Windows Movie Maker Challenge: The Results!

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Windows Movie Maker Challenge: The Results!

Postby Castor Troy » Sun May 23, 2004 3:07 pm

Here is the moment you all have been waiting for.... the WMM challenge results!

First of all, I'd like to say that you guys gave a great show and the judges seemed to like the videos alot... however there are a few things I need to address.

The reason why I chose personal friends who don't know much about amvs as opposed to some of my friends here in the amv community was an experiment to see how they would judge an amv contest in comparison to veteran amv creators and watchers themselves. They seemed to nearly liked everything they watched but they did catch on to alot of the normal problems present in amvs today.

Video Quality

Almost any person can catch if video quality is really good or bad. Since the contest was outputted from my video out card to my TV, video quality was a little spared but some of the entries that had bad video quality still looked bad on my tv.

Subtitles

While I didn't restrict subtitled footage, I encouraged people to use unsubbed footage or find out ways to get rid of the subs. The judges were wondering why there was subs on a few of the videos. The judges have not seen much anime outside of CN so seeing subs was a bit strange for them.

Normal people do and will catch on to the above problems in videos. Some may or may not care as much as other people but the fact is that some of the entries weren't recieved as well because of the above problems and with WMM, those problems were pretty common.

Now for the results...

My judges were 2 males and one female and were asked to rate each of the videos on a scale from 1-10. The 3 videos with the highest scores were chosen as the winners. While I only will give prizes out to the top 2 videos, the third one was chosen because it shows good qualities of what you can achieve with WMM. Now without furthur ado..... here are the results!
















Third Place
The Tranceporter by DannyWilson

Why did it win?
Out of all the entries in the contest, Danny's video had the best video quality. It also had a good moderate pace and story. While it seemed to be a long advertisment for Spriggan, the judges have not seen Spriggan prior to the contest and they said it sort of looked like an "Indiana Jones" anime. The 2nd song put in the video was a good twist for the ending as well. This entry shows that you can still achieve good video quality with WMM and time with a good moderate pace.

Second Place
[urlhttp://www.animemusicvideos.org/members/members_videoinfo.php?vid_id=38574]Animal Attraction[/url] by Arigatomina

Why did it win?
While the video quality was really good, the small resolution didn't make it appear as good as Danny's entry. However this video got the most laughs in the whole contest. With a funny song, lip sync, good timing and scene selection, the judges were rolling on the floor laughing. I personally thought from their reaction that this video was going to win but when I added up the scores, it only fell a very small amount of points away from the winning video.

Now for the winner.....














First place
Hajime no Ippo - Viva Rock - Guts! by dongster138

Why it won
This was my personal favorite entry in the competition and the judges gave it the highest vote as well. While the video quality wasn't as good as Danny's or Ari's entry and had the divx logo appear and disappear throughout the video, it still had good quality and the divx logo didn't detract the enjoyment of the video. While I'm a huge jpop fan, the judges have not heard much jpop outside of gundam and eva's opening and closing songs but they didn't seem to mind. The song was very fun and fitting for the video. Lots of good scene selection and timing, especially the intense timing at the end. While I loved this entry, I didn't think it was going to win over Ari's entry but I was proven wrong. Overall, a great video.

So congrats to dongster138 for being the winner of the WMM contest!

Plus congrats to Arigatomina and DannyWilson as the runner ups.

I'm definitely glad that I got to run this contest to show that very good videos can be made in WMM and I certainly got what I wanted. The 3 winners of the contest should be good enough proof.

I hope the rest of the contestants had fun and learned something from this experience as well. I took measures to make sure every entry was shown in a good presentable fashion and you all gave a great show!

I'm not sure if I will run this again next year because now my judges have better knowledge of who's who in the community now and they may be a little more biased.

Thanks and congrats to everyone who entered! :)
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Postby Pleto4_Ryan » Sun May 23, 2004 3:14 pm

*claps

WTG to the winners and for one nice organised contest... :wink:
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Postby Castor Troy » Sun May 23, 2004 3:24 pm

The page has been updated with the winners.
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Postby Arigatomina » Sun May 23, 2004 3:53 pm

Wow. ^_^ I didn't think I'd have anything to enter for this, but I'm glad I did. This means I get a copy of the NES project, right? Without having to download each video...on dialup...

