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Next creative project: editing an AMV

So, I just ordered a Final Cut Express book, Final Cut Express HD 3.5 Editing Workshop, Third Edition, because I don’t think I’ve ever gotten anywhere close to using the full power of Final Cut, and I want to understand it better.

As I’ve said before, developers should be content experts, and for me, that means getting deeper into media production so I have a better affinity to what clients want, and to what the current state of the art is.

Plus, I don’t mind having an excuse to indulge my love of anime. Specifically, I think this is going to be the year that I try to put together a good anime music video. For those of you outside this bizarre little bit of fandom, this is the subculture of combining video from one or more anime series with music from an external, unrelated source.

The effect of a good AMV can be thoroughly delightful, turning you on to a new series or musician you weren’t previously aware of or interested in. The textbook case of this, as recently pointed out on the Ninja Consultants podcast, is the AMV “Hold Me Now” (high quality | YouTube), which may have done more to promote the series Princess Tutu in the West than any marketing by its US licensee. Back when O’Reilly was doing a podcast, I did some preliminary work on a story about AMV’s, spotlighting the international nature of this particular video: an Italian woman takes a Swedish pop song, combines it with video from a Japanese cartoon, and wins the grand prize at Anime Boston. That’s awesome.

Anyways, the current state of the art in AMV’s makes heavy use of compositing, multi-layer effects, timing tricks to achieve lip-synch, etc. If I can figure out most of that, I suspect it’s going to allow me to shake off some assumptions in my programming and push me to more advanced techniques.

Comments (2)

  1. […] a while back, I mentioned wanting to edit an AMV. I started laying the groundwork for that today, and so far, it’s an uphill climb. I’m […]

  2. […] while back, I mentioned planning to start work on an anime music video (AMV), as a means of improving my Final Cut skills, and thereby getting my developer head more in line […]

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