March 25, 2007

The Kanon Project

A little over a week ago, a concept for an AMV snaked its way out of the depths of my brain and positioned itself, fully formed, in front of my face (metaphorically, of course).

I said to myself, "hey, that could work! All I need is the RAWs of all the episodes of Kanon 2006, a copy of the song, and learn how to use Adobe Premiere, and I'm all set! Oh, and how to create clips for use in the vid, can't forget that."

...with dialup, to boot. Yeah, it looked doomed from the very first step. But then a miracle occurred: using two different computers that had broadband, I managed to snag 22 of l33t-RAWs' episodes of Kanon. I still need those two missing eps, but I can at least start making clips!

Except I still didn't have a clue how to do THAT. That's where the ubercool Jeff Lawson of Hop Step Jump! came into play, as I fired off a quick e-mail asking for his help.

He came through with a long, detailed e-mail explaining the whole procedure to me, and an offer to help with any questions I had in the future. SOMEONE's gonna be inducted into the Order of the Honorary Duck when this is all said and done...

So. As if my life wasn't cluttered enough, now I've got this project beating me about the head and neck... and it's one of those things that will NOT go away until I finish it, I can tell already.

My first AMV. I hope it doesn't suck...

Posted by: Wonderduck at 02:43 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 Sprocket Hole's HQ release of Kanon is soft-subbed, so you could extract the video from that for your missing raws if needed.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 25, 2007 09:28 PM (kdEVa)

2 P.S. Ganbatte!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 25, 2007 09:29 PM (kdEVa)

3 Arigato, Pixy!

Posted by: wonderduck at March 26, 2007 01:15 AM (h/YdH)

4 Just a tip: The video in our HQ releases are VBR-encoded. If you plan to do an AVI of your work, you may wish to use AviSynth to bring the frame rate to 119.88 (a frame rate that's divisible by both NTSC film's frame rate of 23.976 and NTSC video's frame rate of 29.97). That's because our raws are at 119.88 which makes VBR encoding much easier and playback of the result very smooth.

Hope this helps!

--IJ, founder, Sprocket Hole Subs.

Posted by: IJ at March 30, 2007 12:53 PM (ObgNl)

5 IJ, thanks for the tip! Unfortunately, I'm not using SprocketHole's raws, only because they're in mkv format, and (as a complete n00b at this) I don't want to go thru yet ANOTHER step to get to the actual video.

Well, that, and I was able to get l33t-raws' versions in great big chunks. I lucked out when they started seeding the show in six-episode packages.

FWIW, I'm finding that I prefer the mkv format for video quality. I suspect that, all things being equal, yours probably look better.

I'm curious... how'd you find The Pond? Thanks for dropping in, hope you'll come back!

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 30, 2007 01:00 PM (2nDll)

6 Actually, it's not so much the MKV (which is a container, like AVI, OGM and MP4/MOV all are) that makes it look better, but the H.264 (also known as "MPEG-4 AVC" or "MPEG-4 Part 10") encoding, which is also used for BluRay Disc and HD-DVD. XviD is an implementation of "MPEG-4 Part 2" or "MPEG-4 ASP".

As to how I found you? I'll be perfectly honest and was doing some "ego surfing" if you will (using "sprocket" "hole" and "kanon" as search terms).

Anyway, I hope the AMV production goes well. I'll be sure to bookmark your site and keep tabs on how things are progressing!


Posted by: IJ at April 04, 2007 04:58 PM (jAlaq)

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