With over 2 million SCN members, why are there only about 30 participants in this video recognition project? I’m not too sure, though if 100,000 people had uploaded clips I’d be pulling my hair out! Jon Reed talked about the ways and means of multimedia posting in a recent piece called “Video Blog: Rant on Video, Creativity, and Use/Misuse of Social Media“. My take on Jon’s view is that I should be original. And you should be original too. In your own way – take a chance.
Or, as I said last year around this time: “Ta Da!“
A little about this year’s SCNotties trophies
Last year, I made trophies for the SCNotties awards. I cut, sanded, and hand painted them, then wrote the category on the bottom.
This year, I went a little different direction, partly because I’ll be hauling them a longer distance, but also because I wanted the awards to differ. The photos below show a few phases in the construction; I started with scrap wood taken from the demolition of a house we helped rebuild in the Habitat For Humanity project in Baltimore City. The shape is similar to the one last year, which was derived from the SAP logo. Those who follow my place of employment might notice the similarity to our new corporate logo. Brand awareness? Why not!
As I’ll be in Berlin, we’re trying to split the trophies so that some go with me, and some to the TechEd in Las Vegas. Since we haven’t decided the winners, there’s certainly a chance that we’ll need to improvise at the last minute.
Last year, the categories suggested themselves from the submissions. That can cut both ways, as the idea isn’t to photograph your lawn, or your wall posters, but to share something about you. And we don’t want to make this exactly like a dating service (that probably would violate the community guidelines, I think). I had suggested categories that worked out from many of the Mentors having HD Flip Cams. Because the Mentors are already established personalities, I hope they’ll understand we should recognize and encourage n00bs and rookies to step up for their time in the sun.
I didn’t link all of the videos here. You’ll need to go to the SCNotties page, and go to the SCN Choice Video page too, while you are at it:
And now, the moment that very few of you have been waiting for…
Least Appropriate Use of A Musical Instrument (or Sound Track) in a Motion Picture
Best Effort by A Female
Least Effective Use of High Definition Video
Most Likely to Disqualify a non-SAP-Mentor for the Mentor Program
No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of this Video
The Only Way You’re Going to Skywalker Ranch is Via the Paid Tour
Least Effective Public Service Announcement (formerly: Scariest Performance)
None of the Above
*** Thomas Jung *** Thanks for the BITI help!
*** Least Views Per Day ***
The RED CARPET will roll out in Berlin, Tuesday, October 12th, 18:00 (6PM), in Expert Lounge number 2. My co-host will be Laure Cetin, of the SAP Community Network. Check your Agenda Builder for this session.
As I helped put together the wiki pages for the video upload index, with Natascha and Sylvia, I decided to include a screen shot, like a movie poster, for each entry. I chose a size that resembles wide screen (closer to 1.8:1, not 4:3, or 2.3:1). Each image was more or less 360×200, and in JPEG format. A few people didn’t know how to do this; others created images in different sizes, or used different formats, or used the wiki attachment thumbnail “feature” which sends the entire picture then shrinks it (“#fai;”). If you look at the wiki attachment page, you’ll see the ones I used are between 6,000 and 12,000 bytes. Microscopic compared to the multi-megabytes of the HD videos.
I’m not going to say I skipped portions of any video (if I did I’d blame my ISP for the download speed, and I don’t watch movies at work, other than training films), but I will say a 30-second clip is more inviting than one that’s 3 minutes or over. Not that I used that to categorize entries. But remember: the “cut” feature is your friend.
[credits for the extras in “Flux Compensator”]
Garg, Shobhit; – Active acting (on whiteboard)
Gaur, Nitin; – Crowd
Goel, Arvind; – Crowd
Govind, Puru; – Active Acting (Gurgaon Welcome Team)
Mittal, Reema; – Crowd
Rastogi, Ashutosh; – Crowd
Sethi, Manish; – Active Acting (Gurgaon Welcome Team)
Goerke, Gunnar; – Crowd
Mohr, Thorsten; – Crowd
Seiz, Katharina; – Active Acting (Duplex Effect)
Singh, Urvashi; – Active Acting (Gurgaon Welcome Team, Duplex Effect)
Speth, Florian; – Crowd
Steckhan, Jens; – Active Acting (Reporter)
Wernze, Frank; – Crowd
Graser, Ralph; – Camera
Steiner, Matthias; – Active Acting (Tech Lead), Storyboard, Production
Thanks to Sylvia:
Go plant an acorn.