Radical_Yue wrote:Most of the videos I've seen submit to this competition don't even seem to come close to the quality or effort as the videos in the Online AMV IC and that seriously bothers me. Videos that are made in two hours with little to no planning look better than videos that are almost given a full week.
While I wasn't too thrilled with the videos from round 1 myself, this contest and OIC4 are two different beasts (I would almost say opposites really..). OIC4 gives you a lot more freedom in what you want to make, thus the output is a lot more high quality because that's what we are used to. The only restriction is the audio since you don't know what it will be (video to a degree but you get to choose what gets randomly picked at least). With this contest, the only thing that isn't a restriction seems to be the sources. The entire concept and idea of the video is predetermined and, at least for me, that is way out of my comfort zone. I spend more time (more days of the week) trying to figure out what I'm going to do than doing any actual editing.
OIC4 is also a lot more flexible as far as when you can edit and you have the 24 hours before the match to start thinking about what you could make while you're prepping your sources. Here we have no control over the schedule so while one round might be better for me, another round might be absolutely terrible scheduling wise (last round was great for me, this round had me worried i would ever get the video started).
I just don't think you should compare the two contests and expect more of out this one because we have more time to edit, in writing at least.
They both have their pros and cons, but personally, I believe that they manage to weigh themselves out to almost be on the same level.
The OIC4 has the main constraint of time. While yes, you may have that 24 hour window to think about what possible ways you can work your footage...in addition to have 6 days to make a video in POE, there is also a hint thread which has been up since the very start. Utilized correctly, I believe it's at least possible to get yourself in the right mindset.
I understand the frustration of having to make a video during exact time frames and preset specifications, but that was all presented before the project began during the sign-up.
As for working the theme, in the first round alone, we were shown that yes! People can work it different ways
We had propaganda, videos integrating the site itself, fake commercials, a story of how someone started editing, artsy-fartsyness with the logo
and some really interesting ideas all together.
But for the most part, I'm not even referring to the execution of themes. The general editing is very substandard. Now once more, I do not say that without some clear exceptions, but overall...I mean, wrong ARs, bad video quality, logos (and not the org one), loose sync, etc...
I would rather watch something that loosely fits the theme but it edited really well as opposed to watching a video where the editor thought the theme and time restraints were difficult and gave up all together.
I would feel embarrassed if my submission looked like that and I still said "I want to win first prize." I understand that a lot of people say they're in for fun, etc...but regardless, this is a competition.
Especially with this round, I understand that the general theme is pretty convoluted, and I'll judge accordingly. But I don't believe the theme should interfere with the basic editing...