FAQ (2017 Edition)
What is an AMV?
It’s an Anime Music Video. Create your own music video for a chosen song using Anime, Manga stills, (fan)art, game footage or anything else Japan related, but keep in mind that AMVs are focused on “anime” and “music”. The video material has to be Japan related in some form. The music can be of any source (Japanese or not).
So the music choice is free?
Yes, you are free to choose the music you like. It can be in any language and of any genre you would like, though your submission can be rejected if your music has excessive adult themery.
Can I use footage from more than one anime/game/manga?
There is no limit to the number of sources you are allowed to use.
Can I use more than one song (either from the same artist or even different artists) in my AMV?
There is no limit to the number of songs you are allowed to use.
Can I send in an AMV I used in another AMV contest?
No, your AMV has to be a product which has had no prior screening yet, aside from showing it to close friends and family for feedback purposes of course. (To enforce this, we reserve the right to share your AMV and signup information with other organisations we have an agreement with, also to support them in the enforcing of this rule for their own competitions. The provided information will only be used for comparison and nothing else.)
I entered with an AMV but changed my mind and made another, can I change my entry?
You can change your mind before the deadline. Once the deadline has passed, your entry is finalized and can’t be changed. Your first entry will still be archived but not used in any way.
What type of video codecs can I use?
You can use one of the following codecs without problems: DivX, XviD, H.264, MPEG. Using different codecs might result in playback problems on our side, so please send us an email beforehand if you are planning on using one.
I would like to use a different filetype than those listed as accepted.
Make a post in this thread (or send us an email) to ask us if that file type is permitted when you think it should be. Since we can’t list all the formats out there and the codec world is ever evolving we’ll have to deal with those situations as they come. When our equipment runs is without any problems, we will generally allow a different filetype.
Widescreen or 4:3?
Our beamer is 1080p Full HD. It will therefore project at this resolution (1900×1080). Widescreen has our preference at a resolution of 1900×1080 (1080p), but 4:3 is fine too. See Tips & Tricks for more on video resolutions.
What bitrate should I use for the compression?
Use a bitrate of at least 1000kb/s, or lossless (if within 1024MB boundaries), depending how big your video becomes.
Is there a maximum filesize
The filesize of the video may not exceed 1024MB (1GB). Note that a good quality AMV is not necessarily this large. Our judges will take your skill at encoding into consideration, so please refrain from submitting unnecessarily large files.
What content is not allowed in my AMV?
Any explicit or discriminating video or audio content (abuse, nudity, gore) that is considered to be not suitable to minors is not allowed, as they make up a large part of the audience. This includes the song lyrics if the language used is considered to be unacceptably excessive. Ecchi is allowed within certain boundaries. All content is subject to review by the judges. If you are not sure if something is allowed, you can ask us by sending us an email.
What credits are allowed in my AMV?
You can credit yourself or give thanks to people who contributed to the AMV, etc, but you are not allowed to list the sources of your music or video, as this information will be presented in the form of a still image which will be shown at the end of your AMV. This still will be made by us using the information from your sign-up form and requires no work from your side. Last year we have seen some people that did show their AMV’s title or their studio’s logo in their AMV, but embedded this in such a way that it contributed to the AMV’s quality, as a visual effect for example. Note that your name and the AMV’s title will also be shown on the still image, but we do allow this at your own risk. Keep in mind that it this is not necessarily a good thing to do and may cost you points during the judging process if it’s considered to be detrimental to the AMV’s quality.
Can my AMV have an intro/outro?
Yes it can. The intro may be in the form of credits of the creator, the outro may contain greetings, best wishes, thanks, etc. Neither the intro, nor the outro, may contain other forms of credits (like music used/anime used/title of the amv/etc, we will add this ourselves from the information supplied in the signup). As mentioned above, they each may not exceed 10 seconds and their combined length may not exceed 15 seconds (but do not count towards the maximum duration of the AMV). We advise that if you don’t have an outro to have at the least 2-5 seconds of black screen at the end.
How can I sign-up?
You can sign-up by supplying us (see the next question) with the following:
- A filled-in webform which you can find here
- The AMV whose filename should look like: (nick)name_-_title_of_the_video.extention, for example: kitsune_-_My_First_Amv.mp4
If in any way possible please put all the files in a single archive (ZIP/RAR/7z/GZIP/Compressed Folder) and name it in the same fashion: (nick)name_-_title_of_the_video.extention, for example: kitsune_-_My_First_Amv.7z
I’m having trouble with signing up
Please contact us via [url=”http://www.abunaicon.nl/contact-us”]this webform[/url].
How should I supply the files to you?
If you have no hosting available of your own, any of the below options would work:
- WeTransfer (our first choice)
- Google Drive
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The body (message) of the email will have to contain:
- Subject: [AMV] (nick)name – title, for example: [AMV] kitsune – my first amv
- Your name
- Your Email
- Your visitor number (or payment code if no visitor number has been received yet)
- Download Link to the files, or archive containing the AMV and the Sign-up template
If any of the information required is missing, the sign-up will be rejected. We will notify you if your sign-up has been received.
What is the deadline?
The deadline is . All sign-ups received after this will not be able to participate in the competition.
Which day will the AMV Competition be and do I have to be present at the show?
The AMV Competition will be on Sunday, and all participants are highly requested to be present at the show. You will receive more instructions after we have received your sign-up.
Are there a maximum number of AMVs that can participate?
Yes, we have a maximum of AMVs that are able to participate in the actual compo. If we receive more sign-ups than that maximum, we will make a selection during the judging process. The lowest rated AMVs will be rejected. Sign-ups rejected during this phase will receive a mail about this, as will the sign-ups which will continue to the actual compo. The number of AMVs continuing on to the final round is subject to change.
What will you do with my AMV?
All AMVs that reach the final round will be shown on the big screen during the competition. Those AMVs may also be used for promotional purposes (e.g. showcased at our promotion booth at other events), but will not be put to download or view/stream online. A link to an online source owned by the original maker, or with their consent, might be supplied on our website though after the convention. AMVs that do not make the final round will be archived and not shown either on the big screen or any time thereafter.
Will you point out critical mistakes to me, such as missed logo’s or bad encoding, so I still have a chance to fix this before the deadline?
We have done this in the past on some rare occasions, as it’s a shame when an AMV is rejected, penalised or disqualified just because there’s a barely visible station logo that the editor missed in a frame somewhere. This year we will be hesitant with this. After all, this is a competition, and it is the editors responsibility that they thoroughly check and recheck their AMV before submitting it. Be sure to do this to avoid disappointments later on.
I have a question which is not answered in this FAQ?
Ask it here, in this topic. Make sure you read the whole topic first before asking questions which might have been answered already! It’s also very useful to check the topics from the past few years in the archive on the forum since they hold much information gathered over years of experience.