1. Music that has nothing to do with the AMV at hand
This should not even be explained. No one wants to watch an AMV that’s, for example, about Flonne from Disgaea yet has “Rewrite” as the song from Fullmetal Alchemist.
2. Distracting Subtitles — Piracy Alert
Using scenes from fansubs for your AMVs shows unprofessionalism and unrelated to the quality of the AMV: shows how cheap you are by not buying the DVDs of the series you made the AMV about if it’s a license release (mainly targeted toward mainstream titles such as Naruto, Pokemon, etc.). The subtitles are also very, very disracting, esspecially when there are clips from an opening played together with the AMV’s song, the subtitles being very out of place (making it look very tacky) and colorful karoke typesetting makes it very hard to concentrate on the video at hand.
To put it short: Subtitles in AMVs suck, even if the AMV’s good when putting that aside. Raws or DVD rips, please.
3. Two or more themes in an AMV
I’ve seen happen alot in AMVs focusing on shippings and pairings. They focus on at least two anime pairings in one AMV. Now, it’s not bad, it’s just not fair to the people who don’t really like one or more of the multiple pairings in your AMV. And it’s also very annoying to see, for example, scenes of “Edward Elric x Winry” one minute, than “Kyon x Itsuki” the next, and alternating. It’s like wanting to read a book about apples yet getting random information on oranges every five pages.
Stick to at least one theme for more efficency please. Only do it when you could actually pull it off, thanks.
4. At least 5 minutes a scene, please — or else GTFO of Windows Movie Maker
Constantly alternating between scenes at an accelerated rate is annoying. Unless you’re trying to what the TMoHS opening does at 0:41, don’t switch between scenes like that. It hurts the eyes.
5. If you’re going to use pirated video rips, at least don’t use HK subs. Which is more distracting
6. Use one piece of music please
We don’t need clones of the song montages of the dub Pokemon movie endings, thank you very much.
7. Original titles are better than just naming it after the song you’re using
Using original titles made by yourself for your AMVs instead of naming it after the song you’re using in the background or naming it (Insert series/character name) AMV is better, in my opinion. It shows your creativity, as well as showing your creativity as an AMV maker in the actual AMV. If the title’s crappy, than who cares, at least you tried your best naming it unlike the other lazy bums that name it after the background music.