I’ll Be Dreaming by ObbsessiveBookworm

#SunsetShimmerIsTotallyStillRelevant

And so is ObbsessiveBookworm.  After taking a short break to work on a submission for our PMV contest, we’ve got a short and meaningful piece from the wonderful editor.  And while it certainly lacks in the effects, the scene selection is surprisingly superb.

I have to extend my full thanks to this video for its scene choice.  Not only did everything fit well with the music and lyrics, but FINALLY somebody was able to use the scenes from that SS music video in a way that was not completely pretentious and/or terrible!  Looking for good PMVs on Youtube is hard, and I’ve had to trudge through hours of that same footage mixed with pop songs and Nightcore alike.  Yet somehow, this one PMV manages to make me like those same visuals all over again.

The problem I had with effects is probably only because I could imagine some sort of bloom filters or color enhancement when the song hits its upbeat part.  But it’s better underdone than overdone, and you should check it out below to see for yourself!

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Smile by rainbowdashzx

Smily Twi is supa-fly.  And she can fly.  Like, literally.

And if you’ve ever had to deal with a relationship where you just need to keep your smile up after it’s done then this PMV and song is certainly for you!  rainbowdashzx has finally finished his first full length bit in After Effects and it’s got the whole focus around a little TwiDash breakup.  Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of shipping, this is pretty much like the anti-ship anyway.

Now the style and color of this piece is absolutely fitting with the music.  It all becomes very chill, casual, and modern at the same time.  The only trouble I had with coloring was that we would occasionally see artifacts and shading from different characters’ clips (i.e. 1:30) and it would interrupt that modern style just a bit.  I can only see this choice as intentional, because in AE the layer fill effect tends to get all of it.  Quite simply, I found the choice a bit jarring.  It focuses the eye onto those little details.

But other than that this video is another great work from the editor and proof that he deserves every bit of attention he gets.  Check it out below!

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How Applejack Won The War by Corpse Run Comics

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Hello strangers! DeLoop’s back again, trudging through the PMV drought to bring you whippersnappers something to sink your teeth into. Don’t forget there’s a little under 2 weeks to submit your entries to our contest, by the way! We’re excited to see more entries from you guys.

Today I thought I’d feature an animation based on a song from the classic parody series “Friendship Is Witchcraft”. And man, it sure is hilariously dark. The animation certainly brings a whimsical charm to the original song, based on Applejack being a ruthless soldier and leading a war. There’s just something distinctly hilarious about the combination of lighthearted MLP and serious dark undertones. I guess that’s part of the reason I love FiW’s songs so much.

The art style and animation is great. It has a cartoon nature about it that works well. It’s not perfect and I’m not blown away by it, but it’s pretty good nonetheless. I especially enjoyed the musical elements that the animation played to, even incorporating some PMV elements throughout. It’s a fun little musical parody, one that we don’t get nearly enough of. I’d love to see more original animations in this style.

Ruminate on your crimes below.

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New Tutorial!

Well howdy everybody, it seems like a lack of PMVs in the feed has led everyone here on a bit of a downer.  So to get some more action flowing in, we’ve officially released a new After Effects tutorial for all of you AE users out there!  If you’re interested in doing something new and shiny with a bit of a humorous flare, go down below and check it out.

This, along with other useful educational bits will be available in the tutorial section of the website. (Look at the top navigation bar!)

Learning is magic below!

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Stella-Rium by Racecarghost

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Hey guys, today we have a brand new PMV from Racecarghost.

Sticking to his style, Racecar has made another PMV to an anime song. And once again the editing matches perfectly. The shows clips played in windows zooming out, with visual based backgrounds are highly reminiscent of an anime intro. Throwing in subtle motion graphic sections also helped maintain interest in some scenes, and gave more variety. The choppy editing style used when the guitar is more prominent fits the song really well. And the complex scenes of show clips inside a globe really bring the whole thing together.

To be honest I’m not a fan of anime, but I still really appreciate the effort put in to this PMV. The editing is truly top notch.

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The Time Has Come by HeavyWeaponsBaby

Never played DMC. But hey, guns and swords and arcane stuff, how can you go wrong?

HWB has released a brand new full length vid for a song in celebration of some Devil May Cry news, and it’s just as dark and action-filled as I’d like it to be.  One awesome thing that this shows is how even in the angry and evil sounding parts of the song, the focus is still on the good guys beating the bad guys.  How do you do that and still make it work?  Color correction.

And it’s a mighty fine change in tone and proper change in color when we hit the more holy part of the vid.  The only thing that really annoys me about this is the inclusion of some in-show audio (and that probably only annoys me because of its association with subpar PMVs in general).  But this is overall a fantastic piece of action, and everything fits like it should.  Take a look below!

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Right Here by lTRuESoULl

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Happy Friday folks! Today we have a nice PMV involving the bond between Twilight and Celestia. The PMV seems to imply that they will be around for each other when they need to. At least that’s my take.

One thing I like about this video is the transitions. The editor really knows how to do transitions, and he knows how to do them well. However, I personally feel there were too many effects (less shake please) and sometimes transitions for the song.  Some parts were hit well, but I think the editing might have been a bit too overdone.

Still, it’s a good video and worth a watch.

 

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Because of You by rainbowdashzx and Friends

You know, happiness and sunshine and flowers doesn’t have to be the one-dimensional state of mind that we think it is.  Unless you’re Derpy over there on the right, then maybe…

ANOTHER COLLABORATION PMV shows this concept in a wonderfully exemplary way.  The song itself is rather happy with a few mixes of emotion coming in every now and then, but the editing keeps up with this perfectly and uses the happiness shown by each of our characters to flavor the entire piece.

Speaking of editing, we do get a lot of videos with fancy effects and sparkles, but it’s always worth noticing when there are edits done with quality.  I’m not saying that big effects bring down the amount of quality, but it isn’t dependent on them.  In this video, for example, we see a fabulously upbeat, speedy and lyric-matching edit in Tygr’s short part at the beginning.  Things aren’t necessarily custom, but the “dominoes” line is constructed in such a manner that I just feel super excited watching it.

Pump yourself up when you go down below, and make sure to sub to all the awesome editors who contributed!

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Runaway by Alanj2007 and Friends

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It’s just like our good mayor said, this stuff really does bring people from all walks of life together.

The same applies to collaborations!

Good evening every pony and welcome to another fabulous featuring of a fantastically frivolous work of art.  The song is Runaway, but don’t do that quite yet until you’ve checked out this new collab!  This particular piece features monumental effort from big names like Alanj2007, all the way to our very own Pixel3000Nerd.

Speaking of whom, it seems like the most noticeable part about this PMV was the timing of everyone’s parts.  I’d say P3N’s style fits perfectly with the huge drop in the song when he comes in, and RDZX makes an incredible crescendo with his slightly shaken camera (and reference to G+).  DaSpacePony gives us a proper and fitting relaxation using their own ‘spaced-out’ style and JackDC93, a contest judge this year, had the perfect atmosphere for the soloed vocals at his part.

Find even more gems of editing below! And don’t forget to subscribe to each of the amazing visual engineers.

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