Friday, November 19, 2010

Stupid Couple

    A funny and sweet video. The creator of the AMV said they really enjoyed creating this, and it shows in the quality of the video. The way the scenes all add up to a finale, shows it was well planned, and every great anything, started with a great written plan.    Enjoy.

    Anime: Lovely Complex, be sure to check out the manga too!
    Song: Barber of Seville - Overture, composed by Rossini, and performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Best of You

    In this AMV the creator mixed scenes of the band playing from the real music video into the video with compositing. On Linux it is really easy to do this same effect with a high level of control, only down fall is you got to be able to visualize what you want, it's a good idea to think about this and try to draw it out or write it out on paper.

    So here it is an a nutshell, we open a blank image in Inkscape and use black and white, then open that in say, OpenShot and select which color to make transparent. It is as easy as that, and with the help of key frames that image can be animated across the screen, like a moving window to the background layer of video.

    Song: Best of You
    Artist: Foo Fighters
    Anime: Various

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A song called Phuck Uew

    A hilarious video from a female editor, the song is from a female singer as well, the song is catchy and good. She uses various anime, to many to list but for the original and a list of the anime used go to All of the scenes are pretty much someone getting a beat down or being a klutz.

    Song: Fuck You
    Artist: Lilly Allen

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Nicotine - Help!

    An amv about making an amv. A funny video with good editing, a great inspiration.

    Currently working on several side projects, but am looking forward to doing a OpenShot tutorial ASAP.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

OpenShot Basics

    The developer of OpenShot has made a commitment to stick with three basic criteria for his application they are: easy to use, stable, powerful. Well Jonathon has done just that, I would recommend this program to an average pc user, it has been stable since before 1.0, and with the compositing feature and high definition capability it is just as powerful as any proprietary video editor. In fact I'd argue that it gets more power from the hardware seeing as it as a native Linux application.
    Fun fact; if you go to Pixar's website to purchase software for digital animation you can choose between Linux, Mac-OSX and Windows, and chances are the server farms are all running Linux. Although the real cool thing is that one of the artists (Windows clients) can connect to the server (Linux), and have it take care of its' processing needs.

     Here is a quick demonstration of using OpenShot. In the video you will see adding files to the time-line, zooming in and out in the time-line, using layers, adding transitions creating a title and credits, and exporting. This was made with version 0.8.2, the current release is 1.2 and has made exporting simpler, and added an easy way to add 3d text.

Screencast of OpenShot 0.8.2 from Jonathan Thomas on Vimeo.

     As seen above this software is really simple, but the use of layers and compositing the potential to create something amazing is there. Look forward to more on OpenShot

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Latest from Nostromo

   By far Nostromo is one of the best AMV creators ever. He or she, has such an artistic touch, from the coloring to the syncing of a particular visual with sound, oh and don't forget the skills in so many apps. To make an AMV like this a photo manipulation program, audio editor, and a non-linear video editor is required. Any who it is a great video.

Anime: Bakemonogatari
 Music: Yuksek - Tonight (+Nostromix
 Editor: Nostromo

Thursday, June 24, 2010

To Be More Conscious

   To be more conscious is a pretty deep term, encapsulating philosophy and psychology. What are the actual benefits of becoming more conscious?  Why would anyone care to do this?  And what the heck does it even mean to raise your consciousness anyway?

    While raising your consciousness can certainly enhance your spiritual development, this isn’t really a spiritual issue at its core.  It’s really about hardcore mental development.

    What does it mean to become more conscious?  I have found that it is defined as the progressive realization of conscious mastery over your mind.  This includes all of the following:
  • making careful, intelligent, and deliberate decisions
  • maintaining a positive emotional state regardless of circumstances
  • developing empowering beliefs while purging disempowering ones
  • understanding your own thought processes, emotions, and behaviors
  • staying focused on what’s most important while tuning out distractions
  • building an accurate and effective model of reality
    All of these are skills that we develop across a wide spectrum.  Traditional education teaches us basic skills and basic knowledge, but it does little to show us how to develop our conscious minds.  We aren’t taught how to intelligently make the biggest decisions of our lives, how to cultivate a burning desire for what we want, how to know if our beliefs are inaccurate and need to be changed, how to concentrate, etc.  But over the course of your lifetime, these skills will prove far more significant than anything you learned in school.

     People whose conscious minds remain underdeveloped often suffer from cluttered and unfocused thinking.  Needless worries, trivial distractions, inaccurate observations, false beliefs, and negative emotions run rampant through their thoughts, and most of the time they aren’t even aware of it.  It’s like being stuck in a mental fog.  When you talk to such people, you can sense they aren’t fully there.  The lights are on, but no one’s home.  Ask them an important question like, “What overall purpose have you chosen for your life?” and you’ll likely get a blank stare in response.  Because they don’t really have control of their minds, they live reactively instead of proactively.  Such people are virtually powerless.  They essentially do what they’re told and try to stay out of trouble, mistakenly assuming this condition is the best they can expect of themselves.

    In contrast highly conscious people own their minds.  Their thinking is clear and focused, and they select and direct their thoughts deliberately.  They retain conscious control over their emotions, and they don’t easily succumb to distractions.  When you talk to such people, you can detect depth and clarity.  Ask them, “What’s the purpose of your life?” and you’ll likely get an intelligent and thoughtful response.  These people live proactively and are emotionally resilient, rising above their circumstances instead of being victimized by them.  They possess an inner strength that is undeniable.  They exhibit both courage and compassion, and they know that this level of being is how humans were truly meant to live.

    The difference between these two groups is that the first group has settled for the default mental operating system installed by their upbringing and social conditioning.  Call it Human OS 1.0.  They accepted whatever programming they initially received.  The second group, however, challenges themselves to continuously improve upon that initial programming, embarking on a lifelong quest to design a more intelligent mental operating system.  And they succeed.  So while group one is stuck with a shabby and outdated mental OS, group two continues to upgrade its version, enjoying compounding benefits year after year.  It doesn’t matter whether they’re currently using Human OS 1.1 or Human OS 7.0 — it’s the process of frequent upgrading that matters most, not the particular version number being used.

