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AMV Competition 2014



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General rules (2014 edition)

These are the rules for the 2014 edition of the Abunai! AMV Competition. Check the FAQ for more in-depth details about these rules. The rules have been changed on several points since the 2013 edition of the competition, so be sure to read them!

General

• All points covered in the FAQ and Tips & Tricks section are part of the rules. This general rules section is simply a shortlist, with an as clear as possible wording. Be sure to read all of the opening posts.
• To sign up, use this pdf.


Signup

• You have to be a visitor (this includes guests, dealers and gophers/stewards) for at least one of the days of the convention to be eligible to participate in the competition.
• You do not necessarily have to be present during the competition, though it’s highly preferable that you are.
• You can sign up with only one AMV, this rule includes group projects.
• Signup deadline is Thursday the 31st of July 2014 at 23:59:59 am.
• The AMV may not have had any prior showing. This includes but is not limited to: public showings, usage in a workshop, online streaming like YouTube or similar video services, or anything beyond small scale private screenings to your closest friends or family for feedback purposes.
• On the sign-up form, do not forget to tick the box on the final page concerning agreeing with the terms and conditions. Your application will not be accepted otherwise.
• For further rules and details on how to sign up; check the FAQ below.


Video

• Video source has to be Japanese: Anime, Manga stills, (fan)art, game footage or anything else Japan related. Usage of non-Japanese sources is allowed, but only in extreme moderation, and can be of influence during the judging process.
• Minimum resolution is [4:3] 640x480, or [Widescreen] 704x400
• Maximum length is 3:00 minutes (excluding intro/outro)
• Minimum length is 1:30 minutes (excluding intro/outro)
• Intro/Outro length may not exceed 10s each, and 15s combined
• Material with commercial or fan texts are not allowed to be used and are a reason for disqualification. This includes logos, subs and watermarks that are not or insufficiently blurred. Adding subs or texts of your own because you think it contributes to your AMV is allowed.
• Be sure to check the FAQ and Tips & Tricks section for additional and more detailed rules and guidelines.


Audio


• Audio can be of any source, Japanese or not
• Minimum audio quality is MP3 of 192kbps
• Again, be sure to check the FAQ and Tips & Tricks section for more detailed rules and guidelines.

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FAQ (2014 Edition)

Q: What is an AMV?
A: It's an Anime Music Video. Create your own music video for a chosen song using Anime, Manga stills, (fan)art, game footage or anything else Japan related, but keep in mind that AMVs are focused on "anime" and "music". The video material has to be Japan related in some form. The music can be of any source (Japanese or not).

Q: So the music choice is free?
A: Yes, you are free to choose the music you like. It can be in any language and of any genre you would like, though your submission can be rejected if your music has excessive adult themery.

Q: I want to use an image from non-Japanese source X or a short video clip from non-Japanese source Y, is this allowed?
A: This is allowed, though only in a cosmetic way. This is an AMV competition, so the main focus must definitely be on Japan, Anime, Japanese video games, etc.

Q: Can I use footage from more than one anime/game/manga?
A: There is no limit to the number of sources you are allowed to use.

Q: Can I use more than one song (either from the same artist or even different artists) in my AMV?
A: There is no limit to the number of songs you are allowed to use.

Q: Can I enter this competition without being a visitor of the convention? What if I only visit one day?
A: No, only visitors, dealers, gophers and guests of our convention are allowed to participate in our competition, even if they only attend one day.

Q: Can I send in an AMV I used in another AMV contest?
A: No, your AMV has to be a product which has had no prior screening yet, aside from showing it to close friend and family for feedback purposes of course. If for some reason you entered into a competition but your AMV didn't make it to the big screen, it is still a valid entry for this competition. (To enforce this, we uphold the right to share your AMV and signup information with other organisations we have an agreement with, also to support them in the enforcing of this rule for their own competitions. The provided information will only be used for comparison and nothing else.)

Q: Can I enter with multiple AMVs when I just helped a friend with his?
A: No, you may only enter with one AMV. The first sign-up received that lists your name as an author will count as your entry. This applies to all the editors of an AMV, so when you’ve made a contribution to an AMV significant enough to make you one of its main editors, you are not allowed to enter with another one. Very small contributions to another AMV, like giving a friend some advice, helping out with some small detail or other things that would merely give you a mention in the “special thanks” section, is only allowed when the contribution is not a significant one.

