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Video Creation Contest: The Avatar's Guide to Knowledge and Virtue

Discussion in 'Portalarium Events & Calendar' started by Berek, Nov 17, 2017.

  1. Berek

    Berek Senior Community Manager Moderator SOTA Developer

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    Do you have in-depth knowledge on a feature in the game that new players should know more about? Would you call yourself an expert in a particular field of gameplay? This is your chance to create a valuable how-to video that can be shown to the entire community (and help grow your channel as well!)

    The ‘Avatar’s Guide to Knowledge and Virtue’ video contest kicks off today. You have from Nov. 17, 2017 to Jan. 15, 2018 to design a walkthrough video for all New Britannians to use as a resource for making their way successfully in the game.

    When you have a video to submit, please post it in This Thread. You are allowed to edit your posts up until the submission deadline on Jan. 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM CT (Jan. 16 at 5:59 AM UTC). We will be posting all final videos on Portalarium’s YouTube channel in a Playlist after the contest ends.

    Below are the details of the contest, including what you can win!

    SUGGESTED CATEGORIES

    You may submit a video for each category, and feel free to come up with your own categories! You can only win once though:
    • Getting Started – From Install to Play
    • Getting Started – The Beginning Scenes
    • The Various Gameplay Modes
    • Navigate Through Compass and Maps
    • Finding Other Players
    • Chatting with Other Players
    • Adventuring and Scenes
    • Town Differences (Incl. nested, biomes, player owned/run, etc.)
    • Quests, Story, and Conversations
    • Combat Types (PvE or PvP or both, etc.)
    • Combat Mechanics
    • Combat Do’s and Dont’s
    • Inventory and Storage
    • Weapons and Armor
    • Crafting Skills and Techniques
    • Gathering Skills and Techniques
    • Guilds, Groups, and Friends
    • Mail System and Secure Trading
    • Using the In-game Economy
    • Craftable Versions of Store Items
    • Lots, Housing, and Rent
    • Musical Instruments (including the radios)
    • …or any other category you can think of!
    Please mention in the submission post which category your video is designed around.

    WHAT YOU CAN WIN

    Grand Series prize winner (For those who create a video series of 3+ eligible videos):
    • Special Contest Version of the Old Time Camera
    • ‘Professor of Arcane Knowledge 2017’ in-game title
    • 750 COTOs
    Grand prize winners (Top 5):
    • Special Contest Version of the Old Time Camera
    • ‘Professor of Arcane Knowledge 2017’ in-game title
    • 500 COTOs
    Runner-up prize winners (Top 2):
    • ‘Professor of Arcane Knowledge 2017’ in-game title
    • 250 COTOs
    Weekly entries (2 random picks per week of the contest being live):
    • 25 COTOs
    Final entries and winners will be announced on the Community Livestream on Jan. 19! Keep watch on the main website and the game’s social channels for details and updates.

    SUBMITTING A VIDEO

    If you want to know what works best for a game like Shroud of the Avatar, search on YouTube for MMO or MMORPG “How-to Play”, “Gameplay Walkthrough”, “Player Guides”, etc., for ideas. Videos can contain textual cut-scenes, though we suggest limiting these and letting you do the work talking about what you want to explain out loud.

    You only have a couple of minutes to be impactful, so don’t waste it with dead space! We recommend you create a script in advance and walk it through several times before recording the final video scenes (recording doesn’t have to be seamless, you can cut where needed).

    Requirements:
    • Scenes: Use the following [Start] and [End] scenes
      The second scene after our provided opening scene will be a custom one by you that must contain your character name and what the walkthrough is about. The Beginning scene is required for ALL videos, so please wait to upload your videos until you see this update from us!
      • #1 Scene = Ours, #2 Scene = Yours, #3 Video = Main How-To, #4 Scene = Ours
      • #1 and #2 Scene should last ~4 seconds each with the #4 end scene at ~8 seconds
    • Resolution: 1920×1080, 2560×1440, or 3840×2160 if consistently at 30fps or higher. If absolutely necessary, you can go down to 1280x720, but only if it helps performance.
    • Runtime: 1:30 to 2:30 minutes
    • Assets: May only use game or free graphics, music, or your own customized assets.
      • NOTE: If you use your own assets you must have all rights to those assets and you must assign us perpetual non-exclusive rights to those assets so we can use them to share the video for promotional purposes.
    • Quality: For optimal game recording quality, set all game settings to their max
      Scale back game settings if framerate drops consistently below 30fps
      Use relatively brief fades to help transition from one scene to the next
    • Audio: Music should be subtle or non-existent except perhaps at the beginning and end. Light sound effects may benefit the video if you are doing things like crafting, in combat, or other activities that sound would aid in the results. Voiceover should be a priority.
    • Voiceover: You must be able to convey instructions, whether that be through transcription, and/or preferably a voiceover.
    Your video must be in English and shareable on YouTube. Submit your video with a title, description, why you chose the particular walkthrough category, and a link to the video.

