Proudly presenting Part Two of my Fate franchise AMV series! Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works - A Shot in the Dark (HD, spoiler-free!)

In the most humble terms possible, I promise it's worth the watch! This is actually the second part of a two-part AMV series covering both Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night.

PART ONE: Fate/Zero - A World on Fire (3:55)

Music: A World on Fire (Les Friction)

Software used: Cyberlink Powerdirector 12

PART TWO: Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (E1-E10) - A Shot in the Dark (5:04)

Music: Shot in the Dark (Within Temptation)

Software used: Cyberlink Powerdirector 12

Spoiler Alert! Part Two DOES contain mild spoilers for Fate/Zero if you haven't seen F/Z yet. Both AMVs, however, are expressly edited to be free of spoilers for their respective series.

(RECOMMENDED: HERE'S an alternative vimeo link to Part One that has somewhat better video quality, if you don't mind watching the two parts on different sites!)

This is the final product of a project that I've been planning and working on for much of the fall! I hope you enjoy these two AMVs as much as I enjoyed making them! Make sure to watch in HD!

I'm still starting out as an editor (these are my first two AMVs) and I still have a hell of a lot to learn, so comments and criticism from those of you more experienced with AMV editing are always appreciated!

Happy watching! Let me know what you think, and in the meantime, Trace On, fellow /r/anime readers!


About the Project:

I've always felt that AMVs would serve as great trailers... if only they didn't generally contain spoilers!

As a fan of the Type-Moon franchise and a video editing enthusiast who'd been looking to start making AMVs for some time, I decided to challenge myself by editing two spoiler-free AMVs for Fate/Zero and for F/SN: UBW that would also serve as great fan trailers for viewers to share with their friends--particularly friends who might be new to eastern animation!

These videos are my first and second AMVs, respectively. I'm pretty proud of how these came out! I think they manage to stay pretty faithful to the feel of the original works, and ufotable's god-tier animation is truly a Holy Grail of AMV editing footage, so that made my job easier.


Q: Why don't you use fancy effects like all the A-rank AMV editors?

A: I honestly don't know how to use those flashy effects, nor do I have the prerequisite software. At any rate, I actually kind of prefer hard cuts, flashes, and fades over fancy transitions. There's a time and place for wow-factor effects, and they can be amazing when used well. Nevertheless, I just decided to be myself, keep my presentation simple, and just try to tell a story.

Q: Why did you only use the first ten episodes of UBW?

A: As a VN reader, I know what's coming next, and I doubt that there will be much fight/drama footage I can use over the remainder of this season and the next season that will be spoiler-free. I didn't really need any additional environment or character scenes to complete Part Two, so I just went ahead and edited with what I had!

Q: Why does your video quality suck?

A: First, it doesn't. Second, Youtube automatically compresses uploaded HD video into its own file format, and despite uploading using recommended settings and file formats, I consistently end up with some video artifacts as a result of the upload process. It still looks pretty damned good, and I applied what I learned regarding quality control with Part Two! Vimeo has far better upload bitrate, and upload results look much cleaner there, but viewership is low. If you have constructive feedback with regards to what I can do better, I will gladly and enthusiastically listen! On the other hand, if all you want to do is gripe, please respectfully refrain.

Q: Blergh! Downvote!

A: Thanks... AMVs take a lot of work, you know... But I won't take it personally!

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