Q: Can I do a Collaboration AMV or should it be a solo-Editor project?
A: We see a rise in so called "collaboration" AMV's which are created as a joined effort of multiple AMV-Editors. We allow participation of collaboration AMVs, but they will be handled in exactly the same way as single-editor AMVs. This means that the same (single) prize will be awarded and the judging will be done in the same way. We have always allowed AMV-Editors getting helped from outsiders and this is a mere extension of this practice. You are only allowed to be an editor of one competing AMV however.

Q: I entered with an AMV but changed my mind and made another, can I change my entry?
A: You can change your mind before the deadline. Once the deadline has passed, your entry is finalized and can't be changed. Your first entry will still be archived but not used in any way.

Q: How long may/must the AMV be?
A: 3 minutes, or 180 seconds, is the maximum for all participating AMV's, and the minimum is 1.5 minutes, or 90 seconds. The length of your (optional) intro and outro is exluded in this, they may not exceed 10 seconds each and 15 seconds combined.

Q: What type of video codecs can I use?
A: You can use one of the following codecs: DivX, XviD, H.264, MPEG

Q: What type of container (file extention) can I use?
A: The following file types are accepted: AVI, MKV, MP4 or MPG. We do advice to either use AVI or MP4.

Q: What types are not accepted?
A: All other file types such as, but not limited to, WMV, FLV, SWF, ASF, MOV.

Q: The file type I was going to use is not in either of the lists... now what?
A: Make a post in this thread (or send us an email) to ask us if that file type is permitted when you think it should be. Since we can't list all the formats out there and the codec world is ever evolving we'll have to deal with those situations as they come.

Q: What resolution should I use?
A: Make sure the resolution is always MOD16. A minimum resolution of [4:3]640x480 is required. Examples would be: [Widescreen] SD 704x400, HD 1280x720, [4:3] SD 640x480, HD 1280x1024. The FPS doesn't matter, but note that fast paced AMVs take benefit from higher FPS values.

Q: Widescreen or 4:3?
A: Our beamer has a widescreen resolution of 1080p. For the AMVs, widescreen has our preference at a resolution of 1400x1050 and 1080p, but 4:3 or any other aspect ratio is fine too. See Tips & Tricks for more on video resolutions.

Q: What bitrate should I use for the compression?
A: Use a bitrate of at least 1000kb/s, or lossless (if within 400MB boundaries), depending how big your video becomes.

Q: Is there a maximum filesize
A: The filesize of the video may not exceed 400MB. Simply configure your encode settings properly for a 3 minute video and it should be easy to stay under this limit.

Q: What can't I put in my AMV?
A: Any explicit or discriminating video or audio content (abuse, nudity, gore) that is considered to be not suitable to minors, as they make up a large part of the audience. This includes the song lyrics if the language used is considered to be unacceptably excessive. Ecchi is allowed within certain boundaries. All content is subject to review by the judges. If you are not sure if something is allowed, you can ask us by sending us an email.

Q: What credits are allowed in my AMV?
A: You can credit yourself or give thanks to people who contributed to the AMV, etc, but you are not allowed to list the sources of your music or video, the title of your anime or other things, as this information will be presented in the form of a still image which will be shown at the end of your AMV. This still will be made by us using the information from your sign-up form and requires no work from your side. Last year we have seen some people that did show a title, but embedded this into their AMV in such a way that it contributed to the AMV’s quality, by using visual effects for example. We have decided to allow this at your own risk, keep in mind that it this is not necessarily a good thing to do and may cost you points during the judging process if it’s considered to be an unnecessary addition.

Q: Can my AMV have an intro/outro?
A: Yes it can. These may be in the form of a message, greetings, best wishes, thanks, etc. Neither the intro, nor the outro, may contain your name, the title of the AMV or the sources used (we will add this ourselves from the information supplied in the signup). As mentioned above, they each may not exceed 10 seconds and their combined length may not exceed 15 seconds (but do not count towards the maximum duration of the AMV). We advise that if you don't have an outro to have at the least 2-5 seconds of black screen at the end.

Q: How can I sign-up?
A: You can sign-up by supplying us (see the next question) with the pdf at the top of this page.

