AMV Competitions FAQ

General Questions

What is an AMV?
AMV is short for Anime Music Video. You can create your own music video for a chosen song using Anime, Manga, (fan)art and game footage (the game must be of Japanese origin), but keep in mind that AMVs are focused on “anime” and “music”. The music can be of any source (Japanese or otherwise).

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. Please do note that your submission may be rejected if your music contains 18+ references.

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 in your AMV.

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 in your AMV.

What content is not allowed in my AMV?
Excessive violence, nudity, gore and other content not suitable for minors is not allowed in the AMV and International AMV Competition. Ecchi (light fanservice) is allowed within certain boundaries. The same applies to song lyrics. If you are not sure if something is allowed, you can check by contacting our AMV team through e-mail. Footage featuring excessive violence, nudity, gore and other content not suitable for minors is allowed to be used in entries for the 18+ AMV Competition.

Can my AMV have an intro/outro?
Yes it can, but the intro and/or outro may not contain any form of credits (such as music used/anime used/title of the amv/etc.). A title card will be added by us for the convention. You are allowed to add a “special thanks” screen.

Technical Questions

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 e-mail beforehand if you are planning on using a different codecs from the ones listed above.

Widescreen or 4:3?
Our beamer is 1080p Full HD. It will therefore project at this resolution (1920×1080). Widescreen has our preference at a resolution of 1920×1080 (1080p) or 1280×720 (720p). We do accept 4:3.

Which frame rate do you prefer me to use?
We recommend you to use either 23,976 or 29,970 fps. By default anime is either 23,976 or 29,970fps. To prevent technical issues such as frame blending, please make sure that the settings of your editing software match the settings of your anime source.

What is frame blending?
Frame blending is frames blurred together technically (also known as ghosting). Here is an example: http://amvnews.ru/images/news/mistakes/04.jpg

How do I avoid frame blending?
This depends on which program you’re using. In Vegas you can remove frame blending by setting Smart resample to Disable Resample for each fragment of the video. You can do this by right clicking on every fragment, then go to switches and there you will be able to find the disable resample option.

Frame blending can also occur due to deinterlacing. This usually means that the video wasn’t deinterlaced properly.

Is there a maximum file size?
The file size of the video may not exceed 500MB (0,5GB). Note that a good quality AMV is not necessarily this large and you are not required to submit an AMV this large. Our judges will take your skill at encoding into consideration, so please refrain from submitting unnecessarily large files.

If you need more assistance with the technical side of editing you can contact our AMV team through e-mail. We also recommend you read this quick guide created by Pixel Blended Studios: https://pixelblended.com/amv101/en/.

Submission Questions

What is the deadline?
The deadline for the International and 18+ AMV Competition is Sunday, the 12th of July 2020 at 23:59:59

The deadline for the AMV Competition Sunday, the 26th of July 2020 at 23:59:59.

How should I submit the AMV(s) to you?
We recommend uploading your AMV to one of the following websites:
– Dropbox
– Google Drive
– Mega

How can I sign-up?
You can sign-up by using the following form(s) depending on which AMV Competition you wish to enter:

Before submitting your AMV, the AMV file should be named as follows: (nick)name – title of the video.extension, for example: Kitsune – My First AMV.mp4.

Can I send in an AMV I used in another AMV contest?
This differs per competition. For the AMV competition, your AMV may not have had a prior public screening. Showing your AMV to close friends and family for feedback purposes is allowed and does not count as a public screening.

For the International and the 18+ AMV competition you’re allowed to submit AMVs that have been finished or premiered after the 12th of July 2019. AMVs that have been shown on a previous AMV competition at a Dutch convention will not be allowed to enter.

I entered with an AMV but changed my mind and made another. Can I change my entry?
You can submit a new entry as long as the deadline has not passed. Once the deadline has passed, your entry is finalized and cannot be changed.

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?
Our AMV team will point out these flaws. It’s up to you whether you would like to change it or not. If you decide to send an updated version make sure to send it before the deadline.

What will you do with my AMV?
All AMVs that reach the final round will be shown on our main stage during the competition. Your AMV may also be used for promotional purposes (e.g. showcased at our promotion booth at other events), but we will not make the AMV available for download or online viewing. A link to an online source owned by the original maker or with their consent, such as YouTube or Vimeo, will be provided on our website after the convention if available.

I have a question which is not answered in this FAQ?
Please contact the AMV team through amv@abunaicon.nl.