I have always been a huge fan of the Mashup genre of Music. I think it is fun, interesting and very unique; combining elements from a variety of genres of music into a single song. Many mashup artists have arisen to unprecedented popularity, including Girl Talk and Super Mash Bros. Given the success of these two artists, youtube is full of a variety of fan made music videos for these artists, so I chose one that I like but isn’t as well known. E-603 is another mashup artists whose music I listen to, and I thought it would be fun to create a music video based on one of his songs.
“Hey Shorty” is the name of the song of E-603’s album Torn Up. It combines 18 different songs from a variety of genres and artists. I chose to make a music video for this song by combining the videos of the songs within the track.
First, I ventured to Youtube and looked for the music videos of each song. Using the website keepvid.com, I was able to download the videos and store them on my computer. Once I had each video, I imported all of them to iMovie. Here is where it began to get difficult since I had to find the parts of each video that matched the mashup song. Thankfully, I found a handy website called Mashupbreakdown.com which has the names, artists and order of all the individual songs on the mashup track.
I went to the Fishbowl and using a computer and my laptop, I was able to find the appropriate clips that matched the lyrics. It was a long process, but I enjoyed going through all the music and matching up the song and video. I had to screw around with the timing of each video, but iMovie has some great tools to help trim small portions of clops at each end of the specific clip. I also had to change the speed of the clips, making some slightly faster or slower to appropriately match up with the tempo of the song. In the end I feel like I did a great job. Please let me know what you think!
Upon uploading my video to Youtube, I noticed that there were some audio issues sporadically found toward the end of the video. I tried re-exporting the video in different ways, messing with the audio on the clips, and finding other possible solutions. When watching it in iMovie, the problem does not exist, but when exported, it occurs. I did some google searching and found that a lot of people have a similar issue when changing the speed of the clips. Since I sped up some of the clips to sync the audio and video, I guess it messes up the audio. Hopefully its not a hugely noticeable issue.
UPDATE: I recieved a tweet this morning from E-603, who seems to have enjoyed my work and the video I produced!