The Colorless AMV Contest! (Recruiting Judges!)
The contest still lives, even on the new site!
Now, let's get this started!
Looking for past rounds? Visit the contest's archive!
Please register by posting!
AMV Theme: The Flashback
Deadline: To be Determined
After the success of our first round, we will repeat numerous AMV contests with different themes involved. However, our very first round didn't have any specific theme, but all of our following ones' will be determined with a poll consisted of suggestions from the community.
- The most important rule of all: The AMV must be your own work and not stolen from another editor. Believe me, there are very easy ways in finding out if the AMV isn't yours.
- Participants must be registered on TheColorless for at least one month, by the end of the submission cycle.
- The AMV must be made by one individual or by a team of two members. All participants should be users registered on this website.
- Please give an Original Title to your AMV, in order to simplify the voting sequence.
- Only one AMV per participant/team, per round.
- Users can register at any time, as long as they submit before the deadline.
- Contestants can modify or even replace their entry, at any time before the deadline.
- You are free to feature more than one anime in your AMV.
- The duration of the video must not be under one minute and must also not exceed the length of six minutes.
- Keep your AMVs on a SFW(Safe for Work) level. Ecchi is allowed though. In addition, Please make sure that the song you choose does not hold any vulgar lyrics.
- Your AMV must have only one audio track, unless you plan on using an official mix. (Your audio track can be in any language.)
- No intros or outros(credits at the beginning and end of the AMV), in order to make sure that the duration is equally respected. (However, adding credits over your AMV, is acceptable.)
- Karaokes/Sing-Alongs, over the video, are accepted but not obligatory.
- Video Game Sequences are accepted, as long as they are linked to the anime you are using. (Examples: .hack//, Persona, Naruto, etc.) ***
- The Singer/Band's Music Video sequences are accepted. ***
- Pseudo-3D is allowed(moving images over your video), but they must be linked to the anime you are using. (Examples: Related Manga, Doujinshi, etc.) ***
- Live Action Scenes(Japanese, Korean, etc.) are acceptable, if they are an in-real-life version of the anime you are using. ***
- You can use MMD Technology to create additional characters, but they must all be part of the anime chosen for your AMV. ***
- Last but not least, please try to not include any sequences with subtitles, unless they serve an important purpose. (Example: Translation of a non-English audio track.)
*** All these five features, when put together, must not exceed more than 50% of your AMV.
How will we vote?
Instead of polls, a judge panel composed of approximately ten Colorless members will be established, in order to not only bring flexibility to the votes, but also merit to those who deserve it.
In the audio and video-editing world, you have a huge choice of programs to choose from. In the following text, I will enumerate the most-used ones and their common uses in the AMV field.
Windows Movie Maker (Free!) Although having the reputation of not being the best video editing program out there, Window Movie Maker is the perfect software for beginners who are only willing to ''try out'' making an AMV. Coupling this program with Adobe After Effects(see below) might still give professional results. In addition, all Microsoft Windows users should already have this installed on their operating system.
Sony Vegas Pro (Recommended) One of the most flexible and advanced video-editing programs on the market. While not having the advantage of being free, this program holds almost no limits on what you could make of your video. It all comes down to familiarizing yourself with the different features and learning how to use them to your advantage. For the big fans of Pseudo-3D(see rules), it's quite an easy feat to accomplish with Sony Vegas Pro.
Adobe Premiere Pro: Very similar in flexibility to Sony Vegas Pro. In the end, it all comes down to which interface you are more comfortable with.
Pinnacle Studio (Affordable) An editing software with reasonable features and countless editing possibilities. While being around three times less expensive than other popular video-editing programs, its editing tools still do the job quite well and enable any beginner to learn reasonably fast. (Download the Free Trial, here!)
Power Director (Affordable) Very similar to what Pinnacle Studio has to offer, with the special exception of being six times less expensive than popular video-editing programs, instead of three times. Power Director, when compared to Pinnacle Studio, has an interface that resembles more the professional video-editing programs. Again, it all depends on which one you find more user-friendly and comfortable to use. (Download the Free Trial, here!)
Adobe After Effects (Recommended for effects) Sure, all three programs listed above have their own effects to offer, but they are not as easy to implement as they are with Adobe After Effects. After you are done putting your frames together in one of the other basic video-editing programs, you can transfer your work in Adobe After Effects in order to add effects more easily. If you're a fan of overlapping videos and frame-color variations, I strongly recommend you to use this program. Pseudo-3D(see rules) is also possible with this.
Free Video Converter (Get it here!) If you're one who has a collection of anime series in MKV format, downloading RAWs in not necessary at all. In fact, due to MKV files containing soft subtitles, instead of having them hard-printed on the frames, they are quite easy to exclude, by using this software.
SUPER (Get it here!) The content is quite similar to the converter mentioned above. In fact, if you'd like to push your codec knowledge further and if you are someone who needs to use a converter quite often, SUPER might be a more professional choice for you.
Above, I've only mentioned the most-used programs in AMV-Making. If you have any other one to suggest, please do not hesitate to share, in order for me to add it to this list.
Upload Tips and Submissions
Option 1: If you plan to upload your AMV on Youtube
- Either use a watermark and/or mirror your video.
- If you do not want to add a watermark or mirror your AMV, you can upload it as a private video, which can only be viewed by those who have the link. However, your video will not appear in the search results.
- Private or not, it is always important to credit the content of the AMV. You can access websites like Anime News Network or Anime DataBase, to get all the credits you need for the anime. Furthermore, the music artist's publisher should not be too difficult to find, using Google. Please make sure to include this information in your video descriptions.
Option 2: If you rather not take any chances with Youtube
You can send me your AMV by uploading it on a file hosting website, such as Mediafire or 4Shared. I will then take care of mirroring or adding a watermark to your videos(whichever option you prefer best) and upload it on a Youtube channel which I will be creating for this contest. Furthermore, I will obviously credit you by mentioning that you are the user who made this AMV.
Option 3: If you have another Upload Website in mind
Uploading your videos on other websites, other than Youtube, is totally acceptable. As long as the members can access your AMVs from this thread, there is no problem at all with this alternative.