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Competition: Deadline change to February! New credit clips!

Posted: Mon, 16th Jan 2006, 8:07pm

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COMPETITION DEADLINE EXTENDED!

If you've been panicking about getting your competition entry finished in time, you can relax! Thanks to support from TheForce.Net, we have decided to extend the competition deadline to February 28th, giving everyone an extra month to fine tune their submissions!

Don't forget, there's over $500 worth of FXhome software up for grabs in this competition, so get your cameras rolling and your editing scissors snipping! Check out the Product pages for more info.

1st Prize - VisionLab HD, worth over $500

2nd Prize - EffectsLab Pro or CompositeLab Pro, each worth $150

3rd Prize - EffectsLab DV or CompositeLab DV, each worth over $110


Plus! - The top 10 entries will be showcased at FXhome.com - get your work seen internationally by thousands of people.

THE BRIEF - What is your favourite thing in the world? What gets you passionate and excited? We want you to show us by making a 'fan film' that explores a topic of your choice and shares your enthuasism.

The rules - Entries must be between 30 seconds and 5 minutes long, and must not use any copyrighted materials without permission. Other than that, anything goes! Entries do not need to use special effects or FXhome products.

For a full list of the rules, click here!

Many thanks to TheForce.Net for promoting the FXhome Fanfilm Competition! We can't wait to see what TheForce.Net's readers come up with.

The clock is ticking!
DEADLINE: February 28th 2006

In other news: New FXhome credit animations

If you're looking for a stylish way to acknowledge FXhome in your credits, you'll be pleased to hear that we've created a collection of animations that are available to download.

Some preview images:

FlamesSaberFalling Smoke

In exchange for the low prices, users of the DV and Pro products are required to credit FXhome on all productions. We feel this is a more than fair trade-off for lower software prices.

VisionLab HD, of course, comes with a commercial license which means an FXhome credit is not required. However, VisionLab HD users are still welcome to do so!

Click here to go to the credits download page. You can also access it from the cinema sub-menu.

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Posted: Mon, 16th Jan 2006, 8:18pm

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WOO!!!
Posted: Mon, 16th Jan 2006, 8:22pm

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I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!! Thank GOD!
Posted: Mon, 16th Jan 2006, 8:37pm

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WOW those are really cool, smile I have just downloaded 4 of them smile

Well Done guys smile

TC
Posted: Mon, 16th Jan 2006, 8:51pm

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Nice job, guys! They're looking awesome...

EDIT: Would anyone be able to convert these.....none of my NLE's will take the DivX video....

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Posted: Mon, 16th Jan 2006, 8:51pm

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Heh Tarn, I kind of wish you had told me about the competition changes before I sendt you guys my film... I could have worked more on it...
Posted: Mon, 16th Jan 2006, 8:51pm

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You still can. We'll let you send it in again Klut but it was pretty great already biggrin
Posted: Mon, 16th Jan 2006, 8:53pm

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schwar wrote:

You still can. We'll let you send it in again Klut but it was pretty great already biggrin
I'm just kidding with you wink I don't have time to work on it anymore..

Really, you liked it? Cool, since malone was the only one who said something I was afraid you others didn't like it at all.
Nice to hear smile

I might make a second film for the competition... but just for fun.
Posted: Mon, 16th Jan 2006, 9:05pm

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Hmm.. I might just make a submission now. Contests are always a good reason to make a movie, and having until the end of next month to do it is even better!
Posted: Mon, 16th Jan 2006, 9:35pm

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Ok good this will give me more time to work on it. biggrin

And great job on the new credits guys I got them all.biggrin
Posted: Mon, 16th Jan 2006, 9:48pm

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Does that mean if we've already submitted a movie for the competition we have to submit again but with the fxhome credit thingy?
Posted: Mon, 16th Jan 2006, 10:21pm

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I might actually go through with mine now. that's a big might though.
Posted: Mon, 16th Jan 2006, 11:16pm

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jrg2134 wrote:

Does that mean if we've already submitted a movie for the competition we have to submit again but with the fxhome credit thingy?
Only if it uses an FXhome product. If it does, then it should have had a credit on it to begin with, really. smile

The credits are for users of the DV and Pro software, so they can have a snazzy credit without having to make it themselves. You can also put a more standard acknowledgment in the normal scrolling credits, it's up to you.
Posted: Mon, 16th Jan 2006, 11:38pm

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You can also put a more standard acknowledgment in the normal scrolling credits, it's up to you.
Tarn - Does that mean there is going to be a non-animated logo that we can put in the normal scrolling credits? it is just that I was wondering if you guys where going to look into it.

