AMV for Arpeggio of Blue Steel!
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Posted 11/20/13 , edited 11/20/13
So we just made a pretty well done (I think so) AMV for Arpeggio of Blue Steel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm_8qa0uoZs

So what do you guys think?
And does anyone know what the copy right rules are for anime? (Cr)
Thank you.

P.S.
Did I put this in the correct section?
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Posted 11/20/13 , edited 11/20/13
No idea on whether or not you put this in the correct section. But...
The best part of this seems to be that you in terms of syncing up with the music, you did very well, and I congratulate you.

If I could give you some advice on improving for your next AMV, if you are going to make more, it would be:

- Try to find a song that matches your AMV as well as possible. Not just in terms of music, but in terms of the mood the lyrics and the way the lyrics are spoken set. For this, the first part seemed to go with that fairly well, but the rest just went with the music, and seemed to ignore the general mood the lyrics set, until when Haruna saves Kirishima.

- I'm sure you already know this, but it's annoying to have CR/user watermarks, a video progress bar, and choppy animation. These were all present because, (assuming) you recorded the videos playing on CR. If possible, try to get the raw videos directly onto your computer, and it will fix all three of those.

- Some of the sections went on for too long, in my opinion, and it diminished some of the mood that was set going into those sections.

- Try to use a diverse amount of effects and transitions, if you can. Changing the lighting and color contrast can work extremely well sometimes, as does many different types of transitions to smoothly connect the clips. Overall, it's okay to have a good amount of clip-to-clip transitions, but try to keep it diverse.

I don't know the copyright rules, but make sure not to monetize your video, or else you'll probably get a strike on your account/video will be taken down. Anyways, I think you did a good job overall, especially if this is your first time, but there is a lot of room for improvement.

If you want some AMVs for reference, most of my favorites list are good AMVs that I've watched within the past 3-4 weeks. They're all pretty good in my opinion, so feel free to watch: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=FLYKbnJfDaZkscOMw2RG01yQ&feature=mh_lolz
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Posted 11/20/13

MrSmexyTheBeast wrote:

No idea on whether or not you put this in the correct section. But...
The best part of this seems to be that you in terms of syncing up with the music, you did very well, and I congratulate you.

If I could give you some advice on improving for your next AMV, if you are going to make more, it would be:

- Try to find a song that matches your AMV as well as possible. Not just in terms of music, but in terms of the mood the lyrics and the way the lyrics are spoken set. For this, the first part seemed to go with that fairly well, but the rest just went with the music, and seemed to ignore the general mood the lyrics set, until when Haruna saves Kirishima.

- I'm sure you already know this, but it's annoying to have CR/user watermarks, a video progress bar, and choppy animation. These were all present because, (assuming) you recorded the videos playing on CR. If possible, try to get the raw videos directly onto your computer, and it will fix all three of those.

- Some of the sections went on for too long, in my opinion, and it diminished some of the mood that was set going into those sections.

- Try to use a diverse amount of effects and transitions, if you can. Changing the lighting and color contrast can work extremely well sometimes, as does many different types of transitions to smoothly connect the clips. Overall, it's okay to have a good amount of clip-to-clip transitions, but try to keep it diverse.

I don't know the copyright rules, but make sure not to monetize your video, or else you'll probably get a strike on your account/video will be taken down. Anyways, I think you did a good job overall, especially if this is your first time, but there is a lot of room for improvement.

If you want some AMVs for reference, most of my favorites list are good AMVs that I've watched within the past 3-4 weeks. They're all pretty good in my opinion, so feel free to watch: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=FLYKbnJfDaZkscOMw2RG01yQ&feature=mh_lolz


Yea, thanks for the kind words and advice!
I agree with all of your points and will try to take them into consideration for my next AMV. Il make sure to clean up the videos since I probably will record off crunchyroll... And I will really try to find the correct song that matches the video. I just watched some of your favorite AMV's and I understand what you mean by making the clips shorter!
Overall I had a blast doing this so im going to start another very soon!! Ill try to incorporate your points and hopefully it will be better.
Thanks again for the advice
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Posted 11/21/13

kingpwnza wrote:
Yea, thanks for the kind words and advice!
I agree with all of your points and will try to take them into consideration for my next AMV. Il make sure to clean up the videos since I probably will record off crunchyroll... And I will really try to find the correct song that matches the video. I just watched some of your favorite AMV's and I understand what you mean by making the clips shorter!
Overall I had a blast doing this so im going to start another very soon!! Ill try to incorporate your points and hopefully it will be better.
Thanks again for the advice :D


