Sony Kicks Off High School Video Contest


Sony Creative Software, developer of the Vegas video production suite, has opened up its first Technology in Motion: Vision of the Future video contest for high schoolers. The competition includes $20,000 in prizes per winner for original video creations. Free software and other materials are being provided to participating schools.

The competition is designed to serve as a complete multimedia program. Sony, as part of the promotion, is including with the entrance materials a "launch kit" that incorporates a teaching guide, tutorials on using Sony's Vegas Pro 8 software, and a free version of the professional video editing software itself.

Entries will be judged on originality and creativity. The requirements for the competition are that the projects be completed in Vegas Pro 8 and submitted in the .veg format. The theme of the entries is "how you think technology will change your future."

Finalists will be determined by a panel. Three finalists' videos will be posted on the Web to be voted on by the public for the grand prize. The three finalists will receive prizes at this summer's NECC convention in Texas. The grand prize winner will receive two Sony Vaio notebooks, a video camera, and accessories. Entries must be received by a teacher or other school representative (of adult age) by April 11.

Requests for the free software, tutorials, and teaching guide are due Feb. 22.

Entry information can be found here.

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