I know I keep asking and I really don't mean to and I am sorry if it sounds like I am going on, again I don't mean to. I know I can just take a frame from the animated ones, but I was wondering if there was any plans to make non-animated ones that are black and white so that we can put it in our scrolling credits.

Sorry to keep going on, I really don't mean to smile

Thanks

TC
Posted: Tue, 17th Jan 2006, 12:25am

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Yeah, it's on the To-Do list. smile I'd like to have a black and white logo like the various ones you tend to see right at the end of movie credits.
Posted: Tue, 17th Jan 2006, 12:38am

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new fxhome credits......................................collect them all! heh. nice job guys. you never fail to please.
Posted: Tue, 17th Jan 2006, 2:19am

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Yeah I think Im actually going to make something now because I have a big project due early Feb so now ill ahve to some time to work on this.
Posted: Tue, 17th Jan 2006, 4:39am

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Tarn wrote:


Only if it uses an FXhome product. If it does, then it should have had a credit on it to begin with, really. smile
Opps! That's one thing I forgot! And does it have to be DivX or can it be an AVI file? When I make DivX it takes up far to much space!

So we can submit a different movie if we didn't like the first one and enter that one in instead? (not that i didn't like the first one just something i wanted to know)
Posted: Tue, 17th Jan 2006, 4:45am

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Regular AVI is actually a QT format, even though DivX is better at compressing, you should be getting smaller files. However, DivX is unstable on a lot of media players/browsers.
Posted: Tue, 17th Jan 2006, 5:54am

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I'm not sure whether to thank you or curse you for the extension. All my friends had been too busy with work and Christmas.

Now I have no excuse....better get writing.
Posted: Tue, 17th Jan 2006, 6:09am

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Nice news! Might make a movie now, since I've got time to.
Posted: Tue, 17th Jan 2006, 10:23am

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Great to hear that so many more of you are going to have a go at entering the competition! I can't wait to see what you all come up with.
Posted: Wed, 18th Jan 2006, 1:57am

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Congrats Tarn! +1002. I'd like that many plus ones. wink Plus, thanks for changing the deadline. I would never have had a movie made by the end of January.
Posted: Thu, 19th Jan 2006, 3:57am

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Just a question, can I use copyrighted music so long as it fits under fair use of my country's laws? Because here in the US you can use 10 percent or 30 seconds of a song, whichever comes first.

Another thing, can both me and Atom submit a movie even though we're under the same IP address? Just wondering, because I'm assuming that's how you'd keep people from turning in multiple entries. That brings up another question, can we help other FXHomers with their entry even if we're not counting it as our own?

These may sound stupid, sorry if they do, I just want to make sure of stuff before I go forth with it.
Posted: Thu, 19th Jan 2006, 6:17am

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ben3308 wrote:

Just a question, can I use copyrighted music so long as it fits under fair use of my country's laws? Because here in the US you can use 10 percent or 30 seconds of a song, whichever comes first.
Out of interest, would you mind sharing where you learned that?

It's just that, according to the U.S. Copyright web site, it states regarding "fair use":

The distinction between “fair use” and infringement may be unclear and not easily defined. There is no specific number of words, lines, or notes that may safely be taken without permission. Acknowledging the source of the copyrighted material does not substitute for obtaining permission.
So I find it quite odd that the official site says that no "specific number of words, lines, or notes" may be used, but your source says that 10% or 30 seconds is acceptable.

Further, the site details "fair use" in very explicit examples, such as criticism, education, and news reporting. There was no mention of a "free-for-all" use as long as you limit it.

The fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.
I'll happily be proven wrong but I can't see where this permission to use 10% or 30 seconds comes from. smile

Suggested reading for U.S. citizens:
http://www.copyright.gov
http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html
http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#107
Posted: Thu, 19th Jan 2006, 10:39am

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ben3308 wrote:

can we help other FXHomers with their entry even if we're not counting it as our own?
I think so, as many people helped me with my movie.
Posted: Thu, 19th Jan 2006, 7:37pm

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Thanks for the new logos, is there any chancy you will have high def versions of them anytime?

ben3308 wrote:

Just a question, can I use copyrighted music so long as it fits under fair use of my country's laws? Because here in the US you can use 10 percent or 30 seconds of a song, whichever comes first.
That is a very common copyright myth, I used to think this as well until I looked into finding the law, and after a few days of looking up the laws and such I came to realize that no such law exists.
Posted: Thu, 19th Jan 2006, 9:52pm

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Hendo wrote:


Out of interest, would you mind sharing where you learned that?
Every single one of my teachers throughout my 11 years of schooling (thus far) have told me this, and though I can't find mention of it on the .gov site, there are plenty of other sites that say the same thing.

http://www.umuc.edu/library/copy.html

That, for example.

http://www.millennium.scps.k12.fl.us/wallscopyrightlesson.html

Or there. Or perhaps let's get Standford's view on it. Shall we?

http://fairuse.stanford.edu/Copyright_and_Fair_Use_Overview/chapter7/7-c.html

Like I said, I was taught that was the law so I take it as the law. I wasn't just spewing made-up, misinformed crap.

