Video Previews

Please read the following instructions carefully and submit your 25-second video for the online Video Previews by September 14, 2020 (updated from: September 07).

Video previews and fast forwards are a great opportunity to publicize your work or event to a wide audience. Video previews are accessible from the conference website on the VIS Vimeo channel prior to, during, and after the conference.

This year, due to IEEE VIS going fully virtual, video previews are linked from the conference’s webpage and will be compiled into ‘trailers’, one for each session. There will be no Fast-Forward session this year.

Video Previews:

  • A video preview should be self-explaining and self-contained.
  • It should clearly communicate your research and contribution and invite readers to read your paper.
  • Other than in recent years’ Fast-Forwards sessions, we discourage humor and trailer-like ‘ads’.
  • The video will exist for a long time and can be shared widely by the authors on social media and other channels.
  • The video should contain audio narration. We discourage salient music to focus viewers’ attention on the content.
  • Subtitles are mandatory to increase accessibility. See below for tips on how to create and include subtitles

Do I need to submit a Video-Preview?

If your track is not listed, please check for updates later as all track chairs are finalizing their decisions.

Video Previews are required for the following tracks:

  • SciVis Papers
  • VizSec Papers
  • Short Papers
  • TVCG Papers
  • CG&A Papers

Video Previews are optional for the following tracks:

  • InfoVis Papers
  • VAST Papers
  • SciVis Contest
  • VizSec Posters
  • Posters
  • Workshops

You have no Video-Preview to submit for the following tracks:

  • Tutorials
  • VAST Challenge
  • Meetups
  • Vis in Practice
  • Workshops
  • Length: 25 seconds
  • Maximum file size: 50MB
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 px, at 30 frames/s
  • Format: MPEG-4 using H.264 encoding (filename extension .mp4)
  • Media player:
    • Video plays in the VLC media player version 2.2.4 (freely available at without additional software, codecs or settings
  • Audio:
    • Should contain narration (supported by subtitles).
    • We discourage salient music to focus viewers’ attention on the content.
    • If you want to have music, you must certify that any audio is free from copyright or that you are licensed to use it.
  • Content:
    • Please do NOT include a title slide with the title of the work, authors, affiliations, etc. at the start of the video. We will add this to all videos in a consistent style.
  • Submission:
    • If your video preview is for VAST papers, InfoVis papers, SciVis papers, short papers, TVCG, or CG&A papers, please submit it through the IEEE CPS system with the correct link below. The system includes details on how to name your file.
    • If your video preview is for VizSec, VISAP, Posters, or SciVis Contest, please submit it through the PCS author submission page of your accepted submissions.
      • You will find two new upload fields labeled Video Preview and Video Preview (Caption File). Please upload your video (.mp4 file) and caption file (.srt file) to the corresponding field.
    • If your fast forward video is not associated with an existing entry in the PCS system, please create a new Video-Preview submission in the system (make a new submission to VGTC - VIS 2020 - VIS 2020 Fast Forwards and Video Previews). Please request a PCS login from the conference organizers if you do not have one.
    • Please submit your video file and caption/subtitle file separately and do not bake the subtitles into the video. We will do the integration in a consistent way.

Please make sure that your video adheres to these specifications otherwise it will not be accepted and will have to be revised.

Video Creation: There exists a wide range of software to create videos. Here is a list of widely used software to get you started:

  • Camtasia:
  • OpenShot:
  • Adobe Premiere:
  • iMovie:

Automated Subtitles / Captions: We ask that you submit a .srt file along with your video. One way to create such a file is to use the automatic YouTube captioning functionality as explained here: Generating captions automatically can take some time. Make sure that you manually correct the generated subtitles for errors by directly editing the .srt file in a text editor. If captions cannot be generated manually, you can use the YouTube Studio interface to add captions manually, too.

Video Encoding:

  • To encode/re-encode your video in the right format, we recommend to use the free software Handbrake:
  • To check that your video is in the right format, we recommend to use the free software MediaInfo:

For questions or more information, please email

Video Previews Chairs

  • Jian Zhao, University of Waterloo (VAST)
  • Junpeng Wang, Visa Research (SciVis)
  • Benjamin Bach, University of Edinburgh (InfoVis)
  • Charles Perin, University of Victoria (InfoVis)