2017 NATAS Student Production Awards FAQ’s

The NATAS Student Production Awards process is completely online. While judged separately, student entries will be submitted through the same portal.

Submitting your entries is a 3-step process:

  1. Create an Account
    The entry process requires that the person submitting the entries have an account.
  2. Submit Your Entry & Pay the Entry Fee
    This is the “paperwork” part of the process – but it’s all online. You need to submit your entry information before you can move on to step 3.
  3. Upload Your Video
    You’ll need your entry number before you can upload the video – so don’t skip step 2!

Log into your account Dashboard.

From the Dashboard you may create entries, finish incomplete entries, make changes to submitted entries and pay for your entries.

Dashboard Log In

You can add additional students to an entry at a later time, before the deadline if you do not have the full list of student entrants.

If you find you have entered in the wrong category, please contact the office. We can move your entry to the correct category for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does it cost to enter the NATAS Student Production Awards?

To cover administrative expenses; the cost is a flat fee of $25 per entry FOR HIGH SCHOOL and $50 per entry FOR COLLEGES/UNIVERSITES. There are no individual student entry fees.

Q: What forms of payment are accepted by NATAS Lone Star?

A: Credit card is the preferred online method, but check, purchase orders and money orders are also accepted. If you are paying with a purchase order, check, or money order, please paperclip your payment to your invoice or entry form when mailing it to the office.

Q: If I have more than one entry can I pay for them all at the same time?

A: Yes, when you get to the “View Invoice” step prior to paying for your entry, there will be an option to “Add Another Entry.” You can also come back to Emmy® Express at a later time to add additional entries. Just log in to your account and click on the “Add Entry” link on the left side of the page. Schools can also submit checks for payment. Please contact admin@lonestaremmy.org with any questions.

Q: Who is the “Submitter Contact” on the entry?

A: This is the person who is submitting entries (i.e. completing the online entry forms) on behalf of the organization. Ideally, the submitter is a faculty member. This is the first person we will contact if we have any questions or require additional information regarding the entry.

Q: What is the definition of a composite entry and how many lifts should I include?

A: A composite is a sampling of segments, which convey to a judging panel the scope, breadth or range of an entry. Craft Achievement categories (categories) may be composites (but it is not required). The number of lifts for a composites allowed for each category varies so please read the category descriptions carefully. To differentiate between pieces, lay 1-2 seconds of black before the next piece begins. At the end of the entry please lay 10 seconds of black to indicate the end. No additional effects or music are allowed. The selected segments chosen for your composite MUST be described in the field named “description” as part of the entry form online.

Q: How many people can be listed per entry?

A: There is not a limit. All students listed must have participated in the production. Online, only one entrant name is to entered. This should be the student most responsible for the production. Please send us a list of the other students that should be listed on the entry. Please include their “role” in the production as well. (Was the person a producer? A production assistant? etc.) Use Contact Us to send the other entrant’s names.

For craft entries, only students who performed that particular craft (i.e. editing, writing, etc.) should be listed.

Q: I can’t submit my entry online. I’m having trouble. Can I submit it off-line?

A: Try downloading the “Step-by-Step” documents that are available for downloading on the right hand side of the online entry page and see if that helps. Or please Contact Us for assistance.

Q: When I log in I’m seeing someone else’s information. Why?

A: Click “CLEAR SESSION” link in the resource section on the right hand side of NATAS Express. Close the browser. Open your browser again and you should be able to log in to your account.

Q: Why is it rejecting the date I put in?

A: Make sure you have dashes (-) between the numbers, not slashes (/)

Q: What if I make a mistake? Can I go back and edit my entry?

A: You may go back and edit your entry up until the deadline. To make updates/changes use the link e-mailed to you with your confirmation.

Upload your videos.
Please read the rest of this page for some helpful hints about preparing your videos.

Why re-encode your video?

Videos can be LARGE. You may have a 10 minute video that is as much as a 1000 Megabytes.

Uploading this to NATAS® 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. NATAS® Express ignores the aspect ratio and can give unexpected results. Re-encoding 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 NATAS® Express.

For best quality, encode your video at its original size.

  • 1920×1080 or 1280x720p is recommended
  • Your video should be at least 720×480
  • Do NOT letterbox your video

Encoding Tools

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 recommendation 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.

Supported Formats

  • 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
  • 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)