Things have been awfully busy but the recent donations and 3reef memberships have not gone unnoticed. So I'd like to announce as a token of thanks, a new 3reef Contest! 1st Place - A Seachem 50 GPD Pinnacle RO Filter! 2nd Place - A full line of Seachem Aquavitro supplements! 3rd Place - 3reef Shirts and stickers! All you need is a video camera or camera phone and a moment to become a 3reef member and you can win a Seachem Pinnacle 50 GPD RO Filter! DEADLINE FOR YOUR SUBMISSION IS JULY 20th! The last one was a blast but a bit more challenging than the ones in the past, so we are going to make this one a bit easier... THE IDEA: 3reef Tech Video Contest! - How to videos - how to set up a sump, protein skimmer, wiring, etc. - DIY - Do it yourself videos - how to make a stand, filter, etc.. We think that this one will be informative and a lot of fun! Big thanks to 3reef Supporter bbsbliss for the idea. DEADLINE FOR YOUR SUBMISSION IS JULY 20th! Start the gears turning! And thanks again for supporting 3reef.com. It's truly appreciated. 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.