    For more reading on this topic follow these links.
10 Steps for Creating a More Conscious Life
10 Ways to Become More Conscious

Friday, June 18, 2010

BitterSweet Desire

    Member of Tsusksin, has created one awesome AMV. The mood of the video was right up my alley, it is good old goth. The song goes amazingly well to the anime. Tsuskin's  editing skills and artistic eye really come out in this video. Made in 2007.

A few words from the creator, Tsuskin "Overall I have no clue how much time I spent working on this, because I kept putting it off, and sometimes I'd go a couple months without even touching it, but here it is, lol. I had the idea after listening to the song and I wanted to make a video for it. After looking through my anime collection I thought to myself "hey this would go really well with Petite Cossette", and after giving it some thought and watching it once through I realized just how perfect they were for each other.

This video is about the relationship Eiri and Cossette have. Cossette hates him because his soul belonged to the man that killed her 250 years ago and she believes he is the same man. His was the soul of a talented painter who adored Cossette's beauty, and he believed that she was perfect and loved painting pictures of her. But one day he realizes that she would not remain this way forever and so he kills her. When Eiri finds her soul in a valuable glass, her death is reenacted and he is left with the guilt of killing her. He becomes obsessed with her and she becomes his one true love, to the point where he no longer cares about anything else in his life and would go through any amount of pain to help her. Cossette also loved the man that killed her and takes out her anger towards him on Eiri, because nobody would want to be killed by the one they love. You could say their relationship is rather "bittersweet".

I think this fits well with the lyrics "I didn't want to hurt you but your pretty when you cry". Because as much as he loved her, he knew that her beauty would eventually change as she got older, and so he killed her while she was still beautiful.

And "if you knew how much I loved you, you would run away" goes with how she wants to leave him once she realizes he will live a painful and unhappy life unless he forgets about her"

Monday, June 14, 2010

Bleed the Sky

     Artist: Reveille- Bleed The Sky
  • Akira
  • Armitage III: Polymatrix
  • Blood: The Last Vampire
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Hellsing
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion (End of Evangelion)
  • Ninja Scroll (Movie)
  • Rurouni Kenshin / Samurai X - 1st OVA (Tsuiokuhen, Trust & Betrayal)
  • Spriggan
  • Street Fighter II:The Animated Movie
  • Trigun
  • Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

Editor: Tsukin -->

    I like this video, and it is a turn in the opposite direction attitude wise. The last AMV posts have been cherry and bright, and this one is dark and violent, but there is a quote that goes as so, " life is like a picture it takes the negative to develop.". Guess that's pretty accurate, although vague.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

I Love The World

    Life is one hell of an amazing thing, the creators of this AMV would agree with me. This song is awesome, the AMV made me smile, and would like to pass that on.

    Life is Beautiful - a great video that does a pretty good job of displaying emotion. The creator of this AMV has recently started a new website. Premonition Studios On it she has allot of AMV and tutorials for proprietary tools such as, adobe after-affects. Unlike this site, where you'll find tutorials for open-source software (free).

Monday, May 31, 2010

Bersek - The Beast Within

    My favorite story of all time, which appeared for the 1st time in 1988 as a 45-page prototype. Being a follower of the manga, am currently waiting with much anticipation for chapter 313 to release.

    Berserk's setting is inspired by medieval Europe. It centers around the life of Guts, an orphaned mercenary warrior, and Griffith, the leader of a mercenary band called the Band of the Hawk (鷹の団 Taka no Dan). As he ages, Guts changes from a solitary boy into a man who realizes the value of camaraderie. The story contains elements of both fantasy and horror, as it explores both the best and worst of human nature.

    In regards to the AMV, the editing and visuals in this are seriously awesome, but the music and Metalcore influences absolutely kills it. Berserk is a *very* dark series, Metalcore doesn't fit it at all, it works well with Melodic Death Metal or dissonant music, like Nightwish, or other Symphonic bands.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Cinelerra Tutorials Continued

    Cinelerra is the most advanced non-linear video editor and compositor for Linux. It is developed by Adam Williams (formerly known as Jack Crossfire). For an introduction and basic tutorials see this previous post AMV RELISH.

    Learn about how to install Cinelerra at its' homepage I'd recommend trying out the Elive live-cd, if you are a windows user. All you do is burn the cd and restart your pc into a fully functional production system.

Currently to achieve what Cinelerra does in windows, one would have to purchase more then one application (a video editor & compositor). Then for more advanced effects, a photo manipulation program would be required, which would be another cost. In my honest opinion windows software just can't match the power of open source. One example off the top of my head is the render-farm feature. With Linux it is real easy to have twenty pcs all hooked up to the same network in such a way where they work together. In fact it just might be to easy.

       Tutorial Time
    Every video needs credits, it just wouldn't be nice to not give credit where credit is due. So let's go over a simple yet extremely powerful method for adding text. Of course with a little playing around you could have the same sliding text like the Star Wars Movie. If you go back to the previous post, there is a tutorial of title. One of the ways to add titles was to put in keyframes and type in between them to make it look like you were typing in the video, really cool.

    What makes this method so powerful is that, it's extremely easy to make it look however it was imagined. From creating your custom font just for the video, to having it scrolling over a video, or ever spinning around a center point in 3d, like the rings of Saturn. "If theres a will there a way" I like to say.

Scrolling Text Pt1

Scolling Text Pt2

    So, bet you are already working on your text, know I was ready to begin after watching. There will be more tutorials to come, such as picture in picture and motion tracking to start off.

Friday, April 30, 2010

VideoLAN Movie Creator

About VideoLAN

VideoLAN is a project, run by volunteers, backed-up by a non-profit organisation, which produces free and open source software for multimedia, released under the GNU General Public License.
Learn more about the VideoLAN project and organisation.

