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Submission Guidelines for Video Testimonials

by root Contributions Published on Sep 29, 2009 03:37 PM
  • By submitting videos, you're agreeing to license them under an appropriate free license, and that you have the permission you need from everyone who's in the video.
  • Please no submissions from anyone under 13 years old.
  • Feel free to record the video in your native language. If your video is not in English, it would help us if you include a transcript in English.
  • The easiest way to create an Ogg Theora video is by recording it in that format in the first place; for example, with the program Cheese.
  • Whatever format you start with, try converting your videos using this command, and posting them for us to download.

    ffmpeg2theora -p videobin --artist "Your Name" --title "Your Title" --date "Your Date" --location "Your Location" --copyright "2009, You" --license "Creative Commons Attribution 3.0" VIDEOFILENAME.MP4 -o NEWVIDEOFILENAME.OGV

  • If that looks to hard, post them to or Tinyvid.TV and send us a link.

  • Email your submissions as a link (not as an attachment) to
  • Include your name and how you'd like to be identified (e.g. Jane Jones, university professor) and optionally a short note on what you do or where you're from.
  • If you're in a noisy place, try using a lapel mic or something similar instead of the mic in the video camera.

One important note: There are a lot of people out there promoting open source and an operating system they call Linux on the grounds that it's inexpensive and works well -- but it's really important that those of us who share the GNU Project's concern for the ethical issues make a point of letting people know about the importance of software freedom -- so send us your video about free software and the GNU/Linux operating system. Also, if you want to recommend a distro, make sure it's on the list of free distributions.

To be completely clear, we can't use videos that use the words "Linux" (not referring to the kernel) and "Open" (referring to software). See: Confusing Words and Phrases that are Worth Avoiding.

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