These are the rules. If you would like to register please sign up here
The Quickening is an Iron Chef style tournament where entrants compete to beat out all the rest to claim the #1 and a prize of $75 cold hard cash.
Interested? Here are the full rules:
Section 1: Description of the competition
The Quickening Tournament is a contest for videos made using anime and music. This contest is free and non-profit. The Quickening Tournament was originally a contest created/hosted by AMV France but was sadly, left unfinished. This version is being hosted by AnimeMusicVideos.org and is open to all nationalities and skill levels.
There are 64 spots available. Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis.
The competition will start May 2012.
Article 1: Deadline for submission of Videos:
The deadline for submitting videos is fixed depending on the tournament schedule and match.
(Deadlines will be specified in each round)
Articles 2: Contest organizer
The contest is organized by AnimeMusicVideos.org.
Contact information for Radical_Yue
Article 3: Conditions of Registration
4.1 The competition is free and open to all but the contest organizers and judges (screening and final judgment). Members of AnimeMusicVideos.org staff are allowed to enter as long as they are not involved in either judging or coordination.
4.2 The closing of registration is set for April 25th, 2012 at 11:59PM CDT.
4.3 Only one entry per person will be accepted.
4.4 The video entries may only use Japanese anime and follow the rules of AnimeMusicVideos.org. For this contest, video game footage will not be accepted. You may use multiple sources if you desire to do so.
4.5 You may NOT use pre-prepared rotos, altered footage, etc... You may pre-prepare footage before your round begins but you may not alter it with effects. If it is discovered that have pre-prepared anything more than basic footage, you will be disqualified.
4.6 The final entry submit by the participant must be a minimum of 2 minutes long.
4.7 Videos used for commercial or promotional purposes will not be accepted.
4.8 Participation in this competition implies full acceptance of this Regulation.
4.9 You MUST use the audio that is provided to you. You may alter it in any way you see fit as long as it still possible to tell what the original audio was.
4.10 You may add bumpers and title cards to your video. The bumpers/title card sections will not be factored into the judging/time limit rule.
Ex. 1 1/2 minutes of video + 30 seconds of bumper ≠ 2 minute requirement
4.11 You may use additional audio sources such as sound effects, voice overs, original audio from the anime, or another song as long as the total length of additional audio does not exceed 30 seconds.
4.12 If you wish to join in the competition you must post in this thread on animemusicvideos.org and select one of the groups with time frames you'd like to edit with. If you post that you're interested but do not post a group, then you will not be counted as an entrant.
Note About the Groups: If there is a large amount of interest for example, Group A there will be multiple brackets with Group A schedules. If a bracket does not get enough interest then it will be dropped from the listing and the editors that have selected that group will have to choose a new group.
Section 2: Sending Videos
The clips will be sent either via FTP (information will be provided to the entrants on the final day of their round) or personal hosting. You will be given information to upload your video onto a server but if you wish to use your own hosting, upload to AnimeMusicVideos.org or use a file transfer site such as mediafire, you can also do so.
If you encounter a problem while sending video clips, please contact Radical_Yue.
Article 4: Technical Considerations for clips
6.1 The clips will follow these formats:
Containers: AVI, MP4, MKV, MPEG, MPEG2, WMV
Video codecs: H.264, XviD, DivX (5, 6 and 7), MPEG, MPEG2, WMV9
Audio codecs: MP3, AAC, WMA
Framerate: Up to 29.97 frames per second
6.2 The size (in megabytes) of the video should not exceed 150 MB, unless requested exceptional and justified (HD).
Article 5: Agreements
8.1 Each participant hereby agrees to that he/she is the sole and exclusive author and does not violate directly and / or indirectly any third party rights.
8.2 Each participants understands that if they violate any of the previously stated rules, they will be disqualified.
8.3 Also, by participating in this contest, you agree that the decisions of the contest organizers and the judges are FINAL.
Article 6: Judges
Otohiko, Pwolf, Nya, Mirko and DN@.
Article 7: Criteria for judging
The works presented will be scored and ranked according to the following....
Article 8: Each entrant will be required to submit at least 5 songs that they wish to edit with. The audio must be uncompressed WAV format or mp3 (minimum) 320kbps.
After audio is collected from all of the entrants, it will be randomized and assigned to different brackets. This means that you may get audio that was sent in from someone else in a completely different bracket. You must send your audio selections in to the coordinator within 48 hours of the finalized bracket listing being posted.
Section 4: Miscellaneous
Article 9: Results/Winners
The entrants will be placed in brackets of 8 and will slowly move forward, reducing the number of entrants every round.
Entrants have 1 week to produce an AMV with the audio they have been provided with.
After the deadline has been reached, the videos will be sent to the judges for evaluation.
Their decision, without appeal, led to the elimination of one of the participants and qualification of the other. The loser is eliminated, the winner will move on to the next round.
The Grand Finale will pit the two best amv editors against each other, the ones who have won all of their previous matches.
The final winner will be presented with a $75 Amazon Giftcard.
Article 10: Grounds for disqualification
12.1 The disqualification of a participant is left entirely to the discretion of contest organizers.
12.2 Any use of moving works of pornographic, racist, defamatory content or likely to impair the physical or moral integrity will result in immediate disqualification of the participant.
12.3 Failure of one or more articles of this regulation will also be considered disqualifying.
Article 11: Amendment or cancellation of the competition
The administrative staff of AnimeMusicVideos.Org reserves the right to modify, postpone, or cancel this contest without notice.
If you want the short but sweet version, this is how it works:
In a tournament style competition, editors are divided up into brackets depending on which group they've selected. The entire bracket is provided with a song. The editors in said bracket then have 1 week to make a video from scratch. The videos are then evaluated by our panel of judges with the winners moving on to the next round while the losers journey ends.
To find out what groups are available, go to THIS POST.
Note: If you would like to join both The Quickening and CodeZTM's Project Org Editor, Code is allowing people editing in both contests to get to edit "early" if they so choose to do so (assuming that there will be overlap in our weeks).