AMV Salad 5: Happy Meal has just begun making the rounds, starting with Otakon 2011.
There is no concept or theme for the time being. We're gonna kind of make this up as we go along. If we find a unifying theme among the majority of clips we receive after some time, we'll concentrate on that and press forward. For now, though, let's just cut loose and have fun!
The "tour" schedule for this series will remain as follows.
* One video per year.
* Each video will premiere at Otakon
* The regular venues which will host panels, barring any changes, include:
Momocon (thanks to KireBlue)
Anime Mid Atlantic
The list will likely expand with the addition of conventions which will place the Salads on their late-night viewing schedules.
FIRST submission deadline:
FINAL submission deadline:
FINISHED EDIT DUE:
* 1. HAVE FUN! BE CREATIVE! Most of all, BE FUNNY!
* 2. Time limit: 30 seconds max! Anything more will be considered case-by-case.
* 3. Your video must meet the standards required for being uploaded to a-m-v.org. Video source must be at least 80% anime. If you use live-action, keep it to a minimum. No extreme graphic violence, nudity, or sexual content. The "PG-13" standard is in effect here.
* 4. Use any and all editing skills at your disposal.
* 5. You can submit as many entries as you like, provided they are all different. Do not submit multiple entries that only have slight variations from each other (unless you contribute to whatever running joke we have planned).
* 6. Please refrain from publishing your clips to You Tube or other such public video web sites until after the project premieres at the next Otakon (2012 in this case). We kind of want to keep the contents of the final edit a surprise.
* 7. EVERYONE who enters this project will have at least one entry in the final compilation. The catch is you don't want to turn in just one entry and have it be a mediocre video among the other great submissions. Show us your best effort.
* 8. No no NO FANSUBS! The only exception to this rule is if you inserted your own as a means of parody or left a line in to further express the point of your video. Just make sure that whatever subtitles you leave in run with the context of the sound source somehow.
* 9. NO watermarks of any kind! If you don't know how to remove that thing from playback yet, consult the Help files in the respective program (most often, it's DivX).
* 10. Plagiarism will NOT be tolerated here! If you are found to have submitted the work of another editor without permission and credited yourself with its creation, you will be removed completely from the project AND reported to the 'org admins.
* 11. If you entered a trailer into a AMV contest (whether or not it won) and/or uploaded it to the 'org and wish to have it used in this project, that works as well.
* 12. If I see unfulfilled potential in a clip and feel more can be done with it to get the point across effectively (or to make it funnier), I and/or other editors on this project will collaborate with you and we'll discuss the possibilities. Full credit will remain with the original editor after the final result is reached. Anyone who has participated in such consultations will be duly credited as "Associate Producers."
You may also send your unfinished "doomed to incompletion" AMVs for consideration.
And now, for future reference, the answer to the most common question associated with this series:
"What is a production tag?"
Okay, just so we have a point of reference, it goes like this. It's that very brief bit of film / video you always see just before the opening sequence, scene, or credits for any movie. They also appear at the end of every television show (the Stoopid Monkey thing after Robot Chicken or the Bad Hat cartoon after House). Some examples are the MGM lion, Columbia Pictures statue, the Universal Studios globe, etc.
Why do you need to know this? Because I want one from each of you to accompany the closing credits. If you appeared in any of the previous AMV Salads and are satisfied with the one you sent, let me know so I can place it for this one. Otherwise, you have until the beginning of post-production to work on it.
The same tech standards apply to these things, but keep the length to under ten seconds if possible. If you don't have a "studio," just use your 'org name.
If any more guidelines are needed, this list will be modified to include them.
Send all entries to firstname.lastname@example.org
(if your email server won't allow you to transfer large files) send a download link from MegaUpload or SendSpace.
Gmail has a 25mb file transfer limit. Unless and until I can figure out how to set up an FTP account, I'm gonna need you all to send me your clips through SendSpace or Megaupload. Send me the download link(s) along with the clip information (editor, audio source, anime) to the same email address.
Be sure to send the highest quality version of your work possible. If you have the option of using DVD video rather than downloaded fansubs, please do so. Seriously. Go online and download DVD Decrypter and get a video conversion program that handles VOB files. It may be a couple additional steps in the editing process, but having a video with top-notch visual quality is worth the effort.
* File formats which are acceptable are (in this order of preference)
- avi...DivX, Lagarith, HuffYUV preferred. These codecs are available for free online so there's really no reason for everyone sending in this file format to not be able to stay within this parameter. If you are working from outside the US, please let me know if you foresee any problems with this.
- mpeg1 (if necessary)
- WMV (as an ABSOLUTE last resort - please render as DV-AVI).
Please do not send anything formatted for Quicktime or encoded as divx (the file format, not the codec).
- If you must send mp4, we will NOT accept anything encoded with or for Quicktime. Use XVid codecs please!
* The final compilation will be shown on full-screen mode when presented, so...
- 720x480 display size,
- a frame rate of 29.97 fps (NTSC),
- Progressive scan (NO interlacing)
- 4:3 aspect ratio
are preferred as a standard for your clips. Also, do whatever you can to avoid the letterbox appearing in the final video. If it can't be eliminated, I'll do what I can to fix it on my end. I'd rather not be placed in that position, but sometimes it can't be avoided. Consistency between clips is also a good idea.
* This project will be rendered in 720x480 resolution. Please don't use source video with resolution much smaller than this or it will look... bad... when resized to fit the display.
* I don't mind if audio is uncompressed. If you, for whatever reason, decide to compress before sending your clip, please use LAMEmp3 (stereo; 128kbps).
(I know this is a lot to swallow, but if my experience with editing AMV Salad 3 and 4 taught me nothing else, again, I learned that CONSISTENCY is top of the order! This applies mainly to visual quality, which is why these standards exist. If we can all keep within these guidelines, the end result will be spectacular...)
For a listing of inexpensive alternatives to Windows Movie Maker, refer to the following link:
(I personally recommend Sony Vegas for those of you hooked on the WMM2 interface).
Who's hungry again???
These people are...
( = material submitted)