eutychus
9 years ago
I've been asked a number of times what the guidelines are for submitting screenshots to the IAD, so I thought I would put up a little primer for what we're looking for. There is no process for putting them on the site yourself. With over 1800 cartoons having screenshots and more coming, the amount of webspace we use is fairly big, so we are in the process of transferring everything over to an Amazon Cloud server in order to keep costs down and relieviate the stress on our current server. But here's what you can do:

1: Please make sure the source material is as high quality as possible. I understand that a lot of early animation just isn't available on DVD, or any high quality format, but it should be as high quality as possible. Screen caps from a YouTube video are generally not going to work too well, unless you download a high quality copy of it. For that, I use a small program called Free YouTube Downloader which can be found at http://youtubedownloader.com/

2: For DVD copies I use a program called "Cyberlink PowerDVD." They're up to version 14 right now, but I've found Version 10 is the easiest to use if you can find it. You do have to be careful, though, because the size of the screencap you get depends on the size of the window you have open. So, it's easy to make them too big where they get pixillated, or too small where they lack any detail.

3: For mp4 or other formats on my computer, I use a free program called "VLC Media Player." It's kinda nifty and had a "capture screen" function which gives you a screenshot with the original format intact.

4: Most media players, although they may play bluray discs, won't allow you to take screenshots. This is because the studios believe that someone is going to take the time to do screen caps of the entire movie and piece them together. To get around this, I use a program called "AnyDVD" which is a plug in for your computer and disables the protection from most bluray discs. It isn't free, and it is a little pricey, but it works great.

5: Screenshots should be a minimum of 640 pixels wide.

6: For an 8 to 12 minute cartoon, I usually look for 20 - 25 shots. They should be representative of the cartoon as a whole. For older shorts, I prefer to have all of the title cards (including the credits) and all of the end cards. But with newer cartoons, where everybody gets screen credit including the guy who fills the Coke machine, this isn't really practical. For feature length titles, you can send anywhere from 50 to 60. These figures are just a rule of thumb, however. Send as many as you think necessary to give a good representation of the cartoon without going overboard.

7: Lower resolution screenshot sets may be replaced if a higher quality source is found.

Once again, please send as high quality as possible. Send them in either jpg or png format. I can edit them from there and format them correctly for the site.
You can either mail them directly to me at eutychus at intanibase.com or put them in a dropbox file. If you are emailing them, it's best if you don't put them in the body of the email itself, but attach them, either as separate files or as a zip file.

I think that's it. Any questions?
Kunopa
6 years ago
By the way - regarding #1 - you can use to download this guide https://www.dvdvideosoft.com/guides/how-to-download-youtube-playlist.htm
Cool_Cat
6 years ago
Are TV logos allowed?

Some shorts like let's say... Unnatural History are impossible to get without. I've seen that one only once on TV.
ToonStar95
6 years ago

Are TV logos allowed?

Some shorts like let's say... Unnatural History are impossible to get without. I've seen that one only once on TV.

Originally Posted by: Cool_Cat 



Yeah, I'm getting a little annoyed by that Arabic logo bug on several 60s Lantz shorts.
eutychus
6 years ago

Are TV logos allowed?

Some shorts like let's say... Unnatural History are impossible to get without. I've seen that one only once on TV.

Originally Posted by: Cool_Cat 



The policy is that we'll accept screenshots with the bug IF the cartoon is not available anywhere without it. I don't like the logos either, but I'd rather have them with the logos that not have them at all.
TibbyH
6 years ago
How many screenshots would you recommend for a 25 minute TV cartoon?
PopKorn Kat
6 years ago

How many screenshots would you recommend for a 25 minute TV cartoon?

Originally Posted by: TibbyH 



I usually take around 25-39.
TibbyH
6 years ago
Does anyone know any good Blu-ray softwares you can purchase to take screenshots and that work with Windows 7?
PopKorn Kat
6 years ago

Does anyone know any good Blu-ray softwares you can purchase to take screenshots and that work with Windows 7?

Originally Posted by: TibbyH 



I use it on Windows 10 and macOS, but I use Macgo Blu-Ray Player . It's free, but there's a watermark when you play DVDs and Blu-Rays. You can pay to have it removed, though.
eutychus
2 years ago
Please note the following addendum to the screenshot submission guidelines:

7: Lower resolution screenshot sets may be replaced if a higher quality source is found.

kintutoons32
2 years ago
Is there anything regarding watermarks, like the one from Kisscartoon?
PopKorn Kat
2 years ago

Is there anything regarding watermarks, like the one from Kisscartoon?

Originally Posted by: kintutoons32 



eutychus said this regarding TV bugs, but I assume it applies to watermarks as well:


The policy is that we'll accept screenshots with the bug IF the cartoon is not available anywhere without it. I don't like the logos either, but I'd rather have them with the logos that not have them at all.


eutychus
2 years ago

Is there anything regarding watermarks, like the one from Kisscartoon?

Originally Posted by: kintutoons32 



Watermarks I would prefer to deal with on a case by case basis. Bugs tend to be located in a corner and and be rather innocuous. Watermarks can tend to be more invasive so I'd have to look at them independently.

RareSox
2 years ago
So, watermarks like MeTV and Globo don't cause much problems in your view?
eutychus
2 years ago

So, watermarks like MeTV and Globo don't cause much problems in your view?

Originally Posted by: RareSox 



As long as they are small and just in the corner of the screen, they're fine. As I said, I would prefer none at all, but we work with what we got.


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