FAQ CMV competition 2017
What is a CMV?
It’s a Cosplay Music Video. Create your own music video for a chosen song using your own cosplay footage. Anime, Manga stills, (fan)art, game footage or anything else Japan related may be included, but keep in mind that CMVs are focused on “cosplay” and “music”. Your cosplay footage has to form the core of the video. 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.
Do all creators have to appear on screen?
No, it is allowed to have a director, editor or scriptwriter that does not appear on screen. All other people (clothiers, visagy, may only be credited under “special thanks” and cannot be part of the signup.
Can I use more than one song (either from the same artist or even different artists) in my CMV?
There is no limit to the number of songs you are allowed to use.
Can I send in an CMV I used in another CMV contest?
No, your CMV 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 CMV 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 CMV but changed my mind, 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 CMV 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 CMV?
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 CMV?
You can credit yourself or give thanks to people who contributed to the CMV, 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 CMV. This still will be made by us using the information from your sign-up form and requires no work from your side. The still image will also display the names of the competitors, so it is not necessary to include this information in your CMV.
Can my CMV 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 CMV). 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 (coming soon)
- The CMV whose filename should look like: (nick)name_-_title_of_the_video.extention, for example: kitsune_-_My_First_Cmv.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_Cmv.7z
I’m having trouble with signing up
Please contact us via this webform.
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: [CMV] (nick)name – title, for example: [CMV] kitsune – my first amv
- Your name
- Your Email
- Your visitor number (or payment code if no visitor number has been received yet)
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 Friday, 28-07-2017 at 23:59:59. All sign-ups received after this will not be able to participate in the competition.
Which day will the CMV Competition be and do I have to be present at the show?
The CMV Competition will be on Friday, 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 CMVs that can participate?
Yes, we have a maximum of CMVs 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 CMVs 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 CMVs continuing on to the final round is subject to change.
What will you do with my CMV?
All CMVs that reach the final round will be shown on the big screen during the competition. Those CMVs 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. CMVs 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, so I still have a chance to fix this before the deadline?
We will not point out any mistakes that we notice in the video, unless they result in a disqualification. After all, this is a competition, and it is the editors responsibility that they thoroughly check and recheck their CMV 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 on our forum. Make sure you read the whole topic first before asking questions which might have been answered already! It’s also helpful to visit the AMV competition thread, as there is a lot of overlap between both competitions.