The power of the Animation Fade…
There is great power in an animation fade. It can imply action or a look into the past of the singer, or a look into their minds as a glimpse of what they’re talking/singing about.
How do you do this… Lets say you have a sweet fight scene you’d like to incorporate into your animation… but you’ve already done the lip sync and animation for a PV (a long, uninterrupted single-scene shot, as most MMD music videos are)… just render the original scene as one video and the fight scene as a second video, and, using a video-editing program like Sony Vegas or Microsoft MovieMaker, find good spots in that video to cross fade-in the fight-scene (key here is to make sure its an emotional or climactic part of the song) see the below videos for references:
Fade onto yourself??
Now lets say you want the animation to have a sort of fade-effect but to fade-in and -out on itself. It’s the same process; though you’d have to fix up the lip-sync a bit. As with this video preview, here, which I have been working on…
The key with this type of thing is going to be to have many camera angles to choose from as you edit. I recommend that you render at least 2 versions of the same animation using a few different camera angles.
A final note… a little off-topic!
After you have made your video and posted it to YouTube, try to get the best possible image to be your thumbnail image on YouTube. I like to stress the idea that you could have the best video ever… but if your thumbnail doesn’t look artistic, you won’t get many views. ^ _^
Have fun with MMD… try out this Animation Fade idea!
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