Video FAQ

What is AoS Video?

Art of Science Video, just like its older sibling Art of Science, explores the interplay between art and science, only now via short videos.  Since a picture is worth a thousand words, video is worth approximately 30000 words per second, so adding a video component to Art of Science was a no-brainer.

What are the specifications for an entry?

Length: Less than or equal to 30 seconds
Format: Upload to YouTube
Audio: Will not be considered, as the videos will be displayed without audio.
Deadline: March 28, 2017

What kind of video is appropriate to submit?

Any kind of video or animation or simulation that was produced during the course of scientific inquiry and that has aesthetic merit. Doesn’t have to be beautiful. But it does have to be interesting. We are looking for science and engineering in the raw, straight from the lab or field.

How do I submit a video?

Upload your video to YouTube (instructions here), set it to “Unlisted”, then submit the link via this form.

What if I don’t have a YouTube Account?

To submit YouTube videos, all you need is a Google Account.  That means that if you have an account with Gmail, G+, Chrome, etc., you can already upload YouTube videos – just follow the instructions under “How do I submit a video?”  If you don’t have a Google Account, you can create one here for free.

How do I make the video “Unlisted”?

As the video is uploading, there will be a drop down menu that is “Public” by default – change this setting to “Unlisted.”

Should I start my video with a title and a list of authors?

No.  Standard title cards will be added to each semifinalist video prior to the opening gala.  This way we can keep the title cards consistent.

Can I submit more than one video?


Can I submit to both the image competition and the video competition?


Who is eligible to participate?

This competition is open to the Princeton University community, which we interpret broadly. This includes students, staff, faculty, and alumni. Just describe your connection in the “affiliation” part of the submission form.

What about alumni? I graduated from Princeton, am I eligible to submit?


What if my image is not from a formal lab or research project?

We accept video from “citizen scientists” that was taken in the spirit of scientific inquiry, liberally defined.

My video is only 5 seconds long. Should I still submit it?

Yes. If you prefer, you can loop it six times to fill the time. That 30 seconds is a blank canvas – use it however you want.

How much does it cost to submit?


Where will the semifinalists be displayed?

Videos chosen as semifinalists will be displayed on monitors alongside of the traditional Art of Science entries in the Friend Center.  The exhibit will go up on May 8, 2014.

I don’t know where to begin…

Here are a couple of samples to get the juices flowing:

I  still have questions.

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