MegaCon 2008 AMV contest, hosted by Anime Sushi!

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MegaCon 2008 AMV contest, hosted by Anime Sushi!

Postby SushiBoyJared » Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:53 pm

Hey everyone - just wanted you to be aware that Anime Sushi is once again hosting their annual AMV Contest at MegaConvention in Orlando, FL! The convention is from March 7th - March 9th, and the contest will be held on Sunday, March 9th.

Entries are due by February 24th, and must be submitted to the club online (preferably through the Anime Sushi site gallery system).

Read the rules and regulations here: http://www.animesushi.com/smf/index.php?topic=3840.0

Looking forward to having your entries and seeing you all at the convention!!

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Postby Scintilla » Tue Jan 15, 2008 6:26 pm

This is becoming something of a tradition for me at this point.

- What frame rates are acceptable?
- If we submit an MPEG-2, can we submit either interlaced or progressive?
- If we submit an interlaced MPEG-2, is there a preferred field order?
- Is it okay to submit a progressive MPEG-2 at 23.976fps with the 3:2 pulldown flag set?
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Postby Minion » Tue Jan 15, 2008 7:46 pm

what are you guys doing to make sure last years disaster of a contest doesn't have a repeat?
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Postby SushiBoyJared » Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:41 am

Scintilla wrote:This is becoming something of a tradition for me at this point.

- What frame rates are acceptable?
- If we submit an MPEG-2, can we submit either interlaced or progressive?
- If we submit an interlaced MPEG-2, is there a preferred field order?
- Is it okay to submit a progressive MPEG-2 at 23.976fps with the 3:2 pulldown flag set?


I prefer them to be 29.97 since most people are going to be submitting at that framerate, but I'll let you do what you want - they'll all be going to DVD anyway, so MPEG-2 is fanatastic, preferred interlaced, no preference on the field orer... and, yes, its OK to submit a prog.mpeg2 at 23.976 with the 3/2 pulldown flag set... I'll test it with the other videos (which are all basically going to be compressed in Compressor and are going to be assembled as video items linked as independent video items in DVD Studio Pro) and if it doesn't work, I'll let you know. The best assumption you can make is that this is going to be played back from the lowest-tech DVD player imaginable.

Thanks for the question!

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Postby SushiBoyJared » Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:06 am

Minion wrote:what are you guys doing to make sure last years disaster of a contest doesn't have a repeat?


Minion,

Wow, nice man, thanks for the really positively worded question there.

You are welcomed to enter a video. Or not. There was a lot of complaints from a very few people about the contest last year, and I'm terribly sorry that we had a massive equipment issue. I mean that, I REALLY AM SORRY. Holy hell, need I stand on a street corner and scream out my apology? Should we have someone flogged? Will that make you feel better?

I think you must've forgotten that we essentially had 3 (count them, 1, 2, 3) computers go down at once with individual problems and did absolutely EVERYTHING we could to "go on with the show" despite that. After having such massive problems you must realize that by the time everything was there and ready to go, it was either, 1.) Do the show as it sat (thats what I did), or 2.) Not do it.

I think I explained myself very well as to the issues from last year... though I do have a general note: Sometimes AMV contests have technical problems to a fault (this has even become a joke in video or two), and our relatively small and specialized one (up until last year our process of taking submissions was focused on having local editors taking the stage)... done in my spare time with essentially zero funding does what it can to provide a place for AMV Editors to get some floor space at a convention as big as MegaCon.

As for this year, how I'm doing the contest (based on last years experiences) is pretty clear in the instructions, so please read them and see the changes I've made.

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Postby meleechampion » Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:48 pm

How come we only get one submission into the contest? As I recall last year had it's fair share of less than tolerable AMVs. Are you expecting to have that many more entries by switching to online submission?

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Postby SushiBoyJared » Mon Jan 21, 2008 2:18 pm

meleechampion wrote:How come we only get one submission into the contest? As I recall last year had it's fair share of less than tolerable AMVs. Are you expecting to have that many more entries by switching to online submission?


Not at all - just want everyone to submit one video to be entered into the actual contest portion. The thought is I just want to know specifically which video you want us to judge. I've simply asked that you specify a preference in the past. This is just a method of empowering you to decide which is your entry, and which is for exhibition only. As it says in the instructions, you can submit more videos, just not to be entered into the contest. "Extra" videos will be shown in a separate block, probably before the AMV contest.

