The general Anime 2013 AMV-thread *Thanks people, see you!*

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The general Anime 2013 AMV-thread *Thanks people, see you!*

Post by Kaj » November 14th, 2012, 4:13 pm


Kaj's Favourites (top 3 in random order):
Echo by Noortje Schuurs
The White Knight Approaches by Jeffrey Reuling
Cat's Elegy at Dawn by Fai Wong

Natalie's Favourite:
Battleground by Jeroen Wolf

The rules for the Anime 2013 AMV-competition (EMV-rules can be found at the bottom of this post).

So, you want to participate in our AMV competition? Great, welcome aboard!
We expect that you are in the know of what an AMV is and how you create one. If you're not, Google is your friend. Making an AMV isn't something you do in five minutes; it takes time, creativity and effort.
If you are aware of that, please note that there are a few rules you must adhere to:

* The deadline for participating in the AMV is Saturday May 4, 2013, 23:59:59.
* The deadline for participating in the EMV is Friday May 24, 2013, 23:59:59.
If you submit your video past this deadline, you're out of luck.

* The deadline for mended files is Caturday May 11, 2013, 23:59:59.
This deadline is for already submitted, but non-playing video's which need some work. If, for some reason, your AMV doesn't play, we will let you know, and you'll have until this date to send us a fixed version.

* Formats and containers: once again we have the Popcornhour C200 as our player of choice, which plays nearly everything.
The compatibility list can be found here. However, if you're not sure, stick to video codecs like H.264, WMV, DivX/XviD and MPEG; AAC, AC3 or PCM for audio and containers like .avi, .wmv, .mp4, .mpg or .mkv. AVCHD (.m2t) will do nicely as well. We will flat out refuse AMV's in .mov, .rm, .flv, .swf and .3gp.

* The AMV contest will be held on Saturday in the World Forum Theatre, capable of housing 2200 people.

* Your AMV needs to be an original, as in not shown in public or in other Dutch contests before.
We also frown heavily on copying other people's work, so don't do that.
To prevent repeat performances (ie. AMV's which already have been submitted to other festivals), we have an agreement with those festivals. This means that your AMV and your personal details will be made available to the person responsible for their AMV-competition.
Suffice to say that nothing else will happen to your AMV or your details; we will not make anything public other than playing the video's at our festival, unless you give us explicit permission to do so. We'd also love to play your video at other events if the need arises.

* At least 50% of your video needs to contain animated footage, and we appreciate some music as well.
You can put manga and live-action into the mix if you want, but in the end, it's still an Animated Music Video contest.

* We're a family show, so no excessive graphical violence, blood, gore and pornography.
Cartoon violence is allowed. If you're in doubt whether your AMV will pass, please show us a rough version or let us know which show you're going to use and we'll advise for or against it. If you just send in your gory video, you'll most probably be disqualified.

* You can put spoilers in your AMV.
There's no reason for us to say no to this.

* Your AMV length must not exceed 3 minutes and 10 seconds.
The sequence must be like this: 2 seconds of silent black, 180 seconds of AMV (maximum, doesn't need to be 180), 7 seconds of credits to the music and animation and 1 second silent black. Please don't name yourself in the credit screen; this might be of influence during judging.

* No logo's, (fan)subs, credits, or what have you.
Just don't. If you can't use a blu-ray or dvd source for whatever reason (often has a creditless opening and ending as extra), at least take some time to get rid of unwanted details. If you don't, you'll be disqualified immediately.

* Video resolution can be between standard DVD resolution and 1920x1080p.
If you want to make it smaller, your video will probably be rejected, because counting pixels isn't everyones hobby. We probably won't have budget nor equipment to play 4k-files for a while, so please don't bother. There is no limit on file size, but use moderation. There is no need to reserve something like one gigabyte for 3 minutes of HD video. 20Mbit video streams should be sufficient to let you show wat you want to show.

