Strive Like Applejack





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Published on Feb 25, 2012

For Magnus.

All the info about everything right here in the description.

Presenting Strive Like Applejack, the final installment in the Mane Cast Trailer series.
I started this series as a means of becoming a better videomaker, getting to know the programs I was familiar with and learning new tricks along the way.
This journey has taken me from lesson to lesson, program to program and along the way I met some of the most fantastic and helpful people ever.

Strive may be the last installment, but it represents a lot of firsts, being a transitional piece in many aspects.
It's my first proper foray into the magical land of After Effects, though I've only scratched the surface of its potential. It's now a permanent part of my workflow.
It's my first time creating custom assets reminiscent of the show: trees, fore and background elements and animating them.
The first time directing these short, custom segments.
The first time using lossless AVI for editing purposes, which makes the video look fantastic and turning the footage into motion graphics a lot easier.
It's the first time I've used two different songs in a video.

And there's probably even more. It's I feel the biggest leap I've made so far, certainly the most experimental and I've learned much about the technicalities of video editing, file formats and codecs, the workflows of many programs and the rules of filmmaking itself.

Overall Strive is a departure from the other videos in this series. This is partially thanks to the music, which has a much less electronic feel and pace to it, but also due to the fact that the visual identity of this was in development until very late in the project, as I experimented throughout.

Ultimately I would describe this video as "Sergio Leone scratched", "a Spaghetti western remixed", "AJ the modern cowgirl".

I'm not sure what's next, it could be Pink or Rainbows or Classical or something I haven't thought of yet, what I do know that it's going to be great.
This is the end of an era and the start of a new one :)

Behind the Scenes & Q&A Livestream: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rhlx7G...

Special thanks to

Dr Dinosaur, for all the Virtual Dub help and getting me in touch with fantastic people.

Macchinainterna, for making me scream with laughter.

Mandarinorange, for doing things differently.

fenster, for the great conversations and helping me decide on the title.

adecoy95, for the After Effects insanity.

Party Grunt, for the future animation help ;)

Ozone, for the imaginative work and the Ponygoons logo

Aramek, for the cigar I'm smoking right now.

The Artrix, omdat je Nederlands bent

DJ Diss Order, omdat je óók Nederlands bent

The people from the Ponygoons forum, you're a fantastic bunch of people

John Freeman Synchtube, you were my first pony hangout and as crazy as ever

All the people who came to watch my Livestream sessions.


Ennio Morricone - Night in the Desert

Kid Koala - Slew Test 2

This video makes use of the following vectors


Programs used

Adobe After Effects CS5
Adobe Illustrator CS5
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Adobe Media Encoder CS5

Sony Vegas Pro 10

Virtual Dub in combination with AVISynth.

Video Nerdisms

Source Footage:
720p Matroska Video, 5.1 audio, converted into Lagarith Lossless .avi with uncompressed audio.

Uncompressed AVI, PCM Uncompressed Audio (had trouble rendering in Lagarith)

Final Encoding:
MP4, h264

The Mane Cast Trailer Series


The Mane Cast Trailer Series

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Love Like Fluttershy

Shine Like Rarity


My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is created by Lauren Faust, produced by DHX Media and owned by Hasbro.


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