About VLC

VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player supporting most audio and video formats (H.264, Ogg, DivX, MKV, TS, MPEG-2, mp3, MPEG-4, aac, ...) from files, physical media (DVDs, VCD, Audio-CD), TV capture cards and many network streaming protocols.
It can also convert media files, transcode and act as a streaming server over unicast or multicast and IPv4 or IPv6. It doesn't need any external codec, program or codec pack to work.

Overview of the VideoLAN streaming solution

The VideoLAN streaming solution includes two programs:
  • VLC media player which can be used as a server and as a client to stream and receive network streams. VLC is able to stream all that it can read.
  • VLS (VideoLAN Server), which can stream MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 files, DVDs, digital satellite channels, digital terrestial television channels and live videos on the network in unicast or multicast. Most of the VLS functionality can now be found VLC. Usage of VLC instead of VLS is advised.
Complete details of the streaming features are available.
 VideoLan Movie Creator
    Now you see why this project is so important. The feature set and stability of VLC rivals anything that could be purchased, and would expect nothing less, from this open source community project.

What is VLMC? 

    VideoLAN Movie Creator is a non-linear editing software for video creation based on libVLC and running on Windows, Linux, and MacOSX. Currently in alpha stage, but the more people that use the program the quicker the bugs will get squished out.

  This is a VLMC demo from December 2009.
It's not released now as it is unstable, and lacks some key features. Play in HD

This is a new VLMC video presentation.
Made during Fosdem 2010.

As you can see, they added a few things, such as audio support (at last...) some improvements in the GUI, and many little (and some bigger) things here and there !

Don't hesitate to visit the official VideoLAN website, along with the developer's blogs !

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

One Day Closer To Summer ^_^

WARNING- Rated "R" for 'retarded'.


 Premiered: September 21, 2007

AMV Hell rises from the ashes for one final blowout! We thought that AMV Hell 3 couldn't be topped, but we were dead wrong. Well over 1,000 videos were submitted for consideration into this project. They compiled together the best of the best in order to create what will be remembered as the best AMV Project in the history of ever.  The video clock in at just about an hour and a half long.

