A sufficient number of judges have now been recruited to evaluate the AMVs entered in the third round! Furthermore, a complete list of the Judge Panel will be presented, as well as a friendly reminder of the criteria they will be basing their evaluations on.
On a second note, participants and watchers will be suggested to propose more themes that may interest them, for the fourth round. In the meantime, members interested in registering, right away, as an editor or as a judge for Round 4, can freely do so, during the evaluation cycle.
Judge Panel - Revealed
It is with great pleasure that I present you, all of the following volunteers that will be transparently reviewing the videos of this round.
All members of the Judge Panel have eight days to submit their evaluations. In other words, the winners of the third round are expected to be announced, shortly after Friday, May 11th at 11:59 P.M. EST(Eastern Time). If any extensions are given beyond this date, they will be responsibly announced in this thread.
As a side note, I would like to humbly thank all of the volunteers for their undeniable future efforts and for their kind assistance. I cannot wait to work beside you all, as a judge. <3
Concerning the judging criteria, none of them have changed, when compared to the list that was presented at the beginning of the round.
Synchronization(/10): The grade is given based on the editor's ability to have properly timed the audio track with the events in the video.
Rendering(/10): This is somewhat like evaluating the overall quality of the AMV, but by only considering the final scaling. As an example, if the frames appear stretched or if the resolution changes from one scene to another, points will be removed.
Theme Representation(/10): A character tribute is the objective of this round. Evaluation will be based on how easy it is to distinguish the AMV's protagonist and how well he/she is represented.
Originality(/10): As the title says it, this category gives freedom to the evaluators, in what concerns their views on the originality of an AMV. Points will mostly be given out, based on never-before-seen content.
To summarize, all videos will go through a detailed evaluation, which includes considering the general criteria that are often commented by watchers and thoroughly worked on, by editors.
A grade between 0 and 10 will be given, for each judging category, and it is the resulting calculated average that will determine each and every judge's Top 3 choices. This is a method to assure that the final classification will not be executed, in a first-impression manner. In all actuality, as applied in Round 2, this method delivers fair results, based on merit and video quality.
Amongst the specific details that will be critiqued, Synchronization will consider the chosen frame movements, according to the BPM(Beats per Minute) of the song. Rendering, on the other hand, will concern the technical quality and presentation of the AMV, while the Theme Representation criteria is used to look closely at how representative the entry is of one character. Finally, a free category entitled Originality will be left at each judge's discretion by commenting on their personal impression of the submission, while being strongly recommended into giving merit to never-before-seen combinations of anime and music.
On an ending note, in order to simplify the evaluation process for the current judges, all five official submissions will be presented, in this post. These are also available on the first page of this thread.
Thank you again to all editors, for their undeniable efforts and for their motivation. All current judges are to be thanked as well. You both are contributing into leading this contest to the end of its third round, and to the beginning of its fourth! I, as well as the community, are very grateful. <3
Entries - Round 3
- EMIYA by @break
Watch on 4Shared!
- Mi-oh! by @kosukechan
Watch on Vimeo!
Unknown World by @Momimochi
Sail Through the Heavens by @Noodle
Spike's last ride by @Rommel175 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnZ-MH1fvOs
Round 4 - Confirmed
Considering the steady pace that this contest has been keeping, when comparing it with the last round and while also seeing it advantaged by the new website's thread-sorting system, based on popularity and tags, this contest will be proceeding to its fourth round, as soon as the winners are announced in approximately a week from now.
In addition, as there is still time left before officially announcing the precise details of Round 4, please do not hesitate to propose themes that may interest you. For the moment, many votes have been given for the Love theme and strong are the chances of it reigning in the next round, unless interest for something different manifests itself. Of course, if more than one theme is proposed, the final decision will be made by picking one out of a hat, as it was done, at the end of the second round.
Also, when looking over the video editors' past availabilities for this project, I have come to the conclusion that an editing time of approximately 2-3 months is generally ideal. Once again, a test deadline will be proposed: Friday, July 27th. And of course, since this deadline is nothing more than a proposal, it is free to be adapted, and changed, to any participant's schedule. Furthermore, if you happen to be someone who would participate, no matter the theme chosen, it is possible to register right away.
On a final ending note, whether you are a watcher or a participant, please do not hesitate to comment on the contest's general process. No matter if it is about the themes, the prizes, or even the judging, please share any constructive ideas that may amplify the experience of being part of this competition. <3
@break A great way to initiate yourself to good video pacing, would be to try out @VivoDePyre's guide on video synchronization. As he mentioned, it seems complex at first, but it is a logical way to have control over your editing. ;>
@Rommel175 Even though your first submission has not been mentioned in this post, it has been privately asked, to all judges, to also evaluate it, if they have the time to do so.
As a friendly reminder, their evaluations will solely be for constructive purposes and will not be considered as official judging for this round.