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Tutorial: Video Mashup

I just realized I hadn’t done my tutorial yet when- lo and behold! I see there’s no tutorial for the assignment I just completed! And it’s still fresh in my brain! Sign from God.

First, you need to download the 4k Video Downloader. Google “4k video downloader” and click on the second link down. It should take you to a page that looks like the one below. Clink on the button that says “Get 4K Video Downloader”.

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It should start to download immediately. Click on the box on the download bar so that it opens when it’s finished downloading.

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While you’re waiting on that, it’s time to pick out your clip. Go to YouTube and type in the scene you want to mash.

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Next, you’re going to copy the URL of the video.

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Hopefully, 4K Downloader will have finished by this point, because then you’re going to open up 4K and click “Paste Link”. It takes it directly out of your clipboard– all you have to do is click the button.

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Next, select your video quality and hit “download”.

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Now, open up Movie Maker (which I’m pretty sure should already be downloaded to a PC… right? If not, download it from the Microsoft website.) Once MovieMaker is open, click “Add videos and photos”.

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To edit… click on “edit”.

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Once there, hit the trim tool.

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Use the slidey bars to trim, and hit “save trim” when finished.


Now, rinse and repeat for the rest of your clips. When you’re ready to save, go to “File”, then “Save movie”. DO NOT CLICK SAVE PROJECT. It won’t save your movie in the right format for uploading! Just click on the recommended settings, it’s fine.

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Then, assuming you have a vimeo account (if not, get one), go to the homepage and upload! (I wouldn’t use YouTube, if only for possible copyright issues.) You’re done!

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The Impossible Challenge

My final mashup assignment was “The Contest Nobody Could Win (Video-Mashup Edition” (4 stars). The hardest part of this was figuring out 6 movies that I liked and wanted to mash. The next hardest was figuring out what clips I wanted to use.

Honestly, some of these are dead giveaways. That’s why I stuck the older movie in at the end. It’s a great movie, and oddly relevant in this day and age. If anyone manages to guess the movie without googling the quote, I’ll be very impressed. (That’s why that clip’s a half-second longer than it should be, so I could get the whole thing.) If you can’t figure it out, google “I thought all the nuts went home after Labor Day” and it comes right up. I highly recommend the movie, it’s hilarious.

Overall, I think that if you’ve seen these movies, it’ll be pretty easy to guess what they are. Maybe I should have gone for more obscure clips, but it’s no fun if it could be any one of 10 movies.

I downloaded the clips from YouTube using 4k Video Downloader, then stuck them together in Movie Maker.

The Princess Bride and the Last Crusade

princess bride and the holy grail

This assignment, “This Doesn’t Belong Here” (4 stars), requires a mashup of two famous movie scenes.

I love both the Princess Bride and the Indiana Jones series, so I decided to mix up those two. I chose the scene from the Princess Bride when Inigo Montoya kills the six-fingered man and the scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade when Indy picks out the Holy Grail, because these scenes (to me) had some of the highest emotional impact. Inigo finally gets the revenge he’s spent his life on, and Indiana cuts through myth and legend to reveal truth. In the end, I stuck the Holy Grail on the table behind Inigo.

First, I took the screenshot where Indiana picks up the Grail, and grayed it out some by playing with the contrast, vibrancy, and exposure. Then, I blurred it to make the Grail fit more into the background of the Princess Bride scene. All of this was done with PhotoDirector 5. Then, using Paint, I cut the Holy Grail out of the Indiana Jones scene and stuck it behind Inigo in the Princess Bride.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the outcome. It’s not immediately obvious what the wrong thing is, and I think toying with the Grail in PhotoDirector really helped with that (I tried three Grails before settling on this version).

Thanksmas Sunday

I completed the 4-star “Holiday Mashup” assignment (was rated 4 1/2, I rated it 3). I have some experience with mixing holidays; when my mom came home for R&R during her first deployment, we celebrated Thanksgiving, Christmas, my parents’ anniversary, and New Year’s Day all in one weekend– Thanksmasversary Year.

thanksmas sunday

My personal three favorite holidays are Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter– so that’s what I combined, using Norman Rockwell’s Freedom from Want as a base. Then, I used Paint to add in Santa hats on the heads and Easter Eggs on the conveniently placed plates.

I’m actually pretty happy with how this turned out? I immediately thought of this picture as the basis for my mashup. It’s such a classic image, and it’s kinda become the mental picture of Thanksgiving. I’m very glad that the Santa hats turned out as well as they did; they were the part I was most concerned about.

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Happy Easter!