is it just me, or does these parts of the rules scare anyone else?
Anime Milwaukee's AMV rules wrote:3. Do not mux your audio and video together...
[and a little later on in the rules]
Once all videos are submitted, they will be imported to an editing program. From there, group bumpers and credits will be added, and everything will then be compressed to mpeg-2 (with mpeg1-layer2 audio) and muxed.
The project settings for combining all videos will be as follows (you don't really need to pay attention to this, but it would help if you did so that your video doesn't become de-synced)
I mean, wouldn't you want the onus of audio / video sync to be on the submitter, not you guys? Especially as sync is one of the judging criteria you state, how does one really know that a low sync score wasn't the cause of an error made on the part of the contest's editor(s)?
And too, how would the contest editor know if there even was
a syncing error that may have been unintentionally introduced unless they compared it with a muxed version sent in by the original contestant? And if the contest editor saw what appears to be an 'obvious' sync error in the final contest encode, would they attempt to fix it? And if so, again, how would they know it was
an error? Maybe the contestant really didn't want that part to sync and in 'correcting' it, it throws off other bits of the video they did want to sync?
I know it all sounds a bit far fetched, but I do speak from experience. I've been a part of several MEP's where I've submitted separate demuxed footage for my segment and have had out-of-sync problems show up in the final releases. Mind you, they weren't serious MEP's, but still... For a while, it almost seemed like a 'running gag' for a while with my segments being off on the various MEP's but still...
or again, is it just me?