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How to make a great demo video

We know as devs and innovators, your expertise normally lie behind the scenes, however, the submission video needs time too!

Your video is a major component of your submission to the Snap Kit Dev Challenge. Here are some helpful tips for you to plan, create, and publish a winning video.

 Get organized. Write out a script of what you need to say and demonstrate in your video and rehearse it before recording. Essentially a good script should:

  • Include your elevator pitch of why you built your project.

  • Include a visual walkthrough of your project’s features and functionality.

  • Mention which Snap Kit tools you used.

  • Be around three minutes in length.

  • Help judges understand and appreciate your project by providing real-life context and benefits.

 Start Recording. The great thing about pre-recorded demo videos is that it doesn’t have to be perfect on your first try. Here are some suggestions for recording:

  • Use an emulator or create a screencast with audio narration.

  • There are many programs that might help you such as Quicktime Player for mac and/or recording a Zoom meeting presentation.

  • Editing is great, but don't go overboard. Focus on the content and flow of your video instead of fancy effects.

  • Before you are done with your video, get feedback from a friend or family member.

Pro Tip: Don't wait until the last minute to upload your video. Due to file size, format, and your Internet connection, uploading a video to Facebook Video, YouTube, Vimeo, or Youku could take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.  We cannot stress this enough!  There have been many times a submission becomes ineligible due to errors with video rendering and uploading.

We can’t wait to see your project and how you showcase it in your video.

Lights, Camera, Action!