# Anime Song Artist Editor
1 Previous AMV Hells Sound Clip Drawn Together Yoko Seishirou & Zarxrax
2 AMV Hell 3, Azumanga Daioh, Boku no Sexual Harassment Amv Hell 4 Opening Theme Adam "Penguin" Hoge & Daniel Hoge Zarxrax
3 Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Welcome To Dying (Live) Blind Guardian Gepetto
4 Eiken Bra Size 45 Ivor Biggun Luke Harris
5 Azumanga Daioh Special Olympics Stephen Lynch Blacksheep998
6 Death Note I'm Not Okay (I Promise) My Chemical Romance SSGWNBTD
7 Howl's Moving Castle Burnin' For You Blue Oyster Cult Aleciel
8 Hellsing Sharp Dressed Man ZZ Top Corpsegoddess
9 Full Metal Alchemist Sound Clip Family Guy DreNaZ
10 Akira I'm Fat Weird Al Yancovic Blacksheep998
11 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya One Of Us Joan Osborne J-san
12 Afro-Ken Godzilla Blue Oyster Cult FraChan
13 A Little Snow Fairy Sugar In The End Linkin Park Maru-sha
14 Dragon Ball Z Dragostea Din Tei O-Zone Captain1finger
15 Pani Poni Dash The Picard Song DarkMateria Haunter103
16 Claymore The Purple People Eater Sheb Wooley SSGWNBTD
17 Bleach Baby Stephen Lynch Qyot27
18 Cowboy Bebop Hide And Seek Imogen Heap Aesling
19 Ninja Scroll (TV) I Whupped Batman's Ass Wesley Willis Blaku92
20 Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Sugar System of a Down LC_Lapen
21 Azumanga Daioh (Don't Fear) The Reaper Blue Oyster Cult (Saturday Night live Cowbell sketch) Doki doki
22 Excel Saga Sound Clip Star Wars Episode 3 Dorun
23 Hello Kitty Kitty Cat Dance Steve Ibsen Fall_Child42
24 Dragon Ball Z the Movie: The World's Strongest Brian Boitano South Park TheRealInferno
25 Neon Genesis Evangelion Crawling Linkin Park No Shirt Belt Squad
26 Death Note Unwritten Natasha Bedingfield SSGWNBTD
27 Galaxy Angel Sound Clips MXC Haunter103
28 Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Lost (End Credits) Michael Giacchino Neodym
29 One Piece Fantastic 4 Theme Giorgio Moroder Spookzter
30 Death Note Iori Laugh King Of Fighters 97 SSGWNBTD
31 Grenadier You Spin Me Right Round Dead or Alive Luke Harris
32 Dragon Ball, Azumanga Daioh, School Rumble 2, Midori no Hibi, Hare+Guu Two Ton Paperweight Psychostick Gryzlee
33 Sumomomo Momomo Hooked On A Feeling David Hasselhoff Phatpug
34 Death Note Candyman Christina Aguilera Corpsegoddess
35 Azumanga Daioh Circle Of Life The Lion King Gilbertaw
36 Guilty Gear X promotion video I'm Mr. Bad Guy Freddy Mercury The Left Brothers
37 Welcome To The NHK Because I Got High Afroman Haunter103
38 Pokemon Getting Jiggy Wit It Will Smith Zarxrax
39 FFXI Online Sound Clip Army of Darkness Kiarrens & Jonel & Quill
40 Cromartie High School Youth Of The Nation P.O.D. LC_Lapen
41 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya It's The End Of The World As We Know It REM Kosh_003
42 One Piece Sound Clip Epic Movie Quazza97
43 Goldenboy White And Nerdy Weird Al Yankovic Phatpug
44 Inuyasha I Wanna Rock Twisted Sister Plan B
45 Yotsuba&! (manga) Tony's Theme, Ezekiel 25:17 Giorgio Moroder, Pulp Fiction Soundtrack Janzki
46 Ping Pong Club Ping Pong Dolly Parton Doki doki
47 Hare+Guu Maneater Hall and Oates Pudgy Poultry Productions
48 Pokemon Mambo No. 5 Lou Bega Roshinku
49 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya The Girls Of Rock And Roll The Chipmunks and The Chipettes Skye-chan
50 Ragnarok The Animation Sound Clip Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust, Shaun of the Dead Sneakyfridge
51 Soul Link Stuck In A Moment U2 DreNaZ
52 Fruits Basket Hound Dog Elvis Presely RedDragonZ37
53 One Piece Liar Henry Rollins SSGWNBTD
54 Inuyasha Sound Clip Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Plan B
55 Death Note Ready To Die Andrew W.K. SSGWNBTD
56 Kyo Kara Maoh! Dirty Deeds Done With Sheep Bob Rivers Corpsegoddess
57 Wolf's Rain They're Coming To Take Me Away Ha-Haaa! Napoleon XIV Phatpug
58 Azumanga Daioh Centerfold J. Geils Band Purplepolecat
59 Naruto Shiny Teeth And Me Fairly Odd Parents Spookzter
60 Hellsing Shoot Me Again Metallica AmPsy
61 School Rumble 2 Sound Clips Counterstrike Source Behemoth666
62 Love Hina Christmas Special Wizards In Winter Transiberian Orchestra Cyanna
63 Death Note My Name Is Eminem Sinistro
64 The Gokusen Flash's Theme Queen Inkwolf
65 Crayon Shin-Chan I Need More Allowance The Beets Listentohowardstern
66 Dragon Ball Z Sand In Your Eyes Mustard Phatpug
67 Berserk Lotion Greens Keepers SSGWNBTD
68 Najica Fart Contest Family Guy Parodic Productions
69 Kodomo no Omocha Sunglasses at Night Corey Hart Aleciel
70 Lucky Star Lucky Star Madonna SSGWNBTD
71 Dragon Ball Z Do The Mario Haim Saban & Shuki Levi Gokenshadow
72 Spirited Away Great Mighty Poo Conker's Bad Furday Soundtrack Yoko Seishirou
73 Death Note The Ballad Of Timothy McSweeny They Might Be Giants Jesmaster
74 Naruto Padam Kwan Kotti
75 One Piece Dancing Queen ABBA LC_Lapen
76 Those Who Hunt Elves Yoda Weird Al Yankovic Luke Harris
77 Pokemon, Excel Saga Pokemon Blue Title Theme, Super Smash Bros. Melee Sound Effects Junichi Masuda, Super Smash Bros. Melee Sinistro
78 Eiken Maniac Michael Sembello Zarxrax
79 Fullmetal Alchemist Can't Stop The Rock Apollo 440 Miracle Gamer
80 Berserk (manga) This Is Sparta Audio 300 SSGWNBTD
81 Lucky Star Come To Daddy Aphex Twin ZephyrStar
82 Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan Where's Your Head At Basement Jaxx Sakuraslight
83 Lucky Star E3 Sound Clip Kazuo Hirai Zarxrax
84 Rumiko Takahashi Anthology A Whole New World Disney's Aladdin MDA
85 FLCL Aoao (Royal Mix) DJ Sharpnel Phatpug
