Orbital Friendship Laser by LittleshyFiM

To continue with our contest highlights, we have the Action entry by LittleshyFiM which made 2nd place in our very own contest.

Basically, this is visually insane. Almost a year of work brings a short rapidfire burst of crazy visual effects. Seemingly related to the [Orbital Friendship Cannon] video back from 2011, the video toys with the idea of Celestia having a weapon of mass destruction, or in this case, friendship. This time around we seem to have a more consistent theme, with the objective being to wipe out all those pesky changelings with the assistance of Miss Sparkle.

While short, the video certainly packs an array of punches. I found it to be almost stunningly well done. It was a pretty hard decision for this not to steal first place, but Acleps brought some tough competition into the fray. I feel that this epitomizes the Action category in more ways than one. The combination of 3D animation, lens flares and lighting creates a compelling cinematic style which stands out over the rest of the entries. I have to compliment Littleshy for how hard he must’ve worked to get a lot of the effects to work. These are effects you’d typically see in movies, so to match them up with a fun pastel-coloured horse cartoon can’t be an easy feat. It’s incredibly well done and proves how great an artist LS can be with HitFilm.

Check out some awesome intensity below!

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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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Ready to fight by VictiniStar101

Hello everypony, bringing you with another PMV. This one is made by VictiniStar101. It focuses on all the mane six, representing and showcasing their friendship as they fight evil. The editing here is neatly done and fits the song which is a beautiful, heroic-type song. A few experimentation that the creator tried with the color filters/effects makes it stand out more.

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Centuries by rainbowdashzx And Friends

These horses look like they are %120 ready to listen to some Fall Out Boy save Equestria and be forever recognized for it in a stained glass window somewhere!

That’s pretty much their job description, right?  Anyway, the collab scene in the world of PMVs had slowed down for a good bit before we hit this wonderful piece of editing.  And now that rainbowdashzx and the crew have brought it back together I’m just anxious to see some more great editing like this!

My favorite part is probably the effects and continuity, which are hard to achieve when not everybody uses the same program nor has the same capabilities.  Even in this video, we’ll find that some of the editors used that fancy shmancy AE CC 2014, and others were caught with free (although flexible) video stringers.  With this in mind, it seems like everybody worked extra hard to continue a flow that should be almost impossible to keep.  The only part that didn’t seem necessary was the almost excessive use of typography in place of ponies, but what can you do when #Season5 doesn’t even have a release date yet?  We’re running out of scenes, yo!

Regardless, check out this exceptional video that you could watch on repeat for centuries! Or until Season 5, whichever comes first.

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And I Think To Myself by TheLightLeavesThee

Equestria is certainly a ‘wonderful world’ until you consider the amount of explosions, mythological carnivores, and traveling salesmen it contains.  Yikes.

Luckily, we’re here on earth, with the internet, so that we can view this lovely video by an editor who was long thought to be eaten by a traveling salesman from Equestria.  TheLightLeavesThee returns in an epic and super-dramatic PMV that really puts a new perspective on our fantastic fiction of frivolous horses.

One of my favorite parts of this video is indeed how TLLT puts a spin on the classic land of ponies.  But another is how he used the epic finale scenes from the show and how he balanced those with effects and showed constraint.  It’s easy for everyone to shove in their favorite scenes from FiM along with their favorite song.  However, this video starts with smaller scenes and crescendos into the big ones, which really helps build an epic sense of progression.  This is an important thing to learn if you plan on doing pony music videos of your own one day, and this particular piece is something worth looking at carefully.

Turn your sunshiny Equestria into a world of action and creepy piano notes below!

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It has begun by Hash Metal

Purple smart does not look like a happy friendship pony from this angle.  Maybe it’s the lighting.

Either way, she does kick flank, and so does this PMV from the relatively unknown editor: Hash Metal.  As you can tell by the name, this video is going to feature some rockin’ music with fittingly similar effects, so if you have a fear of flashy feature films, this might not be for you.

