Deadline for submissions: July 1, 2018

Each FOMMS meeting has featured a 5-10 minute film composed of contributed videos and edited for content by Peter Cummings. [The one exeption was FOMMS 2003, when the editing was done by Dave Marr of the Colorado School of Mines.]

We are planning to present the seventh edition of the FOMMS video at the 2018 meeting at the end of the scientific part of the conference (after the FOMMS Medal Lecture). You are invited to submit material (animations or experiment) for possible inclusion in the opening video. The submission deadline is midnight, July 1, 2018. However, if you have a late submission, please email Peter Cummings ( to ask whether it can still be accepted.

1. Please assist our planning by letting us know of your intention (not binding) to submit media for the FOMMS 2015 opening video. Send email to Peter ( with subject line: FOMMS video

2. UPLOADING YOUR VIDEO. Maximum upload size is 1 GB. Send the file to Peter Cummings ( NOT as an email attachment (clearly!) but via one of the free large-file-transfer sites (such as or send a downloadable link from or other similar services). Please send Peter an email that explains the content, if it is not self-explanatory.

3. Our goal is to receive standard definition* videos, with titling and stereo soundtracks, that have sufficient quality to be viewed and heard in a large screen venue (remember, we will be projecting this on a big screen with sound booming through the PA). Although epics are welcome, run times normally range from 0.5 to 2 minutes. However, this is simply a goal, and one shouldn't opt out simply because you think your material misses the mark. We sometimes take longer clips and then edit them.

4. If you don't have a video - no problem - we have worked with stills in the past if they are sufficiently interesting. Just send the set of stills as a zip archive.

5. In our experience, we have the least problems with Quicktime. It's a flexible cross-platform format with good quality video. DV is also easy to work with. We can handle other mainstream video formats and codecs. If in doubt, send it, we'll see if we can use it, and will let you know if we have problems.

*Standard definition is 480 lines, which means your clips must be 480 pixels high. If you render to anything else besides DV, which is 720 pixels wide, please use a width of 872 pixels, if you like widescreen, and 656 pixels, if you prefer full screen.