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Producing Video

A great way to engage readers and complement your written work by producing a video that summarizes your IEEE journal article. 

The video will be published alongside your article in the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library. Include the video summary along with the rest of your article during submission so that it can be peer reviewed.

Video equipment

See if your institution has high-quality video camera equipment available. This will produce much higher-quality video than a phone or computer webcam. Use a tripod or other stable surface to eliminate shakiness in the video.


Finding the right balance of light is key to producing a good video. Try a few test shots with different lighting options to discover what works best. Your camera may have a “white balance” feature that removes unrealistic color casts and improves contrast between the subject and the background.


The microphone in your video camera may be insufficient to create high-quality audio for your video. To overcome this problem, you can record the audio separately on a computer and edit it into the video later, or use a separate microphone plugged directly into the video camera.


If you wish, you may narrate the video and explain your research directly to your audience. To do so, prepare and rehearse a detailed script for the video. Pay special attention to the pace of the script. Test your draft script with peers and ask for feedback. You may ask someone else to narrate the video if you prefer, but it is usually best to hear directly from one of the article’s authors.

Creating the video

To keep the viewer’s interest, do not stay on one camera shot for too long. Alternate between different shots such as experimental results, computer screenshots, and the speaker’s face. Get as close to the subject of each shot as possible so that the subject fills the whole frame.

Capturing information from computer screens

There are two standard ways to capture images and actions from a computer screen:

  • Point your camera at the screen and record
  • Use screen capture software to generate digital video files that can be edited into the video summary

If you use the camera method, check for glare and reduce or remove lighting as necessary to eliminate the glare.

Editing and creating digital video files

Use video editing software to assemble the scenes into a finished video. There are many commercial options such as Apple’s iMovie, Adobe’s Premiere, and Corel’s VideoStudio, as well as many shareware software products.

File specifications

Save or export your final video in MPEG-4, MOV, or AVI format. These formats open easily on most computers so your reviewers and readers can access the video.

File size

Please note that video file size is limited to 100MB. If your file is larger, we recommend reducing your resolution from HD to 1280 x 1024 or 1024 x 780. This will make your file significantly smaller without losing much image quality.


Contact with any questions about these specifications. Questions about the content of the video should be directed to the publication’s editor.

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