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If you're wondering at all, I made this video using Mencoder. No avidemux, or anything like that. I didn't even use a front-end. Although if I did use a front-end, it might have been easier. But in any case, this article will explain just how I managed to make that video.

Alright, now if you have watched the embedded video or just saw it on Youtube itself, you'll see that it's not any more than 33 seconds long. But that's because the process I decided to use is time-consuming, and when you do it the way I do it, you will see that it's a long and boring process, but rewarding in the end.

The first thing I did was get some pictures of a cartoon I created named Jean Pierre. He has what I believe to be a French hat of some kind. Check out the video above to see what he looks like.

The next video I make will be tremendous! And I hope that it will be the same to anyone who watches it. Here is the first step to my process of handeling things.

The Steps

The first step: create a directory called the name of your movie. Next, create a directory called "scenes". After that directory, you can number your subdirectories "scene1", "scene2", and so on. Under each numbered scene directory, create a numbered shot directory. What I mean is "shot1", "shot2", and so on. Each numbered shot directory will contain the individual frames.

The second step: go to Gimp and start moving an object around or doing the fade out to black effect. Use KSnapshot to do the job, and get ready to use the MEncoder crop video filter. When you do this, you use MEncoder to compile the pictures into an avi file. And a codec can be used with it. After doing that, you can scale it, if you want, to a good resolution like 640x480. I suppose if you want to not lose a spec of quality, you can leave it at that.

After that, you can audio and music using Audacity and inserting that wav or ogg files in MEncoder. Here's an example of inserting audio using MEncoder: mencoder output_scale.avi -mf fps=(frame rate) -ovc copy -oac mp3lame -audiofile (audiofile) -o (final avi file)


I have told you the principles of how I made this video. I expect you to know learn to use MEncoder's basic features after you have read this article and before you even consider using this method. Not the best way, but it works for me. End of article.