Once again this year I plan to host a livestream of the VCA videos. I will only be streaming the Semi-finalists and Finalists. Due to the sheer number of videos available for nominations there just isn't enough time to really go through all of those. The schedule of viewing will be based on the VCA schedule, so the stream will be going on while each voting phase is happening. Like last year, I will split the categories up into sets of 5 (except the last day which will only be 4) of each category that you nominate videos rather then members. As the VCA schedule this year puts us on a Sun-Sat schedule for voting, and to allow 1 day for me to obtain all videos and setup the playlists and 1 day for everyone to put in their final votes after the streams are done, I will begin the streams on Monday and go through Fri. (Praise be the admins for making a much easier schedule this time around)
All are welcome to join in and watch the videos during this time. It's a great way to see every video for those who haven't seen them yet as well as a chance to chat and enjoy the company of fellow viewers and discuss things about each video in the process. I had a blast the past few years doing this.
Each stream will start at 8pm EST (1am GMT/UTC the next day) and go until that night's list of videos is finished. Based on the past few years info, there were 20 videos in each category for the Semi's and 5 in the Finals. With 5 categories each night, the average playtime wound up be aprox 6 hours for the Semi's and aprox 2.5 hours for the Finals, except for the last night with the MEPs, which went much longer. Knowing that not everyone will be available during these hours once the stream finishes I will turn on auto-pilot with the recorded version of that night's stream and let that repeat until the next stream begins. The actual scheduled dates and which categories will play on those dates can be found below. I can't give accurate times for when each category will begin as video lengths vary, but based on an average of 3 min per video, at 20 videos, a category will take aprox 60 mins to play through, give or take 20 more mins generally for the semis and 15 mins to play through each category in the finals.
I will also be doing a special wrap up stream on the final voting day for the finals where I will list my personal picks for each category. These may not even include videos that were in the semi's let alone the finals in each category. It's basically my personal bests from the year out of all the videos I've seen.
I have an FAQ section below the stream schedule. If you have a question that isn't answered there feel free to ask and I'll try my best to give you a good answer.
You can view the stream here:http://www.livestream.com/thisweekinamvshttp://twiamvs.ngsilver.com/this-week-i ... ivestream/
(this page includes the stream, chat, and what is currently playing in one page)
You can see what is currently playing on the stream here:http://ngsilver.myvnc.com:8080/player/[Semis: Feb 22nd 12pm EST or Feb 22nd 5pm GMT]
[Finals: Feb 24th 8pm EST or Feb 25th 1am GMT]
Best Action Video
Best Character Profile
Best Collaborative Video
Best Comedy Video
Best Dance Video[Semis: Feb 22nd 6pm EST or Feb 22nd 11pm GMT]
[Finals: Feb 25th 8pm EST or Feb 26th 1am GMT]
Best Dramatic Video
Best First Video
Best Fun Video
Best Horror Video
Best Parody Video
[Semis: Feb 19th 8pm EST or Feb 20th 1am GMT][Finals: Feb 26th 8pm EST or Feb 27th 1am GMT]
Best Romantic Video
Best Sentimental Video
Best Single Source Video
Best Short Video
[Semis: Feb 20th 8pm EST or Feb 21st 1am GMT][Finals: Feb 27th 8pm EST or Feb 28th 1am GMT]
Best Trailer or Commercial
Best Use of Instrumental Music
Best Use of Lip Synch
Best Use of Multiple Anime
Best Use of Special Effects
[Semis: Feb 21st 8pm EST or Feb 22nd 1am GMT][Finals: Feb 28th 8pm EST or Feb 29th 1am GMT]
Most Artistic Video
Most Original Video
Video of the Year
Best Multi-Editor Project
[Finals: Feb 29th 8pm EST or Feb 30th 1am GMT]
Nate's picks for the VCA Finals
In what order will you be playing the videos?
Alphabetically by category. So we start with the first category based on the ABC sort and then the first video based on the ABC sort.
How will you be sorting these videos? What is the key you will sort by?
Videos will be sorted by video title. This should hopefully keep 2 videos by the same editor from playing back-to-back.
How do we know what each video is when it plays?
There is a page you can go to in order to see which video is playing at any specific time for any of my streams here: http://ngsilver.myvnc.com:8080/player/
Also, if you watch the stream from the twiamvs website link rather then directly on livestream you can see what specific video is playing as well.
How are you going to name each video so we know what to vote for?
As the org doesn't rename videos, and many editors name their uploads in odd ways, videos will be re-named according to the following naming scheme: [category] Video Title - Editor . ext
If a video is in multiple categories in a night, will that video only be played once to save on time and sanity?
No. Each category will be played in it's entirety. So if a video is in all 5 categories for a night it will be played 5 times that night, wherever it lands in the alphabetical order of each category as they play.