86 Fruits Basket Bulls On Parade Rage Against the Machine ForeverZeroo
87 Battle Athletes Victory Living In A Box Living in a Box Zarxrax
88 Full Metal Alchemist Iron Man Black Sabbath Groomgurl
89 Spirited Away How Do You Spank A Giant Baby Ze Frank Strawberry Key
90 Death Note Pinky and the Brain Theme Pinky and the Brain Kosh_003
91 Iga no Kabamaru Poetry In Motion Johnny Tillotson Sinistro
92 Azumanga Daioh She Drives Like Crazy Weird Al Yankovic Corpsegoddess
93 Hare+Guu Deluxe Yatta! Happa-tai Spookzter
94 Excel Saga Big Ass Rock The Full Monty HypnoCircle
95 Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa The Future Soon Jonathan Coulton Cytherea Rose
96 Amazing Nuts! I Like Your Booty (But I'm Not Gay) Dana Swanson SSGWNBTD
97 Elfen Lied T.N.T. AC/DC No Shirt Belt Squad
98 Naruto Girlfriend Avril Lavine Kyuketshki
99 Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem Blue (Da Ba Dee) Eiffel 65 Phatpug
100 Bleach Starman, Lose A Life Super Mario Bros. Qyll
101 Revolutionary Girl Utena Bitchin' Camaro Dead Milkmen Purplepolecat
102 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Candid Camera Bob Crane with Iris Adrian RHOPKINS13
103 Cowboy Bebop Scotty Doesn't Know Lustra KentaroPJJ
104 Kanon Jammin Bob Marley Spookzter
105 Puni Puni Poemy Dont Worry, Be Happy Bobby McFerrin Zarxrax
106 Final Fantasy X & X-2 And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going Jennifer Hudson Listentohowardstern
107 Naruto A Complicated Song Weird Al Yankovic Hungry Sano
108 Dragon Ball Z Trapped At The Drive-Thru Weird Al Yancovic Luke Harris
109 Serial Experiments Lain Technologic Daft Punk Sneakyfridge
110 Scrapped Princess Double Team Tenacious D Yoko Seishirou
111 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Tribute Tenacious D Thaurlom
112 Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon SuperS Ass Up! (Ic3M4N Remix) Baracuda starcat09
113 Ebichu Nobody Likes Me Classic Children's Song Doki doki
114 Revolutionary Girl Utena Supermodel (You Better Work) RuPaul Corpsegoddess
115 Dragon Ball Z Unleash The Dragon Sisqo Spookzter
116 Azumanga Daioh Bodies Drowning Pool Maru-sha
117 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya The Time Warp The Rocky Horror Picture Show Donutgrrrl
118 Dragon Ball Z The One The Rock Spookzter
119 Outlaw Star Feel Like Makin' Love South Park Blacksheep998
120 Ichigo Mashimaro Ridin Chamillionaire Sbuk
121 Konjiki no Gash Bell The Boxman Smosh Spookzter
122 Hare+Guu Santa Claus Bob Rivers A Well Known Stranger
123 FLCL Tin Can Hit Man Robotronica Awol360
124 Seto no Hanayome Main Title (Terminator 2 Theme) Terminator 2 - Judgment Day Astral
125 Akira Basket Case Green Day Zarxrax
126 Resident Evil 4 Knife Fight Lemon Demon Phatpug
127 One Piece In The Navy Village People Spookzter
128 Chobits It's All About The Pentiums Weird Al Yancovic Kosh_003
129 Dragon Ball Z Acceptable in the 80s Calvin Harris TrialandError
130 Death Note Vi sitter i Ventrilo och spelar DotA Basshunter SSGWNBTD
131 Neon Genesis Evangelion All The Small Things Blink 182 Zarxrax
132 Death Note Maybe I'm A Lion The Black Mages SSGWNBTD
133 Excel Saga Danger Zone Kenny Loggins TekDude
134 Azumanga Daioh Every Time We Touch Cascada Surly Squid
135 Hellsing Move Your Dead Bones Dr. Re-Animator Phatpug
136 Neon Genesis Evangelion Equivalencies, River Side King Missile, Joe Hisaishi SSGWNBTD
137 One Piece Hip To Be Square Huey Lewis and The News Haunter103
138 Death Note Fingertips They Might Be Giants Donutgrrrl
139 Dragon Ball Z Master Exploder Tenacious D Quazza97
140 Hello Kitty's Animation Theatre The March Of The Sinister Ducks The Sinister Ducks Fall_Child42
141 Bleach Ghostbusters Ray Parker Jr. Spookzter
142 Pokemon Sound Clip Geico Commercial Grant10k
143 Monster The Beetis Nathan Eldridge Blaku92
144 Neon Genesis Evangelion Twister Paul and Storm ImmortalArena
145 Excel Saga The Tussin MC Chris Requiett
146 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Normal Bumblefoot SSGWNBTD
147 Azumanga Daioh, Peacemaker Kurogane Sound Clip Beggin' Strips Commercial Corpsegoddess
148 One Piece Corona The Minutemen Spookzter
149 Perfect Blue Teenage Hustling Tori Amos Black Rose Studios
150 Excel Saga and Pet Shop of Horrors Kill The Wabbit Ozzy Fudd (Mark McCollum) Inkwolf
151 Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Maxwell's Silver Hammer The Beatles Actawesome
152 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Black Winter Night DragonForce SSGWNBTD
153 One Piece Sound Clip Popeye the Sailor LC_Lapen
154 Nana Fell In Love With A Girl The White Stripes Purplepolecat
155 Neon Genesis Evangelion Angel Shaggy SSGWNBTD
156 Excel Saga Hard Rock Hallelujah Lordi Dorun
157 Fullmetal Alchemist Lullaby Steven Lynch Kiarrens
158 Serial Experiments Lain, Golgo 13: The Proffessional I Believe I Can Fly R. Kelly Darthgamer
159 Detective Conan A Complicated Song Weird Al Yankovic Yoko Seishirou
160 Sensitive Pornograph Passionate Kisses Mary Chapin Carpenter Zarxrax
161 Death Note HWC Liz Phair SSGWNBTD
162 Evangelion Rodney Carrington Burning Sensation Parodic Productions
163 Naruto The Cuppycake Song Buddy Castle Rinny
164 Azumanga Daioh Bump n' Grind R. Kelly Listentohowardstern
165 End of Evangelion Sound Clip Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Yoko Seishirou
166 Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl I Kissed A Girl Jill Sobule SSGWNBTD
167 Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid Spiderman (Speedo Vrs) Beatbox feat DJ Speedo Zarxrax
