Blowing off the dust

Has it really been eight years since I last updated here? That’s both amazing and embarrassing.

Even more embarrassing, it took an email about old PHP support being deprecated by my host to get me looking at this again. That led to me to find out that the theme I had been using hasn’t been updated since 2016 and was starting to throw errors as other versions of things updated, hence the new theme and layout (which will change as I hunt for something better than “it works for now”).

Life really finds a way of eating all your time, clearly.

Since the last update, I’ve had a lot happen, and my editing has slowed down quite a bit. Here’s a quick rundown of some of what’s been going on for me over the last eight years:

  • Edited:
    • 8 full AMVs
    • 2 Iron Chefs
    • 2 MEP segments
    • 1 LAMV
    • 7 AMV Contest Openings
  • Started staffing anime conventions.
    • Bakuretsu Con
      • AMV Contest Coordinator 2014-present
    • Anime Boston
      • AMV Contest Coordinator 2016-present
      • Assistant AMV Contest Coordinator 2014-15
      • Tech Department Special Projects 2013
    • Another Anime Convention
      • AMV Contest Coordinator 2017-18
      • Fan Creations Staff 2013-16
    • AAC Summer Matsuri
      • Fan Creations Staff 2013-17
    • Tekkoshocon
      • AMV Staff 2012
    • Sakuracon
      • AMV Staff 2013-14
  • Had three different surgeries for various ailments
  • Changed jobs
  • Moved twice
  • Visited seven states, two provinces, and three countries (Ireland, Great Britain, and Japan) that I’d never been to before
  • Got married
  • Picked up photography and playing hockey as new hobbies (I may post some of the photos here as well)

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be posting the new videos both here and on YouTube (many of them are already uploaded privately, I just have to update all of the titles and descriptions, and deal with copyright mutes), and will also be updating most of my older videos with YouTube links.

Lots of updates, new project

Real life kind of reared up and bit me, so I didn’t get a chance to update this site for quite a while.

I’ve finally gotten around to it and posted all the videos I’ve made in the last two years, including:
6 AMVs
1 AMV from Hyoushou Productions
8 Iron Chef Videos
2 Non-anime Music Videos
12 videos from Project Editor

I’ve also posted the initial version of a project I’ve been working on for the last few months, OSx264GUI. It’s an x264 frontend for OS X and a counterpart to Zarxrax’s Zarx264GUI on Windows.

OSx264GUI 0.1 – Initial Release

I’m ecstatic to finally make available to the public the first version of OSx264GUI, an x264 frontend for OS X, based on the excellent Zarx264GUI by Zarxrax.

This initial version is not quite feature-complete, but none of the missing ones are absolutely critical.

Todo list:
– 2-Pass Bitrate Mode
– AAC audio encoding via CoreAudio
– Drag-and-drop file loading
– Tooltips

OSx264GUI is coded on Snow Leopard in Xcode 4, and should work on Leopard, Snow Leopard, and Lion.

Please send any feedback to lantis@honouproductions.net

Download OSx264GUI 0.1

IC: Another Anime Con 2011 EXTREME Iron Editor

Anime – Various
Song – the HIATUS – Betelgeuse no Akari
Completed October 2011
Premiered October 15, 2011
Animemusicvideos.org link

This was the runner-up video in the AAC ’11 Extreme Iron Editor contest.

I can’t remember all of the challenges that were thrown at us; the one that sticks out was having to roll a d20 and add that many lens flares to the video. We rolled a 15, and there are 17 in the video.

IC: Demo Workshop Speedrun

Anime – Various
Song – Two Steps From Hell – Dragon Rider
Completed October 2011
Premiered October 14, 2011
Animemusicvideos.org link

At Another Anime Convention 2011, OtakuForLife ran a workshop on AMVs and asked for people to bring betas for critique. Having nothing in progress at the time, and fearing that no one would be bringing anything, I spent about an hour and 45 minutes throwing together a short video with the sources I had on my hard drive for an Iron Chef match the next week.

There’s a lot of problems with it, given the short period it was put together in, but I kind of like it. It got a decent reaction at the workshop, too.

I like the idea, and may revisit it as a whole video someday, using the rest of the series that I didn’t have available at the time.

AMV: Mountains of Love

Anime – Heidi, Girl of the Alps
Song – Edison Lighthouse – Love Grows
Completed September 2011
Premiered October 14, 2011
Animemusicvideos.org link

This video was specifically made for the Theme category of Another Anime Con 2011, which was “70’s Soul Train.”

Finding a source from the 1970’s on DVD was difficult, since so few of them have enough nostalgia strength to get rereleased, and I was considering tracking down the Original Gundam DVDs before stumbling across Heidi.

The song was a lot simpler, as I had a collection of 70’s hits on CD from a previous project that didn’t see completion, but several of the songs had potential.

When I actually started planning it, I only scanned through the first two DVDs before deciding to make a romance video between Heidi and Peter. Not having read the book, I was completely unaware of Klara’s later appearance or how large her role would become, so editing around her became more difficult as the video went along.

Overall, this was a silly little romance video that came off decently, and ended up winning the category.

Project OrgEditor Round 4: Collaboration

Anime – Various
Song – Kurt Schneider & Sam Tsui – Summer Pop Medley
Completed July 2011
Premiered July 14, 2011
Animemusicvideos.org link

This was a collaboration between me and Replay Studios for the fourth round of Project OrgEditor.

After deciding that we wanted to use a mashup song, Replay found the one we eventually decided on, and we came up with the overarching theme of “Summer” for the whole video, using a different anime for each segment. Replay edited the odd segments, and I edited the evens.

This video finished fourth in the round and saw both of us eliminated.

LAMV: Education Through Pyrotechnics

Source – Mythbusters
Song – Oingo Boingo – Weird Science
Completed June 2011
Premiered July 8, 2011

This was a silly idea that I’m surprised hadn’t been done before (at least that I found in my quick search at the time), and pretty much sums up what makes Mythbusters so much fun: Making things go BOOM.

This was a finalist at Connecticon 2011 and won Best Live Action at AWA Pro 2011.

Project OrgEditor Round 3: Chow Down!

Anime – Various
Song – Parry Gripp – Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom
Completed June 2011
Premiered June 26, 2011
Animemusicvideos.org link

This was my video for the third round of the 2011 edition of Project OrgEditor.

The round’s theme was “7-7-7” and we had to illustrate one of the Seven Deadly Sins or Seven Heavenly Virtues.

The sins are a lot more fun and a lot more concrete than the virtues, so I decided to go with Gluttony. I remember hearing Parry Gripp’s Nom song in one of the AMV Hells, and thought it’d be an easy, silly, fun video. I ended up raiding my entire collection of disks for potential clips, and even hitting up several friends for other shots.

Overall, this was a lot of fun to make, and came in third in a round of 13 videos.