Should I PM the address or email it? :)

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Postby Castor Troy » Sun May 23, 2004 4:01 pm

Arigatomyna wrote:Wow. ^_^ I didn't think I'd have anything to enter for this, but I'm glad I did. This means I get a copy of the NES project, right? Without having to download each video...on dialup...

Should I PM the address or email it? :)


I sent you an email.
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Postby J.Alana » Sun May 23, 2004 4:41 pm

I would like to say congradulations to each of the winners. Your videos were really great and I thought you all deserved to win. I was glad to have competed against you and offer you only the most best congrats for a job well done

Way to go!

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Postby Voices_Of_Ryan » Sun May 23, 2004 5:08 pm

I'd just like to say.

If you guys can do this with wmm I'd like to see what you woulda done with premiere or something a little more free roaming.

Anyway. Excellent stuff.
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Postby kain2983 » Sun May 23, 2004 6:01 pm

COngrats to all the winners
My newest video: Semper Fi
The two before that: To Be Strong, This is how a man should be!!

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Postby Maverick-Rubik » Sun May 23, 2004 6:16 pm

Congratulations you three! :wink:

Even though I majorly lost... it was my second video ever made; and my self-acclaimed worst. :lol:

So I don't really mind. Great job! :D

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Postby MetalGearRexMGS » Sun May 23, 2004 6:39 pm

Yeah, good going all... nice contest... need to do it again sometime.

Yeah... but according to what you said you gave out points to the videos, so I was just wondering why you didnt list how many points each video had... it would be nice ^_^

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Postby Castor Troy » Sun May 23, 2004 6:43 pm

MetalGearRexMGS wrote:Yeah, good going all... nice contest... need to do it again sometime.

Yeah... but according to what you said you gave out points to the videos, so I was just wondering why you didnt list how many points each video had... it would be nice ^_^


I won't be listing the individual points for every video because it would cause a major uproar between contestants. Trust me, it will. Plus I will not give out points to anyone privately, not even the winners. :P

*burns the paper with the point scores on them*
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Postby Voices_Of_Ryan » Sun May 23, 2004 6:47 pm

Castor Troy wrote:
MetalGearRexMGS wrote:Yeah, good going all... nice contest... need to do it again sometime.

Yeah... but according to what you said you gave out points to the videos, so I was just wondering why you didnt list how many points each video had... it would be nice ^_^


I won't be listing the individual points for every video because it would cause a major uproar between contestants. Trust me, it will. Plus I will not give out points to anyone privately, not even the winners. :P

*burns the paper with the point scores on them*


Maybe because...

There where never any points! It was all a scam to get your beautiful, beautiful videos and now he's gonna make millions off of the marketing for "WMM Videos gone wild volume 3"!

Or maybe it would cause an uproar, ya know, either way.
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Postby Castor Troy » Sun May 23, 2004 7:04 pm

Plus if I listed the individual scores, some people may complain why they got a lower score than whatever video above them and the ones with the lowest scores would feel really bad for being on the bottom. I wanted everyone to have fun entering this contest and if one person found out he or she was the lowest score in the contest, that would really ruin their day.

I really DON'T want to deal with any whiners and sore losers so the reality of it is, if you didn't win, you didn't win. If I posted the scores, then the bottom people would feel like losers. I appreciate everyone's effort that they took the time and interest to join the contest so nobody should feel bad for not winning.

And for the winners, dongster and Ari, if you don't get my email by tuesday, send me a pm with your addresses so I can get the prizes sent out.
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Postby Voices_Of_Ryan » Sun May 23, 2004 7:39 pm

Seems like the best way to go, indeed.
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Postby kain2983 » Sun May 23, 2004 9:17 pm

yeah that is the best way to go
Because I don't want to know how bad my videos did
My newest video: Semper Fi

The two before that: To Be Strong, This is how a man should be!!


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