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.


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.


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 :)

The Blob Symphony by OhPonyBoy

Happy Thursday guys!!

So I am gonna come out and say. I actually have no idea what is happening in this video. You have everyone from the name 6 to Sombra expressed as these teeny tiny little blobs. Everyone is making a sound, and all the sounds are coming together to make this super catchy fun song. There is really nothing else I can say about this, I recommend  you just watch it.

Also, if after the video you find yourself looking for something to do. Drop by OhPonyBoy’s and check out all the other awesome video’s! Channel

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Awoken Noteblocks by DJDoctorWhooves


Last week, I talked about the game Skyrim being one of those special video games that comes around once a generation, that captures the attention of the entire world; even if you don’t play video games, you’ve at least heard of it from someone. Another game that fits that description is Minecraft, which is a game that I’ve never personally played. (Actually, I think I might’ve watched a friend’s olives once or something while he went to get another Mountain Dew, but I don’t think that counts) But I understand the appeal of a game that basically lets you do anything you want. Some people build houses, castles or giant statues or towers; I’ve seen entire cities built up and then destroyed by simulated hurricanes.

But here today, I’m going to share something interesting that was dropped into my mailbox from a person who was trying to get some exposure for their friend’s channel. This particular craftsman uses the game’s Noteblocks to create full songs that are actually pretty awesome. I have no idea how these things actually work, but I know it must’ve taken forever to get that many blocks all in the right places to make them do this. And I love listening to music played by unconventional instruments, and building materials from an open-world video game such as this certainly qualifies as that.

I remember what it was like to be just starting out; any subscriber I got was a huge surprise and I was (and still am) grateful for each one. And I like giving that feeling back to someone else. So, if you like this too, and want to see more, I’d humbly suggest subscribing to his channel just as I did.

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