* Aspect ratio can be 4:3 or 16:9.
Our screen is 16:9, our player output and projector will be set to 1920x1080 pixels.
However, don't upscale your DVD source to something it's not, unless you absolutely have to; it might end up becoming ugly. The scaling hardware in our equipment will take care of it instead.

* Mark all files with your Ticket number (ET---------), your initals and the title of the AMV in one uninterrupted file name (for example, mine would be: ET123456789-KS-Electric-Railgun.mpg and ET123456789-KS-Electric-Railgun.pdf or .doc).
This makes life easier for us and helps to determine which is what and to whom it belongs. Titles like Sequence01.mpg are NOT acceptable! Please put your AMV and the submit form into a ZIP, 7zip or RAR-file with the same name and upload it to your server or use something like WeTransfer or Dropbox.

* You need to attend the competition in person, holding a valid ticket for the festival.
We need you there to vote for the other contestants and it's more fun to see the people react to your AMV when you're there.

* The number of entries depends on the amount of time available, and thus on how long your AMV will be.
For example: 75 minutes of playing time can contain about 20-22 contestants. An AMV doesn't NEED to be 3 minutes; it may very well be less.

* Collaborations are permitted.
We can't enforce a ban on things like this so we won't try. However, you can only send in one AMV.

*Tips and tricks:
+ Make sure your encoding machine has computing power to spare; the average video encoder takes every last bit of processing power it can find.
+ Make sure your project settings fit your source material in terms of frame rate, resolution et al.
+ Despite following the specs to the letter, it's still possible to screw up because you're adamant on using PCM, while the container demands AC3. Good editing software usually helps you with this, so pay attention!
+ Interlaced video in AMV's usually makes your video look like crap (jagged lines are a giveaway), so make sure you de-interlace your source material.
+ Don't add black bars to your video. Video players are able to figure out which aspect ratio the video has and will add black bars when necessary.
+ Make sure your audio sounds good with a sufficient bit rate. Check this by playing it through a proper stereo set instead of a set of in-ear headphones or the tiny speakers of your laptop. We will have a large, multi-kW audio setup available during the competition which amplifies (ba-dum tshh) every flaw your audio stream has.
+ Normalise your audio and make sure it does not go above -3dB, but definitely not over 0dB. Our equipment will thank you for it.

Now, one big question that's been asked to me on a regular basis is this: why are we using a media player (one that's a couple of years old to boot) when a computer does the same?
The answer is simple: reliability and years of experience. We've done numerous tests with player computers, but nearly every time we try, something goes wrong. If the playlist doesn't fail (like it did in 2011), it will be some background process throwing a spanner in the works or a software player which decides to crash spectacularly. We've had our share of problems and other conventions had them as well, so enter the Popcornhour (PCH).
This device does what it's supposed to do: play video. You don't need heaps of processing power to play 1080p: you can do it with a Raspberry Pi, for crying out loud. The PCH has a dedicated processor with an instruction set to do what it has to do, contrary to a PC which relies on multiple factors to do its thing. A PC is more versatile, but also more prone to errors.

The downside of the PCH is that it's a bit picky on combinations; the files need to have a correct combination of codecs and containers, otherwise it won't play. Despite that, it's been proven to be the most reliable player for us: when it plays, it keeps on playing, and it acts as a smoke test. :)
Obviously, we are open for suggestions; if you know something that's proven to be rock solid and not too expensive, we are more than willing to give it a try. Until then, the PCH will be our player of choice.

Good luck, you will have fierce competition. We're looking forward to seeing your creations.

The rules for the Anime 2013 EMV-competition.

So, you want to participate in our EMV competition? Great, come on in!
An EMV is an Ecchimated Music Video. Kind of like an AMV, but with a healthy dose of tits, ass and anything else that floats your boat. This competition is more lighthearted in tone; do realise that you'll be watching smut with a few hundred other people.
The rules you must adhere to are about the same as for the AMV-competition, with the main difference of it being NOT a family show, so we expect you to let out your inner pervert and get down and dirty. You are allowed to use any footage that's allowed by Dutch law.
The final decision of allowing a video to participate however, is still at our discretion.
The EMV contest will probably be held on Friday night in a slightly scaled-down version of the World Forum Theatre.

