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Important rule changes

Two important rule changes will apply from VF34 onwards. They are:

  1. The flying segment of an entry must be between 60 and 90 seconds. This is a strengthening of the previous rule on time limit, which did not impose a minimum. The minimum flying time is now 60 seconds.
  2. The permissable size of video file for each entry increases from 25 to 30 Megabytes, with a 10% leeway as before. This change is designed to accomodate higher resolution/higher bitrate videos.

Entrants, please revisit the competition rules to get a full understanding of what is required to enter.

VF33 results

VF33 results are now available and it's congratulations to Alex Belov who takes out the top spot! Some extremely close competition in the top half, with just 1.5 raw score points between third and fifth place.

This is Alex's third consequtive win and sixth overal win in the VF format.  Check out the recently updated Hall of Fame for a complete history of VF winners.

Stay tuned for the VF33 prize draw - coming soon.

VF33 videos are up!

An excellent turnout for VF33 - 19 entrants from many different places around the globe!

As per the previous round, I have not disqualified any entries.

  1. One entry pushes the flying time limit beyond 94.5 seconds. The excess few seconds do not contain much in the way of score-boosting flying.
  2. One entry has an out-of-frame issue, but does not show signs of cut-and-join video editing.
  3. One entry has a disjointedness which appears to be dropped video frames during a camera zoom.
  4. One entry is only 25 seconds long. While this is not against the current VF rule set, it is clearly less challenging to prepare a 25 second clip of unedited flying than it is to fly the full 90 seconds. VF rules will be amended (prior to VF34) to specify a minimum flying time.

I ask that entrants subjectively adjust your scores with respect to such issues. If you believe that an entry gained unfair advantage from an issue, please penalise your scores for that entry accordingly.

Navigate to the current round page to view the videos, and for entrants, download the VF33 scoring sheet. Entrants, please submit your score sheet via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by the 29th August.

VF33 begins!

Don't know about you, but it feels like it's time for another round of Virtual Freestyle. That's right, VF is back for Round 33 and it's going to be a beauty! Lots of interest in the Facebook group for this one, and it's great to see some new faces keen to enter. See the current round page for more details.

Thanks to Alex Belov, we kick off this round's prizes with a VF33 mug to the round winner. If you would like to donate a prize for this round, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss the details further.

Time to get recording and fly your way!

VF33 Poster

VF32 videos available

Lots of support for the return of Virtual Freestyle with a total of 24 entrants for Round 32!

I have been lenient with respect to disqualifications:

  1. Two videos had an IN->OUT duration that was over the 90 second limit by more 5 seconds, so I trimmed the end off the flying segment to bring it to 94.5 seconds (90 seconds + 5%).
  2. Two videos have noticeable out-of-frame moments, but I don't believe these entries gained any significant advantage from it.
  3. A few videos do not start their routine with the kite's wingtips on the ground.

My attitude is to let the entrants' scores determine how much points 2) and 3) matter. If you strongly believe that an entry gained advantage from an out-of-frame or non-compliant launch, adjust your scores for that entry accordingly.

Head on over to the round details page to see the entries.

Entrants, please submit your score sheet via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by the 14th December.

VF returns with Round 32!

After a long break, and with lots of support from fans on Facebook and the forums, VF returns for Round 32! There's a whole range of great prizes on offer for all skill levels -- all you need to do is enter to be in the running to win something fun.

See the Round 32 page for important dates, an online submission form, and more details about the great prizes on offer.

VF Round 32

VF33 scores due: 29.08.2017 12:00 VF33 scoring closed!