However if you can handle the well-placed white flashes, scene changes, and other effects, you’ll probably enjoy this.  My only displeasure with it is that it uses all of the overused scenes in the PMV world.  I think we might literally see things from all finales except for the Gala.  But unlike most videos, the song actually fits with the epic visuals and everything seems to be well in order.

Get your dose of power-packed ponies below!

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Top Of The World PMV by Abby S

Hello all! New author Party_Grunt here. I’m not generally a name most people know, but if you’ve seen the ponified Bleach intro from 2011 called Peach, nah.avi, or  2012: a Pony Odyssey from Anthology 2 you’ve seen some of my stuff. It’s also possible you’ve read my guide in the tutorials section. I’ve been an editor since 2009 and editing ponies since June 2011.

Continuing on the subject of firsts, I’d like to showcase new editor Abby s’ first PMV: Top of the World. And a showcase it deserves. An extremely well edited video that hits all the right notes: excellent clip selection, best pony, smooth transitions, a (slighty loose) story, and great text editing. Another high point is the sparing and tasteful use of simple effects. My only real issues with this video is the mouth movements in some scenes were a bit distracting, and the color of the text made it occasionally difficult to read. Negative’s aside, this editor know what they are doing, and I can’t wait to see more from them.

Story wise (and I do love story PMVs) Abby s does great job of using the song’s lyrics to explore the high and low points that Twilight has faced, showing that while being a princess of Equestria puts her on on Top of the World, it can also be lonely up there . It’s been a while since I’ve felt a little emotional watching a PMV, but this one did it for me. See for yourself that Twilight is truly on Top of the World.

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Warriors by rainbowdashzx & Somniis Scientia

LISTEN UP PMVTODAY! Don’t believe in yourself. Believe in the inner warrior. Believe in the inner warrior who believes in you. Do the impossible. See the invisible. Touch the untouchable. Break the unbreakable. Become the person whose back will never break. Don’t be held back by someone else’s half baked dreams. The one path you choose for yourself is the truth of your universe. The dreams you leave behind will open up the door. Even if the universe will stand against you, your burning blood will sever the ties of fate! Yours is the strength that will pierce the heavens, and this is your mantra. “Just who the hell do you think we are!? We are here now don’t you dare turn away. Ours is the strength that will shatter the stars! We go beyond the impossible and kick reason to the curb! That’s how PMVToday rolls!”
Post inspired by quotes from: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
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The Parting by Jaref

 

Ugh, I am just starving from the lack of PMVs we’ve got going on here, aren’t y’all?

Lucky for you, we’ve got something totally awesome from our pal Jaref here today.  I mean come on, how often do we get an amazing Celestia/Luna like this?  The hard part about doing one of those is that your scene selection is severely limited and your plot line is going to be the same thing.  Well, our editor manages to overcome the lack of content obstacle while also putting more of an edge to the same old story of “Princess X banishes Princess Y.”  That’s not to say it’s not a good story, though.

Yep, those scenes really take you off guard considering all the (lack of) Celestia/Luna spotlight that we get in the show.  Even if it were focused around any other pony though, I’d say that these visuals are quite accurately matched with the tunes.  Jaref shows a lot of restraint and professionalism, especially around 1:07 where it would be so easy to just show the window bust, but the song doesn’t quite climax there, so we can’t do that.  Very good scene choice in this one, so check it out below and tell us what ya think!

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Tweeny Ponies by The Ferbguy

Salutations everybody! Dae314 here to spread chaos and happiness throughout your blessedly long weekend. Of course the best way to do that is with a wonderful little PMV! If Miyazaki were writing the opening sequence for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, this would be it folks. Maybe a few more zoom over the shoulder, out of an eye, or camera following a running pony scenes would be added, but in general this would probably be it. The Ferbguy has made a video that is at once a snapshot and an overview. Nothing is revealed in the video, but nothing is meant to be revealed by the video. There’s action, friendship, tension, Discord, and pretty much every other defining aspect of MLP:FiM rolled up into one little one and a half minute video. He does not have a muffin discord though. Nope. That belongs to PMVToday. But he has everything else!
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