Dragonrider1227 wrote:So, my question is, can I put a video on the database without putting the actually video up, put it on youtube instead to show and ask for criteria, and then take it down from youtube?
Yes, that's perfectly fine. The database content is the primary thing, the upload is optional after that. It's a bit doubtful whether this is considered finished AMV or beta - in case you feel it's more of the latter case (you will still edit it after feedback), you should just post it in the feedback section without catalogue entry - beta threads are allowed there!
Dragonrider1227 wrote:oh, and if I do add it to the database, what about the premier date? I haven't even sent this to the convention let alone know if it's even going to play there so I don't want to claim a date that might not actually happen. I'm sorry, I'm just painfully paranoid about everything involving this.
Up to you - it should be the date the first public
screening is available - so either Youtube publishing date, if it's not a private video, or the convention date or shortly after when you publish it at con/on web. You can set date available and premiered just a day after the convention, it's not like anybody checks it and within five years nobody will probably remember whether it was a day early or late ^^
I usually date my videos for when they get screened at con (this is the most preferable option for most of our editors, I guess, even if they don't make the finals), shortly after con or when I upload them (in case it's shortly after con) - whichever of these is fine as long as they don't differ by a large margin (week or longer is below my standard, usually)