I see you are forging your way onto the very fun and very exciting world of particles! (I’m not even joking, particles are so fun) I’m not sure which version of After Effects you have, but I’m pretty sure this should be translatable between CS4-6ish.
I’ll split this answer into two parts since there are two things being asked here: 1. How do I download videos from NND? 2. How do I encode a video for upload on NND?
Both questions require a lengthy answer. I’ve tried to keep it as simple as possible but still, I apologize for the huge chunks of text. I know it can be quite difficult to read but I hope you can bear with me;;;
I’m not really sure what you mean by “recording them with the instrumental” and how this could make the BGM sound “funky”. Do you mean recording with the instrumental playing on the speakers or playing on your headphones? I’m not even sure what “funky” is supposed to mean without hearing the actual product.
Generally though, the right way to record would be to have the instrumental play into your headphones as you sing into the microphone. Most Digital Audio Workstations should allow you to do this. This would allow the recorded file be more or less on sync with the instrumental.
Here’s a list of DOs and DON'Ts to prevent weird sounds from happening when mixing your vocals into an instrumental.
Backgrounds and Textures can be found on many sites. You can actually simply google some nice ones. But I would recommend ones from pixiv or deviantART so you know who to credit if ever you do use them! Both of these sites are now available in english, so you’re free to search with the right keywords for you!
Another fun site I like to use is Brusheezy! It has free membership and a nice community~ most of all, it’s all free!
Just never forget to credit things you don’t own, okay?
Failing to find rarer off-vocals may not be the case of you searching “wrongly” on NND and Piapro. There are times when it might be that the off-vocals cannot be found on those websites at all.
There are three types of off-vocals in the Vocaloid world: ones that can be found for free, ones that need to be bought and ones that are not for everyone to use (i.e. exclusive ones). The latter two are the most difficult to find, for obvious reasons.
So you’re interested on animating some parts of your video eh? Well then, for something as simple as eyes, then sadly you will have to do it frame-by-frame. What does that mean? It means you need to draw them opening and closing. As a personal tip, you should try and have 4 frames (open - 1/3 closing - 2/3 closing - closed eyes) for smoothness. It really depends on you.
There’s also an advanced thing you can do which is available in the video editing program, After Effects. This method is called Puppeting. This is actually gonna be helpful if you want to animate some still images, like hair or arms. Do take a look at the video below~!
I just wanted to give out a formal apology for the lack of answers & updates. ><;
A lot of us are really busy with things like school and work, in fact I’ve been dealing with stress & anxiety issues myself. So again, sorry for the lack of updates! We apologize if you haven’t been getting the answer you needed as speedily as you’d hope to get it!
I will let you know that we are getting to answer your questions. So please bear with us some more. ;
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The best way to make a stutter effect is to manually do it. That means you’ll have to manually cut out (for held out long notes) or copy and paste (for beginnings of phrases or words) bits of the vocal, depending on what kind of stutter effect you want to produce.
It takes a lot of patience and creativity in order to master doing this but given the amount of flexibility that you have in using this method, I’d say it’s the best. A lot of people on music production forums and tutorials say that they’ve had more success with doing it manually. You’ll just need to have an idea of the sound you want to create and be able to distinguish which parts to slice up or copy and paste.
The stutter effect can also be done with plugins. One of the more popular and most importantly FREE examples is from Illformed, a plugin called Glitch. You’ll have to use the effect called Gater within the plugin to produce the same effect as cutting out. The Repeater function may be able to produce the same effect as copy and pasting but as is the case for all the effects in the plugin, it may take a while to understand how it works and get the results you want.
No matter the method though, creating a stutter effect will take some time to figure out. Remember to listen carefully, practice and be patient while experimenting with stuttering vocals.
As a matter of fact, yes, some of us do use Melodyne! It’s a great tool in mixing, I’ll tell you that.
Although the program is commonly associated with tuning, Melodyne is very versatile in itself. Along with fixing a few notes, you can also stretch/compress notes (for things like timing), separate individual notes, amplify notes to be louder or softer, edit the formant (pretty much if you want to sound chipmunk or not), etc. and a few more things, the more you experiment with it!
I personally don’t have any other thoughts of the program, other than the fact of how useful it is? Despite that, there are a few setbacks. For one: to use Melodyne, you’d have to have some sort of idea with what you’re doing with it. Whether in tuning or timing … as it goes for many other programs.
Also, using Melodyne past it’s limits can really make vocals or things sound distorted in the end; which is why you still need a sense of pitch in tuning, rhythm when timing, etc. In this case, instead of helping the sound, it will ruin it.
(Which is why people shouldn’t totally rely on the program. And most don’t. But … STILL. >:I)
But yeah, it’s just a matter of finding a balance in using it!
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While some of you have great questions we still have to get to, there are still a few that we have some trouble with answering. ^^; It’s not of an issue that we don’t know how to answer these questions … but it’s that some of you are still leaving your questions too broad or vague for us to answer! So I thought that I’d take the time to direct you guys to the rules & guidelines page found right here.
Again, please take the time to check the page out before asking / submitting anything. It really helps in getting answers out faster! (Plus we won’t have to feel so bad with deleting questions, orz.)
Actually, those “sound waves” are referred to as “Audio Waveform” and “Audio Spectrum” effects on AfterEffects. You can add it to a solid layer and then associate the effect with an underlying music file in the video project.
(You may watch this video if you want to see how it’s done on AfterEffects - admin ʀ)
I am not aware yet of any other video tool capable of making those, but at least it’s already included in AfterEffects out of the box. You don’t need to buy anything else.
Saint animates with Adobe After Effects. And this effect, is already included in the program. That effect is basically called “write on / stroke” (it is called “Stroke” in the program). You can easily find this by searching in the Effects window in After Effects.
Unfortunately, GIMP really is different from Photoshop and doesnt have the Clipping Mask Layer. However, GIMP does have a Masking Layer capability. You can look up this tutorial here for a step by step process.
With that, you should apply a mask the to the image you want cropped and make a mask with the same shape as your base.
Of course, you can always go with the older way of doing things. Which is:
Magic Wand / Select the alpha / transparent parts of the base.
Go to the layer with your picture
Press Delete while the selection is active, to match the image with the base shape