Title:Vultures' Dance Redux
Anime: After War Gundam X
Music: Loreena McKennitt, "The Mummers' Dance"
Type of Video: Action, All-Around
Bitrate: Approx. 705 kbps
Completion Date: 1.16.2002
File Size: 30.7 MB
Although the original version of "Vultures' Dance" remains one of my most popular videos (well, within the Gundam fandom at least), I felt that it was lacking something, and I was greatly dissatisfied with the picture quality as well due to varying-quality fansubs I was forced to use. So now that I have a better computer with a better hard drive and processor that can handle the stress a daunting project like this can dish out, not to mention that I was able to finally acquire raw GX episodes, I decided to revisit my pet project and make it into the video I really wanted.
Within the first minute of the video, you'll already notice the use of many new clips. I did this throughout the video, as I wanted to put a little more emphasis on the characters and their personalities, as well as show more of some of the other characters who are allied with the Vultures. Also look for the theme of lead character Garrod Ran (the kid with the shaggy dark green hair and red jacket) either getting beaten up or acting like the semi-immature-but-lovable goofball he is. Aside from these extra clips, not much else has changed, though I did change some things here and there, and I fixed the ending part of the video, which looked horrible in the original. You'll also notice that there are absolutely no subtitles getting in the way of this now, so that made it easier for me to pick and choose which new clips I wanted to put in. Timing is still just as good too, as I reused the original time sheet for this as well. The only flaws I can find in this are some extra frames getting in just after the GX Divider fires its Harmonica Cannon near the end, and after a shot of Ennil El (the red-haired chick) shortly after that.
Overall, I'm much, MUCH more satisfied with this new version of the video. The flow is better, and there's more action within the clips. Sure, I still had to use Windows Movie Maker, which crashed a gazillion times over the two long nights of editing (this one took less time to edit than the original because I already knew what sorts of things I wanted to use), and the quality of some clips varies according to the episodes they were taken from (most are excellent, others are so-so, and one or two are just . . . bleh . . .), but for the most part, the video quality is considerably higher than the original despite having to use downloaded DivX-encoded episodes (I would've used the Hong Kong bootleg GX DVD's, as legit ones don't exist yet and that would've been the highest-quality video footage available, but my set took way too long to arrive and I had to settle for the downloaded stuff instead >_<), with the audio still just as good (the same wav file ripped from the CD that I used for the original video).
But if you haven't seen the original "Vultures' Dance," ask me for the original version and compare if you'd like. I think you'll see a vast improvement with this version for sure.