Clocks by Unr3al Gamer

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I agree with the author of this video that it’s odd that nobody else has PMVified this song before. It seems like a no-brainer, really. But then, who needs another version of it now that we have this one? This song has a great feel, and really fits the PMV mold nicely. The editing on this one is simple and clean, with great timing and appropriate scene choices that are sometimes so literal to the lyrics as to be obtuse (but I’ve done the same hyper literal thing with my own videos, so I’m not complaining!) It has more of a montage feel than a story-driven feel, and that’s okay by me. Not every PMV needs to have a particular story to it (also, I could just be blind and not seeing the story in this one)

I love me a good simple PMV, and the tasteful absence of flashy effects looks great here. Some of the footage during the longer instrumental portion near the end felt a bit like filler to me, but at least the action in the footage was engaging, and fit the flow of the song well. Tight editing can make up for any drag in content, and that’s certainly the case here. All in all, this is a really nice one, and does great honor to such a stellar Coldplay song.

Check it out below!

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Twitchy twitch by General Slinkie

Well that’s dubstep for ya.  Pretty colors and flashing lights.

And this beautiful PMV is no exception.  It’s quirky, it’s weird, and it matches the music in a heavenly sonority.  Or a dubsteppily sonority, but I’m not sure that that’s a real adjective.

Anyway, this video is fantastic for reviewing and learning from because the editor makes some really stand-out choices here (not inherently good, however).  We’ll start with the pros because there is just so much of it!  I mean, this pretty much exemplifies the reason that we use effects in the first place, to amplify the attitude of our scenes.  General Slinkie coordinates the oddities of the finale episodes, i.e. Discord’s randomness or Pinkie’s giggling ghosty trees, with the FX that are used and relies heavily on neither one, but the combination of the two.  To be more shallow, I like the pretty distortion and little circle expansions at the beginning as well as the flippy transitions throughout.  Cool stuff.

I also liked the camera jumps, but speaking of cameras, the movement in the beginning kinda killed it for me, and I think that’s the main point where the video falls flat.  We’re talking no easing, no point of focus, and no apparent random disorder.  Now don’t get me wrong, some of the cam zooms after that point are pretty nice.  And I also understand that this was done to match the randomness and quirkiness of the song, but I think ya went a bit overboard here.

You can be the judge of that though, check out the video and let us know whatcha think!

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Friendship is Witchcraft: Horse Women Part 1 by Sherclop Pones

After a long wait, we have been treated to another episode of Friendship is Witchcraft! This time Sherclop Pones is tackling the Equestria Girls movie so you know there is a ton of great stuff to parody there. I love the return of Luna with a big speaking part, her voice never ceases to make me giggle. As usual they’ve included an entire original song which is quite good, but the best part was the “this is what it looks like from Twilight’s perspective, and this is what everyone else sees” gag at the end. Looking forward to the next part in the series!

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Piano Mare by Paul Miller IV

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You know, at this point we might as well rechristen this site “PMIV Today”, because every time we turn around, another video has been released by this talented PMV producer. The subject of our most recent spotlight has struck gold once again, this time lending his high-and-tight editing expertise to one of the most iconic musical performances in rock history. Everything you already know about the reddest card on the field is on prominent display in this video, perhaps even done a little bit better. And that’s the true calling card of a fame-worthy editor: the ability to improve with every video. To all the up-and-comers out there, I offer this advice: Watch this video, take good notes, and practice practice practice.

Keep your ears open, by the way, for our Editor Spotlight interview with the man himself, which was conducted earlier today, and will be available at some point in the very near future.

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Amazing Sunglasses by Rodrigo808

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Amazing Sunglasses by Rodrigo808 is perhaps one of the most unique PMVs I’ve ever seen. The header image and title say it all.. With vibes from MysteryGuitarMan, Rodrigo808 crafted – successfully I might add, one of the most unique, different, and fun PMVs I’ve ever seen. From ties to sunglasses.. what’s next!? Check out the video below!

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Better Than You by IdhrenLives

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Happy weekend everyone! Dae314 here today to remind everyone that I’m better than all of you. That’s right because this week I have a pretty unique video to show you all. You may line up on the left here. People I like better in front please. I will happily take your money if you would kindly put it in the box to your right as you get yourself seated. After all, it’s not very often that I give you the chance to watch a video about Diamond Tiara.

Better Than You is a fan song by MandoPony put in a PMV by none other than IdhrenLives or simply Lives as I’ll call him in this post because nobody can pronounce Idhren. It’s always nice to have a song that’s made for a specific pony. There’s less work choosing scenes and less footage twisting you need to do to get the video to fit the lyrics. However, the unconventional character focus in “Better Than You” makes the song about as tough as any other to pick scenes for. Right away Lives gives us a little more than just raw scenes by filtering out the non-Diamond Tiara colors from some of the scenes. Sometimes–for instance in the opening–the filtering works splendidly. Other times it works a little less than splendidly. The color filtered scenes could have really benefited from a careful hand rendering of Diamond Tiara but that is quite time consuming so it’s excusable for a single editor working alone to take a shortcut for that. The scenes chosen do a great job of accentuating the lyrics and bring out all of the sparkling and totally desirable qualities of Diamond Tiara’s character. Actually, thanks to this video I think I understand Diamond Tiara better as a character in the show. Not that I won’t be rooting for the Cutie Mark Crusaders the next time she stands in their way. Anyhow I’ve rambled on long enough. Here’s your money back I really don’t need to take it since I’m so well off. Please don’t forget to vote for Dae314 as the best writer on your way out!

P.S. extra tiara points for whoever can guess what character the cover art picture is based on without going to the source.
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Castle of Shadows by IdhrenLives

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One thing I love about PMVs which pull their music from fanmade songs is that they tend to sync up better to the actual video than lyrics that would otherwise just be interpreted. And that is no more well projected than here, in “Castle of Shadows,” which is a PMV of a song of the same name by SlyphStorm. The lyrics tie in better with the clips, and it makes your job as an editor a ton easier. And the easier it is, the more motivation you have to push forward with your project.

I cannot stress enough how perfectly the lyrics and clips tie together. That isn’t a coincidence, of course. But it really helps to sell what a “PMV” really is. a Pony Music Video. I also really like how much of a retro, Castlevania-esque vibe the track gives off. Pure nostalgia. Check it out below! It’s a fun one!

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Finally Gonna Be Fine/Pinkie’s Happy Commupony College Show by Stellafera

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Right up front I have to admit that I have not watched the show Community, so I’m probably going to sound ignorant in this write-up, but then again, I probably sound ignorant about 13 out of every 24 hours, so I guess I’ll live.

While it’s true that I haven’t seen Community, that fact doesn’t seem to afflict my enjoyment of this little PMV, which combines two of the intro themes from that show with… you guessed it! Ponies! (seriously, how did you know?) The presentation here is really smooth; the footage matches very well with the speed and flow of the songs, and the interlude of real pony audio is a nice touch. The lyrics and tone of the two songs also seems to fit MLP perfectly. I definitely want to check out Community now, and to me, that’s always the mark of a good PMV—connecting MLP to other great works of art.

Check it out below!

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