As we reinvent the SBC competition for our first ever Virtual Innovation Summit, we’re asking you to show us your creativity and produce a new video presentation of your project. This is what the majority of visitors will see, and it’s an important way for students like you to share your findings.
Each submitted video must have a consistent format. Please ensure your video follows the following guidelines:
- Duration: 3-5 minutes
- Orientation: must be recorded in 16:9 (landscape) format.
- Intro and Extro: Must include a standard SBC intro and extro, to be provided by the competition organizers.
- File Format: *.mov, *.mpeg4, *.mp4, *.avi, *.wmv
THE POWER OF EDITING
You are looking to give a high-level overview of your project. Do a few rehearsals, and don’t be too concerned if you don’t get things right the first time. You can always try it again and edit together the best takes. You may want to use cue cards to help you cover everything you would like to say, and try to speak slowly and clearly.
ABOUT GROUP PROJECTS
For Group Projects, we understand that most students will not be able to join their partner in person to record. Instead, we suggest that you split different sections between you and your partner, filming them separately and editing them together. Transition between both partners, much as you might see on a television news program.
Feel free to think of other creative solution to get both partners involved in the video.
Please note that there is only one video permitted per project.
PREPARING YOUR VIDEO
While it may not include all of the details of your project, your video should be able to stand on its own and tell the story of what inspired you, and what you have discovered. Some of the key points you should hit in your video include the following:
- A summary of your project;
- Additional information that visitors may find useful;
- A description of where you got your idea;
- What difficulties you encountered;
- How you overcame those difficulties;
- What you enjoyed about doing the project;
- How you executed you project, and what support did you get;
- What would be the next steps if you were to continue the project.
A PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATION!
Presentation is key when making your video. Ensure that you are well lit and that the sound is loud and crisp in your recording. We recommend filming during the day, if possible, to take advantage of natural light, and to complete your filming in a quiet room where you can film undisturbed. Other quick tips:
- Dress Code: Just as you would if you were presenting in person, dress appropriately for your video. No jeans, sweat pants or other similar clothing!
- Check your background: Take a quick look around your filming location to check anything else that may appear in the background of your video, to make sure you’re only sharing what you want to share. Be especially careful of any mirrors, and do your best to tidy up your space.
- Energy! Always be positive and enthusiastic, and be confident with your answers. The viewer will feed off your energy. Show us your excitement for your project.
USE OF ON-SCREEN GRAPHICS AND PHOTOS
We also recommend that you incorporate graphs, photos and other imagery into your presentation as you talk about it, either by filming printed charts or by cutting-and-pasting into your edit. This is a great way to incorporate your poster into your video. Please note: All photographs, images, diagrams, Internet images, & graphs that come from other sources MUST be credited. You can either include credit directly on the image at the moment it appears, or you can include a credits slide at the end of your video. Other tips:
- To credit an Internet image or other document, write your credit as follows: “[SOURCE NAME], [DOCUMENT TITLE]. Downloaded from ww.samplewebsite.com on [DATE].”).
- If you are using images of real people whom you worked with as part of your project, you must receive permission from the subject before including their photo.
VIDEO EDITING TOOLS
In your Virtual Mentorship Toolbox, we’ve provided free access to WeVideo, an online video editing suite, to help you prepare your video. Learn more about the virtual mentorship toolbox here.