VLDB 2021: Talk recording instructions

To make sure that your presentation is able to be shown and of high quality, please make sure that you prepare a video that is in mp4 format. Failure to do so may result in your video not being shown.

Video duration must not exceed the following hard limits:

We recommend you use the Zoom application (the desktop version, not the web version) to record your talk. You may follow the steps below:

The recordings will be saved locally as mp4 files when you end the meeting after stopping recording.

It is important that after recording, the video not be edited using anything less than a professional editing suite. Using other editing software, especially QuickTime, may result in corrupted files or audio and video not in sync. Some tips for improving recording quality:

Tips for Creating Inclusive Talks and Videos (adapted from SIGMOD 2021 [0])

We now explain some additional tips on inclusive practices when creating slide content for talks, as well as during speaking and recording videos.

Slide content

It helps improve readability if your font sizes are not too small and if you avoid packing too much content onto one slide. If possible, avoid embedding text into images if similarly effective alternatives exist for rendering your content. Images in slides are usually unreadable for screen readers, which are often used by people with visual impairments.

During speaking/recording videos

It helps improve legibility if you pause for a moment in between sections and also during slide transitions. If possible, avoid speaking too fast, since that can make comprehension harder for many non-native English speakers, as well as people with hearing impairments. If you plan to record your face while speaking, look directly at the camera while speaking so that lipreading is more feasible for people with hearing impairments.

Transcripts and captioning

We invite everyone to contribute plaintext transcripts of their talk and also embed time-aligned captions/subtitles in their videos. Both of these are optional but highly encouraged. Captions are widely known to be helpful in enabling better comprehension for people with auditory impairments and non-native English speakers [1]. Captions also help many people who find different accents more difficult to comprehend.

To create a plaintext transcript, you could write down what you speak ab initio. Alternatively, you could use a (free) automatic speech recognition (ASR) service to convert your recorded audio to an intermediate text file that you can then edit to correct ASR errors.

To create closed captioning for video, here is a suggested and hopefully easy-to-execute workflow based on Youtube's capabilities [2]:

[0] https://2021.sigmod.org/calls_papers_inclusion_and_diversity.shtml
[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5214590/
[2] https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2734796
[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SubRip
[4] HandBrake: https://handbrake.fr/docs/en/latest/advanced/subtitles.html
[5] A video of adding caption using Youtube: https://cloud.tsinghua.edu.cn/d/bef7f41ebb1d490d996d/files/?p=%2Fvideo_instruction_youtube.mp4
[6] A video of adding caption using Youdao: https://cloud.tsinghua.edu.cn/d/bef7f41ebb1d490d996d/files/?p=%2Fvideo_instruction_youdao.mp4