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Default AMV Compo Rules + FAQ + Q&A [SIGN-UP CLOSED]


These are the rules & FAQ, the signups have been opened!

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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 AMV's are focussed 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). A "(series/movie)trailer" does not qualify as an AMV. Think of what you see on MTV or <insert random tv music channel here> as a benchmark for what a Music Video is.

Q: Can I enter this competition without being a visitor of the convention? what if I only visit one day?
A: No, you have to be a visitor (or dealer, or guest, or gopher) of our convention, even if it's only for one day (which doesn't have to be the day the competition is scheduled on), to be able to participate in this competition.

Q: Can I send in an AMV I used in another AMV contest?
A: No, your video has to be an original video which had no prior screening yet (this ofcourse does not count close friends/family for feedback purposes, but applies to any public showing (like youtube) or other (online) compo's). (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)

Q: Can I enter with multiple AMV's?
A: No, you may only enter with one AMV.

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 AMV's, but they will be handled in exactly the same way as single-editor AMV's. 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 extention of this practice.

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 set in stone and can't be changed. Your first entry will still be archived but not used in any way.

Q: How long may the AMV be?
A: 3:00 minutes is the maximum for all participating AMV's.

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

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

Q: What types are not accepted?
A: Other filetypes like FLV, SWF, ASF, MOV and other exotic formats

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 AMV's take benefit from higher FPS values.

Q: Widescreen or 4:3?
A: The beamer we'll have will most likely be of a widescreen resolution of 720p or higher. For the AMV's, widescreen has our preference at a resolution of 1280x720 (720p). 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 content (nudity, gore). Ecchi is allowed but subject to review by the judges. Remember the audience also holds minors.

Q: Can my AMV have an intro/outro?
A: Yes it can. The intro may be in the form of credits of the creator, the outro may contain greetings, best wishes, thanks, etc. Neither the intro, nor the outro, may contain other forms of credits (like music used/anime used/title of the amv/etc, we will add this ourselfs from the information supplied in the signup) and their combined length may not exceed 30secs (but do not count towards the maximum duration of the AMV). We advice 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 following:
  • A filled in template available here:
    - Microsoft Office Word 2003
    - Microsoft Office Word 2007
    - OpenOffice/LibreOffice
    (Or check the attachements at the bottom of this post).
    The filename should be changed to: (nick)name_-_title_of_the_video.extention, e.g.: saniiro_-_My_First_Amv.docx
  • The AMV whose filename should look like: (nick)name_-_title_of_the_video.extention, e.g.: saniiro_-_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, e.g.: saniiro_-_My_First_Amv.7z


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:Send an email using the email form on the website. The body (message) of the email will have to contain:
  • Subject: [AMV] (nick)name - title, e.g.: [AMV] saniiro - 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 01-08-2011 @ 23:59. 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 Friday, 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 AMV's that can participate?
A: Yes, we have a maximum of 15-16 AMV's that are able to participate in the actual compo. If we receive more than 16 sign-ups, we will make a selection during the judging process. The lowest rated AMV's 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.

Q: What will you do with my AMV?
A: The AMV's that reach the final round will be shown on the big screen during the competition. Those AMV's 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 concent, might be supplied on our website though after the convention. AMV's 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!
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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. AMV's 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.

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.

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 AMV's 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?
Because the chances we'll have a FullHD (1080p) beamer are slim, though it will most likely be widescreen, FullHD is needlessly heavy and more error prone than need be. 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 AMV's 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 ;-]

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.
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What is the definition of too much gore? I can imagine certain scenes from, say, Elfen Lied being too gory, but what about stabbings, gunshot wounds, people getting beaten up, blood, and so on?
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The line which will be drawn in regards to gore will be up to the judges and will be judged on a per AMV basis. This because not every gunshot wound is equally gruesome, some stabbings being mostly offscreen, etc. People getting beat up 'action AMV style' (think bleach, naruto, DBZ) is not concidered gore, but a more explicit variant might.

Even Elfenlied can be turned into a great drama AMV without the explicit decapitations etc.
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Old May 16th, 2011, 19:51:08   #6
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Even Elfenlied can be turned into a great drama AMV without the explicit decapitations etc.
Certainly.

If an AMV is deemed too gory (or otherwise 'not okay'), can it be edited and then re-entered?
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yes. all entries are checked as soon as we are able after receiving them and any feedback will directly be processed and the chance for modifications given. This all has to be done before the final deadline though. So if you want to be sure your AMV doesn't contain too much gore, send a non-final cut for us to preview, if you don't think you can meet the deadline otherwise.
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Yay! It's open, to bad I still have to fight against collaborators... this will be tough.
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Is there (or will there be) a general AMV topic where editors can talk about general AMV related things?
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Old May 16th, 2011, 21:08:28   #10
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I think you fear them way more then need be. I don't see collaborations as as much as a threat as you apparently do. if you take your time and effort you can come up with yet another great AMV just like last year! We've only seen one collaboration last year and that one didn't even make it to the final show.

This topic is for everything concerning the AMV compo on Abunai and any talk about your AMV's (like asking questions, getting technical help, etc). If you want to talk about AMV's in general which are not linked to the competition you are free to create a thread in the general section.
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