Vlad (seems you've been following me around tonight!):
I think I'll just stick to the tape thing, since this is a really small convention and there won't be ANYTHING in the way of equipment there. It would seem a major pain in the ass for me to lug my equipment all the way up there (It's an 8 hour drive), and I'm not even certain that I'll be able to go. If I HAVE to, I'll make the tape ahead of time and send it up with other friends of mine on the staff. Seems like something else that can go wrong, but I'm trying to work with it.
I AM planning on having the "voting" work both ways. Both an audience favourite award, as well as a judge award. That's how it was done last year, and I like the system. Instead of just picking which vid you liked best, you get to rank each video in three different categories. Not perfect, but it gets us partway there. This will only work if there are only a few entries (last year there were about 8) of course. We may have to modify it. Secondly, there will be a few judges (myself included) giving an award. So I hope to mix both.
I don't think we'll have to "determine finalists" since I expect the turnout to be smaller. Even if we do get LOTS of entries, I doubt that we'll go over the two hour limit that I've set. However, if we DO manage to get more than 30 entries, then I'll have to come up with something. It's best to have that set ahead of time, though, so I'll add that to the guidelines. The compilation will definately have to be finished ahead of time, though, so I can't have people choose them at the convention. It will have to be a group of people weeks in advance. Hmmm...
Yes, I'm going to take digital submissions. I'm a bit leery on the rules for Digitals, since I haven't worked much with stuff from other people's computers. For "This Is Otakudom" we ran into problems with the two trailers that bookend the parody, so I've already had a taste. Quu has given me some suggestions, and hopefully myself and my friends can figure it out. I've already written some guidelines, but I'm hesitant to say "Mpeg-2 720x480 ONLY" or some such since that will probably limit things, though I've stated that I PREFER that. I do not have the ability to read DV tape at the moment, so that's out.
I just (as in about 2 minutes before reading this post) ordered my Hollywood Plus card, so hopefully that'll help. As you might remember, I edit on a Mac, but I'm planning on using my PC for the video compilation and conversion as per Quu's suggestions.
Thanks so much for the input!!!