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A reminder about the rules and formatting requirements. Failure to adhere to them will be result in a disqualification. If you do not understand the rules then you are not ready to submit.
We are now just a few days away from the submission due date. Tomorrow (Friday 17th) will be the last day I give notice about re-submissions.
Please check your files carefully before submitting them. If you use Windows XP I recommend making sure they playback in media player classic. You should also double check your encoded video and audio stream for formatting requirements. It's easy to check off a wrong option so don't trust your eyes on playback. Use a utility or program to check output stream's formatting. Then watch your video 2-3 times to make certain you are satisfied there are no errors.
The most common mistakes people have made this year:
1) Audio not at 48 kHz sampling frequency
2) Incorrect video frame sizes (note that MPEG-2 & MPEG-4 have different size requirements)
3) Incorrect frame rates
4) Authored DVD Video discs
MPEG-2 rules have not changed since last year so there should not be surprises.
We do not disqualify for improper handling of interlaced footage but it is something that factors into judging and video quality. Last year there were very few videos with interlacing artifacts. There has been an increase in videos with this issue this year. Hopefully we can help address any questions at the AMV creation panel. If not you can look me up in the AMV room. I'm always more than happy to talk tech.