Technical Suggestions for Video Submissions

In the 2013-14 competition cycle, we're pleased to move into the 21st century with an electronic video submission procedure.  This will facilitate adjudication and eliminate physical mailing and handling of materials, but we do recognize that this poses a change for those members used to submitting via VHS or DVD in the past.  Here are some technical suggestions for uploading video:

  • When uploading videos to an online service for review by the production competition judges, we recommend that do so under a newly-created account whose name will not identify you or your institution (thereby disqualifying your submission).
  • When uploading a video, choose to make the video"Unlisted" (not publically searchable), but make sure that your video can be viewed by an unauthenticated user when using your link.  Don't choose "Private" videos, which can only be viewed by selected users, and will therefore not be viewable to the judges.  Make sure to test viewability on a separate computer and/or browser where you are not logged in to the account that uploaded the video!
  • Because full-length opera videos are quite large, you will probably want to upload from your university's network, which likely has a much faster upload speed than most home network accounts.
  • We recommend using one of the following services:

YouTube

YouTube enforces a limit of 15-minutes to uploaded videos on newly-created accounts.  To enable uploading of full-length videos, please visit this link:

https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/71673?hl=en&ref_topic=2888648

This page describes the process for verifying your account to remove the 15-minute limit.

Under privacy settings for the video, make sure to choose "Unlisted" so that anyone who knows the video's link will be able to see it, but it won't show up publically.  See this link for more information about privacy settings:

https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/157177

Vimeo

For help uploading Vimeo videos, please see this help page:

http://vimeo.com/help

When selecting a privacy setting for Vimeo, choose either "Anyone" to make it publically visible, or choose "Only people with a password".  Please note that you must provide the password along with your link when submitting your application:

http://vimeo.com/help/faq/managing-your-videos/privacy-settings

 

  • Finally, if you encounter difficulties in the video submission process, consider asking your students for technical assistance.  You may have a student who is well-versed in this area!