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Programs to Make AMVs?, Pls tell me your opinion

Mirel   Mar 19 2007, 05:34 AM Quote
Hey can someone tell me what program to use to make an AMV ....i use Muvee auto producer but it's limited and prety hard so can someone tel other options ?

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Botan06-san   Mar 24 2007, 06:06 AM Quote
QUOTE (Mirel @ Mar 19 2007, 05:34 AM)
Hey can someone tell me what program to use to make an AMV ....i use Muvee auto producer but it's limited and prety hard so can someone tel other options ?

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Uhm, I used windows movie maker. I made a pretty solid amv before but it takes some time to split the scenes ect.

shireishou   May 03 2007, 09:57 AM Quote
Muuve? I never hear about that. What OS do U use?

I use Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 and windows movie maker for XP sp 1

I cant find time line or put text at Windows movie maker sp . So I combine it with premiere. I cut my fave sceen at WMM and after that try to edit it at Premiere ^^

Its imple and I like it

I will earn how to use Adobe after effect. My friends suggest me that program ^^

Kiahna Heartnet-chi   Jun 22 2007, 10:12 PM Quote
Hm...I use Sony Vegas Movie Studio 7.0 yes, it's EXTREEMELY expensive...I think it's $128, last I checked.

Nightdragon-sama   Retired Jun 22 2007, 10:19 PM Quote
I use WMM and its been good enough for me... Sony Vegas is good but it is expenisive and tough to use.

Kiahna Heartnet-chi   Jun 22 2007, 10:42 PM Quote
Well, personally I think WMM sucks like crap, it has really not that many effects able to be used, it shut down too much, and kinda just....bad. However, it's a good program to start's what I started with, so that's why I think it sucks... sleep.gif

Sony Vegas IS confusing at first, but I got the hang of it after three times. The effects and video layers are REALLY nice, and the percentage of showing and stuff like that are good for the type of AMVs I like making. happy.gif

Well, we eaach have our own preferences....

kiraclyne   Jun 25 2007, 09:28 AM Quote
I use Final Cut, and trying to use Adobe After Effects again, used it in video class and got really confused.

ookamioni-san   Jun 28 2007, 01:16 AM Quote
Ill go out on a limb here.. I've only ever used the stuff that came w/ XP... I dont really like making anything TOO flashy - if the beats good and you can line the video with the sound up properly... its all i really need.

Hiasubi-Whamphyri   Fansub TV Team Jun 30 2007, 07:02 AM Quote
Well is there any other way to get WMM besides downloading it from Microsoft?

ShizuChan119   Dec 15 2011, 09:54 PM Quote
I've heard a lot of amv makers use Cyberink PowerDirector. I've used it before and it has many effects and is great for professional amvs. It can be a little hard to use at first, but its easy to get the hang of if you fool with it a bit. ^_^ You can download it free from (I don't think its a trial, but it might be).

truth2belief-san   Fansub TV Team Dec 28 2011, 12:21 AM Quote
AMVs itself is pretty broad as everyone do them differently. Each program has its special pluses.

For the video as a whole, Sony Vegas is an excellent choice for videos. You can edit videos and make video clip transitions very easily. Sony Vegas also allows one to layer videos on videos and such. For the normal AMV where clips are put together to make a short video, Sony Vegas is the standard video editor. Windows Movie Maker is a valid option as it does what's needed by putting videos together. However, Windows Movie Maker is bare bones. You cannot do fine timing, which is what makes the difference when it comes to music videos. The ability to time each syllable of the lyrics, fancy transitions, video overlay over video, etc. But going deep into animation such as putting in your own character or sparkly what not, I would use Adobe After Effects.

After Effects is incredibly useful on small animations or multiple animations that go into each video. Adobe After Effects is where you would sink in an incredible amount of hours to make an incredible piece of video. Also note that After Effects can be used with Photoshop and Illustrator to a good degree. Of course, there are other video programs, but I would say that these two, Sony Vegas and Adobe Aftereffects, are the main. Let's say your making an AMV which involves a person looking into the TV. Aftereffects is good for this cause you can replace what's in the TV in the video and make it look much more natural by adding in more filters and special effects. While it isn't related to AMV, check out what freddiew does on his youtube channel with the power of AfterEffects. A good reference for good AMVs can also be Nostromo.

I have also used Aegisub to make texts on screen in a very fancy way in videos. This itself requires "programming" the words on the screen but may prove useful if you want lyrics on the video or simply want words to look nice and easily animated such as on that video screen in the earlier example.

Don't forget that video quality is important, too. The video pieces you use should be RAW videos that are a decent resolution. If you use a mix of After Effects and Vegas, you should use the after effects to make the special parts of the video and encode the parts uncompressed. You can then load them into Vegas, edit the video as a whole and then use Vegas's video encoder for the final cut. However, I personally would recommend to use Vegas's video encoder to make another uncompressed video of the finished video and then compress the video with a more advanced video encoder like MeGUI or handbrake or whatnot. I won't really get into video compression as that itself needs a whole encyclopedia for. Just make sure that it's h264(with the right settings) and aac if you want to be able to view the video on game consoles.

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