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Thursday, 5 December, 2002, 17:27 GMT
How to send a video or audio message over the web.
HAVE YOUR SAY IN SIGHT AND SOUND!
Send us your comments in VIDEO or AUDIO.


Here's how to record, encode and send your video or audio message.

If you are sending an audio message, try to send a picture as well.

How to record a message:

If you have a camera attached to your computer and microphone, or a soundcard and microphone, or a digital camera with audio, you can have your say, in your own words and in your own voice!

We will host your message, in video or audio, and can play back most media formats. Here are two we use all the time:

RealMedia - encode with RealProducer

Windows Media - free encoder

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

We can also play back Quicktime, AVI files and most of the MPEG file variants, eg. MPEG-1, MP3, etc.

Please use caution before encoding media in a format that can only be played back with the hardware used to create it. It is unlikely that we would have exactly the same hardware that is on your computer and therefore we will not be able to play your file unless you use a standard method of creating it.

Please note that we cannot provide support for any of the software listed here, or your hardware. We suggest you contact the manufacturers.

Your message can be in any style you like. Here are some useful tips.

File parameters:

Make sure your file isn't any bigger than one megabyte, or it may not e-mail to us correctly. Your picture size should be no larger than 320x240 pixels. Tell us which software you used to create the file, in case we have trouble playing it back.

Making a good recording:

For the best audio quality set the recording level of your microphone correctly. If it is too high your voice will be distorted, too low and we won't hear you at all.

For good video quality try to stay still in front of your camera and ensure that you are well lit. Aiming a light towards your face may help, though not too close or you will just look pale.

Although you may choose to write down your comment beforehand, try to record it as if you were speaking to someone, not reading off a sheet of paper. Remember to look into the camera, if you are using one.

How to send your message:

When you have your correctly encoded file that is under one megabyte in size, e-mail it as an attachment to the appropriate e-mail address for the BBC programme or site you'd like to contribute to. Remember to include in your e-mail, your name, and the town or city and the country you live in.

Please check you have the right e-mail address. There are some links to BBC programmes and sites that would like to receive video or audio messages at the top of this page on the right.

If you're sending an audio message, don't forget to send a picture as well - a JPG is best.


Conditions of submission:

1. The BBC will only use your personal information for the purposes of identifying you and your town or city and/or country of residence. The BBC will not use your personal information for any other purpose. If you wish to know more, please refer to the BBC's

2. All contributions (which may include audio, graphics, video or text) to the BBC must be original unpublished works.

3. Video contributions shall only be accepted from contributors 18 years of age and over.

4. Contributions promoting or advertising commercial enterprises, products or services shall not be accepted for publication by the BBC.

5. The publication of contributions shall be at the discretion of the BBC who also reserve the right to edit any contribution.

6. The author of the contribution grants to the BBC a perpetual, irrevocable, royalty free licence to publish the contribution on any media platform now known or later developed for the full term of any rights that may exist in such contribution, such licence to be exclusive for one year from the date of the BBC's first publication, and a non-exclusive licence to publish the contribution thereafter.

7. The author warrants that the contribution is not defamatory or infringes any law.

8. The submission of a contribution indicates the author's acceptance of these Conditions and the BBC's

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