Video Contest Details
Carly Simon's Video Contest for You're So Vain
THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL HAVE THEIR VIDEO PREMIERED AT THE 2010 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL, FEATURED ON AOL AND MEET CARLY SIMON IN-PERSON
Los Angeles, California. Thirty seven Decembers ago, pop songstress Carly Simon tore up the record charts with her single "You're So Vain." The song captured the number-one slot on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary charts, and to this day remains one of the most popular classic rock songs of all time.
Perhaps more than any other track in pop music, the song's central mystery captivated the public. Ironically, even with all this speculation, the song has never had a music video to accompany it. To coincide with her critically-acclaimed latest release, NEVER BEEN GONE, fans and filmmakers are invited to submit a music video to accompany the newly recorded version of “You’re So Vain.” To coincide with her critically-acclaimed latest release, NEVER BEEN GONE, fans and filmmakers are invited to submit a music video to accompany the newly recorded version of “You’re So Vain.” If you'd like to add elements of the original 1972 version of the song feel free, but your video has to incorporate at least some of the 2010 recording, making the most of the new footage that can be downloaded here. Carly will screen and judge all of the entries herself. The winning video will win $10,000, be featured on AOL Music’s Spinner.com and screened at this years’ Tribeca Film Festival in April, where the winner will also have the opportunity meet Carly Simon.
How the Video Contest Works
Voting, Finalists and Grand Prize
To help fans and filmmakers out, Carly has created a template of optional tools which can be utilized in the creation of the video including recently shot green screen footage, stills, video blogs and more all of which can be found and downloaded HERE. You can use the music from the newly recorded version of “You’re So Vain” found on NEVER BEEN GONE, or use a combination of the original version of “You’re So Vain” released in 1973 with the 2010 recording.
Also, feel free to use any program you can get your hands on to edit the footage (iMovie, Final Cut, etc).
You will have from February 8, 2010 through April 15, 2010 to enter your video into the contest.
Carly will screen and judge all of the entries herself. The winning video will win $10,000, be featured on AOL Music’s Spinner.com and screened at this years’ Tribeca Film Festival in April, where the winner will also have the opportunity meet Carly Simon. The top 5 videos will be selected on April 15th, 2010 and then the finalists will be narrowed down to the Grand Prize winner to be announced at The Tribeca Film Festival.
All videos created using our copyrighted materials (provided for use in this contest) may NOT be uploaded to any video/media sharing website. Your submitted video will remain on Carly Simon's You Tube channel, so that you can continue to share it with anyone that you'd like to view it.
If you do not comply with these rules/regulations, a copyright infringement notice will be submitted with whatever video/media sharing site that contains the copyrighted material. Your video will removed, and your account may be terminated.
Thank you for complying with these rules & regulations.
The video elements provided were shot in 1080 x 720 HD and are mov files.
A codec is the format in which your video will be encoded. Different codecs have different features and varying quality. For best results, we recommend using H.264 (sometimes referred to as MP4) for the video codec and AAC (short for Advanced Audio Codec) for the audio codec. If you're on a Windows machine, WMV3 is a good choice for video codec.
Frame rate and keyframes
If there is an option that says "current," it is best to just go with that. Otherwise, this is usually 30 fps (frames per second) for USA, Canada, and Japan, while in Europe and rest of the world it's usually 25 fps. If there is an option for keyframes, use the same value you used for framerate.
This setting controls both the visual quality of the video and how big the file will be. In most video editors, this is done in terms of kilobits per second (kbits/sec or kbps). Use 2000 kbits/sec for standard definition 4:3 video, 3000 kbits/sec for widescreen DV, or 5000 kbits/sec for high definition footage.
640x480 for standard definition 4:3 video, 853x480 for widescreen DV, or 1280x720 for high definition. It is also best to export 1920x1080 or 1440x1080 video as 1280x720 too, since we will automatically scale it down. If you have the option to control the pixel aspect ratio (not display aspect ratio) make sure it's set to "1:1" or "1.00", also sometimes called "square pixels."
If you have this option, enable it. If you shoot in DV format, this is an especially important setting. If you do not deinterlace, you will often get weird-looking horizontal lines in your video.
Choose AAC for the audio codec. You'll want to set the bit rate to 320 kbps and the sample rate to 44.100 kHz.
Acceptable video format
While we like MP4 the best, we will generally accept any of the following formats: 3g2, 3gp, 3gp2, 3gpp, asf, asx, avi, divx, mts, m2t, m2ts, m2v, m4v, mkv, mov, mp4, mpe, mpeg, mpg, ogg, wmv.
Official Rules and Submission Agreement
Only the visual and audio content provided by Iris Records, llc may be used in entries to the competition; you may not add any visual or audio content to your submission that you do not have permission to use.
All visual and audio content provided by Iris Records, llc and used is property of Iris Records, llc. While the entrants have the right to keep their work, it may not be used or displayed commercially or personally including all social media sites and/or streaming sites.
To enter the competition, you must be of legal age in the country you are from.