The filename should be changed to: (nick)name_-_title_of_the_video.extention, for example: kitsune_-_My_First_Amv.docx
• The AMV whose filename should look like: (nick)name_-_title_of_the_video.extention, for example: kitsune_-_My_First_Amv.mp4
If in any way possible please put all the files in a single archive (ZIP/RAR/7z/GZIP/Compressed Folder) and name it in the same fashion: (nick)name_-_title_of_the_video.extention, for example: kitsune_-_My_First_Amv.7z

Q: I'm having trouble with the pdf
A: Please try following the following steps. They should solve any problems you might have.
- Download the latest version of Adobe Reader here.
- Save the pdf to your harddrive (don't open it in your webbrowser) and open it with Adobe Reader.
- Fill in the form and save it as a new file.

If this does not solve your problem, please contact us via this webform.

Q: How should I supply the files to you?
A: If you have no hosting available of your own, any of the below options would work:
• WeTransfer (our first choice)
• Google Drive
• Dropbox

We advise against using rapidshare and mediafire since it tends to be extremely slow which means it takes us a lot of time to handle any signups this way.

Send an email to amv@abunaicon.nl. The body (message) of the email will have to contain:
• Subject: [AMV] (nick)name - title, for example: [AMV] kitsune - my first amv
• Your name
• Your Email
• Your visitor number (or payment code if no visitor number has been received yet)
• Download Link to the files, or archive containing the AMV and the Sign-up template
If any of the information required is missing, the sign-up will be rejected. We will notify you if your sign-up has been received.

Q: What is the deadline?
A: The deadline is Thursday, 31-07-2014 at 23:59:59 am. All sign-ups received after this will not be able to participate in the competition.

Q: Which day will the AMV Compo be and do I have to be present at the show?
A: The AMV Compo will be on Sunday, and all participants are highly requested to be present at the show. You will receive more instructions after we have received your sign-up.

Q: Are there a maximum number of AMVs that can participate?
A: Yes, we have a maximum of AMVs that are able to participate in the actual compo. If we receive more sign-ups than that maximum, we will make a selection during the judging process. The lowest rated AMVs will be rejected. Sign-ups rejected during this phase will receive a mail about this, as will the sign-ups which will continue to the actual compo. We are looking into giving new and upcoming AMV Editors more chance though but nothing more on that at this time. The number of AMVs continuing on to the final round is subject to change.

Q: What will you do with my AMV?
A: All AMVs that reach the final round will be shown on the big screen during the competition. Those AMVs may also be used for promotional purposes (e.g. showcased at our promotion booth at other events), but will not be put to download or view/stream online. A link to an online source owned by the original maker, or with their consent, might be supplied on our website though after the convention. AMVs that do not make the final round will be archived and not shown either on the big screen or any time thereafter.

Q: I have a question which is not answered in this FAQ?
A: Ask it here, in this topic. Make sure you read the whole topic first before asking questions which might have been answered already! It's also very useful to check the topics from the past few years in the archive on the forum since they hold much information gathered over years of experience.

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Tips & Tricks

Audio Quality
Listen to your audio source on a good audio installation or good headphones, and do the same with the final product of your AMV (so not just on your laptop using the laptop speakers). Make sure the audio is of good quality without distortions. AMVs with bad audio quality are highly likely to be rejected. This is because any flaws in the audio will be enhanced by the big audio installation used at the convention. This is simply the nature of such audio systems. We encounter problems with bad audio a lot during the competition and is a major pain point.

Black bars in the video
Unless they serve a purpose, try and make sure that after encoding, there are no black bars visible in the video. Often we see people encoding 4:3 source material as Widescreen which gives it black bars on the sides. If the source is 4:3, make sure you encode it in the same way. Black bars give a high chance in a big point reduction during judging.

Interlacing
For those of you who don't know what interlacing is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interlacing
Interlacing is bad m'kay? try to make sure your encode does not use it. Especially in fast paced AMVs the effect becomes really clear and will decrease the viewing pleasure.

Resolution matching the source material
Don't encode 640x480 source as 1280x720 widescreen. Try and match the encoding resolution to that of the original resolution of the material used. This gives the best result.

FullHD 1080p? 720p? 480p?
The beamer supports 1080p FullHD. 720p is a good target resolution, though the previous point should be followed in this (match the output resolution to that of your input).

Matching resolutions between different bits of source material
Try to match the resolutions if you have more than one source of material. Sometimes you see AMVs which mix low quality resolution sources with high quality resolution sources which gives lesser viewing pleasure. If the low quality source does not exist in another form there is nothing to be done about it, but it's always good practice to use the best possible quality source.

