AURIGA is the name of my main computer when I made this AMV. It has been premiered at Japan Expo AMV Contest 2008 and got 1st place. The premiere at the contest was kinda funny and disappointing since I was part of the staff and I was at the computer when we were showing the AMV. Everything worked fine, huge screen, many people, good sound… and suddenly, I look back at the screen and I notice a HUUUUUGE increasing audio/video delay fucking up all synchronization. That’s because we were playing the 60fps version on a single core laptop. Thankfully, I could bring a 30fps version for the 2nd screening in the huge room with 3 massive screens and it worked ok this time. I entered this AMV at many contests and won a lot of awards, trophies and prices.
This project represents 4 months of work: 1 to select the footage and mix the song, 1 to cut and clean the footage, 1 for the basic editing, 1 to add effects and transitions. I didn’t have a clear idea of what the project would be like when I started, I just put pretty pictures on the timeline and I tried to create an atmosphere by altering colors, camera movements and making transitions.
|Ah! My Goddess (Movie)
Akai Ito (PS2)
Appleseed: Ex Machina (Movie)
ARIA The ANIMATION (TV)
Ashita No Kimi To Au Tame Ni (Game)
Chaos Wars (PS2)
Chrono Crusade (TV)
Ef – A Tale Of Memories (TV)
Ef – The Latter Tale (Game)
Ergo Proxy (TV)
Ghost In The Shell: GIG2
|Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Global Astroliner Gou (OVA)
Gun X Sword
Gunbuster 2 (Aim For The Top! 2)
Haru No Ashioto (Game)
Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni (TV)
Kiddy Grade (2nd Season Promo)
Macross Frontier (TV)
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS
Melody Of Oblivion
Night Wizard (TV)
Place Promised In Our Early Days
Pokémon Temple Of The Sea
Real Drive (TV)
| Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei (TV)
Shakugan No Shana (TV)
Shakugan No Shana Second (TV)
Shining Force EXA (PS2)
Sky Girls (TV)
Third, The (TV)
To Heart 2 (PS2)
W-Wish (Double Wish)
Wild Arms 4 (Game)
Xross Scramble (Game)
Ys I & II: Eternal Story (PS2)
I selected scenes from a lot of sources linked by the same kind of atmosphere. I must say that I haven’t seen even 10% of all those stuff. It’s mostly first episodes and openings/endings. Check out the ‘Making Of’ video for more information on the editing and footage name.
DJ Spoke – Watch Them Fall Down, progressive trance.
I mixed the Original version with the Montano Dub Remix.
TECHNIC / 60 FPS
I always had a problem when watching an AMV. Getting the feeling that something wasn’t optimal in the video no matter how good the animation of the footage was, it seemed kinda slow or lagging. Then I discovered Twixtor, a plugin for Adobe Premiere which is able to interpolate extra frames to improve and smooth down animation. It’s a bit hard to use since there are no general settings that work in all circumstances. Indeed, depending on the velocity and variety of motions, the real fps (in general 7 or 15 in anime), luma, transition, etc… the settings have to be adjusted. The extra frames aren’t always very accurate especially in case of fast motion but it works pretty well in general. The render takes a LOT of time. About 1 frame each 3 seconds considering the resolution of the project (720p) and my hardware config (Q6600 quad core, win XP). It required a lot of effort and time but comparing the 60 fps version and the 30, I think it was worth it.
The 30 fps version of this AMV was made from the 60 removing 1 frame over 2. So when it isn’t synchronized with the real frames (not the extra ones) you should see some deformed pictures. Download 30 fps here.
1st at Japan Expo 2008
1st at Amonchakai 2008
Best Technical award at AWA 14
Best of Show Editor’s Choice award at NDK 2008
Best Upbeat/Fun award at Anime Evolution 2008
Best Editing award at Anime Evolution 2008
Best Dance & Best Visual & Overall Winner at Connichi 2008
Best Use of Multiple Anime Award at VCA 2009
Video of the Year Award at VCA 2009
Editor of the Year Award at VCA 2009
* h264 10bit requires heavy CPU power and updated codec like cccp