May 23, 2003 at 7:08 am #3425
I think the best way is to have the person send you the highest quality of their entry that they can get. Going through the internet would be a bit of a hassle for some, at least those with 56k.
I would like to ask Todd if it’s ok if we place all of the entries on one VHS tape. It would save us a lot in shipping and overall expenses. Please consider this.
“Plus I’d get to see some entries before the competition.”
CometgreenMay 27, 2003 at 1:36 pm #3727
I have several questions regarding the submission by international contestants. The first is about the Customs. They thoroughly examine any package entering or leaving the country. This examination includes X-rays, which means that magnetic tape can be severely damaged. For example, a video ordered by a teacher of mine, which was sent from the states, looked like a VHS you rent that’s been in the rental for 10 years.
Not all packages entering the U.S. are searched. If you believe that they are, great. The reality is that there is no way every package can be searched.
If you are concerned about your video tape, mark the package “Video Tape materials”, and “Do Not X-Ray”. I am told by the U.S. Post Office that material marked “sensitive to x-rays” or in the phrases above will not guarantee that your video tape will not be x-rayed, but that generally it will not. Also it does not mean that you package will not be opened, in fact marking it may mean that your package is opened or has a higher percentage probability of being opened. By the package will be re-sealed and marked as having been opened by customs.
I have recently received several international packages, and none have been opened.
Since you have to send it through the mail, you should take appropriate action to protect the shipment. I don’t advise this, but wrapping the video tape in aluminum foil will prevent all but the stongest powered x-rays. I can almost guarantee that you package will be opened though. Do both, mark the package and wrap. It will be opened, and maybe watched, but you might get a friendly video critque from the customs officials.
ToddMay 27, 2003 at 1:46 pm #3728
The second is about the above mail. Don’t you think it’s a bit unfair to have someone, who kindly provides this service to the community without asking anything in return, put every video on a new tape, thus increasing material and postage cost? I think it would be more fair to consider entries on one tape, that have entry forms with different names and addresses, as different, equal entries, rather than privileging the one that happens to be the first.
I think two things about your question in this matter.
(1) It is more fair if rules are set and then followed. The rule about this has been set and they will be followed. All contestent entries must be placed on their own video tape. Any duplicate entries sent on the same tape will be considered on the priority list clearly outlined in prior postings.
(2) Are the contestants unwilling to send Jared a few dollars to support this effort? I never said that the video tapes couldn’t arrive in the same box or package, only that each entry had to appear on a second video tape. I appologize for the inconvenience, but since I can reasonably purcahse a video tape for $1.00 and shipping a single video tape through express mail will cost less than $5.00 I see the total as costing about $6.00. Money can be saved by placing more than one video tape in a box, and since the post office in the U.S. provided the express mail boxes for FREE, I am not certain of the difficulty.
I have personally spent several tens of dollars for prizes and I hope that all consider it somewhat reasonable that you be expected to incur a few dollars of expense.
Serious “Independet Film” competitions require entry fees, tape to film transfer, director’s presence at the festival, etc. While I am not comparing this competition to other well known festivals, I am trying to point out that there are always cost involved with submitting films for competition. I have tried to keep those cost to you at a minimum.
ToddMay 27, 2003 at 1:50 pm #3729
“brickbrock” wrote: dear Todd,
wouldn’t it be possible to accept NTSC-Video (or SVIDEO) CDs? They should be playable in a standard DVD-player (not nuch a difference in setup to VHS) but this format would be avaiable to anyone with a CDburner (even if he lives in good ol’ PAL country :-D).
This would be the format I would pretty much prefer to enter.
This format is not a problem for me and I would be happy to receive entries in this medium.
I return you to the R U L E S. It clearly states that anyone that has a problem with the described formats should contact me to discuss alternative formats that would be mutually agreeable to both parties.
Please email me directly to make this request and I will make it part of the official entry formats. I will post this to the boards when you do so, with your permission, of course. If you do not email me directly, I cannot include this format in the competition. Rules are rules.
ToddMay 27, 2003 at 1:52 pm #3730
“hali” wrote: Todd,
I’d just like to re-iterate brickbrock’s post:
wouldn’t it be possible to accept NTSC-Video (or SVIDEO) CDs? They should be playable in a standard DVD-player (not nuch a difference in setup to VHS) but this format would be avaiable to anyone with a CDburner (even if he lives in good ol’ PAL country ).
