The video should be between 3-5 minutes. Videos over 3 minutes will run the risk of lacking clarity and losing the attention of the viewer.
The goal of the video is to very clearly showcase your project. This should clearly demonstrate how you envision users interacting with your product or service. Videos should be more about telling the story rather than just a rundown of the technology that you implemented. This is where you are able to demonstrate your work in action and show off the different types of users and the value they get from using your solution. Be sure to allot plenty of time and thought in the creation of your video.
- The video must begin with an introduction containing the following information (see the submission page for more details about these things):
- Project Name
- Project Logo
- Contact Information (This could be an email or website. It is up to you whether to include names and/or personal contact information)
- CIC watermark logo with "Georgia Tech Convergence Innovation Competition Spring 2020", along the CIC website (cic.gatech.edu)
- Start with your elevator pitch - quickly and simply define your product/service and its value proposition.
- Identify and define who is the customer and why/how would they find and use your service? Explain how it fits into existing ecosystems and if it fits into the current social and technical context. Be sure to highlight specific value you provide in the CIC categories.
- A demo of what you have running. It's okay to include mockups of unfinished features as long as you are honest about what is real.
- Have a meaningful narration or simple background music.
- Normalize all audio so that multiple parts of audio do not have different volume levels.
Irrespective of the Video Creation Software you use, the final video to be uploaded should be in the format listed below. If your Video Tool does not support these standards, go ahead and create video in any format and then make use of the Handbrake software to convert to the required format. Handbrake is available for all OS platforms.
- Choose a standard video resolution
- It is required that your video is a minimum of1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels)
- Video Container: MP4
- Video Codec: H.264
- Audio Codec: AAC
- Supported file formats for video upload: 3g2, 3gp, 3gp2, 3gpp, asf, asx, avi, divx, mts, m2t, m2ts, m2v, m4v, mkv, mov, mp4, mpe, mpeg, mpg, ogg, wmv
Upload Your Video
Please make your video available in a downloadable format. You can use any of the video hosting sites to host your video and provide an URL as well.
Some Important Tips
- Script your video well in advance. Do this multiple times till you have refined your message.
- Plan the setting to be recorded (desktop, application window etc.) to aid in easy recording of the video.
- The better the recording, the lesser is the effort needed to edit the video. Editing forms the bulk of any video creation.
- Don't ever hesitate to reshoot a video if you find any discrepancies, however tiny the discrepancy may be. Presentation matters!
- Focus on what it is you are trying to demonstrate. Don't spend too much time on other trivial content.
- Use royalty-free/open source images & sounds. Although using copyright media for Class Projects come under fair use, these projects are being showcased in the Industry and hence it is wiser to use proper sources. You can find links to royalty-free content HERE
- Don't display things that are not relevant. Either don't capture them, remove icons and text from the screen/tools, or you can change the focus area of the video and crop out unnecessary items.
- Don't be repetitive unless you have to (logins, processes, etc.)
- Any text in the video should be readable when played back
- Pace the Video using delays and transitions
- Brainstorm, Plan, Practice, Practice, Practice!
Video Production Tools
- Camtasia Studio (Win: available in the lab)(Mac)
- CamStudio (Open Source)(Win)
- Silverback (Mac)
- Jing (Recording only)(Win, Mac)
- Videospin (editing only)(Win)
Video Tutorial - A video on how to effectively build a Video and pitfalls to avoid can be found here