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  • Member: dj_ultima_the_great
  • Title: Ten Million Pyreflies
  • Premiered: 2010-05-25
  • Category:
  • Song:
    • Owl City Fireflies
  • Anime:
  • Comments: My eighteenth music video.

    For info about the sources, go to section one!
    For info about the video, go to section two!
    For info about the technical points, go to section three!
    If you don't really give a damn about any of that, download the video!

    Section 1 - Sources
    I've always wanted to edit with Final Fantasy - any of them. The games have always been among my favorites, and FFX had one of the most moving stories, proving that you don't have to have a happy ending to have a good ending. Regrettably, its sequel (X-2) was not nearly as good as the original. It was a fair RPG, but as a continuation of FFX, it totally failed. However, its scenes can be of some use to editors looking to make an FFX video, although I wish more of the in-game stuff had been done as FMVs instead.

    Not much to say about Owl City. I discovered them (or rather, him) about a month ago and this song caught my attention right away. It's just a catchy tune.

    Section 2 - The Video
    Basically this video is me trying to get myself to stop worrying about the little details that kept stopping me from finishing videos. So the process was as follows:

    Step 1: pick a song. Any catchy song.
    Step 2: use the FIRST plausible source that comes to mind.
    Step 3: start editing and STOP FOR NOTHING.

    I'm the type that will stop editing a video if there is a single lyrical line that I can't match to a scene, even if the rest of the idea is solid gold, and because of that, I haven't edited in a very long time. The idea here was to get myself to just ignore parts that I couldn't figure out and keep the momentum of my editing going. I could always come back to tough parts later, but if I got the framework of what I wanted onto the timeline, I was sure to complete the video. Obviously it worked, because you're looking at a completed video download page, right?

    Anyway, I don't know how to categorize this video. It doesn't have my usual storytelling because I just wanted to have fun. Thus, it has kind of a mixed mood to it. In some of the sections, I had to be downright creative with interpreting the scenes and lyrics to get them to match. That said, I actually really like the result. It's not as deep or depressing as some of my other ideas, but that's what sets it apart in my eyes.

    Section 3 - Technical Points
    So, I don't remember what it was like ripping the FFX clips, because I had apparently already done it ages ago. I was looking for the FFX2MOV program to rip the game and - surprise! - the clips were already ripped and hanging out in the folder! Anyway, I do remember that it's a really easy program to use, except that it bugs up on a couple of scenes, which can be fixed with hex editing, but I don't know how, so I haven't done it.

    The X-2 clips were ripped just like any other PS2 game, so no problems there. I did have some issues with matching aspect ratio and resolution, but I think I got it right. Also, though, this is where my minimalist approach came in. I have stopped myself from editing a video before just because the processing was frazzling my brain, so I vowed here that I would only do as much as I had to do. That means that I didn't bother applying any clean up filters. This is the natural footage, as is.

    Particular Points:
    - I am the queen of Fade2Black and Crossfade, so I tried to limit that to some degree. I don't think I've ever done a video with this many hard cuts.

    Time Spent: 25 hours (editing), 8 hours (ripping, rendering)
    Sources/Programs Used:
    Final Fantasy X
    Final Fantasy X-2

    DVD Decrypter
    The File Splitter
    Nova Extractor
    PSS Plex
    Owl City - Ocean Eyes [Deluxe Edition]
    Magix Movie Edit Pro 10
    Virtual Dub Mod

    Encode is h.264, but I may make an XviD later, particularly if someone requests it. If you can't see the .mp4 on playback, I suggest Google-ing CCCP and getting the codec pack so that you can. That should fix things. If it plays, but it's choppy, your PC may not be able to handle it. That's where the XviD request would come in. Let me know if you need one and I'll work on it.


    As always, Farewell, Good Luck, and Happy AMV-ing!

    - Jen

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