2010 3reef DIY Video Contest 1st Place - Marineland 24 Hour Lighting System 2nd Place - Vortech MP10 Propeller Pump 3rd Place - [STRIKE]Free Corals and 3reef Gear[/STRIKE] biOrb30 Aquarium! It is time for another legendary 3reef Contest! In appreciation of all of you that helped 3reef have the best start yet to a new year, we have secured some serious gear to give away on 3reef! 8) All you need is a video camera or camera phone and a moment to become a 3reef member and you can win a Marineland 24 Hour Lighting System! [STRIKE]DEADLINE FOR YOUR SUBMISSION IS April 25th![/STRIKE] DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS NOW MAY 16th! THE MAIN IDEA: Please make a Do-It-Yourself Video where you explain how to do something in three steps. 3reef began as 'Three Steps To a Reef Aquarium.' We thought it would be fun to expand on the 3 steps theme with this contest. Some 3 Step Examples (that you can use): calcium reactor step 1 - the components/ parts required step 2 - the set up step 3 - fine tune and monitor - the dial in 3 steps to dosing step 1 - the components needed step 2 - set up step 3 - monitoring and adjusting 3 steps to sump build step 1 - what you need step 2 - construction step 3 - adding the pieces for it skimmer, pumps etc 3 steps to coral fragging step 1 - preperation and things required step 2 - the cut step 3 - care of your new frag and mother colony - placement etc If you don't want to do a '3 steps' DIY video, feel free to just do a video with a '3' theme - what are the 3 most important things you have learned in this hobby? Or 3 dos and don'ts... be creative! This is NOT a 'show off my tank' video, to qualify, you must be follow the guidelines above - the point is to share your knowledge with others here. FYI - the titles are nice, but I am hoping for a bit more personal stuff like your own voice occasionally or for you to actually be in it like previous video contests here... (look in the archives board). 3reef.com - Archives Start the gears turning! And thanks again for supporting 3reef.com. It's truly appreciated. Tips to win this contest: http://www.3reef.com/forums/2010-3reef-diy-video-contest/tips-win-3reef-contest-86316.html TO QUALIFY: 1) Register on 3reef.com 2) Have at least 15 posts in the forum 3) Submit your DIY video HERE ARE EXAMPLE VIDEOS FROM PREVIOUS CONTESTS (without 3 theme): Once you have made your video... Start a thread here on this board with your video using the YouTube button above the post box (details below). To embed the video: <-- THIS IS THE BUTTON! Found above the text box when you are typing a new post. Then put the ID of your video in between the tags like this: Code: [ youtube ]iW7dtZIwISA[/ youtube ] (I added the spaces around the word 'youtube' for demo'ing. ) Your Video will be voted on by visitors and members of 3reef.com. 8) 8) (voting date to follow) HOW: A quick search found these: Free Ultra Video Editor freeware download - powerfull video editing program ,you can apply varity and wide range of effects - Best Freeware Download Avidemux 2.5.0 Freeware download page - tested and reviewed software downloads from SnapFiles And a list of video editing freeware here: Free video editing software list for all platforms. If you have a reef-related video you would like to share, simply click the YouTube button found above the new post message box and add the video ID! (ex: Zi_v3GSHyTA) It's as simple as that! HOW TO UPLOAD VIDEOS: 1) Create an account on YouTube.com. It's free. 2) Look at their suggestions for video compression. They are helpful. Videos must be 100meg or less. 3) I recommend virtualdub at virtualdub.org to compress videos. I compressed the video in this example from 379megs down to 44megs with little more than setting the video compression to mpeg4, lowering sound quality to 8bit mono and resizing it to 320x240. I think I should have done 340 I think as I don't think the ratio was quite right, but you get the idea. 4) After uploading the video to youtube, grab the video ID to post here. ADD YOUR VIDEO TO THE GOOGLE 3REEF GROUP: I created a video group on google called 3reef. Please add your videos to that group. Here is the link to the group: 3reef Group on Google All you have to do is click the 'Add to Groups' link found under your video player on the Google site. I think it would be really cool if we link all our videos to that group so we get a nice video library going. What'ya say? RULES FOR VIDEOS ON 3REEF: 1) The usual, as with YouTube policies, no porn or anything illegal or you are banned. 2) Please post reef-related videos. THANKS BIG THANKS TO MARINELAND FOR THE AMAZING HALIDE LAMP! Marineland - Smart Design. Superior Performance. BIG THANKS TO 3reef SPONSOR BIG AL FOR THE VORTECH MP10! Big Al's Online - Aquarium Supplies, Cheap Dog Supplies, Fish Supplies, Best Cat Toys BIG THANKS TO ALL OF YOU THAT COME TO 3reef EVERY DAY!! This will be great! matt If you are not a 3reef member yet, you must.. REGISTER NOW TO QUALIFY TO WIN.