168 Elfen Lied Ticks Brad Paisley TheRealInferno
169 Neon Genesis Evangelion I Hate Doing Laundry Psychostick BustRobot
170 Kimi ga Nozomu Eien Girlfriend In A Coma The Smiths Qyot27
171 The Vision of Escaflowne Angry Inch Type O Negative SSGWNBTD
172 Kino's Journey Boom Headshot purepwnage Minion
173 Neon Genesis Evangelion Naked Pictures Electric Six SSGWNBTD
174 Angelic Layer Sound Clip South Park Yoko Seishirou
175 The Cockpit Heut Ist Mein Tag Blumchen Vs Roh SSGWNBTD
176 Hellsing Everyone Has AIDS DVDA Zarxrax
177 Street Fighter Generations Take My Breath Away Berlin TheOni
178 End of Evangelion Party At The Leper Colony Weird Al Yankovic TheRealInferno
179 One Piece Knock Knock Pete and Brian KentaroPJJ
180 Pokemon Marisa wa Taihen na Mono o Nusunde Ikimashita IOSYS W.T. Snacks
181 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Going The Distance Disney's Hercules Yokoseishirou
182 Death Note Hide And Seek Imogen Heap SSGWNBTD
183 End of Evangelion When You Were Young The Killers Kusoyaro
184 Naruto I Love You The Barney Show FraChan
185 Berserk Detachable Penis King Missile SSGWNBTD
186 Sailor Moon Sound Clip Colorful Blaku92
187 Ahiru no Quack Speech To The Youth Adolf Hitler Dorun
188 Akira, Elfen Lied, AWA footage, Outlaw Star, Samruai 7, Tenjou Tenge Smack My Bitch Up Prodigy Minion
189 Kill Bill Vol. 1 I'm Looking Through You The Beatles Kusoyaro
190 Naruto I Get A Kick Out Of You Frank Sinatra AmPsy
191 Fullmetal Alchemist Free VAST Rinny
192 Green Green Don't Cha Pussycat Dolls Yoko Seishirou
193 Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa White Christmas Bing Crosby Kitsuner
194 Please! Twins I'm N Luv (Wit Muh Sister) Seamonkey Zarxrax
195 Grave of the Fireflies Chasing Cars Snow Patrol SSGWNBTD
196 Green Green Beat It Michael Jackson XzmanX
197 Death Note I Love New York City Andrew W.K. SSGWNBTD
198 Higurashi no Naku Koro ni What Is Love Haddaway Omniprezentrezidu & sAdIsTiCmAcHiNe
199 One Piece, Today in Class 5-2 Ya Get Skeeted On Dark Heartz Poochoo
200 End of Evangelion Sound Clip Steve Irwin Minion
201 Lucky Star What's up, people?! Maximum the Hormone Reo
202 Jungle Emperor Leo The Circle Of Life Carmen Twillie TheRealInferno
203 Berserk Jem And The Holograms Theme Freezepop SSGWNBTD
204 Love Hina God Hand Kebin Smith (Panda, No Panda) Luke Harris
205 Negima!? Kiss The Girl Disney's The Little Mermaid RHOPKINS13
206 One Piece Main Theme Captain Planet Spookzter
207 Beck Rusty Cage Johnny Cash Tsunami Jones
208 Dragon Ball Z Fatman Theme Freakazoid Zarxrax
209 Death Note I Love Xmas Tommy Heavenly6 SSGWNBTD
210 Love Hina Golem Freestyle Lords of the Rhymes Matt Colly
211 Fruits Basket Don't Stand So Close To Me The Police Kitsuner
212 Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan Spaceballs The Spinners TheRealInferno
213 Spirited Away Walk On Water Milk Inc. Copymaster1
214 Fullmetal Alchemist Alchemy Mondays Voltaire Corpsegoddess
215 Eiken Mr. Push Up Bra Inventor Bud Light Presents Real Men of Genius Matt Colly
216 Haruhi All Star Smash Mouth Zarxrax
217 Full Metal Alchemist Fitness Made Simple Theme Fitness Made Simple Phatpug
218 Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters GX Ace Of Spades Motorhead TheRealInferno
219 Trigun Do Wah Diddy Diddy Dolly Dots Zarxrax
220 Super Gals Sound Clip Not Another Teen Movie Yoko Seishirou
221 Elfen Lied Why Don't You Get A Job The Offspring SSGWNBTD
222 One Piece Movie 6 Yakety Sax Boots Randolph Spookzter
223 Full Metal Alchemist Sound Clip Freddy Got Fingered =DarKNesS=
224 Battle Athletes Victory Rat Race Baha Men Zarxrax
225 Spirited Away Trogdor Strong Bad Kosh_003
226 Death Note I Can Tell You Shop At Hot Topic The Gothsicles SSGWNBTD
227 Saikano Tidal Wave Longwave Zarxrax
228 Azumanga Daioh Bark At The Moon Ozzy Osbourne Corpsegoddess
229 Death Note L Is For Loser Lee Harding Sinistro
230 Azumanga Daioh Fire It Up Black Label Society Strawberry Key
231 Paranoia Agent Puppet Pals Dexter's Lab Yagi Karu
232 Child's Toy Little Old Lady From Pasadena Beach Boys Zarxrax
233 Love Hina Hell Isn't Good DVDA feat. James Hetfield Gryzlee
234 Mahoromatic E3 Sound Clip Bill Ritch Luke Harris
235 Perfect Blue Pop Star Ken Hirai Zarxrax
236 Berserk Little Bonus Room Skullmonkeys Phatpug
237 Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie Sonic Boom Pastiche Hungry Sano
238 Lucky Star Are You Serious Stimulant Djs Taifunbrowser
239 Cowboy Bebop Hide And Seek Imogen Heap Aesling
240 Dragon Ball GT Monkey Vs. Robot James Kochalka Superstar TheRealInferno
241 Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Dance Epidemic Electric Six Tyashki
242 Grenadier Shake Your Booty KC & The Sunshine Band XzmanX
243 Pokemon Sound Clip Street Fighter II KentaroPJJ
244 Azumanga Daioh Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 (Live Version) Pink Floyd GloryQuestor
245 Popotan Milkshake Kelis Yoko Seishirou
246 Akira He's Got The Whole World In His Hands Classic Children's Song Minion
247 Keroro Gunsou We Are The Champions Crazy Frog Gryzlee
248 Pokemon Death Is A Bitch Evil Dead Musical Doki doki
249 Chobits Blow My Whistle DJ Alligator Project XzmanX
250 Trigun Ghost Love Score Nightwish Luke Harris
251 Vandread Dr.Tran's Quiet Log Time Lone Sausage Hadien
252 Kappa Mikey Chicken Dance Werner Thomas Wzom Productions
253 Death Note, Dokuro-Chan Sandstorm, This Club Is Closed Forever Darude, Razzia SSGWNBTD
254 AMV Hell 4 Welcome to the Black Parade My Chemical Romance SSGWNBTD

