Riptide by chocalicorn

running down to the riptide

Hey this is daspacepony again! Today we have another feature from the BronyCon PMV Contest, it is “Riptide” by chocalicorn and it got First Place in the Feel Good category which definitely lives up to its status! I remember watching it for the first time and started dancing to the music and singing. The song is really catchy indeed and the perfect cuts added to the PMV’s lovely rhythm and style.

The typography is sufficient and not overbearing, coming up at just the right times. Creatively used to excite the viewer when it is appropriate.

There isn’t really an overarching story throughout the PMV, but instead it has the perfect scenes come up with the right lyrics that makes this really enjoyable to watch! The lightweight, casual feel is perhaps the best part about the PMV. With all the heavily glitchy action packed PMVs that are appearing recently, this lovely piece softens it up by keeping it simple and relaxed.

Lady, running down to the riptide~

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Tutorial: Getting resources for making great PMVs

Dashie in the clouds

Howdy there, this is daspacepony! Today, I’m bringing something a little different, a tutorial!

So you want to start making a PMV? Or just want to find more places to get the images/video clips you need? Don’t fret. This post will sure to give some help. (Disclaimer: This tutorial is made with my experience of making PMVs so you might do it slightly differently.)


Show clips

Book horse holding a pill. It definitely provides some eye-candy ;)

Finding show clips is a little hard, especially with all that copyright-fair use stuff going on. But whatever you do, please, for the good of all PMV makers out there, don’t use a screen recording software and record snippets of clips from YouTube. Use a show clip that has no extra markings (that includes a Hub or Discovery Family logo), so it is just the pure clean episode, nothing else. There are indeed places online that do let you download high quality 1080p episodes, I can’t say where those places are, but they are there. It’s about 900MB per 1080p episode, so you might wanna have some plan to store it somewhere externally. If the episode you’ve download is of an unreadable format, use a video converter, for example I use a program called Avidemux.

Green Screen Ponies is a wonderful place to download pre-keyed scenes from the show, allowing you to replace the green-area of the video with anything you want. Usually great for a Pony In Real Life video or fancy motion graphics PMV.


Vectors

Pinkie the Helicopter
oooh, rainbow thread
Super saiy- I mean, Rainbow Power cutie marks

Whether it is a certain pony in a certain pose, a prop, a cutie mark, or even a background, vectors certainly provide a lot of flexibility. The MLP-VectorClub has probably the largest collection of all the vectors you can think of from the show with various artists from deviantArt contributing to the gallery every so often. You can download insanely high-quality art (some up to 16000 x 16000), OR you could download the .svg or .ai files that allows you to edit the lines and shapes within the vector with softwares such as Inkscape or Adobe Illustrator to better fit for the PMV you’re making.


Music

oh my, sick beats from DJ horse

Unless you aren’t scared of a potential take down of your YouTube channel, going for official music like those from VEVO shouldn’t be the one you might be going with. Though it is a precaution, it shouldn’t be the reason to limit your music selection. Most PMVs still go fine with it. Some PMVs go with remixes of the original song, while some PMVs use the ‘Nightcore’ version, but I wouldn’t recommend that. There are some places which offer royalty-free or non-copyrighted music such as NoCopyrightSounds. A great option would be to find a fandom made song, as they offer music that are already made for pony. But all in all, choose a song that you absolutely love to bits and has potential for pony. ;)


So yep, those are the essential stuff you need to make a PMV. Afterwards, put them into your computer’s own video editing software and off you go! If this tutorial helped, I, and the rest of the PMVToday staff could do more :)

Bad Machine | PMV Collab by Tisteve

vinyl_scratch___dj_pon3___gr4p_ica1_by_rariedash

Hey, this is daspacepony! I’m another new author on PMVToday and have been making PMVs and joining PMV collabs since January 2015, here to showcase another amazing PMV!

Do you like crazy glitch effects? Dubstep? Fancy visuals? Collaborations? Then boy, do we have a good one here. Long time PMV maker, Tisteve has hopped on the collab-ing bandwagon and has surely brought the best people in for this style of PMV. Especially Pixel3000nerd and Alanj2007games who are known to make the best “glitch effect” PMVs around, did their parts wonderfully. Not forgetting HarmonicWind’s lovely typography and custom scenes for the rap part of the song; TiMan, Ashie and Tisteve, all bringing their own unique twists to their part of the collab, which is what being in a collab is all about. Besides the slightly too frequent use of typography and little use of visuals in HarmonicWind’s part that felt a little off within the PMV’s heavy effect, heavy visual feel, the whole PMV just blended wonderfully together with the song it went and that’s pretty much the most important thing about a PMV to me. :D

I can’t wait to see more amazing PMVs like this one in the community! Check out the PMV below!

space out~

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