I am also able to make fully compliant VCD and SVCD movies of my films in NTSC format (test proven on my multiregion dvd player and pal/ntsc television). This is certainly something that would make it much easier for non-NTSC region people (EUROPE/AUSTRALIA mostly) to enter.
See my reply to brickbrock. If you wish to include this format in the possible entry options, email me directly.
I will post it after you have done so to make it official.
ToddMay 27, 2003 at 1:53 pm #3731
“Brian of Paco” wrote: i’m still prefering the “let jared be an exception to the multiple entries rule” option. mainly, because the quality of vcds blows chunks. (then let’s just compound it by copying it onto a vhs tape, probably the most lossy analog format…)
One entry, one video tape. No Exemptions.
ToddMay 27, 2003 at 1:56 pm #3732
“hali” wrote: Brian,
In my experience, this gives excellent video quality (on a television, I’m not considering how it looks on a comp. monitor, which IS worse, due to the high quality nature, resolution and refresh rates) and would help reduce the problem of further degredation when Todd compiles his tape to play on the day.
Of course it is not as good as DVD quality, but you must take into account the quality of the source material too.
Any entry submitted to me on DVD or VCD or SVCD will not be converted to computer and then to video tape. It will be played by a DVD/VCD player then recorded directly onto videotape. The videotape will be complied from all entries and then played in public display.
ToddMay 27, 2003 at 2:08 pm #3733
“Yolegoman” wrote: A monitor is MUCH worse in display quality as compared to any Good Tv, my 640 x 480 footage from my Logitech 4000 looks GREAT on my 21 inch tv. (Fullscreen!)
What on Earth are you talking about. Any computer monitor manufactured, sold, bought, or hooked up to a computer today, has far better resolution than any television. Maybe your 15 inch monochrome CRT sucks, but even my 1996 monitor from archer has better resolution than any TV in my home.
Looking “big” is not a measure of quality. Just because your 640×480 footage looks good on your TV and comes in real small on you computer monitor, that is not a measure of quality.
Computer monitors today exceed the 1280 by 1024 resolution and the best non-digital TV on the market today has 525 by 325 resolution. Some of that TV resolution is cut off and not shown on your TV. Its called the non-safe area of you TV. Different manufacturers cut more of that portion off. If anything your 640 by 480 pixel video image should be compressed and crunched by hardware to fit on the TV screen. Have you ever noticed something that you see on the edges on the computer display of your film that is not present on the TV. That’s the stuff you losing by displaying things on TV.
I can’t wait for the days of true digital TV when my TV can be used just like a computer monitor and the pixels I see on my computer are the pixels I see on the TV.
There is a ton of information out there about the differences between computer monitors and TV screens.
Check them out.May 27, 2003 at 2:11 pm #3734
“Yolegoman” wrote: Oh sorry guys, should have mentioned that I have a High Definition tv *Shrug* kinda forgot.
Wishing he could delete the above post, Yolegoman heads off to bed, crying over the fact that laptops cost so much
Okay, okay, I overreacted. Your high def TV (HDTV) is far better than any TV on the market, but it still has a resolution less than that of the better computer monitor. Your HDTV has 1080i or p is better. A 1600 by 1280 monitor would take that video resolution and ask for more.
I am jealous of you HDTV though. Do you get HDTV off satellite or are you one of the lucky few getting it from cable?
ToddMay 27, 2003 at 2:16 pm #3735
Hook your DVD player into your VCR input (if your VCR has one, mine has RCA inputs), and then simply record
That’s exactly what I did for the show I attended a while back and it works perfectly. Sadly, I can’t produce NTSC tapes, so I’d be very grateful if someone (preferably someone reliable – no offence to WeirdEars, et al) would volunteer for this.
What format can you make them in? Let me know and I will do some research around town to see if I can go from your format to NTSC. If I can and the cost is reasonable, I can take your format and convert it to mine.
The rules state any arrangement with the committee. I am the committee. Get with me and we will work something out. I simply do not want to get stuck at the deadline rushing around to find a means of converting after I allowed everything under the sun. By knowing what’s coming I can prepare for it.