The Otakon 2010 Thread (OK now panic)

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Re: The Otakon 2010 Thread (OK now panic)

Post by kholaras » Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:09 pm

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The problem with using DVD is mostly compatibility. DVD-R/+R/DL manufacturers have varying methods on how they make their dvds. Combine that with a wide array of dvd laser manufacturers there are and you're going to find a lot of issues. The biggest problem I've seen is a DVD working in one player/drive but not for another. For example, with AWA's older pro method of judging when they first started sending DVDs in the mail, people have had issues in their players ranging from choppy video to not working at all. Most conventions also get REALLY CHEAP dvd players, and when I say really cheap I mean $30 bargain wholesale players like this: http://www.amazon.com/Craig-CVD327-DVD- ... B002SDCQJK Cons like doing this because 1. it helps cut costs and 2 its expendable.
Pro judging discs always seemed to end up being more trouble than they were worth. I wasn't involved with the first two generations but the last two had me ripping out hair. I tried at least 10 encoding methods/formats, a variety of mastering programs, burners, and media and there was ALWAYS some combination that worked on most but not all of my testing solutions. Ironically, the best DVD player that I tested on was, so I thought when I bought it for that purpose, the 'crappiest' I could get at Wal-mart for like $30 bucks. And it actually performed the best in general =/

As for the players used in AWA's video rooms (and by our main events technical contractor) is older but high-end Sony's. Most of these guys have been running events long enough to know not to cheap out on the equipment because it will smoke/stutter at the most inopportune times. You do need to check on the vintage of the gear though because the older lasers DO have media (plus/dash) compatibility issues. Any discs I burn for the awards showing I always use the best burner and media I have available, run 1x, full post-burn test, and immediately place in a tyvek sleeve. Then I burn 2 more =)

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Re: The Otakon 2010 Thread (OK now panic)

Post by Angelyco » Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:10 pm

SailorDeath wrote:
teabo wrote:Also, results of whose going to be in competition aren't available yet... right?
Correct, We probably won't see the finalists until Otakon is right about to start (maybe not even then given Vic's woes right now.)
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Re: The Otakon 2010 Thread (OK now panic)

Post by moonbunnychan » Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:28 pm

You know as far as being insider information....technically speaking we're not buying tickets to an event, we're members, and the money is your annual membership fee. So on that count, I'd argue that we deserve to know what goes on behind closed doors. I mean, that's the kind of thing that gets real companies in lots of trouble.

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Re: The Otakon 2010 Thread (OK now panic)

Post by sonicfan74 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:31 pm

kireblue wrote:How much longer do you think it will be before you can announce all the finalist?
All? who have they anounced yet

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Re: The Otakon 2010 Thread (OK now panic)

Post by VicBond007 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:21 pm

I'm fine with announcing the "alleged" finalist list, but ya'll gotta understand that if one of the vids gets OBJECTIONED! then the actual list could be different. I remember a certain year where Otakon had 3 finalist lists floating around and it was a big issue, so that's my only concern. I don't wanna piss anyone off by saying "you're in OH WAIT NOW YOU'RE NOT".
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Re: The Otakon 2010 Thread (OK now panic)

Post by VicBond007 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:00 pm

Latest update from Ree after my schedule proposals were shot down with what appeared to be lies, and I called them on it;
There is no reworking of this schedule.

Please understand this. This is what has been decided. Please.
This is how Otakorp handles major issues, with a tribal council and a wave of a wand. Every issue that I first reported on in this thread, is apparently now locked into place without resolution. I fucking give up.
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Re: The Otakon 2010 Thread (OK now panic)

Post by CodeZTM » Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:04 pm

So where can we go to revolt and pummel people with water balloons?

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Re: The Otakon 2010 Thread (OK now panic)

Post by Adv1sor » Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:14 pm

I would rather see the show shoved into a smaller room than see it ran with A/V sync problems.

Don't give up. You always have alternatives. You could just find some empty space on the 4th floor and play Are you A Werewolf right there on the floor Oh, I mean and run the show from a lap top right there on the floor...)

