Welcome to my top 10 scary music videos! There are some amazing videos out there that push the realms of imagination. Videos that make you think “what the hell was that!?” “How did they do that!?” some that leave you cowering behind the sofa and some that get you dressed in your best halloween costume and raving out with the rest of the freaks! This is a short compilation of what I think are the best scary music videos I’ve seen. Check it out and see if you’re favourite scary videos are here… If you dare! Muhahahahahaa!!!
I’ve been looking into rap videos and Decided to make a small compilation of the Top 5 rap videos. This quickly turned into top 10 and ended up top 12 ^_^ I started looking at the obvious Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and also through in a few others to mix it up a bit. It’s not all straight G, naahh w’I'm saaay’n?
Oh well, Check out these awesome videos and let me know what you think dawg!
6. Deinterlaced video
Interlacing for those that have never heard of it before is to do with your TVs cathode ray tube. Basically it shoots a ray of light at the front of the screen which changes colour as it scans across the screen. Unfortunately they found that by the time the ray had gotten across and down and across and down all the way to the end of the screen the first lines had lost colour. So they invented a second scan field. Now it scans one line, skips a line and then does the other till it hits the bottom and then goes back to the start to do it again filling in the missing lines which keeps the image bright all over. Clever really. When it comes to computers though its very different. Read the rest of this entry »
YouTube is now in HD and will love you lots if you can match it’s resolution rewarding you with high quality sexy looking videos. The resolution of youTube HD is 1280×720 and if you can match this then YouTube wont have to mess around with the resolution at all when you are uploading your videos.
For non HD content you should aim to have the resolution at 640×360 (16:9) or 480×360 (4:3). as recommended by youTube for smooth results.
2. Bit rates
The bit rate is how many bits there are in your video per second. It’s pretty easy to guess that the more bits her second the more detail and better quality the video will have. Unfortunately if you max this out you may fight that your video files are too large for upload to YouTube =[ as a suggestion aim for your bit rate to be around 6-8Mbps but try maxing it out as far as it will go and keeping under the file size restrictions.
3. Video Compression
Don’t upload uncompressed video, there is no real need and it will just take up unnecessary disk space and your files will be too big. Try using MPEG4(DivX, Xvid)/H.264 for the video and make sure your frame rate is corrected as discussed above. YouTube runs at 30fps (Frames Per Second), it shouldn’t matter what your video frame rate is but if you match this YouTube will have an easier job of making your video look good.
4. Recording Audio
As a note to recording your video, get the audio right at the start. If it’s too quiet your video will suck, try using a tie clip mic or shouting loudly at the camera if that’s what your using. I’ve used an external computer in another room with a long lead to a SM58 on a stand pointed at the subject before and then added the audio track to the video later. If you want your videos to have a high production value you need to make the audio top quality.
5. Audio compression
The use of high quality audio in YouTube videos is debatable. If you are going to upload HD quality video then shouldn’t you upload HD quality audio? But I’ve heard the same people who say to upload HD quality video saying to compress audio to MP3. The way I look at it, if the video is being watched on a 5.1 surround system with HDTV then HD sound would be useful, on a laptop with average quality speakers HD audio is pointless. For me I’d have to say HD video is a lot more noticeable than HD audio so I’d tend to drop the quality on the audio. MP3 or AAC formats will work fine. 44.1khz is CD sampling rate so that’s always a good guide to go on.
H.264 is a compression method, this means when you export a video using the H.264 compression it wont come out as “Yourmovie.H.264″ it isn’t a file type. It’s like, the way you make the bread for your sandwich. The sandwich can be cheese or peanut butter, .Mov or .MPEG. But the sandwich is made with H.264 bread to give it that high quality crisp feel and low bit rates for faster downloads and smaller files sizes…
I was watching a web series called “The birth of Leeroy” from Herculean Productions about the birth of the ever infamous Leeroy Jenkins. If you don’t know Leeroy is an internet phenomenon based on the World Of Warcraft video game. This is a short web series totally independent form the original yet highly amusing if you are a fan of the video game
What made me laugh was in the second episode they introduced a new character, a sexy rogue. Obviously the next episode she was not available, probably nuking some noobs in BGs or something, so they got a guy in a wig, then at another point it was a totally different woman! You should NEVER let your cast get in the way of telling your story! Especial on the internet, and for comedic value think about maybe firing cast members to do this on purpose
Also the guys from Lonely Island had a similar issue in “The BU” Which contains Sarah Chalke who you may have seen in the popular TV series Scrubs! I know I was like “WTH!? HOW did they get her to do this!? xD”. But after the first episode she seems to disappear and is replaced again by a guy in a wig, then later on as a giant puppet. They even replaced her in the title sequence at one point but she does later on return to the series!
So while I was making my “How to strip audio from video” tutorial I came across the need for some video screen capture software. I don’t know why but I was expecting to be able to find some free software as I know that there is free screen capture software available for PC. I assumed this would be the case for Mac also. I discovered in all of my search that there is no free screen capture software for Mac! Shock horror! In disbelief I trudged through many reviews of screen capture software looking for one that was free but the only notion of free software I found was a complicated utility that could only capture the screen and not the audio, looked very messy and seemed overly difficult to use. Now this is not to say that the software does not exist, I found some fantastic looking software that you have to pay for but at the same time it’s hard to stump up the cash for software you know nothing about even if you read a review.
All of the trial or “free” versions I found were water marked or limited in some way. This was ever so annoying. The pay for software ranged in price considerably too, starting at around $25 up to $100-$200. So what’s the difference? Is the $150 software any better? You kind of hope it would be but there doesn’t seem to be much difference.
I have decided that this week I am going to concentrate on this problem and maybe help someone else out there find some software.
Some things to think about when choosing screen capture software are:
Do you want full screen video capture?
Do you want to capture only a specific window or area of the screen?
Do you want to capture audio at the same time?
Do you have anyway to edit it or does it need to have an editor with it?
Do you want to zoom, annotate, highlight aspects of your capture and how will you do that?
I found this blog post on another website about different places you can upload video. Its a great idea to uplaod your videos to different sites to get the word spread around about your videos. But some places are probably more appropriate than others so you want to assess for yourself if you think it’s worth uploading your videos there. It is defiantly worth having a presence on all the big sites like YouTube, MetaCafe, etc because you want people to be able to find your videos. But it’s also a good idea to work on your presence on the smaller site that have more independent focus as the esteem you create there may be more valued in the long run.
Some of these sites even let you make money from your videos! How cool is that! They split the advertising revenue they make form your video pages with you, some even up to 50%!
Ok, so I was wondering why I was making videos for the internet and it struck me that it was because I’m not making them for the TV.
Making video for TV and Film is a costly experience and there’s a lot of competition for a small sector so people give up easy. The internet is the same people but with an infinite broadcast capacity, and its so easy to get video on the internet you can’t help but have a go. For instance there are only so many 3 minute 30 slots for music videos in a day, a finite “inventory” for a music video channel (or any other channel for that matter) so competition is fierce. The internet? Well infinite capacity and a totally custom viewing experience, people can show what they want it’s up to the viewer to watch it.