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Quick Facts

Important Dates:

  • Submission deadline: 15 January 2018 (12pm (noon) PST / 3pm EST)
  • Notification to authors: 16 February 2018
  • Publication-ready deadline: 22 February 2018

Submission Details:

  • Online Submission: PCS Submission System
  • Video Submission Format: H.264 encoded MP4, at least 1280px x 720px, at most 5 minutes (2-3 minutes is a more common length)
  • Submission Format: one page description in Extended Abstract Format (see Submission Formats)
  • Submissions are not anonymous and should include all author names, affiliations, and contact information.

Selection process: Juried (see Selection Processes)

Chairs: Danyel Fisher and Nadia Pantidi (videoshowcase@chi2018.acm.org)

At the Conference: All accepted videos will be shown during a special session, and we will announce the nominees and winner(s) of the Golden Mouse award.

Archives: Extended Abstracts; ACM Digital Library

Message from the Videos Chairs

The videos showcase 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 video and relevant to HCI. Your work will be screened by a large CHI audience during a special session at CHI 2018, and will be considered for the Golden Mouse award. 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 — and to continue to make it available. Videos will be available in the ACM Digital Library after the conference, and will be posted to a CHI Video Showcase Channel on YouTube.

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 rejected – but if it’s YouTube-ready per se, it should be ready for the videos track! We will consider videos put together by, and intended for, PR departments; however, the emphasis in the video should still be on the research contributions. Please recall, too, that many videos have a long legacy, and are incorporated into education curricula.

Traditionally, many of the videos we have received have emphasized design innovations. For CHI 2018, we are particularly interested in seeing videos that represent the diversity of CHI domains. That means your video might feature:

  • research results
  • ethnographic reports and diary studies
  • case studies and industry stories
  • design studies

… and anything else that makes a good video, and speaks to the domains and experience of human-computer interaction.

We intend to offer additional awards, such as Best Design Process Video and Best Research Video; additional awards may be awarded as nominated by the jury.

Danyel Fisher, Microsoft Research
Nadia Pantidi, University College Cork

Preparing and Submitting your Video Showcase Submission

A Video Showcase submission must be submitted via the PCS Submission System by 15 January 2018, 12pm (noon) PST / 3pm EST. The proposal must have the following two components:

Extended Abstract. A one-page description of your video submission submitted in the Conference Extended Abstracts Format.

Video Submission. 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 at least 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!
  • All spoken dialog must be closed captioned (subtitled) to improve accessibility.
  • Encoded as an MP4 using the H.264 codec. No exceptions!
  • Resolution of at least 1280px x 720px. 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).
  • A closed-captioning file, in .srt or .sbv format. There are several free, easy ways to caption your videos. We recommend uploading your video to YouTube and use the provided captioning tools; You can keep the video private or unlisted and delete it immediately after. You have the choice to manually create all captions, or let YouTube automatically generate captions and manually correct them. Afterwards, you can download the .sbv file. A step-by-step tutorial is available here.

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. Before submitting, we also invite you to check the compliance of your file using the CHI Video Checker.

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 or Newgrounds. If you need to use copyrighted protected work, you are required to review and comply to ACM’s Copyright and Permission Policy and ACM’s Requirements about 3rd party material. In addition, YouTube’s copyright education website provides useful information on reusing 3rd party material.

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.

Accepted videos will be uploaded to YouTube; YouTube will show advertisements with videos that contain monetized audio content, regardless of what copyright is associated with that content. To ensure that your video can show without advertisements, we recommend that you upload your video to YouTube in advance before submission, set to “private”, to check for monetization.

Videos must stand alone

The one-page abstract is supplementary material only. Almost all viewers will encounter the video without the abstract. If the video is related to a paper, the video must also work without the paper. Therefore, the video should be self-explaining. It should not, for example, require the viewer to read the paper to understand the genre of the work. Nor should it refer to “the paper” or “in this work:” the video is the work.

Connections to Other Works

Many tracks at CHI can accept video submissions. It is perfectly acceptable to prepare the same, or a similar, video for submission to both the video track and another venue. In submitting to the Video Showcase, we ask you to let us know if this piece is in submission to another track.

Video Length

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

Video Showcase Selection Process

Videos will be juried by a small group of judges, including the Video Showcase Chairs, 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 the authors, 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.

Submissions should not contain sensitive, private, or proprietary information that cannot be disclosed at publication time. Submissions should NOT be anonymous. However, confidentiality of submissions will be maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity. All submitted materials for accepted submissions will be kept confidential until the publication date, with the exception of title and author information which will be published on the website prior to the conference.

AUTHORS TAKE NOTE: The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of your conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.

Example Videos

We provide a set of “concept videos” with annotations by David Green (http://openlab.ncl.ac.uk/people/ndpg). These four videos are successful Video Showcase submissions from prior years supplemented by split-screen commentary on effective filmmaking and storytelling techniques. These examples range from system-focused projects to design studies, and we hope they inspire and educate. Consider them from the point of view of production: their length, lighting, pacing, use of media assets (video, images, sound, and text), spatial and temporal compositing, and above all how these production and editing choices are used to tell a story to the CHI audience.

The following additional videos have won awards in previous years. We encourage you to use them as models for your own work. In addition to enjoying their contents, we encourage video producers to consider them from the point of view of production: their length, lighting, pacing, use of media assets (video, images, sound, and text), spatial and temporal compositing, and above all how these production and editing choices are used to tell a story to the CHI audience.

Upon Acceptance of your Video

Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection on 16 February 2018. Authors of accepted videos will receive instructions on how to prepare and submit the publication-ready video and Extended Abstract. These will be due on 22 February 2018. Videos will be accepted conditionally. The chairs may ask authors to shorten their videos further, to improve edits, or otherwise to prepare it for public consumption. The authors will be given a week to revise your video and re-submit a final version for approval and screening at the conference.

At the Conference

Your work will be screened in a theater-style setting in front of a large CHI audience during a special session at CHI 2018. The Golden Mouse Award winner will be announced at the end of the session.

After the Conference

Accepted videos will be available in the ACM Digital Library, and on the CHI Video Showcase YouTube channel. One-page descriptions of the videos will be also be distributed in the CHI Extended Abstracts, available in the ACM Digital Library.

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