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VIDEO 1/2: Review + Editing + Everything else you should know.

Note: Actual Video Editing begins at ~4:30

[AMV "Speed Tutorial" (All Steps Condensed)] - 10:18

Yes. This could be You!

Video Editing is where we get into the fun part of AMV Production :)


But first, please take a quick poll: Video-Editing Software 2013

Generally, these are the NLEs (Non-Linear Editors) used by AMVers:

I'll probably put up a new poll every year; because I think it's good to keep track of what other people use to make AMVs. The order shown above is random. You may select multiple software, but you can only vote once. If you select "Other," please tell us what software it was (Note: While After Effects [AE] can be used as an editor, it is important to note that it is NOT an editing program; it is an Effects-Compositing Program). Feel free to leave your thoughts or comparisons about any software below (I'm sure other people want to hear your experiences :P)
See 2012 Results | Got any other Poll ideas? | Let me know »

Timeline Screenshots

Here are some screenshots of an old timeline:

Technical Editing:

As far as Technical Editing goes, you'll want to familiarize yourself with the basic controls:

Of course, controls will be different depending on the program you are using,
but here's a list to get acquainted with, if applicable: [+]


Things to be aware of when editing your AMV:

  • Perception/Flow
  • Atmosphere/Mood
  • Scene Selection
  • Sync
  • Effects
  • Aesthetics/Artistic Considerations
  • Audience Boredom/Confusion

For now, probably the best advise is to just watch some good AMVs and study them to see why they are good.  If you have trouble finding good AMV's, check out the RESOURCES section and the AMV Phan Picks. Also, if you haven't already done so, here are some things you should have already considered.

Elements of a Story

If you choose to include some Story Elements in your AMV:

Suggestions for Success

Because the simplest things can go a long way:

"...work that timeline..."

Zooming in and out can make beats more
noticeable, so you can be more precise.

Recognizing the patterns in the music can make it
easier to edit your audio and organize your AMV.

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My Secret to Making Good AMVs

(Shhhhhh!!! ... don't tell any1...)
I always look at the overall structure of the music first. Then simply edit my AMV around that. In my humble opinion, this is the most important thing you can do when making an AMV, seriously.

Because once you break down the music into musical sections, it's quite easy to assign a purpose to each section in your overall AMV. Timing of your mood shifts will be much better too. Even if that means pairing the perfect scene with the perfect part of the song, and that's the only thing you are confident with, just build your AMV around that. (This should make your amv flow better too because it gives the viewer time to digest the smaller ideas in each section which build up to higher-order ideas.) It also allows you to introduce parallels amongst sections, like in the timeline above, the first double-repeat can focus on the protagonist, and the second double-repeat can focus on the antagonist... which gives rise to parallel structure (and each of those can be broken down further into Setting/Character or whatever you like for even better parallelism). Then it would be appropriate to have the two meet face to face in the quad-repeat, perhaps in a four-part fight or something. Be creative, but keep it simple too. I mean, there's only so much you can cover in an AMV-- remember all those different parts to a short story you learned in grade school? Those actually help. Google that stuff right now, really it's not just busy work your english teacher wanted you to learn... But anyway, I strongly encourage this method since you are far more limited by the song than you are by the anime, so for me, it just makes sense to structure your AMV around the music. Plus I think it makes it easier for both you and the viewer to focus on multiple smaller ideas which come together afterwards. Really, you'll finish your AMV faster (particularly with clip hunting), and it will probably be easier for the viewer to follow too. All it comes down to is developing your ability to recognize the musical shifts, and organize it's structure in your timeline. Then just mix and match ideas to the different sections until the overall structure looks like something you can live with. At that point you are basically done your AMV-- and all that's left is to edit the darn thing. But hey, that's just what I do...

This Guide is a Work in Progress. For more information use the RELATED LINKS.

  • Break down your song into musical sections.
  • Assign smaller ideas to each section; much like the many pieces to a puzzle, you can develop larger ideas this way.
  • Planning out the structure of you AMV beforehand makes clip hunting much easier, so... you'll be done your AMV faster
  • Always Import AND Export using Lossless Audio/Video formats
  • Try dividing your video into distinct parts that blend together seamlessly
  • Take breaks frequently, unless of course, you are editing Iron Chef :P

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