If you’d like your next technical talk, prototype presentation, or tech-pioneer interview to be shared with the engineering community, you might want to consider posting a video of it on IEEE.tv. The site now allows members to upload their videos when they sign in.
The idea was the brainchild of a group of members attending the 2014 IEEE Sections Congress. They requested that the organization provide a way to share technical presentations from regional meetings and events. IEEE.tv made that request a reality.
“Video has become a popular way to share knowledge,” says Brad Kloza, manager of IEEE.tv, in Piscataway, N.J. Although members’ videos always have been welcome on IEEE.tv, Kloza says the new feature makes it easier to upload them directly. The videos are available for viewing on the site within a few days, pending approval by IEEE.tv.
INSTRUCTIONS AND TIPS
The tutorial below shows how to upload a video to IEEE.tv. It includes instructions on tagging the video based on technical subject, region, society, and affinity group. Tags make it easier for visitors to find content relevant to them.
Those featured in the videos can be tagged to their bio page (for an example, see IEEE President Karen Bartleson’s page), which can be linked to their online portfolio and social networking sites including IEEE Collabratec and LinkedIn. It also can be linked to people’s résumés as a way to showcase all their video presentations in one spot.
Once the video is uploaded, the platform lets you select whether it should be made available to the general public or if it’s just for members.
The most important factors when filming are light and sound, Kloza says. Make sure any lighting behind the speaker isn’t too strong, and try to have the person located where the light falls on the subject’s face. Kloza recommends using a microphone that can be wirelessly connected to the recording device, such as a Bluetooth model.
If there is a PowerPoint presentation, it is best to use software such as Camtasia Studio to capture a video of the slide presentation, rather than filming a projector screen. That way the text is clearer and easier to view online.
The site now has nearly 100 videos that have been uploaded by members. They include an interview with Senior Member Patrick K. Simpson, who helped form the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS). Simpson was interviewed by Life Fellow James Bezdek about his work with neural networks and his thoughts on the future of artificial intelligence. The video is part of the CIS oral-history project.
There’s also a talk by Senior Member Tom Coughlin, “The Memory of Cars,” which briefly covers the evolution of vehicle technologies and then focuses on the advancements needed to enable the connected and self-driving cars of tomorrow. Coughlin gave the presentation in February at the IEEE Boise Section’s Engineers Week banquet.
The new IEEE.tv feature also can be used to upload videos promoting upcoming conferences and competitions, or any other video that would be of interest to the IEEE community.
IEEE.tv staff members are available to consult with members prior to recording or submitting videos. You can contact them via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.