Making a Fan Video

Posted by Mike Merritt in Personal Life, Television on

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this on here before. But, it is true, I’m making a fan video, of the Stargate SG-1 type. More specifically, chronicling the Ori saga as we’ve seen thus far.

I think that the Ori saga has been a good one. If you need a new enemy, where do go but to people who really can claim a godship to millions? Unlike the Goa’uld, they’re not simple technologically superior. The Ori have the cosmic powers to back up their claims.

Perhaps it’s because I’m a bit of rookie to the Stargate universe, but I think the series was leading up to this. Yes, I know it was to end in both seasons 7 and 8, but I’m glad it didn’t, because this is clearly where it was leading. Unlike some other shows, the writers didn’t sit down and say, “Hey, lets give god-like powers to this group of people.” Ascension, and the abilities associated with it, had already been well established, since at least Season 3. So, it was nothing new, nothing just thrown in to get ratings.

So, I think it is appropriate to try and portray the Ori saga as I see it, because it’s really the climax of the story of the Alterans (both Ancients and Ori). Which is arguably the story of Stargate, SG-1, and Atlantis, since without the Alterans, there would be no Stargate, and thus no show.

Obviously, there won’t be any footage from the upcoming movie, since none has been released yet. It is my hope that by the time I’m done with this longer saga tribute, there will be a trailer (something better than the recent teaser). Then I’ll combine some of this footage and that footage to create my own trailer. Even if there is no official trailer, though, maybe I’ll still create my own trailer. We’ll see.

I’m must say, though, the pre-production process is nothing easy. Not that I though it’d be a walk in the park, given other video projects I’ve done (this will be far easier to do, than say, my independent study from last semester). Mostly, the process is mixing audio, that for which I think I’m nearly done. However, it’s also a process of ripping episodes from my DVD, and there’s a time-consuming process. It takes nearly two hours per episode, although I think that’s because I’m doing it in two passes. Might try for just one. I’ve got three episodes done, but have 12 left! That’s nearly a whole day.

I’m going to do one tonight while I’m sleeping, and maybe I can try for one in the morning during my first class. Then I can do one in the time between the first and second classes, and hopefully get to another during my second class. With any luck, I’ll have most of them done by tomorrow night. Then I can get to the fun part, putting it all together.

I’m not happy with having to use Windows Movie Maker for this, but as I’ve got nothing else, I have no other option. I hope that by the time I get this video done, I’ll have something better. Still deciding on whether to go all out and get Abode Premiere Pro, or stick with Elements until I get a better computer. We shall see.

That’s it for tonight. I was going to do something on Ahmadinejad’s visit, but I’ll wait until he’s actually here and said his bit before I form my response, which will be this week’s episode of Dymersion Video.

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