No subs, no divx/tv station logo's, textless opening/ending
Unless the subs serve a purpose, make sure they aren't visible (use RAW/DVD footage without subs). When using openings/endings, use the textless versions (often supplied on the original DVD release). DIVX & TV Station logo's speak for itself ;-]. This can be a disqualifying point if you do not heed this warning.

Filesize
A 3 minute video of less than 50MB often has extremely decreased audio and visual quality. Keep the filesize in mind when encoding (not too small, not too big). In this thread alot of tips on how to encode are given.

Filenaming for new versions
When you have already sent in your AMV but (for whatever reason) want/have/need to supply a new version, have the version of the AMV reflected in the filename. Add something like "v1-1" or "v2" to the filename to show it is a new version of the file. Even though we of course have our own administration around this all it's an extra safeguard from your own side to be sure we use the right version of the AMV for judging, and it simply saves us time and stress while doing our own administration.

How about previous years?
You can always check back years: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005.

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Tutorials by fellow AMV Editors


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Go to http://www.WeTransfer.com/
Click the 'Share' symbol on the bottom left corner of the upload window.


Click the 'Link' option.


The window changes to 'Add Files' and 'Transfer'. First add the files you want to upload and then click transfer.


The files will be uploaded and when it is finished you will be presented with the download link. Copy this link and paste it in the form on the website: http://www.abunaicon.nl/contactus.php?target=13 including all the other required information.

Please note that files on WeTransfer are kept online for 7 days so it is crucial that you upload and send it on the same day.

Exporting / Encoding your AMV

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Step 1)
Export your video as lossless .avi from w/e program you use, even WMM should be able to do that (though, I haven't checked)

I'm not gonna go into the 1080p vs 720p fight, do what you want ^^

Also make sure the .avi file has audio.

Step 2)
You'll need a program to convert your lossless video to a smaller, encoded file. I use Zarx264, it's easy to use and makes .mp4 files with the H264 codec.

You can get it at http://www.amvhell.com/stuff/zarx264gui/, please use the 1.41 version, the version 2 is still unstable in my opinion.

Extract the .zip file, then start up the Zarx264gui program, no need to install anything.

Step 3)
Import video:


Most likely you'll have to change the "Open files" into the one with .avi.


After that you'll most likely get the popup below. I use most of the time the second option, not sure about the other ones, but that one works at least for me



Rename export video:



Step 4)
The settings, something like this should work:

A bitrate of 6000-7000 should be good enough for 720p and 7000-9000 for 1080p. Change the bitrate if the file gets too big, or the video is ugly (higher bitrate = better quality). Bitrates "too" high can cause some lag during playback.
The estimated filesize can be wrong at times.

Further, check the Advanced tab, and correct anything that seems out of the ordinary:

most important is the Sample Aspect Ratio, it should always be 1 for both X and Y.


Step 5)
Clicky on that Encode button on the bottom of the window. It won't matter which Tab you're looking at.

You'll get a popup window, it'll show you the progress. The button on the right will change into "Finished!" when it's done, don't mind the one on the left and the one in the middle opens an explorer window.


While encoding the program will use most of your PCs memory, so best is to have all other programs closed, then stand up and walk away until it's finished.

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I have been waiting for this Thread to appear in like.. forever!
Anyway, I'll be present at the Abunai AMV compo And I hope it'll be another good compo!

As for what this year's creation will be.. it is yet to be known
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Yay the thread is finally here

I will be present at the AMV compo myself.
As for my creation... its secret :P
I already started on it though (implying i will finish that project and use it for abunai)

Lets just hope i won't fail as much as i did previous year >,<
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By the way, the WeTransfer tutorial can be updated to the following:


Go to http://www.WeTransfer.com/
Click the 'Share' symbol on the bottom left corner of the upload window.


Click the 'Link' option.


The window changes to 'Add Files' and 'Transfer'. First add the files you want to upload and then click transfer.


The files will be uploaded and when it is finished you will be presented with the download link. Copy this link and paste it in the form on the website: http://www.abunaicon.nl/contactus.php?target=13 including all the other required information.

Please note that files on WeTransfer are kept online for 7 days so it is crucial that you upload and send it on the same day.
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Thanks Salafor, I updated your older tutorial. This method is perhaps a bit easier to use.
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hey hey,
I'll probably be present this year, too.
but, hey, did I miss anything? Saniiro has been replaced?
well, nice to meet you, I'm imp.
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