    VIDEO RESOURCES

    There are plenty of tools out there to use to put together a video! Production tools include Adobe Premiere, Cyberlink Director, and Sony Vegas. As long as the video adheres to the contest requirements, you can use any software at your disposal.

    Click here to download our Media Kit that includes additional logos and items for your video.

    You are also required to save raw footage in case we would like to reuse the footage in future videos. Please do not send raw footage until we ask though, unless it is via an easy to use link that downloads the footage in one path.

    CONTEST RULES

    Since this is a skill based contest, a committee of judges will be formed at Portalarium, and any tie breakers will be resolved by the committee. Any concerns and disputes on who won must be sent to Berek in the community forums. Do not post in the submission thread or other public areas any disputes or challenges about the winners.

    Inappropriate or vulgar submissions are prohibited and will result in disqualification. Submissions containing any of the following are considered inappropriate:
    • Any disparagement of a race/gender/group of people or ideals
    • Drug/alcohol abuse, sexual connotations, and other derogatory or disturbing imagery
    • Graphical bugs, or otherwise depicting the state of the game in a negative manner
    • Anything that would be a violation of the common Community Rules & Guidelines
    THIS IS A SKILL-BASED CONTEST. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. VIDEO FOOTAGE CAN BE FROM ANY SOURCE AVAILABLE TO YOU, INCLUDING YOUR OWN GAME ACCOUNT AND THIRD PARTY SOURCES. ASK FOR PERMISSION WHERE APPROPRIATE. AFFIDAVIT OF ELIGIBILITY / RELEASE OF LIABILITY / PRIZE ACCEPTANCE AGREEMENT MAY BE REQUIRED.

    ALL SUBMITTED VIDEOS ARE ABLE TO BE USED AND COPIED BY PORTALARIUM FOR PROMOTING SHROUD OF THE AVATAR AS PORTALARIUM AND ITS PARTNERS SEES FIT.
     
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  2. Lord Andernut

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    @Berek Professor of Arcane Knowledge looks better without "2017" in it. Also long titles get very squished, Knight of New Britannian gets pretty small text at 25 characters - the title proposed here has 34 characters.
     
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    Slightly off topic...

    Great idea. In my opinion the BEST form of marketing is player made video and a spose streaming nowadays. EvE only really sky rocketed in popularity with great game changes putting the world in control of the player but with the advent of player made videos, showing the scope and the game in all of its glory. Nowadays i think player made videos can get lost among everything that's out there and maybe a repository could be made or linked to from the main website of ones that are good. I don't mean just a link to a youtube channel or something but a purpose built site that categorises our videos and showcases them easily, youtube is fine but a watcher can easily get side tracked and lose concentration of the game in question and find something else recommended to distract them.

    By the way i think PvP videos with super soundtracks make the best of the best form of marketing ;)
     
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    Instead of having 2017 in a title that players will be forced to see, I believe it would be better to put the Novian time when the contest ends. I.E. “Professor of Arcane Knowledge 532 PC.” Just my two cents [​IMG]
     
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    I like that! We do want to keep it short too, but had a real hard time coming up with a title for this one :(. We also wanted to make sure you actually got a title this time, so tried to come up with something in advance :).
     
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    @Berek

    What about simply "Novian Professor", or "Credentialed Professor?" Toss on a year if you want to make it specific to this contest, but without the year you can make it a title given out for future education-related contests (if there are any). Removing Arcane from the title shortens it and also makes it so it's not limited to magic (In the case of people like Sara Dreygon, who loves to beat things with a stick over silly words and gesture-fire).
     
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    Just to make sure, the videos have to be in english right? My channel is german and an english video would look a bit out of place =P
     
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    Yes, thanks for bringing that up!
     
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    Hmmm, I am horrible at computer stuff, I will need to learn how to edit the videos well enough. Is anyone willing to help me out in learning some video editing skills? I am TOTALLY game for this contest, I don't even care if I win or not, I just like to share knowledge.
     
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    ** rubs hands together **
     
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    @Berek is it possible to decrease resolution to 720p? it's still HD... thank you
     
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    If you absolutely have to, that's fine, the videos will be accepted still to maintain a smooth play.
     
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    This is ridiculously awesome of Port to run this contest! I will see if I can cook something up, since I've done video editing professionally in the past. Those COTOs and that title is mine! :)
     
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    I third the vote for it being dated in Novia time.
     
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    Are in the the images in the Icons folder in the Media Kit totally black for anyone else?
     
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    I agree. I think that "Professor of Arcane Knowledge" would be an awesome title. With the 2017 added, not so much.
     
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    Yes, actually, should Titles be dated like that? Isn't it always OK if a professor joins the ranks next year, we don't need to be jealous of being a professor first. I mean, you're not

    1959 Sir Alec Guiness

    you're

    Sir Alec Guiness.

    And if more Sirs show up, you have a toast with them and pat everyone on the back.
     
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    ar·cane
    ärˈkān/
    adjective
    1. understood by few; mysterious or secret.
      "modern math and its arcane notation"
     
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    Huh. Well, you learn something new every day. I've only ever heard it used in a magic sense.
     
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    It is a pretty natural association :)