Ghost Audition Memos III – Minimizing Twixtor bullshit in practice (beyond just improving Twixtor itself)

tan(x) lens flare

As further explained in my Twixtor-AMV-guide, motion interpolation introduces so called Twixtor artifacts in the case that the motion of a scene could not be successfully replicated. In practice for anime footage this means that pretty much every single scene will have some sort of unwanted distortion and blending issues after interpolation, which in a lot of cases can ruin the whole impression of the scene.

This means that, ever since making AMVs, starting with Into The Labyrinth, a big fraction of the work went into minimizing the impact of these artifacts regarding the viewing experience. It is a very fine line to tread, as noticeable Twixtor artifacts can ruin the whole impression of a scene and sometimes even the whole video, but over-committing to remove every artifact can lead to an impossible amount of work per scene. I have to do some compromises and invest in creative effort to make it humanly possible that Twixtor artifacts go by unnoticed.

In this post I want to break down some of the common efforts that I usually go through before I can publish a video with good conscience.

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Ghost Audition Memos II – Workflow improvements for global effects using Expressions: Animation cycles and simplified balancing

In my desperate need to experiment with video effects syncing to the music’s atmosphere or rythms, it is common for me to set these up globally for the whole timeline of the project. This is put into practice in a specific comp that is more or less used only for this purpose, where all the comps of the individually edited chapters are put together neatly. For Ghost Audition there are like 7 layers for 7 chapters. Effects that are used globally in the whole video are then put on adjustment layers on top of the edited chapter comps.

global comp explained

Creating repeating animations

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Ghost Audition Memos I – Managing Footage

footage premiere 2

Alright so I recently came to realize how quickly I forget some of the most interesting stuff I’ve often been forced to do for my videos to tackle some technical challenges. As I don’t want that to happen anymore I’ve decided to record the cool making-of stuff from my recent videos. It will probably be a whole lot, so this is only the first of maybe quite a few posts.

With the Twixtor guide I’ve really tried hard on the writing and overall structure, but that was so much work I doubt I’ll try to maintain that quality. Hope you can follow the shit I’m saying here anyway.

Managing footage

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