What is a FrostByte?
FrostBytes are ‘Soundbytes of Cool Research'. These 30-60 second video recordings are designed to help researchers easily share their latest findings with a broad audience. FrostBytes were developed by the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS, www.apecs.is) to share interesting information about the Polar Regions. CliC is pleased to partner with APECS to share cryospheric research with the public.
Who should create a FrostByte?
Anyone can create a FrostByte! As one of our efforts to provide professional development opportunities, we require all early career researchers receiving a travel or accommodation award from CliC/WCRP to work with our video editor to create a FrostByte to be shared through our website and other educational materials. We also encourage keynote speakers and other workshop participants to create these simple outreach materials too!
IMPORTANT: You do not need to know how to create a video or do any editing to submit a FrostByte. We have a few great volunteers who are ready to help you create your FrostByte. On this page you will find more detailed steps with the information we need from you to create your masterpiece.
How will my FrostByte be used?
Your FrostByte will be featured on the CliC and APECS websites, in the CliC newsletter and in other educational material for multiple audiences - it is part of the public domain. It will also be part of the Cyrosphere Podcast Series available through iTunes. You should also feel free to embed your FrostByte on your webpage, share it with friends and family - and use it however you would like.
What do I say in a FrostByte?
and we can help you refine it if you want. View the Sample FrostBytes below for some suggestions.
How can I record my voice?
You can use your own computer, cell phone, or whatever tool you happen to have or you can use the handy online embedded recorder below.
for further processing. If the file is too big to email, you can use a free online service such as http://www.yousendit.com/ to share your recording with us. We have also embedded a voice recorder that you can use as well, if you aren't sure how to record your voice on your own computer.
Using Your PC - Sound Recorder: Start/Accessories/Entertainment/Sound Recorder
Using Your Mac - Quick Time: Applications Folder/Quick Time
Using Our Embedded Online Recorder
Its simple. Just enter your email address into the box on the right, then in the message box include these simple things:
- Your First and Last Name - Your Current Institution or affiliation - A few keywords describing your research - If applicable, the CliC Workshop you are attending - A website address where they can find more information about your research - And if you would like, add a short abstract (or the text you are actually saying) -- The message is limited to 1000 characters
an email to let him know that you have used this method - in the email, include the information above.
What kind of images should be used with my FrostByte?
Since the FrostBytes are produced as videos, we need to have a few images to show while people are listening to your voice. These images can be photos of your field site, the equipment you use, your colleagues, or whatever else you would like to use to share your work with the world. You can also send charts, graphs and tables, but make sure they are simple to understand and pleasing to the eye - complex diagrams that take you 2 minutes to explain are probably not a good idea. You may also want to include a 'credits or acknowledgements' image to thank your funders and colleagues. To help keep all our FrostBytes looking somewhat similar, we have provided a template with Powerpoint that you can use to create your title and credits slide. Here is a ppt file with slides to use for the intro and ending. Its important that you do not change the formatting so things stay consistent from Byte to Byte: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bdq83hkinhsqqyc/CliC-FrostByte-slides.pptx
with the list of the files and a short caption for each photo. You will also need to include where you would like the images to 'change' during your voice recording if you have specific thoughts on this. Each of your images should stay on the screen for ~4 seconds for a photo, 8-10 for a graph, chart or table, and 5-7 for a map. The total FrostByte is between 30-60 seconds, so no more than 10 images should be sent. Again, if the files are large, we recommend using a free online service such as http://www.yousendit.com/.
I've played a little with video editing, can I make my own FrostByte?
Sure! If you want to create your own FrostByte, a video of you working at your field site or in the lab, or anywhere you would like would be great. You can use your own digital camera with the video setting or even your smart phone. If you are skilled at editing you can add the intro and ending slides to the FrostByte yourself, or we can do that for you. For some fun ideas on things that can be done, check out an example of a frostbyte here:
the file as an mp4, mpeg, mov, etc along with the following information:
- Your First and Last Name
- Your Current Institution or affiliation
- A few keywords describing your project
- A website address where they can find more information about your research
- It is also nice for us if we have the text that you speak for the voice recording
If you would rather have our editors help you, send the above information together with your voice recording as a wma, mp3 or mov file (or let us know you used the embedded recorder), any the photos you want shown during your video and the ppt you edited with the cover and ending slides… our amazing editors with take it from there.
Here is an example of what you should send us if you would like our editors to work their magic:
Name: Britta Sannel
Current institution: Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
, our talented video editor.
Anything else I should be aware of when making the FrostByte?
Standard copyrights rules apply, so please be careful using music, images and video covered by copyrights.