So last time, I presented a video for a song that wasn’t even on enigmatics. This time, I actually have a video from enigmatics!
"enigmatics IV" is pretty much the de facto single from the EP, so I decided to "shoot" a video for it. But I did it the hard way — instead of shooting actual video, I took a series of high-speed pictures, more than 8,500 at the end of it. I strung those pictures into Womble MPEG Video Wizard to create the footage. I then edited the final video in Sony Vegas Movie Studio.
YouTube, however, was very uncooperative with encoding the final results, and I spent all day Sunday uploading and deleting, uploading and deleting. I finally installed an evaluation version of Vegas Movie Studio Platinum Edition to render an MP4 as close to the suggested YouTube settings as possible. The lo-res version still looks like crap, but the hi-res version doesn’t screw up the picture too badly. Here’s the video, as close as YouTube can offer it.
[UPDATE, 08/03/2008, 15:08] YouTube has gone out of its way to make sure music videos uploaded to their site turn out to be absolute crap. The latest offense is an automated compression that absolutely crushes the dynamic range of a video’s sound.
That’s the final straw. I figure I’ve got enough server space to host the videos my own damn self. What I trade in exposure I retain in a proper viewing experience.