fun in making this video. And I hope you have as much fun as I did making it, definetly another turn of events and a twist from my regular DBZ videos I've done. Yeah, I'm already starting to branch out my originality ideas.

    Thanks goes to Vegeta119 for the anime itself, really helped me out a lot before the deadline.

    **People's First Reaction or Impression**

    "smooth playback like a baby's bottom"
    ~ Quazza

    "haha that was gnarly"
    ~ Vegeta119

    "hot damn."
    ~ Chief Brandon

    "i think its shows the true nature of flcl"
    ~ LightningCountX

    "it was funnier than the other amvs to this song"
    ~ Unlimited Rice

    "Dude! Is that manga?"
    ~ Master Gohan

    "pretty unique with the whole comic strip deal"
    ~ Prince Majin Trunks

    "What I said to my bf was, "Oh man, you HAVE to watch this video."
    ~ aielI_Ileia

    Video/Technical Specs:

    Video Length: 2:02
    Video Codec: XviD (FourCC XviD Decoded)
    Video Quality: 2850 Kbps 3.0 Quantizer
    Audio Codec: Lame MP3
    Audio Quality: 48000Hz 192 kbps
    Resolution: 512x384
    Frame Rate: 23.97 fps
    File Size: 52.1 MB (54,670,206 bytes)

    Programs Used:

    Sony Vegas 6.0d



    I went down to the beach and saw Kiki
    She was, all, like "ehhhh"
    And I was, like, "whatever!"


    Then this chick comes up to me and she's all, like,
    "Hey, aren't you that dude?"
    And I'm, like, "yeah, whatever!"

    So later I'm, I'm at the pool hall
    And this girl comes up
    And she's, like, "awww"
    And I'm, like, "yeah, whatever!"

    'Cuz this is my United States of Whatever!
    And this is my United States of Whatever!
    And this is my United States of Whatever!

    And then it's three A.M.
    And I'm on the corner, wearing my leather
    This dude comes up and he's, like, "hey, punk!"
    I'm, like, "yeah, whatever!"

    Then I'm throwing dice in the alley
    Officer Leroy comes up and is, like,
    "Hey, I thought I told you..."
    And I'm, like, "yeah, whatever!"

    And then up comes Zafo
    I'm, like, "yo, Zafo. What's up?"
    He's, like, "nothin'"
    And I'm, like, "that's cool."

    'Cuz this is my United States of Whatever!
    And this is my United States of Whatever!
    And this is my United States of Whatever!

    'Cuz this is my United States of Whatever!
    And this is my United States of Whatever!

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