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tribute to Eden of The East

   The song is featured as the opening theme song in the anime series, Higashi no Eden (東のエデン) (Eden o the East), which is animated by Production I.G. This video was animated by Production I.G. which is a change because all the AMVs posted here are created by fans, although it isn't really an AMV either, more like the creators of the anime having fun.

Anime: Higashi no Eden
Song: Oasis - Falling Down
Release Date: 9 March 2009

Eden of the East
    On November 22, 2010 ten missiles strike Japan. However, this unprecedented terrorist act, later to be known as "Careless Monday," does not result in any apparent victims, and is soon forgotten by almost everyone. Then, 3 months later... Saki Morimi is a young woman currently in the United States of America on her graduation trip. But just when she is in front of the White House, Washington DC, she gets into trouble, and only the unexpected intervention of one of her fellow countrymen saves her. However, this man, who introduces himself as Akira Takizawa, is a complete mystery. He appears to have lost his memory, is stark naked, except for the gun he holds in one hand, and the mobile phone he's holding in the other. A phone that is charged with 8,200,000,000 yen in digital cash.
 (source I G Production) 

    Basically the guy lost his memory and all he has is a gun and a cell phone that has a credit limit of 88,390,702 USD. The story unfolds from there. 

    Higashi no Eden or Eden of the East is an adventurous experiment of an anime with enough charm and suspense that leaves you on your toes, swept up in what is a controlled cat and mouse game set in an alternate modern-day Japan. We know who are the mice, we do not know who is the cat, but they are all part of some cruelly ironic experiment that is looked upon indifferently by the guy in a lab coat. 

    Given billions of yen at their disposal, a mismatched group of Japanese citizens are chosen to use that money to become a messiah for their country. What they do with the money is up to them, however there are stipulations, and deadly ones. To put it mildly, if you cannot become a saviour of Japan, you do not deserve to be anything else, which includes being alive. All this money and all this power are literally in the hands of these people as they use a mysterious system accessible through their special cell phones and converse with a single, unseen informant known only as Juiz.

     Higashi no Eden follows the amnesiac Takizawa Akira who tries to retrace his steps and figure out his identity. Gaining consciousness in Washington, D.C. (butt-naked in the cold and with a cell phone being his only accessory), he catches the sight of Morimi Saki, a Japanese student on a school tour, and from there, the two are pulled into this game back home in Japan. The story is split between Akira and Saki primarily. The scenes involving Akira deal more with the violent and criminal underworld of Japanese society while Saki's scenes focus on the pains of adapting to the normal aspect of society which include getting a job, dealing with your family, friends and even with yourself. When the two aspects of the story merge, it is never contrived, never out of place, and it smoothly and skilfully comes together.

     This is not an anime that explains itself for you, and you often have to work with it to understand what is happening. One of the first noticeable aspects of the plotting is Akira taking his new-found amnesia rather lightly. However, Higashi no Eden, as aforementioned, is a clever anime with intelligent characters. Instead of the typical trope in which amnesiacs prove to be incompetent, helpless and lost, Akira is quick on his feet and very smart, and understands that agonising over his situation is wasting time.

     Also, some may have a problem with the pacing, given the magnanimity of the situations, the plot does not unfold with a sense of urgency that is usually expected. In fact, some may be inclined to think that the story is meandering around the main issues and events. However, given knowledge that the story is meant to be continued beyond the 11 episode run, working on its own pace is something to be appreciated, not condemned. Since the entire anime covers a very short period of time in the lives of Akira and Saki, it's almost as though we are watching this in real time.

     Higashi no Eden is a gorgeous anime. Albeit, the character design is tremendously simple. The style is a very unique and recognisable one, and the characters lack the shiny appeal that other anime characters have though that is not a detrimental aspect of the artwork. It makes them look less generic than other anime characters, as the style used for their design really stands out from others. It utilises both 2D and 3D animation (as well as some excellent papermation/paper animation for the ending sequence), and they work well for it. For example, the famed cell phones use both types of animation for it and it definitely makes them more appealing to the eye. This series has absolutely beautifully rendered settings. The background art is incredible and has an interesting "patchwork" style of colours used on some of the buildings, concrete, furniture, surfaces and roads, making the city never look like a grey mess or the rooms look dull. If anything, it takes a drab setting and makes it beautiful.

     The anime also pays tremendous attention to detail, in particular with the lighting and reflective surfaces. There is a particular scene where the characters are simply heading up an escalator, and yet a sign from the other side of the room is seen reflected upon the glossy surface next to them. If any viewer demands more from the artwork, then they are simply being greedy.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Papagayo and Synfig

    Designed to help you line up phonemes (mouth shapes) with the actual recorded sound of actors speaking. Papagayo makes it easy to lip sync animated characters by making the process very simple - just type in the words being spoken (or copy/paste them from the animation's script), then drag the words on top of the sound's waveform until they line up with the proper sounds.

    After syncing up mouth shapes with actual sounds, Papagayo can then export the result for use with Anime Studio, their 2D animation product. I couldn't find the Linux version though. I am trying Synfig.

    Papagayo is free to download and use. Sync 'till your virtual lips are sore! Papagayo is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Download @ Lost Marble

    Synfig is a powerful, industrial-strength vector-based open-source 2D animation software package, designed from the ground-up for producing feature-film quality animation with fewer people and resources. While there are many other programs currently on the market to aid with the efficient production of 2D animation, there currently is not any other software that can do what this software can.

    2D Animation has traditionally been very expensive because every frame must be drawn by hand. Even with today's digital inking and painting software, the process still relies on individuals hand-drawing each frame. This laborious task is called "tweening".

    Synfig eliminates the task of manual tweening, producing smooth, fluid motion without the animator having to draw out each frame individually. This allows you to produce 2D animation with fewer people while producing art of a higher quality. Download @ Tux Family

 Synfig Demo Reel

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Good Lip-Syncing

    Song: Ted and the Gooch - I Like You. This is a good example of lip-syncing. The creator describes AMV as his stepping stone, in lip-syncing.

    "The main purpose of making this amv was to expand my Lip-syncing prowess, and I definitely got the chance to put together a number of complicated shots. The shot on the line ".. to be less of a loser" is the most difficult shot I've ever had to lipsync with 2 layers of moving background, a bar in the foreground, a shadow over her face briefly, and hair swaying over her jawline on either sides of a side-profile shot."

    Original Post @ in 720p

Linux Digital Artisan Tools
    Lets take a look at our tools and get familiar with them. When editing I prefer a combination of LiVES, Cinelerra, and customized Gimp script that interfaces it with LiVES, but in favor of the K.I.S.S. method, this site will use KdenLive. It is easy to use and is often compared to Sony Vegas Pro.

  All the tools on this site are Linux tools, and any Linux distro, should have KdenLive in its' application repository. In Linux most of the users install all of there software, from one source, that is maintained by the developers of the operating system. They do so using a package manager. It is one of the top priorities to look into when choosing a Linux Distro. The package manager makes or breaks a good Distro. New users are recommended to use Ubuntu.