It truly is great to hear that you had fun making it, because that means that you can truly enjoy working hours on video editing. We're like-minded in that way, I guess. I just wish I had more time to work on some of my projects. Adding on to all of my tips, it's good to find a song with lyrics that match the video, but don't focus on that too much. You want the lyrics to establish a certain mood, but being spot on with both the lyrics and music is hard to do and much less important than effects, transitions, timing, or other aspects of the video. Keep up the good work ;)
Posted 11/26/13
well.. I'm just going to give you some advice on how to improve.

1. As the first comment said, you have to find a song that matches with the mood of your anime, and also fits with the tone of the series. Some series just can't work with certain songs. Attack on Titan is an example, it wouldn't really fit with a cutesy type of song because it is a rather tragic type of anime.
2. Work on timing and flow! These are the basic things any amv needs, and they HAVE to go together. You can have good timing, but terrible flow and it can make the amv look a little.. Ehhh. Make sure you match the beats, but also make sure the scenes work as they move with eachother. They should all work. Always pay attention to the lyrics of the song as well.
3. If you can try to keep subtitles out.
4. Match. The. Lyrics. An amv can still be good if you are kind of eh with timing, but have excellent scene choices and flow.

Those are the first things you should do. Don't attempt affects or anything special til you can master those two things.

Also, the program you are using can help improve your editing. Getting more advanced programs like Adobe and Sony Vegas can help. I personally use Sony Vegas Pro 11 for my editing.

This AMV
is a good example of flow and timing with light effects. You want flow and timing like that, effects can come after you do these kind of things.

There are different kind of editors, there are candy, flow, raw and etc. I consider myself a flow editor due to how much emphasis I put on how clips will work with eachother, so my opinion is on a good amv is slightly slanted towards that. Of course I appreciate other styles. Either way, all styles need timing and flow. If you want a good example of both you may use this playlist. Now, just because some things feature animated Disney movies and not anime doesn't make the AMV bad. These are the people I learned from and they're very talented at what they do.


Playlist of examples of flow/effects.
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Posted 12/8/13 , edited 12/8/13

Charizam wrote:

well.. I'm just going to give you some advice on how to improve.

1. As the first comment said, you have to find a song that matches with the mood of your anime, and also fits with the tone of the series. Some series just can't work with certain songs. Attack on Titan is an example, it wouldn't really fit with a cutesy type of song because it is a rather tragic type of anime.
2. Work on timing and flow! These are the basic things any amv needs, and they HAVE to go together. You can have good timing, but terrible flow and it can make the amv look a little.. Ehhh. Make sure you match the beats, but also make sure the scenes work as they move with eachother. They should all work. Always pay attention to the lyrics of the song as well.
3. If you can try to keep subtitles out.
4. Match. The. Lyrics. An amv can still be good if you are kind of eh with timing, but have excellent scene choices and flow.

Those are the first things you should do. Don't attempt affects or anything special til you can master those two things.

Also, the program you are using can help improve your editing. Getting more advanced programs like Adobe and Sony Vegas can help. I personally use Sony Vegas Pro 11 for my editing.

This AMV
is a good example of flow and timing with light effects. You want flow and timing like that, effects can come after you do these kind of things.

There are different kind of editors, there are candy, flow, raw and etc. I consider myself a flow editor due to how much emphasis I put on how clips will work with eachother, so my opinion is on a good amv is slightly slanted towards that. Of course I appreciate other styles. Either way, all styles need timing and flow. If you want a good example of both you may use this playlist. Now, just because some things feature animated Disney movies and not anime doesn't make the AMV bad. These are the people I learned from and they're very talented at what they do.


Playlist of examples of flow/effects.


I agree with you. This was my first amv and there are lots of things I wish I could change. I am working on another amv and am trying to include all of the advice iv gotten thus far. I appreciate the advice you guys have given me and hopefully it will be a successful amv!
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Quality work.I wish I could avail upon someone to undertake a project featuring Revy from Black Lagoon and the song Bad Girlfriend from Theory of a Dead Man.
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