Regarding the "less than tolerable AMVs," this contest is open to everyone - amateur and experienced video editors are welcomed. I try not to reject videos and I want to give everyone an opportunity to have their stuff shown to an audience. That isn't going to change. If that is grounds for you avoiding the contest, I'm sorry... but remember, everyone was an amateur at one point.

Looking forward to getting your entry!

note: I edited this to include a little more of the reasoning behind my request for only one "submission" video.

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Postby Minion » Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:20 pm

ah, i didn't notice the part about this year's contest being via dvd.
thats the answer i was looking for.
complaints come with the job, man.
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Postby SushiBoyJared » Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:38 pm

Minion wrote:ah, i didn't notice the part about this year's contest being via dvd.
thats the answer i was looking for.
complaints come with the job, man.


Yeah, but I only have to listen to them if the job is paying ;)

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Postby SharinganBlue » Mon Feb 04, 2008 4:26 pm

Do you really have to join the forum to enter an entry? Seems like a waste since I don't really go on forums(of any kind)all the time.

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Postby SushiBoyJared » Mon Feb 04, 2008 5:44 pm

SharinganBlue wrote:Do you really have to join the forum to enter an entry? Seems like a waste since I don't really go on forums(of any kind)all the time.


No, not really - it's just the easiest way for me to get your entries since they're automatically backed up on our server from the site. If you want to file send it via yousendit.com or megaupload, or just link it off of your org account, thats all good too.

Just let me know - sushiadmin@gmail.com

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Postby fusean » Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:17 pm

This may be asking alot, but is there any way to post all the entries that were shown for this years contest as well as the winners? Thank you in advance... :wink:

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Postby meleechampion » Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:53 pm

There was a metric ton of entries (I know, because they showed ALL of them, it took three hours) but I think I remember (most of) the winners. Help me internet! *google searches*

Honorable Mention: dimensioncr8r - I'll Be Watching You Miss Sakaki
Honorable Mention: KittyPryde87 - Millennium Actress: Synchronicity
Best Technical: Vellure - Rainbow Revolution
Best Drama: Yusf - Hypnerotomachia
Most Humorous: um... um... - "the Otaku Beer Commercial one" (sorry, couldn't find this one anywhere. If I had to take a guess, I'd guess IcyCloud made it, but I can't say for sure.)
Best Action: MeleeChampion - SCAM
Most Original: ZeroGX - Black & White Animated Shorts
Best Video: shotglasswedding - FLCL Polyphonic Spree

most of them can be found on the 'tube (that aren't linked here)

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Postby superboi » Tue Mar 11, 2008 2:18 am

OMG that was alot of entries. I was not expecting it to be that big compared to last years. I only wish they could have divided up the AMV contest into a more tolerable show. Cutting it up into 4 different time blocks would have been a good choice.

1st time block - 1 hour and 30 mins of the best submissions excluding the winners.

2nd time block - The winners (maybe make up enough awards for close to 30 mins of showtime)

Intermission (I really had to pee for a while)

3rd Time block - All the submissions that didn't make it into the show because they just weren't that great

4th time block - Late night showing of all the submission that got tossed out because of content (ie: mine <a href="http://www.animemusicvideos.org/members/members_videoinfo.php?v=155252">Cheech and Kitty</a>) Must be 18 or older to enter viewing room.

It doesn't have to have this format, but a more tolerable format for viewing so we don't have to sit still for more than 3 hours straight would be a lot better, and help keep a full room for when the winners are announced.

Congrats on the win to every1, and congrats to who ever made the Linkin Park video to the DBZ theme song. That was my favorite.
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Postby meleechampion » Tue Mar 11, 2008 7:07 am

superboi wrote:Congrats on the win to every1, and congrats to who ever made the Linkin Park video to the DBZ theme song. That was my favorite.

That was totally a result of um... not me. My roommate made that one, but you can guess I had to make sure it wasn't crappy (by adding my two cents every step of the way). Forced betaing ftw.

I really hope they consider making the contest shorter next year (however they do it) because I'm not ready to give up on MegaCon yet.


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