    This quick tutorial will teach you how to put together a video complete with titles, transitions and effects! It's easy to learn the basics of video editing, especially in Linux! It's like Sony Vegas, except it's free and open-source!

    This tutorial will teach you how to create a picture in picture transition.

    This tutorial will show you how to overlay several images over a video and animate them.

    As seen above, video editing is easy, just make a couple videos, do a slide-show, and get to know the layout. Skills in gimp are also a must for adding lot more functionality tool your toolkit as a digital artisan. The star animation in the last video was made with GIMP, and synfig, both of these apps are also available on windows. The animation was basically a slide-show.

    Here is a two part introduction to GIMP Basics. Gimp is a photoshop substitute. The tutorial covers the scale, crop, cut with transparency, flip, and rotate commands. It was created by Mike Lively of Northern Kentucky University.

This part covers saving and file size reduction. While the creator of these tutorial recommends, saving as a jpg, gif, or png, when I save an image for editing in a video I save it an the OpenEXR format. OpenEXR is a high dynamic range imaging image file format. TGA File Format, often referred to as TARGA File Format, is a raster graphics file format, and is also ideal for games design.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

You're Amazing

Song: Seal - Amazing. This AMV used sources from twenty-three different anime. To get the original or list of anime sources follow the link-> Amazing IC -
 P.S. I think everyone agrees we are amazing. :)

Shattered Love

    Song: Trading Yesterday - Shattered, Anime: Reaching You but the intro where the guy is playing a piano is from D-GrayMan.

    A nice romantic themed AMV. Never seen that anime before, but I think the artist does faces really weird, from what was in the AMV.

     Nevertheless, the creator, put allot of effort into this AMV and it shows. I particularly am a fan of the way the artist utilized the imaging software and the perspective camera to slide the character across the screen at the right time. The light flash between transitions gives it in even nicer touch.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

FooLy CooLy - Coldplay

    This is AMV of the week #34 @ JustDubs has been a great resource for me for years. As the name implies, it only posts english dubbed anime. Recently they have added a section that gives an overview of the series, making it easier to pick up a new anime, and have even started a new website, but have yet to explore it.

    Regarding the AMV it is based of the anime FLCL. FLCL follows Naota Nandaba, a twelve-year-old boy living in the fictional Japanese suburb of Mabase, and his interactions with Haruko Haruhara.

    Naota's life is confined to going to school and living with his father and grandfather. His usually boring life is rudely interrupted by the arrival of Haruko Haruhara, who bursts on the scene by running Naota over with her Vespa scooter, then giving him CPR and hitting him on the head with a blue vintage Rickenbacker 4001 left-handed reverse strung electric bass guitar. Later, Naota is shocked to find Haruko working in his house as a live-in maid

   A couple years ago I tried to watch this series, but just didn't like it. Don't know what it was, it just didn't keep my interested, I guess. This AMV is awesome though, the creator did a very good job of capturing and presenting the emotion of the audio. On the other hand I can see that this creator only used basic techniques, and tried lip-syncing, but didn't succeed. Again this is still a great AMV.

    Lip-syncing is a very time consuming process. There are two ways that I can think of. The first method is easy and for this method, you need a clip in which NOTHING is moving except the character's mouth. Simply place the clip on the time-line in Lives , and then use the left and right arrow keys to skip through the clip frame by frame. Just move through each frame until you get to one where the character's mouth is completely closed.

    Now, select the razor tool, and cut your video clip EXACTLY where the edit line is intersecting it. Now, tap the right arrow key to advance forward one frame, and use the Razor tool again here. You may need to zoom in to be able to do this accurately.

    Now click the selection tool, and select the frame that you just cut out. You may want to move it to a different video track so it wont get in your way while you are cutting out more video frames. 

    The other method for lip-syncing, will be posted shortly with another AMV :) See you then :)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

OpenShot 1.1!

    OpenShot is an excellent example of free and open source software. It is easy to use, even for people who have never used an NLE (non-linear-video-editor).

 About OpenShot
    Behind every great program, is a great story. Well... I'm not sure if this is a great story or not, but here it is. The author's name is Jonathan Thomas. He is a resident of Arlington, TX, USA. Jonathan Thomas is a professional software / web developer (12+ years experience).

    In early 2008, Jonathon first installed Ubuntu. He was very impressed, but like many people, realized immediately the lack of a video editor. For weeks he researched, downloaded, configured, compiled, and installed any Linux video editor I could find. It turns out there are many, but none that met his simple criteria.
  1. easy to use
  2. stable
  3. powerful

     It doesn't get much easier then OpenShot, not that microsoft movie maker ins't easy, it's just that it only gives has two options, so it doesn't even count.  With openshot, adding a slideshow is super easy, but you can spend hours making look the way you want, by adjusting transitions, picture in picture, add text, and more.

Another cool feature is, you can edit a picture that is black and white, and open shot will fade the shape of your pick, in or out.

OpenShot 1.1.0 Released! from Jonathan Thomas on Vimeo.

It seems that open-sourcing his project was a good idea, because the project has been moving ahead of schedule.

OpenShot's Features include:
OpenShot provides extensive editing and compositing features, and has been designed as a practical tool for working with high-definition video including HDV and AVCH

Screencast of OpenShot Chroma-Key Effect

Screencast of OpenShot Chroma-Key Effect from Jonathan Thomas on Vimeo.

OpenShot Key-Frame Demo!
Getting to understand and use key-frames is very important for getting into more advanced control over your videos. Say I put a thirdy second clip in the timeline. A key-frame can be placed at, the five second mark and another at  the end, and then set it to fade, rotate, zoom, and many other thing much more precisely with key-frames.

OpenShot Has Effects!!!
There are plenty of effects to add, and most of them have multiple variable
OpenShot Video Gets Effects!!! from Jonathan Thomas on Vimeo.


Awesomely eerie instrumental.