2013 Call For Entries - pdf
2013 Categories Only - pdf
The Northwest Regional Emmy® Awards deadline for submittal was 5:00 pm, Thursday, January 17th, 2013.
All entries will be uploaded using Emmy® Express. No entries will be made on DVD.
The rules about "double dipping" have been tightened up considerably this year by the national organization. More on this soon.
The Team Coverage category is gone.
Entries that used to go in the Team Coverage category would now best fit in Continuing Coverage - 24 Hours.
The Continuing Coverage category has been divided in two - 24 Hours and No Time Limit.
Coverage of a single story by a team of journalists can be entered in either of those categories.
The Video Journalist craft category has been divided in two - 24 Hours and No Time Limit.
Why reencode your video?
Videos can be LARGE. You may have a 10 minute video that is as much as a 1000 Megabytes.
Uploading this to Emmy® Express will take a long time and will have a greater chance of
failure during the upload process. And some videos have an aspect ratio different from
the bit ratio. Emmy® Express ignores the aspect ratio and can give unexpected results.
Reencoding to the proper target size on your computer will fix both these issues before
they happen and also give you a chance to preview your video in a format much closer to
what you can expect on Emmy® Express.
Suggested encoding sizes
For standard video Resolution (4x3) use 856x640 bits.
For HiDef video Resolution (16x9) use 856x480 bits.
For the very few 2.35 videos use 856x360 bits.
Your audio bit rate should be around 128 to 192 Kbits per second.
Your target file size should end up around 10 to 12 Megabytes per minute.
Some chapters have used MPEG Streamclip. For Windows and Mac. http://www.squared5.com/
Handbrake works well and is free but does have a learning curve. For Windows, Mac and Ubutu. http://handbrake.fr/
For the Mac, we have a recomendation from a Final Cut Pro user. He used a tool called Compressor to encode to Flash video.
What video formats can I upload?
There are many different video containers, codecs and formats out there. These add up to literally thousands of different combinations. While we do our best to support as many formats as possible, we simply cannot ensure that any uploaded video will work.
Pretty much all the video formats supported by FFMPEG, including
- WMV (WMV, WMV2, MSMPEG,VC-1)
- MOV (Sorenson Video 3, H263, H264, animation)
- MPEG4 (mp4, 3ivx, DivX, Xvid, H264)
- FLV (VP6 and Sorenson Spark)
- DV and DVCPro
- 3GP (mobile phones)
- MPEG1 and MPEG2
- AVI (Indeo, Cinepak, Motion JPEG, MPEG)
- F4V (H264)
Not supported formats
- Quicktime (MOV) files that use the Apple ProRes codec (part of Final Cut). This codec also produces extremely large files. We advise to do a rough export from Final Cut Pro.
- Quicktime (MOV) files that actually only contain a raw DV stream (some DV cameras export these). Export these files using either raw DV or H264/AAC Quicktime.
- Quicktime (MOV) files with 24-bit audio.
- DRM protected files from Microsoft (WMV) or the iTunes Store (M4V, MOV).
- CSS encrypted DVD images (VOB).
- WMV videos using the MSS2 video codec (for screencasting)