My take is that the limitations I originally said for the US were for students only, and I'm a student, and I'll be getting school credit in my Multimedia class for my next video project, so I don't see any problem if I follow the 10%/30 seconds rule.

If you find anything contradictory, do tell. smile

EDIT:

There was also some other "fair use" law I vaguely remember which allowed people like Vanilla Ice, Kanye West, and the Beastie Boys to steal tidbits of other songs, continually repeat such stolen material in their own music, and still be in the right. I could be wrong about this, though.

EDIT2:
http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-fairuse.html#howmuch

It says usage of portions IS permissable, but subjective.
Posted: Thu, 19th Jan 2006, 11:34pm

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Hey tarn, do we have to have those logos only or can we just have EffectsLab DV at the end? Because at the end of my movie it says that Effects added with EffectsLab DV. Is that good enough or do I have to have the downloadable logos?
Posted: Thu, 19th Jan 2006, 11:44pm

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"for purposes such as commentary, criticism, news reporting, and scholarly reports"


Yes you are a student, but from my interpretation you would not be using it for a "scholarly report." Especially if you're going to be using the video for an fxhome contest. I'd be careful with stuff like this, because they do not need an excuse to go after kids again...
Posted: Fri, 20th Jan 2006, 12:16am

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If my entry is also for a school project my teacher tells me it should be in the clear.
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ben3308 wrote:

Every single one of my teachers throughout my 11 years of schooling (thus far) have told me this, and though I can't find mention of it on the .gov site, there are plenty of other sites that say the same thing.
Thanks for that, Ben, it was interesting reading.

I still find it odd, though, that the official U.S. copyright web site makes no mention of such 10% / 30 second permission. While I fully respect such institutions as Stanford and UMUC, as well as your school teachers, I personally would rate their statements below that of the Copyright.gov web site when it comes to U.S. copyright matters.

Nonetheless, I agree that the U.S. "fair use" policy is applicable to educational uses in the U.S. I'd be interested to see what the FXhome guys decide about your school project / competition entry, especially since their company is registered in the U.K.

Good luck with it all. smile
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I don't see any post on The Force.net even mentioning this, nor any news posts... If they don't do it soon, they will be in the same situation we were and scarcely anyone will post.
Posted: Fri, 20th Jan 2006, 11:45pm

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The news is up at theforce.net now, so hopefully we'll be seeing lots more entries from the guys over there. Good luck everybody!
Posted: Mon, 30th Jan 2006, 6:35am

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Thanks a whole lot for the extra month because I'v been really busy this month and just finished having finals (as well as most of the students here) and didn't get much done. Thanks very much guys!
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could someone convert the DivX clips to another format for me??? I don't have the DivX converter, only the codec whatchyathing.

Thanks
Posted: Thu, 2nd Feb 2006, 6:19am

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Clintorules wrote:

could someone convert the DivX clips to another format for me??? I don't have the DivX converter, only the codec whatchyathing.

Thanks
you can use VirtualDub to convert it to Divx.

http://virtualdub.org/
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Clintorules wrote:

could someone convert the DivX clips to another format for me??? I don't have the DivX converter, only the codec whatchyathing.
You don't need a converter, you should be able to slot them straight into your project. We'll try to offer alternative formats in the future though.
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I tried putting them in the project, and it came out dropping more than half the frames.
Posted: Sat, 4th Feb 2006, 5:24am

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about the whole copyright stuff.. awhile back at bigblueball.com they had a logo of AIM's little running man.. AIM's (aol) lawyers contacted bigblueball about this and told them they had NO permission to use there logo.. and according to the "law" it said that it just had to a % amount different or altured.. meaning.. they just took the image.. cut out a % of it.. (the feet) and it was thus legal...

NOW, this is with a image and not music.. but this proves that the whole % law isnt just retarded babling..

also.. i dont think anyone should be aloud to use copyrighted muisc anyway.. i consider sound a huge part of a film.. (and when your grading a movie.. i think you should also have to create your music...) although im sure the judges would take into consideration someone creating there music and using someone elses wink

so bascially.. i dont think anyone should be aloud to use copyrighted music even if the law says "you can use 30 seconds" use it for your school project.. but not a film compitition.. also.. this compitition is for personal gain (Sweet software winkwink) so.. i think that might directly go against the copyright laws

just had to give me 2 cents i guess
sorry for spelling errors and improper grammer.. im tired -_-