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Post by MycathatesyouAMV » Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:17 pm

It looks like i missed alot. can someone fill me in on everything ?
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Re: The Otakon 2010 Thread (OK now panic)

Post by Adv1sor » Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:19 pm

MycathatesyouAMV wrote:It looks like i missed alot. can someone fill me in on everything ?
Otakon is apparently unhappy that the AMV contest and AMV Overflow are such popular events and are doing everything they can to try and screw it over this year. Or so it seems...

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Re: The Otakon 2010 Thread (OK now panic)

Post by VicBond007 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:31 pm

Adv1sor wrote:I would rather see the show shoved into a smaller room than see it ran with A/V sync problems.

Don't give up. You always have alternatives. You could just find some empty space on the 4th floor and play Are you A Werewolf right there on the floor Oh, I mean and run the show from a lap top right there on the floor...)
I offered alternatives based on free space that was in the schedule. I was then told that said free space was used for concert setup, even though the concert setups were already on the schedule. Meredith never read the schedule, and her team does not respond to reason or logic. When you have to lie to defend your department's actions, and get away with it, there's no hope.

I'll try to still get a bypass put into Main Events for the Saturday contest, though in the past, Logistics-guy Walt has been a real jerk about it. I may just give them an SVHS tape and go hang out with friends instead of watch a beautiful contest get massacred.
So where can we go to revolt and pummel people with water balloons?
Do whatever you want at this point, but I can't offer any inside information. Whatever you say won't be heard anyways.

Also here's the finalist list. Everything's already fucked up so if Otakon wants to revise this list and crush some more dreams, I don't care any more.

Trailer/Parody
Cousin of Sparda Studios
DiscoVader Productions
EF Film Studios
Blood Sugar Productions

Drama/Serious
Meri & Mike "VegettoEX" LaBrie
Re-Evolution Studios
MycathatesyouAMV
Tech Crew Never Dies Productions
Curry Mutton Pizza Productions
Cyber Ninja Productions

Action
0SimplyAngel0
RiderG
smckevin
irriandin
wingz of silence
Brakus Media

Romance/Sentimental
Oro$hi
Anicsi
s0matic
Sonydjsnmix
Code
Doomimus

Upbeat
Crossfade from AMP Studio
ZaCloud
Sailor Death Productions
Machina21
Corsair
Lawrence Studios

Comedy
Scintilla
Jubjub2
Cyanna
VivifxAMV
@ Productions

Sorry about those of you who didn't get in. There were some really good gems that just couldn't make the cut. Too bad Otakorp thinks Ramen Fighter Miki is more important than you.
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Re: The Otakon 2010 Thread (OK now panic)

Post by irriadin » Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:41 pm

VicBond007 wrote:Latest update from Ree after my schedule proposals were shot down with what appeared to be lies, and I called them on it;
There is no reworking of this schedule.

Please understand this. This is what has been decided. Please.
This is how Otakorp handles major issues, with a tribal council and a wave of a wand. Every issue that I first reported on in this thread, is apparently now locked into place without resolution. I fucking give up.
:|

So does this include the A/V sync issues as well? It's unfathomable to me that Otakorp thinks this is OK... A/V sync is EXTREMELY important to AMV's.

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Re: The Otakon 2010 Thread (OK now panic)

Post by alchemist4 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:48 pm

Oh well maybe the 5th year will be a charm :P (though you better be back next year Vic! lol)

I hope everything goes smoothly with the finalists and good luck!

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Re: The Otakon 2010 Thread (OK now panic)

Post by sonicfan74 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:53 pm

dangit o well i knew that amv wouldnt get in. hopefully i can get in next year

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Re: The Otakon 2010 Thread (OK now panic)

Post by VicBond007 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:53 pm

irriadin wrote: :|

So does this include the A/V sync issues as well? It's unfathomable to me that Otakorp thinks this is OK... A/V sync is EXTREMELY important to AMV's.
It won't be an issue IF we get a dedicated line, but as Outlawed pointed out, getting union guys to let you change their shit around is like...I can't think of a witty analogy, but it's fucking hard. Hence why running a tape is probably the best bet. ANY VCR will play a tape unless it's broken. DVD-Rs are notorious for breaking up on con equipment. But, you won't get the live audio level adjusting, proper video levels, or equalized audio that the server offers.
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