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Friday, May 1, 2015

Call for Video Clip Submission -- "Best of YouTube"

Dear all,

YouTube, the largest video sharing site allows billions of people to
discover, watch and share videos.YouTube provides a forum for people
to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a
distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers
large and small.

YouTube was officially launched / opened to public access in May 2005,
though on 23rd Apr 2005, the first-ever YouTube video was posted on
the site.

According to the official site of YouTube, as on 25th Apr 2015, it has
more than 1 billion users and every day people watch hundreds of
millions of hours on YouTube and generate billions of views.

It may be of interest to note that 300 hours of video are uploaded to
YouTube every minute and about 60% of a creator's views comes from
outside their home country. YouTube is localized in 75 countries and
available in 61 languages.

YouTube has millions of video clips and deal with a variety of themes
like entertainment, education, music, technology, medicine, science,
motivation, skill development, cuisine, travel, advertisement to name
a few. These clips satisfy the needs of people of different age groups
and other demographics.

As the 10th anniversary of YouTube will be celebrated in May 2015,
CSI, IEEE CS & IEEE PCS would like to organise an evening programme
titled "Best of YouTube" on 11th May 2015.

In this programme, we propose to screen 10-12 video video clips of
duration of not more than 5 minutes each and of size less than 20MB
based on the suggestion by our members (including our supporting
partner organisations like SPIN, eWIT, IITMAA, MALA, CySI and all others) which
they consider best, worth watching and would interest others too.

This programme will be the first to crowd-source the content from the

In this context, we request you to send the best YouTube video clips
in mpeg (mp4) format by downloading it from YouTube in order to avoid
online streaming at the pgm.

Pl. send your clips on or before 3rd May 2015 following the guidelines
provided in this email.

You may use website to convert and download the
YouTube video clips in mp4 format. Paste the URL of the clip  at the
top of the form and click on DOWNLOAD button. Then use the Download 
MP4 (max 480p) option.  If the downloaded mp4 file size exceeds 20 MB
(the limitation of gmail for an attachment), re-download with lesser
resolution say 360p to reduce the size of the file. After downloading
make sure that that the file is usable by playing and watching the

Pl. note that only one clip per member will be accepted to provide
opportunity to a larger group of people. The clips of duration longer
than 5 minutes will not be considered.

Pl. avoid sending clips dealing with content not suitable for public
viewing and which may hurt the sentiments.

The organisers decision is final in accepting the clips.

A panel of judges will review and shortlist the clips for screening if
the response is found to be overwhelming.

The contributors of the video clips selected for screening will be
awarded a cash prize of Rs 250 each, as a token of appreciation.

Submission guidelines: (2 steps to be followed)

Pl. send the mp4 file by email to  with your name
& file name in the subject line.

Step 1. Pl. provide the following information in the body of the email.

Company/Institution Name
Contact Phone No.
Email ID
Membership Info
Video Clip Title
Video Clip URL
Duration of the Video Clip
File Name of the mpeg Video Clip
Size of the mpeg Video Clip file
Why you consider this Video Clip is best

Step 2. Pl. use the google form at and provide the
above personal information and the details of the video clip submitted
for our consideration & tracking your submissions.

The last date to submit the video clips is 3rd May 2015.

As we will be shortlisting a max of 10-12 video clips, pl. send your
video clips immediately.

For clarifications of any, pl. send email to

With regards
HR Mohan
IPP, CSI and Chair, IEEE CS & PCS

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