Rules for Collecting Cover Videos

2020/05/13

You might already discovered that not every cover video of an artist are present on animesongcovers.com. This is not a mistake! In this post let me explain the collecting rules.

Ten pledges from No Game No Life Opening

During development stage, I once struggled about what to keep and what to discard. Usually an artist does covers not only for animes, but also pop songs, songs for games, movies, vocaloid, or even memes. Animesongcovers.com will lose its focus if it wants to include everything.

Rule #1: Exclude songs from vocaloids, games.

Despite the fact that lots of anime lovers listen to vocaloid songs, these songs are generally not related to animes, just like pop songs. If a pop/vocaloid song was never used in any anime, its covers will be excluded.

Here comes songs from video/mobile games. To some degree, the distinction between anime & games are becoming more blurry nowadays. It's normal to see more and more anime adaptions of games coming up, or the other way around. I decide to only collect songs of (adapted) animes, and exclude the songs from original/related games.

Rule #2: Songs in the movie.

When it comes to "anime movie", there are usually 2 types: one is the animation movie, which is an anime being played in a theater; the other is a movie adaptaion, in which we have real life actors/actresses to play thre plot.

I decided to include songs from animation movie, and exclude songs from movie adaptaion.

Anime Film & Real Movie of Gintama

Rule #3: Repetitions, which to keep?

It is quite common to see an artist uploading multiple covers of the same song. Usually the difference is between trimmed(TV version, usually in 90 seconds) & full version. In this case I will keep the full version and discard trimmed.

Sometimes multiple covers are uploaded because they are played in different music styles, for example uploading both original & jazz version. In this case I keep both. Same rule applies when an artist performed in different languages or instruments. (Notice that I consider piano & Synthesia the same.)

Sometimes the duplication happens because the artist had a real-world event, and recorded a live performing version. Compared to the recorded version, inevitably in live recordings you are likely to hear the noise from audiences (clapping, whispering..). Therfore I discard the live recording version for a better listening experience.

One exception exists: different version were performed sequentially in the same video, meaning that the video length becomes too long, then this video will be excluded. All YouTube videos will be shared as-is on animesongcovers.com, so I will not share a partial video on this website.

Yet another exception: when two artists collaborate in a cover video (of a single song), this video is usually uploaded to both channels and cause the duplication. But this is kinda tricky to me, which one should I discard? It becomes unfair if all clicks & views from this website aggregates to only one channel. So eventually both videos are kept!

In less frequent cases, artists will do a remake of a previously uploaded cover. I noticed that the performance of most artists are improving over time, therefore I keep the newer and discard the older.

Rule #4: No mashups

Mashup covers are also commonly performed among our artists. Personally I enjoy these videos, however mashup covers make it harder to manage searching. I'll have to make big changes to my database structure if i want to support mashups. Right now the plan is to exclude mashup covers.

Rule #5: Soundtracks

I observed some artists are really quick at making covers, that they are able to cover a piece of sound track of an new episode! (Amazing!) This usually happens before official soundtracks are released, when the cover is uploaded nobody has the official song title yet. Therfore the processing of these covers will be deferred.

Also, soundtrack information is also more difficult to collect. If you find out the song title of a cover video before I do, please kindly provide me the information through Twitter or email!

Conclusion

Following these rules, all video entries in the website contains one and only one song. This makes searching easier, and every video is at most the length of a full song. The playlist will also become more even.

Perhaps in the future I will create a new website that solves all the problems listed above, who knows? But for now let's just follow these rules!


Disclaimer: YouTube's term of use already allows sharing videos via embeded player, besides I've sent emails to individual artists to notify and double check if they didn't want their videos being shared here.

Rules for Collecting Cover Videos

2020/05/13

You might already discovered that not every cover video of an artist are present on animesongcovers.com. This is not a mistake! In this post let me explain the collecting rules.

Ten pledges from No Game No Life Opening

During development stage, I once struggled about what to keep and what to discard. Usually an artist does covers not only for animes, but also pop songs, songs for games, movies, vocaloid, or even memes. Animesongcovers.com will lose its focus if it wants to include everything.

Rule #1: Exclude songs from vocaloids, games.

Despite the fact that lots of anime lovers listen to vocaloid songs, these songs are generally not related to animes, just like pop songs. If a pop/vocaloid song was never used in any anime, its covers will be excluded.

Here comes songs from video/mobile games. To some degree, the distinction between anime & games are becoming more blurry nowadays. It's normal to see more and more anime adaptions of games coming up, or the other way around. I decide to only collect songs of (adapted) animes, and exclude the songs from original/related games.

Rule #2: Songs in the movie.

When it comes to "anime movie", there are usually 2 types: one is the animation movie, which is an anime being played in a theater; the other is a movie adaptaion, in which we have real life actors/actresses to play thre plot.

I decided to include songs from animation movie, and exclude songs from movie adaptaion.

Anime Film & Real Movie of Gintama

Rule #3: Repetitions, which to keep?

It is quite common to see an artist uploading multiple covers of the same song. Usually the difference is between trimmed(TV version, usually in 90 seconds) & full version. In this case I will keep the full version and discard trimmed.

Sometimes multiple covers are uploaded because they are played in different music styles, for example uploading both original & jazz version. In this case I keep both. Same rule applies when an artist performed in different languages or instruments. (Notice that I consider piano & Synthesia the same.)

Sometimes the duplication happens because the artist had a real-world event, and recorded a live performing version. Compared to the recorded version, inevitably in live recordings you are likely to hear the noise from audiences (clapping, whispering..). Therfore I discard the live recording version for a better listening experience.

One exception exists: different version were performed sequentially in the same video, meaning that the video length becomes too long, then this video will be excluded. All YouTube videos will be shared as-is on animesongcovers.com, so I will not share a partial video on this website.

Yet another exception: when two artists collaborate in a cover video (of a single song), this video is usually uploaded to both channels and cause the duplication. But this is kinda tricky to me, which one should I discard? It becomes unfair if all clicks & views from this website aggregates to only one channel. So eventually both videos are kept!

In less frequent cases, artists will do a remake of a previously uploaded cover. I noticed that the performance of most artists are improving over time, therefore I keep the newer and discard the older.

Rule #4: No mashups

Mashup covers are also commonly performed among our artists. Personally I enjoy these videos, however mashup covers make it harder to manage searching. I'll have to make big changes to my database structure if i want to support mashups. Right now the plan is to exclude mashup covers.

Rule #5: Soundtracks

I observed some artists are really quick at making covers, that they are able to cover a piece of sound track of an new episode! (Amazing!) This usually happens before official soundtracks are released, when the cover is uploaded nobody has the official song title yet. Therfore the processing of these covers will be deferred.

Also, soundtrack information is also more difficult to collect. If you find out the song title of a cover video before I do, please kindly provide me the information through Twitter or email!

Conclusion

Following these rules, all video entries in the website contains one and only one song. This makes searching easier, and every video is at most the length of a full song. The playlist will also become more even.

Perhaps in the future I will create a new website that solves all the problems listed above, who knows? But for now let's just follow these rules!


Disclaimer: YouTube's term of use already allows sharing videos via embeded player, besides I've sent emails to individual artists to notify and double check if they didn't want their videos being shared here.