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Call for videos! Answered

aka How to receive feedback, get featured, and be awarded internet fame + more!

I know it's been a minute since I've put a post like this in the forums, so allow me to (re?)introduce myself.

Hai!

I'm audreyObscura. I love making stuff, playing with cameras, petting dogs, and eating pizza. I've worked here at Instructables since 2012 doing a little bit of everything, and I solemnly swear that the best thing about working here is getting to learn something new every day from amazing community members like YOU!

These days, a good chunk of my time is spent queuing our posts on social media platforms and boosting Instructables authors that use Twitter and Facebook to share their projects. (And finding the perfect gif to reply to Twitter threads, I'm very good at it - try me.)

I'd love to start featuring more videos and gifs on our channels, but need a little help from the community. We are looking for media to help give YOUR INSTRUCTABLES a boost on our social media feed!

What we'd like to receive:

  • Great, high quality, short-form videos (under 1 minute)
  • GIFs! Under 3MB preferred (bonus points for perfect loops)
  • Examples:

    What we don't want to receive:

    • YouTube URLs
    • Projects hosted outside of Instructables.com

    What you'll get out of it:

    • Momentary internet fame and all the warm and fuzzies that come along with community recognition!
    • An Instructables Author Thank You pack in the mail which includes our super sweet Robot Stickers, an idea notebook, pencils, and a super fun enamel pin!
    • Feedback! We want to work with you and coach you through making great feature-worthy content. If you share something that isn't quite up to our snuff to post to our channels, have no fear, we'll still send you a little gift AND let you know HOW you can improve your content!

    If you go above and beyond, maybe we'll send you something extra too, so impress us! Send your vids to this email address!

    Have you already posted an Instructable with a great demo video or explainer gif? Drop us a link in the comment section below and we'll review your project to see if it's a good fit for our social media feed!

    Lastly, I wanted to leave this post with some inspiration and some skill building tips to get started. Hope these help:

    Please comment below with any questions you may have, and I can't wait to see what you share.

    Thanks!

    -Audrey

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    Matlek

    20 days ago

    Sounds great! I really like making gifs, so I'd be happy to see one of them featured. But I am not sure I understand how it works.
    Are you interested in videos/gifs we have already published here on instructables? (I have a lot of them!)
    Do we have to send you videos/gifs to complete old instructables we have written?
    Or do we have to send you videos/gifs of upcoming instructables not yet published?
    Or videos/gifs not even related to an instructable?

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    audreyobscuraMatlek

    Reply 19 days ago


    Hey there! These are great questions, so I went ahead and updated this forum topic as well. We want to boost published Instructables that have embedded GIFs and videos with a high production value.

    What do we mean when we say ''high production value"?
    -images and videos are in sharp focus and well lit
    -footage is stabilized. Phone tripods are pretty cheap (I use this one quite a bit) or pop over to my photography lesson on tripods
    -if there is sound, the audio is easily discernable and music is not distracting (nothing with lyrics, is pretty much the rule).

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    Matlek

    18 days ago

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    audreyobscuraMatlek

    Reply 4 days ago

    Thanks for your patience with my reply, we were cooking up big ideas over here for 2019 :D We'll definitely queue some of these up. Do you have a username on Twitter?

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    Matlekaudreyobscura

    Reply 4 days ago

    Great, I look forward to seeing these big ideas!
    I don't have a twitter account (for now).

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    audreyobscuraindoorgeek

    Reply 4 days ago

    This is such a cool project!

    Would it be possible to get a share-link to a .mp4 of that video? If you're able to make any edits, we've done some research and testing around what kind of DIY videos perform best, they typically share these traits:
    • sounds good! upbeat cheery music without lyrics is a great way to set the pacing for your video's cuts and help bridge shots together.
    • fill the screen! videos formatted 16:9 or 9:16 will perfectly fill the screen of any mobile device, which is where a majority of the Instructables community sees our social media posts.
    • show it, don't say it. it's important to use voice-overs and text-explainers sparingly, we've learned if you clearly show what you would have tried to explain viewers learn better, faster, and keep watching.
    • speed it up! folks are in a hurry to move on to the next item in their infinitely scrolling list of subscriptions. when you speed up your video you look like a DIY superhero and viewers are able to learn more in a shorter amount of time. We've also noticed that they're more likely to watch the complete video and engage with the post after viewing.
    • short and sweet. videos less than 60 seconds are more likely to be viewed all the way through vs. videos that go over a minute.
    Alternatively, people also love gifs of electronics tasks like soldering and component connections. If you need help making gifs take a look at this Instructable. If you're able to, keep it under 3 MB, that's the largest file size Twitter will accept :)

    Let us know if you have any questions :D Congrats on your recent win!
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    audreyobscuraindoorgeek

    Reply 4 days ago

    We had a busy few weeks around the office and I'm finally able to jump back into this forum topic - thanks for your patience! That project is awesome and it looks like you've already gotten a lot of community feedback! Do you have a shorter version of that video (30 seconds or less) that we may be able to share to twitter? You can upload a .mov to your project or email it directly to us at et@instructables.com

    Congrats again on your recent contest win!

    :D

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    mtairymdmtairymd

    Reply 18 days ago

    I just emailed a simple GIF showing the top view.

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    audreyobscuramtairymd

    Reply 19 days ago

    OMG how cute! Would you be willing to make a gif from your video to promote on Social?

    Your video is awesome, but the music is mixed a little loud and is a bit distracting. I like that you only use text overlays at the beginning of your video and not in them middle. Overlays are tricky, but you use yours sparingly. Well done!

    Have any other projects in the hopper? We've got a Toys Contest launching next week :D

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    Yonatan24mtairymd

    Reply 22 days ago

    Find out what stop motion is and how it's done.
    Make your own stop motion videos.
    See Frank Howarth's incredible stop motion woodworking videos, and how effortless he makes them look.
    Compare.
    Give up.
    :)

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    mtairymdYonatan24

    Reply 22 days ago

    I just looked him up. I didn’t see any stop motion in my 5 minutes of scrolling through his videos, but wow, his stuff is impressive. Also, the shop is amazing.

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    mtairymdmtairymd

    Reply 22 days ago

    Ok...I found them...very cool...he adds in sound effects also...lol.