Final Cut Pro & Flash
Final Cut Pro is a very powerful video editing software. I have made videos using FCP including funny videos, inspirational videos and animé (Japanese animation) music videos or AMVs. I have also made Flash videos. On this page are samples of videos that I have created: a flash video, a quicktime movie and two AMVs.
The following video is a visual representation of a Haiku - a form of Japanese poetry consisting of 17 syllables in three metrical phrases of 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively. These very short poems generally refer to something that the writer experiences or observes of their surrounding at a given moment. The simplicity of the poetry evokes free imagination in the reader/listener, who then create their own interpretation, thus creating their own story.
The Haiku in this video was composed by Japan's most famous Haiku writer, perhaps the most famous Haiku master of all times, Matsuo Bashō (1644–1694): "Haru kaze ni Fukidashi warau Hana mo gana" - "the spring wind bursts out laughing, will the flowers do the same?"
I used Final Cut Pro to create the following quicktime movie based on Philosophy for Old Age — words of wisdom attributed to one of America's great comedians, the late George Carlin. The background music is Godspeed composed by Klaus Badelt (from the movie the Time Machine). This video is currently on Youtube, and has so far been viewed more than 100,000 times.
The use of copyrighted materials (audio and video clips) in this and the following video is permitted under the Fair Use Doctrine (US Copyright Act. 17 U.S.C. Section 107 Limitations on Exclusive Rights: Fair Use).
A four factor analysis has been conducted to support the claim to fair use of said copyrighted materials: (1) My videos are created for personal use, as a training tool and for the purpose of job search. No profit has been or is being made from these videos. (2) The copyrighted sources are published and consumable works. (3) Only a small portion of the video source is used, and whereas the audio source is generally used in its entirety, neither material has been used in a destructive manner or changed in any substantial way. (4) The use of audio and video sources in no way poses economic harm to the owner of the copyright. Rather, I believe the creative way in which these sources are being presented in my videos shall contribute to the popularity hence sale of the song and animated show on which my videos are based.
Animé Music Videos
Animé Music Video (AMV) is a genre of music video that has become extremely popular in recent years. It is essentially a personal retelling of a piece of a story that has been animated, through a particular piece of music. I have created many AMVs using Final Cut Pro. These videos are fun to make, and a great exercise in video-making. Creating a good-quality AMV is a complex process; working with ready-made video clips poses its own challenges, not the least of which is the precise synchronization of movement to music.
Below are two sample AMVs (flash version) that I created based on the popular animated series Bleach by Tite Kubo. In the first video, the background music is a contemporary adaptation of a classical piece "the Devil's Trill" a.k.a. Violin Sonata in G minor written by the Italian composer Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770). The techno-acoustic adaptation is arranged by the violin virtuoso Vanessa Mae who also performs the violin solo.The second video features the song "The Art of War" by the heavy metal group Sabaton.