draft version - changes may be made
About the Contest
If you're low on cash, perhaps a poor student, this is a great way to pay for your project.
Unlike previous SoR robot contests, this time it'll emphasize the Axon and video.
How to Compete
2) Post the video on YouTube
3) Declare your entry in this forum post before August 31st, 2010. Make sure you include the video.
4) Winners will be announced within 2-3 weeks
How to Win
This means that I'm the final judge, but the popularity of the video will significantly affect my decision.
What Makes a Quality Video?
See this Axon II videos page for examples of what I'm looking for.
Here are a few tips on how to make a quality video tutorial:
Good Lighting - Do your filming during the day. Turn on every light in the room. Buy $15 desklamps. Use a camera that works well in low light. And when post-processing your video in editing software, use the brightness and contrast features to further improve it. Don't underestimate lighting, its harder than you think!
Boring Videos Suck - People have short attention spans, and they like to be entertained. Browse popular videos on YouTube and try to understand why they are popular. They tend to be short, fast paced, and uniquely amazing. Edit out the slow boring parts, speed up boring but necessary parts, etc. And plan out your video, practice what you'll say, etc.
Educational - Ask yourself what the 'take home message' of your tutorial video is. Ask yourself what people really want to know, and that a video will be great in teaching. Make sure you make it clear what you're teaching, and how it can pertain to the viewers future project.
Audio - I generally find audio to be easy, but you need to plan out what you're going to say. If English isn't your first language, make sure to verify your grammar with Windows Word, etc. British accents are unacceptable (hehe). Do a test run to make sure the aircondition isn't really loud, leave the dog outside, turn off your phone, etc.
Self-Contained - Ideally, you want all relevant information in the video. If you use X sensor, display text that says 'X Sensor' so that people can google it up. If you made some schematic, include a link to it in the info box. It should all be self-explanatory. If you need webspace, I can set you up a free account in the member tutorials section. Just email me about it.
What NOT to do
Don't fill the video with 'The Axon is soooo cool and the best robot controller ever and I really like it because its the best blah blah blah'. The video will be judged by the usefulness of the tutorial, not your opinion of the Axon =P
You can submit as many videos as you want - but its better to make one great video than three crappy videos.
My motivation for creating and funding this competition
If you are a robotics company that would like to sponsor this and future SoR robot competitions, please contact me!
Questions on the competition? Post them in the forum.
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