Presents "The Quickening" - Rules

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Org Profile Presents "The Quickening" - Rules

Post by Radical_Yue » Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:02 pm

Welcome to the version of "The Quickening."

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 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
Coordinator: Radical_Yue
Contact information for Radical_Yue
Spoiler :
AIM: Radical Yue
Skype Radical.Yue
Alternate Coordinator In Case of Emergency: Otohiko

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 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 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 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 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....

Spoiler :
How well does the anime source fit with the provided audio?
If there is a story, does it make sense?
If there is no story and the video is purely visual effects, do they fit the overall theme?
Is there a theme? If so, is it understandable?
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How is the overall visual quality?
Are there logos?
Are there subtitles?
Is the aspect ratio correct?
Did the editor encode their footage properly?
Did the editor stretch standard definition footage to high definition and destroy the quality?
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Does the audio quality sound distorted or poor? (This can happen by bad converting on the editor's part)
If there are song cuts, are they intelligently placed or incredibly obvious?
Spoiler :
Is the video just one giant long running scene with little to no effort?
Did the editor over sync to the point that the video is difficult to watch?
Is the syncing well done or incredibly disjointed and awkward?
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Does it look like the editor actually put a good amount of effort in? Or does it appear they gave up and just threw something together?
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How does the video look as a whole? How do all of the previously mentioned aspect comes together? Even if the sources weren't your cup of tea, would you say it was well done?
Section 3: Audio

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.
Spoiler :
Group A:

R1 - May 1st - May 7th
R2 - May 15th - May 21st
R3 - June 4th - June 10th
Semifinals - June 20th - June 26th
Finals - July 23rd - July 29th
Championship - August 5th - 11th

Group B:

R1 - May 4th - May 10th
R2 - May 18th - May 24th
R3 - June 4th - June 10th
Semifinals - June 20th - June 26th
Finals - July 23rd - July 29th
Championship - August 5th - 11th

Group C:

R1 - May 9th - May 15th
R2 - May 23rd - May 29th
R3 - June 8th - June 14th
Semifinals - June 20th - June 26th
Finals - July 23rd - July 29th
Championship - August 5th - 11th

Group D:

R1 - May 6th - May 12th
R2 - May 20th - May 26th
R3 - June 8th - June 14th
Semifinals - June 20th - June 26th
Finals - July 23rd - July 29th
Championship - August 5th - 11th

Group E:

R1 - May 13th - May 19th
R2 - May 27th - June 2nd
R3 - June 12th - June 18th
Semifinals - July 9th - July 15th
Finals - July 23rd - July 29th
Championship - August 5th - 11th

Group F:

R1 - June 3rd - June 9th
R2 - June 17th - June 23rd
R3 - June 27th - July 3rd
Semifinals - July 9th - July 15th
Finals - July 23rd - July 29th
Championship - August 5th - 11th

Group G:

R1 - May 30th - June 5th
R2 - June 14th - June 20th
R3 - June 27th - July 3rd
Semifinals - July 9th - July 15th
Finals - July 23rd - July 29th
Championship - August 5th - 11th
Group H:

R1 - June 3rd - June 9th
R2 - June 17th - June 23rd
R3 - June 27th - July 3rd
Semifinals - July 9th - July 15th
Finals - July 23rd - July 29th
Championship - August 5th - 11th

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).

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Re: Presents "The Quickening"

Post by GloryQuestor » Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:03 pm


(btw, moved this into Org-Supported Contests and replaced the VCA link on the forum index with this one, so it gets some very nice exposure. ;) )
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