- New Pro Features – One major group of users the Org has not helped over the years is convention coordinators. If an anime convention wants to do anything with AMVs (contests, exhibitions, etc.), the convention coordinator must do it themselves and this can often be a pain for them. The Org will have new convention features to make this easier such as collecting and hosting videos (duuugh), automatic contest rules enforcement (date premiered, anime used, video category, hasn’t won any previous contest (prize trollers), etc.), uploading “no bumper” copies of videos, collaborative and distributed contest judging, playlist creation tools, bulk video downloads, single-file set list creation and download, and more.
This has been talked about for years and is something that needs expansion beyond just the primary contests. A few years ago there was already talk of producing a standardized package for conventions to grab from the Org. Things such as a submission platform, lose standardized rules to reference, live programming and such to create more of an Org umbrella situation and promote the Org at these events. Tracking submissions across cons was a annoying task that wouldn't be easy to tackle without a database rewrite that'd facilitate the feature though, so I welcome that.
I don't think people are stupid enough to try and monetize creative common/fair use works on you tube. Even if they were I don't think it's the primary motivator to host videos there. For an embedded player to work it'd have to work as a standalone html5 player without any login requirements the org currently has. It'd also have to be at least comparable quality which could to my knowledge be attained by just directly streaming the h264 files to the player rather than re-encoding them first like we do now. Primary focus here is easy of use and taking away as many gates as possible for people to share their work on the new platform.Phade wrote:
- New External Site Coordination – Some people have their own web sites and would like to show off their videos on their own site. The Org will have an “embed” feature to allow videos to be streamed from other sites. Some people like to host their AMVs at other sites like YouTube because it can bring them a little cash or whatever. The Org will have a “embed video” feature so that AMVs hosted elsewhere can be embedded and viewed inside the user’s video catalog entry page here at AnimeMusicVideos.org.
The format in which this is presented is key probably. Years ago a full start to finish technical video catalog was proposed for all major workflows and software packages. The idea was to provide people a complete one stop solution regardless of what software platform they were working on and could reference videos showing and explaining things every step of the way. Both Brad (AtomX) and myself toyed with some formats at the time to see what'd work. I had proposed a broad index of topics to GQ at the time but was as always promptly shot down. A rewrite of wiki/guide/index of this magnitude would be equally as large of an undertaking as the redesign itself. Any thoughts?Phade wrote:
- New Education Features – The Org will host a formal AMV wiki to better educate members of the ways of the AMV. This will replace the current (highly outdated) “guides” section.
I'm aware that these are separate things but considering the amount of man hours the elephant in the room is the additional fund raiser money. I myself don't fit the bill for any of these 4 speciffic positions but I can understand the immense undertaking it is. With that and the (over estimated price for the) server in mind, are there any plans for work compensation for these people?Phade wrote:Specifically, we need the following kinds of volunteers:
If you fit any of these roles and would like to help out, please let us know in this thread. Based on the response we get here, we will then coordinate what you can do to help the site as a whole.
- Web site designers (make things pretty and visually easy to use)
- Web site front-end developers (good with web browser framework tools and that kinda stuff)
- Web site back-end developers (good with server-side code, databases, command-line tools, etc.)
- Project coordinators (good with encouraging people to get stuff done and sticking with it)
It's a combination of some members of the administration leaving and the remaining stonewalling people asking questions or trying to get work done. And frankly also your absence throughout the years that's made people skeptical about any work being done. If you step of to the plate I take no issue with any of this, thus far you've proven yourself more than willing and capable in your responses. Same can't be said for everyone on the administration though, but that's just my 2 cents as someone who's been tossed nothing but scraps over the years.Phade wrote:We have tried getting people to do stuff then announce what has been done when the update is ready for release. This seems to have confused the community into thinking nothing is getting done then suddenly everything happens. I want to change that immediately.
With this new effort, I would like to turn this around so that everyone knows what the volunteers are working on as they work on it. Everyone will know how the site and community are growing. Everyone can get involved in making this a better place!