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Call for Participation: CHI Video Showcase

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
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
Whatís 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 ó but if itís YouTube-ready, itís
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

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

Jeffrey Bardzell, Indiana University
Nicolas Roussel, Inria Lille
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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

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 videoís 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
audienceís 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 canít 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.

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