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Video Showcase

Call for Participation


Quick Facts

  • Video Submission: Upload video at the PCS Submission System by 9 January 2013 (5pm PDT)
  • Conditional Acceptance Notification: 10 February 2013, with instructions for one-page description for final submission.
  • Final Video Deadline: 17 February 2013, including a one-page description in Extended Abstract Format
  • Submission Format: H.264 encoded MP4, at least 720px x 480px, at most 5 minutes
  • Selection process: Juried
  • At the Conference: all of the accepted videos will be shown during a special session, and we will announce the nominees and winner(s) of the Golden Mouse award
  • Archives: ACM Digital Library

What’s New with Video Showcase

This year will feature a streamlined submission process, in which authors submit their Video Showcase submissions in early January.

Message from the Videos Chairs

The videos track is a forum for human-computer interaction that leaps off the page: vision videos, reflective pieces, humor, novel interfaces, studies, and anything else that is a good match for the moving image and relevant to HCI. Your work will be screened for a large CHI audience during the conference, and in contention for the Golden Mouse award. Videos will be available in the ACM Digital Library after the conference.

Work will be judged on how much it intellectually engages an HCI audience and how effectively it communicates its message. Ultimately, we are looking to put together an enjoyable show for the attendees. Interesting but poorly-produced videos will be scrapped — but if it’s YouTube-ready, it’s ready for the videos track!

Authors can submit videos of any length up to 5 minutes. Videos will be accepted in two categories: Full Videos and Short Videos. Full Videos will be given featured status at the event, will be considered for awards, and will be shown in their entirety. Short Video authors will be required to shorten their submissions to a maximum of 75 seconds to be shown at the event.

Videos will be accepted conditionally. The reviewing committee may ask you to shorten your video further, to improve edits, or otherwise to prepare it for public consumption. You will be given a period of time to revise your video and re-submit a final version for approval and screening at the conference.

Jeffrey Bardzell, Indiana University
Nicolas Roussel, Inria Lille

Preparing your Video Showcase Submission

Preparing your video

Your video must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • At most five minutes in length, noting that 2-3 minutes is a more common length. Contact the Videos chairs by 12 hours before the submission deadline if you have good reason to request special exemption for the length limit.
  • Titles and credits totaling no more than ten seconds: showcase your content!
  • Encoded as an MP4 using the H.264 codec. No exceptions!
  • Resolution of at least 720px x 480 px. Send as high a resolution copy of your video as possible.
  • We strongly recommend 16:9 aspect ratio. Encode your video using square pixels for the pixel aspect ratio to avoid your movie looking stretched when projected.
  • At most 100 MB in file size (the system allows us to make a small number of exceptions to this rule, but please contact the Videos chairs in advance).

Most video editing software provides an exporting option to MP4/H.264, for example iMovie, Adobe Premiere, and Final Cut Pro. If you prefer to use free software, x264 can encode any video into H.264.

Third-party material and copyright

It is very important that you have the rights to use all the material that is contained in your submission, including music, video, images, etc. Attaining permissions to use video, audio, or pictures of identifiable people or proprietary content rests with the author, not the ACM or the CHI conference. You are encouraged to use Creative Commons content, for example music available at ccMixter.

Authors of accepted submissions must sign a copyright form allowing us (ACM and SIGCHI) to upload your video into the ACM Digital Library and YouTube or equivalent video-sharing sites as part of the CHI Video collection. As with standard procedures for other ACM publications, authors retain copyright of the material but accepted submissions will only be published or shown at the conference with a signed form permitting ACM to use the content.

Selection Process for Video Showcase

Videos will be reviewed according to two main criteria:

  • Content: Is the material interesting to human-computer interaction researchers and professionals? The topic of the video is ultimately up to you, but some approaches that have worked well in the past include the following: presentations of research systems, visions of the future, humorous parodies or thoughtful critiques of SIGCHI and HCI, and reports on ethnographic work and user studies. A video’s content evaluation depends on how directly it addresses issues of relevance to HCI, and whether its message is interesting and engaging.
  • Presentation: Is the video edited well? Does it make appropriate use of pacing, music, and special effects? Does it drag on, or will it hold an audience’s attention? Because the video showcase is a live screening, we strongly encourage creative editing of your videos. The tight time limit is imposed to keep videos short and punchy. In addition to effective pacing, your video should include appropriate music or soundtrack. Your idea may be brilliant, but if you can’t convey it in an engaging way, it will not make a good live video piece.

Videos may show work that has been published or released previously. Please make clear in your submission any prior exposure your video has received.

Your Video Showcase Submission at the Conference

Accepted videos will be screened in a special session at CHI 2013. As in the past, we plan to advertise the event heavily, to hand out popcorn and drinks, and to lead up to an awards ceremony for the top submitted videos. Because of the large audience the video showcase attracts, it is one of the best means for getting your message out to the CHI community.