AMV Hellspawn Submission Guidelines
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AMV Hellspawn Submission Guidelines

Current Judges: LawRayLiet, SilentChaz, MADEVIL

Project Technical Details
Resolution: 1280x720
FPS: 23.976
Codec: MP4

Video Entries Should Be:

1. Funny
The genre is comedy. Your video should be funny, or humorous in one way or another.
Try to be original. Avoid using ideas which have already been done, unless you're doing it MUCH better then the original, or putting a really unique and different spin on it.

2. 30sec or Less
This is not a hard limit, but it's a rare case where a video warrants it's length beyond 30 seconds. That being said, the majority of accepted entries will be 30sec or less.
Videos longer then 30sec may be accepted on a case by case basis, but it'll be subject to a much higher scrutiny for acceptance. If it's good, but drags on, you may be asked to shorten it.

3. High Quality
Take the time to obtain a high quality source material for your video. Don't settle for subpar video or audio quality just because it's convenient.
Do not upscale your videos resolution or change the FPS. Make sure your input matches the output. Keep your audio quality as high as possible.
Your video should not contain subtitles or watermarks that weren't placed there by you, or which are not necessary to the joke. 
Unobtrusive watermarks may be accepted if no other viable option is available, for example with a show that is currently airing.

4. PG-13
Regarding expletives, violence and sexual content, your video should be similar to PG-13 content.
For example, revealing clothing, panty shots and the typical anime sexual content is fine, while explicit nudity is not.
Although allowed within a certain measure, you should try and avoid excessive violence and strong language.

5. Primarily Japanese Animation
It's not an AMV without anime. Your video may incorporate other sources which are not anime, but that shouldn't be the focus.

6. Can I submit content which has appeared in other compilations, or which have otherwise been publicly available?
As long as it hasn't appeared in an already popular compilation, or otherwise reached a significant point in popularity, then it's fine.

Submission Process
Acceptable Formats: MP4, AVI, MKV
Ideal Output Specs: 1280x720 /  23.976fps
File Host To Use: Google Drive, DropboxOneDrive

You'll need to have an account here. Registration is quick and simple. Your account is active the moment you register, no email verification is necessary.
To submit your video entry, simply post a thread in the "AMV Hellspawn Entries" forum. This is a private forum where users may only view threads that they've created.
You should post a thread for each individual video you create along with the required information. The "Post Thread" form has been pre-formatted to require all the necessary details of your entry.
Afterwards, check back in a few days for new post from us concerning your entry.

If you have any questions, please post them below.
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(08-14-2015, 05:20 AM)LawRayLiet Wrote:  Do not upscale your videos resolution

Don't tell me what to do, I'm an expert upscaler.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/gg4dyb8s043u5z...9.mp4?dl=0
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#3
Well I can't argue with an expert.
That's much better without the bleeps by the way.
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#4
Here are a few tips on how to make the judges/one of the judges happy and improve the odds of your video being accepted:

1. Keep your file sizes manageable.

I recommend using the Zarxgui to compress your videos.

2. Make sure your video has no ghost frames in it.

Here’s an example of how ghost frames/frame-blending looks in action:

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Ghost frames are bad and we must exorcise them. Be sure to use good quality sources and adjust your render settings to eliminate this problem.

3. Remove any black frames from the start/end of your video.

Black frames look amateur. Everybody knows how to cut unwanted frames out of a video, so do it.
EDIT- You know what- this isn't such a problem any more thanks to our current tablet-transition animation.
It should be fine for a couple of black frames to appear on the bookends of a video... but just a couple.

4. Avoid random lip-flapping.

If a character isn’t supposed to be speaking/singing during a segment- make sure their mouth isn’t flapping open and closed like they are.
On the flip side- if a character is supposed to be talking, make sure their lip-syncing isn’t too slow/rapid and their mouths actually stop moving when the speech is over.

5. Don’t fade out the picture or audio.

This is a pet peeve of mine. Unless a fade-out is somehow necessary for the gag to work, please don’t do this, it just telegraphs the viewer that the clip is about to end. There’s no point to it.

6. Allow at least 6 frames of video to play at the start and end of your video for the transition frame animation to come and go.

If your video starts too soon or ends too abruptly it may be intruded on by the transition frame animation slightly.
Have a buffer of a quarter of a second ease-in before the “meat” of your video and audio plays.
If you're going to edit your clip- please post the update in the original submission thread.
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#5
Just a request, folks-

Before you hit submit on your entry form, please give your AMV a distinct, easy-to-tell-apart-from-the-others name, entered into the thread subject field.

It's a little tricky keeping track of what's being judged when you share several clips simply titled "Entry" or "Submission".
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#6
(04-16-2016, 09:07 AM)SilentChaz Wrote:  Just a request, folks-

Before you hit submit on your entry form, please give your AMV a distinct, easy-to-tell-apart-from-the-others name, entered into the thread subject field.

It's a little tricky keeping track of what's being judged when you share several clips simply titled "Entry" or "Submission".

"Submission of Entry 2: Revenge of TheDarkMessenger"

Big Grin

*side note edit* I do have a video I want to touch up a bit and then submit.
....and I promise not to actually name it like a lame sequel movie.
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#7
If anyone has been planning on submitting an entry, now would be a good time to do so. Things have slowed down and we've got about 2/3 of an episode so far.
I'd like to get the episode out in the next month or two, but we need some more support for that to happen.
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#8
I would be submitting a bunch more, but I'm saving up clips for AMVRIP 2. Good luck, though, guys. What's the overall length of the video so far?
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#9
I'm trying to learn a new program (Adobe Premiere), but once I've relatively figured my way around it, I have at least 2 videos I can put together and submit.
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#10
I should have one more quickie clip done over the coming weekend, after that- my ideas well is a bit dry.
It's about time a second episode came out, even if it is a shorty.
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#11
(06-24-2016, 09:55 AM)SilentChaz Wrote:  I should have one more quickie clip done over the coming weekend, after that- my ideas well is a bit dry.
It's about time a second episode came out, even if it is a shorty.

We've been having the same problem over here with AMVRIP 2. Instead of releasing a short episode, it's just going to take a bit more time in the oven.
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#12
Gonna try to have the new episode ready in the next couple weeks. If you have anything more to submit, please do it before the 13th of this month.
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