Taking over the blog today is Hannah Foust, FRC Program Coordinator. Hannah is responsible for working with UL in setting up the Safety Animation Award, and handles a number of other important tasks too numerous to list. Please see Hannah’s note below.
2015 Safety Animation Award Theme
Here’s that moment you’ve all been waiting for! [Drumroll]
The 2015 UL Safety Animation Award theme is… Safety Superheroes!
We want to see 40 second animations that showcase FIRST inspired safety superheroes that you’ve come in contact with, or who you imagine would be a great addition to your team.
For more information on the UL Safety Animation Award and to see last year’s winning videos, please visit the FRC Safety Page. Animations must be submitted in STIMS between Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 12:00 PM, Noon (ET) and Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 12:00 PM, Noon (ET).
Salt Lake City Comic Con
Speaking of superheroes… As we noted before in this blog, we showed off an FRC Field at the 2014 Salt Lake City Comic Con. The event took place over the weekend, with many thousands in attendance. Thanks to RD Richard Anderson (who survived the orc attack) and his team for making FIRST Louder!
Check out who dropped by the field during the event:
With yet another animation contest announced…I am finally going to ask: Why the weird submission format? Is this some kind of industry standard that I don’t realize (since we don’t do any other animation or really heavy video editing)? This has always been a hassle to create, and then I’m always worried that it didn’t work somehow - and have no way to view the file to make sure it’s ok. I really wish they would just allow some “universally recognized” video format, like avi or something!
You know, I understand the reasoning behind the submission criteria… FIRST wants to be able to burn a DVD and pop it into a DVD player at the event to put it on the screen. They also want something standardized so they don’t run into issues like not having the right codec around.
But really… in today’s world it seems like we could move to something like submission by YouTube - upload an HD version to YouTube, and give FIRST the link. Then instead of handing judges DVD’s, you just give them a list of YouTube links. All these videos seem to end up on YouTube anyways…