February 18, 2004 at 2:25 pm #33162
…February 18, 2004 at 5:59 pm #33178
I guess I can understand the temptation to release your film with a huge file size. You work for hours and hours, worry about focus and lighting and then you watch your first compression test and say YUCK! In a lot of my first renders, the mysterious hand never even showed up…. It’s STILL missing in one spot in city street pull-back. So I had to double the hand-frames and it ruined the smoothness of the move. Oh well, it’s a limitation of the medium.
For those of you who liked the X-ray effect.. you should see it at 640×480!
For you folks who released 50MB or larger files, you need to realize that there are a LOT of people who will NEVER see your movies! Why go to all that effort and then restrict your audience like that? You only have to get burned by a long download/crummy movie a few times before you start to think twice about clicking a link.
I’m in favor of releasing TWO files – Low and High bandwidth sizes.
The day will arrive when we are all on super-fast fiber-optic lines. But until then, please be considerate of our friends on dial-up!
Bluntman, keep preachin it!
DigiDaveFebruary 19, 2004 at 7:31 pm #33374
I know my filesize is too big, but at least the film over 11 minutes long.
When I have the time, I’m gonna work myself through compression and make a better version of “About a Door”.
Just before the deadline, I didn’t have any time. I’m glad I turned the 80MB version to a 50MB one…
HolgFebruary 19, 2004 at 8:09 pm #33379
anyone with a file in excess of 3m/minute (STILL excessive) will NOT be recieving a review from me… I encourage others to follow my example and try to FINALLY HAMMER the massage home!
I’m interested in how you want to find this out – you can see the file size, but not the duration … :wink
There was nothing said in the rules of this contest about file size. In some parts of the world high speed internet is very spreaded (as here in German) … that could be a reason why they don’t bother about file size (I always downloaded the highest video qualities).
Not judging the bigger films would be not fair :shake – an excellent director is not automatically a good videocompressor …
Perhaps someone with a fast internet connection (or even the admin) can recompress the films – best would be the contestants do that themselves …
The next contest should have a strict file size limit (don’t matter how long the film is) – so that this discussion would be unnecessary.
Dirk (Boettcher Productions)February 19, 2004 at 8:14 pm #33381
Perhaps someone with a fast internet connection (or even the admin) can recompress the films
I compressed many of these films, most of them in the last few hours before the deadline. If you see multiple versions of a film, one huge and one small RM, chances are I did the small RM.
It was a serious pain. I WILL impose a compression requirement in the next contest (you will be required to have at least one reasonably sized version of your film). In fact, I may impose a requirement that you meet a specific format AND bitrate. Maybe everyone will be required to submit a 450 kb/s RM file.
In the case of Holgor’s film, I was only able to reduce it to about 40 MB before losing too much quality. Holgor will need to reszie it to 320×240 before he can get a decent file size.February 20, 2004 at 11:01 pm #33558
I to don’t understand why people have such hard times with compression. I used Helix Producer to compress my 27MB, 1:12 second film that I tried to submit. Using 150 kbps I got the file size to 1.3MB and – get this – the image quality turned out IMO better than it had been uncompressed. It removed much of the noise from the lowlight scenes. Its not like its hard to compress, simply open up a film, select the audience and other stuff, hit encode, and wait for it to render. Simple.February 21, 2004 at 1:25 am #33591
Amen, David.February 21, 2004 at 5:04 pm #33651
Anybody know when the finalists are supposed to be announced?
CreelFebruary 21, 2004 at 5:47 pm #33661
Most likely when the lazy people charged with nominating the entries (like me) get around to actually submitting them to Rev. :winkMarch 1, 2004 at 4:15 pm #34605
Jamesfm – any update on the submittal date? Even my better half is starting to ask “when will you know something about your movie”