Anime Central 2009 AMV Contest Rules & Submission Guidelines

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Re: Anime Central 2009 AMV Contest Rules & Submission Guidelines

Postby outlawed » Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:59 pm

A lot more entries have been processed. Visit http://contests.ngsilver.com/login.htm to check your status.

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.
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Re: Anime Central 2009 AMV Contest Rules & Submission Guidelines

Postby ngsilver » Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:01 pm

Remember, it is in the rules and re-affirmed in the email you receive with your FTP account information. Only 1 video will be allowed to be sent via any account. All other files other then that 1 file and an sfv or md5 for that vid will be deleted without warning. I've had this happen a few times already and I thought before you all get angry that we didn't receive your entries I would remind you of this fact.

Also, we will/can NOT do anything with your uploaded entry until you close the account. I see quite a few videos waiting around to be sent off to Outlawed, but until those accounts are closed they will just sit on the server.
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Re: Anime Central 2009 AMV Contest Rules & Submission Guidelines

Postby ngsilver » Sat Apr 18, 2009 10:37 am

As has been promised, I will be taking the FTP server offline shortly and moving it to another location.

I expect the downtime of the server to be no more then 6 hours from this posting.

I will however post another announcement when the server is back online.
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Re: Anime Central 2009 AMV Contest Rules & Submission Guidelines

Postby Pwolf » Sat Apr 18, 2009 10:55 am

oh? i thought they were down already cause i haven't been able to access the website for like two weeks... apparently, "It works!" :P
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Re: Anime Central 2009 AMV Contest Rules & Submission Guidelines

Postby Rider4Z » Sat Apr 18, 2009 1:14 pm

ngsilver wrote:Remember, it is in the rules and re-affirmed in the email you receive with your FTP account information. Only 1 video will be allowed to be sent via any account. All other files other then that 1 file and an sfv or md5 for that vid will be deleted without warning. I've had this happen a few times already and I thought before you all get angry that we didn't receive your entries I would remind you of this fact.

ah k i was wondering about that. i am guilty of doing so :oops: guess i'll request the ftps again since i closed them :roll:
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Re: Anime Central 2009 AMV Contest Rules & Submission Guidelines

Postby Ileia » Sun Apr 19, 2009 3:10 pm

Umm....


Any more news on the server status?
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Re: Anime Central 2009 AMV Contest Rules & Submission Guidelines

Postby -BL- » Sun Apr 19, 2009 3:34 pm

Ileia wrote:Umm....


Any more news on the server status?


x2 :<
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Re: Anime Central 2009 AMV Contest Rules & Submission Guidelines

Postby ngsilver » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:15 pm

I must apologize for the extended downtime of the server. I have run into a few configuration problems with the local router and isp. I am working to resolve this soon.
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Re: Anime Central 2009 AMV Contest Rules & Submission Guidelines

Postby ngsilver » Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:10 am

Alright everyone. The migration of the FTP server took much longer then I expected and once it was moved there were a number of settings that had to be set as well as some negotiation with the new ISP in order to get it back up and running. It IS running now.

In light of the fact that the deadline is within 24 hours and the loss of nearly 2 days to submit, we will be extending the deadline for FTP entrants. This is an extension ONLY for those submitting via FTP, all mail entries still need to be received by the end of today (23 hours) as normal.

The new deadline for FTP entries is April 22nd. I will however only authorize accounts that have been requested as of April 21st. In effect, you have 47 hours in order to submit an entry form and submit an FTP request. At Midnight Eastern Time on the 22nd I will revoke the ability to submit a new entry form. From that point you will have 24 hours to submit your entry via the FTP server. The FTP server will be closed at Midnight on the 23rd.

I apologize for the delay, but consider this a gift for you procrastinators.

(I'm authorizing all accounts that have been requested this weekend, so you should get those shortly)
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Re: Anime Central 2009 AMV Contest Rules & Submission Guidelines

Postby Cenit » Mon Apr 20, 2009 1:19 pm

Sry but one question ... what will the entry status on the ngs database tell me once my vid was succesfully uploaded? sth like "Entry Form Recieved" or does this mean sth else?
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Re: Anime Central 2009 AMV Contest Rules & Submission Guidelines

Postby CrackTheSky » Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:23 pm

Forgive me if this has already been asked: If we're entering multiple videos, do we have to wait for an e-mail from you for each entry, or can we use one username/password for them all?
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Re: Anime Central 2009 AMV Contest Rules & Submission Guidelines

Postby Rider4Z » Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:39 pm

CrackTheSky wrote:Forgive me if this has already been asked: If we're entering multiple videos, do we have to wait for an e-mail from you for each entry, or can we use one username/password for them all?

I can answer THAT! you have to use a different username/password for each video you enter. i speak from experience :book:
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Re: Anime Central 2009 AMV Contest Rules & Submission Guidelines

Postby Copycat_Revolver » Mon Apr 20, 2009 5:40 pm

Yes, but how long should we wait between account emails. I still haven't gotten the ftp info for my second video.
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Re: Anime Central 2009 AMV Contest Rules & Submission Guidelines

Postby ngsilver » Mon Apr 20, 2009 6:45 pm

You do not need to wait for a reply to submit a request for each video. Submit them all at once. I will get to them as I am able, as I have to approve all accounts before the information can be sent. As long as they are requested before midnight tonight they will be fulfilled.
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Re: Anime Central 2009 AMV Contest Rules & Submission Guidelines

Postby Copycat_Revolver » Mon Apr 20, 2009 6:49 pm

No, what I'm saying is I requested the ftp for both at the same time, but only received an email with ftp information on one. Was I supposed to get both at once?
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