Good luck, there will be some stiff competition. We're looking forward to seeing your creations and keep our bottle of eyebleach at hand, just in case.

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Re: The general Anime 2013 AMV-thread

Post by NotReallyHere » November 19th, 2012, 7:21 pm

I know this is super-duper early but I have a question: is it allowed to name the song and anime during the AMV itself? (Not as credits but as part of the concept)

Also: OH MY GOSH!! We can have avatars now! XD

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Re: The general Anime 2013 AMV-thread

Post by Kaj » November 20th, 2012, 7:48 pm

I don't see anything wrong with that. :)

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Re: The general Anime 2013 AMV-thread

Post by Salafor » December 25th, 2012, 1:50 pm

I think it's almost time for this topic to get crowded.. hehehe..
Started with my concept and I'll be happy to participate in this competition! :D

Btw, should there be an off-topic AMV chat?
That way, we can keep this topic clean and full of rules, regulations and advice and such?

And ofcourse a question:
Will there be a minimum length requirement?

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Re: The general Anime 2013 AMV-thread

Post by Kaj » December 27th, 2012, 4:37 pm

Offtopic thread: Nah, let's just kick Charming from the forums; should be OK then. :D ;)
Minimun length: No need, I think?

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Re: The general Anime 2013 AMV-thread

Post by Baris Dogan » December 27th, 2012, 6:28 pm

I for one look forward to a 10second AMV that blows my mind ;P
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Re: The general Anime 2013 AMV-thread

Post by Auris-Dono » December 29th, 2012, 12:15 am

Kaj how can you say that, without charming it wouldnt be the same

also good luck to all participants i dont think i got the nerve myself to try and make an amv (even tho im alway's brimming with idea's it never works out when i try it)

cant wait to see them

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Re: The general Anime 2013 AMV-thread

Post by imp » January 17th, 2013, 12:34 am

It has been a dark time, the sky was filled with sorrowful clouds, everyday I could feel a grieving pressure lingering on my shoulders.
It felt like there was a hole at the place where usually a heart should be beating, filled with a deep and endless shadow.
It was a time of misery and anguish. But times were changing, a new age was coming, though I hadn't realized it yet.
It was sudden, like a typhoon coming out of nowhere, but when I woke up one morning, I could see it, yet couldn't believe what I saw.
A small, but illuminating bright light broke through the endlessly dark skies, a ray of warmth and hope started to fill the world.
That was the sign I longed to see for such a long time that I could not respond, I was too shocked to move.
The time had come to edit.

and this is pretty much how the last 2 weeks of exams felt like, finally got time to start editing!

PS: you sure we don't need an off-topic thread?
This is finally complete and up-to-date:

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Re: The general Anime 2013 AMV-thread

Post by Kaj » January 17th, 2013, 9:14 am

Now that's the spirit. :)
I've started a new AMV as well, hopefully finished for YaYcon and I will show it at Anime 2013 as well for your pleasure.

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Re: The general Anime 2013 AMV-thread

Post by kazehaya » January 19th, 2013, 12:59 pm

heey guys!

Im totally new into the amv making, but i want to give it a try ;-)
I have a MKV file wich i want to use to convert to a supported file for my editor like AVI.
Im wondering what you guys use to convert video files like mkv to avi?
i have used serveral methods and none seem to work :/
i want to keep as close to the orginal file when the convert is done so no quality loss!!
I would really appreciate it if someone with a lot of exp in making AMV can sort out a few things what is the best solution and why :-)
Right now im feeling a bit lossed in the converter programs and im not sure if im doing it right and with the ''best" method.
Im dutch so an answer in dutch is also an option^^

Looking forward for an helpfull solution,