What is this?
A project to create a multi-editor anthology AMV made of short clips, in the fashion of AMV Hell. Obviously.
Who can enter?
Anyone - preferably BAS members, but all entries will be considered.
Is there some sort of prize?
How do I enter?
1. Think of an idea. It doesn't have to be a particularly good idea.
2. Make sure your idea is practical. If it requires two of the missing episodes of Doctor Who, the DVDs of Card Captor Sakura (those are bloody expensive) and a 3D model of the solar system accurate down to the micron, think again. Check that the footage you think exists actually does exist, that the audio says what you think it says, and that both are available in a format you can work with.
3. Contact me in private with your idea, in this format:
You can enter as many ideas as you like, but please exercise some editorial restraint before doing so *. Unless you need other people's help, I don't recommend broadcasting your ideas.Clip name: the name you've chosen
Video source: the anime you're using
Characters/scenes: which shots and characters you'll use
Audio source: the band, programme, series, film, etc. your clip comes from
Audio clip: the precise clip, including any relevant quotes or lyrics
4. I'll get back to you with a yes, a no or a "what the frack?" I may need you to explain the idea, or point me to audio or video in question.
5. Start working on it in private. You can of course start without waiting for me, but you do so at your own risk.
6. Send me copies as you go along. I recommend you get me an early copy so I can advise on such things as video quality. There will be at least one FTP site available.
We don't want:
- Live action footage. Seriously, this an anime music video, get over it.
- Actual pornography, or anything else that would rate an 18 certificate. The rating of the source as a whole doesn't matter, just the footage used.
- Anything so sick it'll get us locked up, sued or assassinated.
- Anything too long. Consider cutting a clip, or splitting it into connected clips.
But these are fine:
- Stuff that might be considered offensive by the easily offended.
- Stuff that changes forever how you look at sweet, innocent Sakura.
- Brain-bleach-inspiring bafflement.
- Stuff that was acceptable in the 80s.
This is borderline and require an editor's decision:
- Swearing is acceptable as long as it's justified by the idea and not just stupidly rude.
- Non-Japanese cartoons might be acceptable if the idea is good enough. The less anime-ish it looks, the better the idea had better be.
- Game footage will likewise be judged on its anime-ish-ness and whether the idea justifies it.
- Foreign-language audio doesn't work unless it's still funny to English speakers. If you need to read subtitles to get the joke, it's no good.
- Graphical elements from non-anime, such as the titles from a movie trailer. If they're mixed with live action footage, I suggest reproducing them as best you can using logos and other pictures.
What if you don't like my idea?
The editor's decision is final (unless I change my mind). If I tell you it sucks, it sucks.
Broadly speaking, I'd rather not judge your sense of humour as much as whether it fits the conditions - and I'd rather help guide people to good ideas than simply reject their ideas outright. If two people come up with similar ideas, I may be forced to reject one of them - or I'll try to work them into a series.
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Good question. I'll find somebody to vet my ideas too.
Can I enter the same clip to this and another AMV project? Can I release my video on its own as well?
You can, but I don't recommend it. If your clip has been published in another MEP, we may decide to drop it from this one.
What format should I make the video?
In a format that will be easy to combine with other videos. This typically means an AVI file with normal codecs for audio and video.
Video and audio quality should be as high as possible with the tools available. If possible, I recommend buying or borrowing the DVDs you need rather than using fansubs or downloaded footage. YouTube quality is not acceptable. Audio should also be as good as copy as you can get. Don't compress your clip or audio too much - they'll both be compressed again after the clips are combined.
Lagarith lossless video codec is perfect, and a lot smaller than raw video, but check it's encoded properly (I've found Lagarith sometimes goes a bit wrong). If size is a factor XviD, h.264 or 3ivX with the bitrate set to max would be good. The file itself should be AVI.
Video should always be in the correct aspect ratio. Remember that DVDs have non-square pixels, so they're never the correct aspect ratio to start with. If your footage is nice and clean, use Lanczos or Bicubic; if it's old and grainy, use Bilinear. The resolution will depend on your source and I can cope with a mix of resolutions, but as a guideline you should scale up in one dimension:
- US square DVD (720x480) => 720x536 or 720x544
- US widescreen DVD (720x480) => 848x480 or 856x480
- UK square DVD (720x576) => 720x536 or 720x544
- UK widescreen DVD (720x576) => 1024x576
Width and height should be a multiple of 8 - most codecs expect that. Always deinterlace before resizing.
I recommend a frame rate of 29.97 - mostly because the first video I recieved has that frame rate, and it's annoying to mix them.
WAV, or MP3 at the highest bitrate. Audio should be stereo (or mono if it's all you have), not 5.1 surround. If possible, you should normalise your audio.
The filename should contain your name like so:
Overall qualityBrain Bleach [Soruk].avi
Things that will make me reject a video:
- Subtitles (unless you intend them to be there, and even then I view them with suspicion)
- Audio from the dubs
- Video at the wrong aspect ratio
- Interlaced video (unless it's really unavoidable)
- Low quality video
To avoid the risk of me rejecting your video on a technicality or forcing you to start again with better footage, I suggest getting me a draft copy as early as possible. This can be done on Dropbox, on a disk or on one of the no doubt several FTPs that various of us will make available. Don't email me 800MB.
Yes, there are quite a few of us now who can help. There are also plenty of guides online, particularly this guide at The Org.
Some of the software has become harder to get hold of, but ask around and people will be able to help.
Can I submit an mp4 with Real video and Speex audio?
I said normal formats.
Is "AMV Basingstoke" the final name?
What will be used for the titles/credits/cuts?
No idea - suggestions are welcome. At some point I'll nominate somebody to do each of these.
What's the time scale? What are the deadlines?
It depends what I get. When enough ideas have been entered I'll release a list of the approved ones so far, so that eyes other than mine can spot things that have been done before. At some point I'll announce an end to idea submissions, but we want enough clips to make a decent-sized video.
When will it be released?
When it's ready.
* Especially if your name is Steve