Video Tool Box

Making and Optimizing Your Video Submission
Making your @Quid submission in video form - whether an Appraisal Request, Appraisal, Qunol, Showcase exhibit, How-To Guide or Ask - Answer entry, etc. – is not only straight-forward and easy, it's also lots of fun! Additionally, you'll find the response rate from other @Quid Members is higher than when you make a text or audio submission.


Shooting Your Video Submission
If you have a camcorder that captures in Digital8, MiniDV, HDV, or any DVD format, you're all set to start shooting your video submission to @Quid. But, even if you don't, you also can make videos with most digital cameras, as well as with many cell phones or PDAs; and of course, a Webcam also will do the trick!

Camcorders: Typically, your camcorder can connect directly to your computer, either via a USB or FireWire port, or by inserting the camcorder's memory stick or CD into a drive or slot on your computer, printer, external card reader, etc. After that, once you've downloaded the video from your camcorder to your computer, it takes just seconds to upload it from there to @Quid.

Digital Cameras: You'll find a knob or switch on most digital cameras which allows you to choose between shooting still photos and videos. Often it's marked with icons more-or-less similar to the ones below:

From there, it's just a matter of copying your video from the digital camera to your computer, exactly the same way you do when you're transferring photos.

Cell Phones or PDAs: Many cell phones and PDAs also offer video recording features. These devices usually record in .AVI or .MPG format, both of which @Quid supports. This means you can upload your submission to @Quid directly from your cell phone/PDA or after first transferring it onto your computer.

Webcams: You also can use your Webcam to put your video submission on @Quid. @Quid will recognize and capture directly from these devices; and, once again, you also have the option to first save the Webcam's output on your computer, and then upload it to @Quid from there.


Editing and Improving Your Submissions
If you want to insure that your Appraisal Request has every chance of getting lots of response - and are willing to be a bit hands-on to achieve this - most recent computers come preinstalled with basic video-editing software. Typically, these include Apple's iMovie or Windows MovieMaker.

Once you have copied the video from your camcorder, digital camera, cell phone, PDA or Webcam to your computer, you can use one of these editing programs to cut or splice sequences, add special effects, titles, voiceovers and even music, anything you think it takes to make your Submission look and sound its best.


Uploading Your Videos to @Quid
Once you're happy with your final result, you'll need to save the video in a format that @Quid can accept. These include MPEG, DAT, WMV, MOV AND FLV. But, unless you're a professional video producer, we recommend that you save your videos as either QuickTime .MOV, Windows .AVI, or MPG files. These are the most common formats; and they work well within our system. We specifically recommend the MPEG4 (Divx, Xvid) format at 640x480 resolution, with MP3 audio. Resizing your video to these specifications before uploading will help your submission look its best on @Quid.


Making Your Submission Easy to Find
When you upload your video submission, you will need to choose (or create "on the fly") a Category and - optionally - a Sub Category. You also need to enter at least one tag to describe the content. With this information you ensure that other @Quid members find your submission. Therefore, if you want to make sure that your submission is noticed and receives high ratings, you need to choose a tag that describes the content as closely as possible; this will make it easy for people to find your submission For example, if your Appraisal Request or Appraisal Response is for a vintage Rolex semi open-faced pocket watch that's come down to you from your grandmother, you might want to tag it like this: vintage pendant pocket watch Rolex gold jewelry enamel dial half hunter case signed W&D.

If your Showcase exhibit is for your great great great great grandfather's writing kit, that was a gift to him from George Washington in 1776, consider tagging it as follows: field-desk revolutionary-war militaria George-Washington ink-well Americana.

You get the picture: the more descriptive the better… within logical limits! Also remember, each tag is separated from the others by a space.