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Gen User Video Guidlines

We love videos. (Who doesn't?) And we love our readers even more. So we were thinking… let's put the two together and make something great! So, GEN readers, get your creative juices flowing. We know you know your stuff, so tell us something unique you do in your lab. What do you know inside and out? PCR? LC/MS? Cell culture? Pipetting? Stem cells? Whatever your specialty or skill set, others could benefit from your knowledge.

On the other hand, maybe it's not advice you'd like to share in your video. Maybe there's something about your biotechnology work that frustrates you, or that you find particularly exciting, and you want to sing about it. Joke about it. Have a little fun with it. We want those videos, too. Please, entertain us! So, send us your biotech-related videos and we'll post the best ones on our site, on our Facebook page (, and on our YouTube channel ( Who knows, maybe you'll become famous! Just remember to thank GEN when you're giving your Oscar speech.

Some fine print: the videos we post are at our (the editors of GEN's) discretion. We may not post all videos that we receive. The videos cannot be specific to a particular product or proprietary technology, and they can't compare branded products. Keep it generic. Videos should be no longer than 5 or 10 minutes; shorter is better!

Before Submitting a Video, Read the Q&A

How do I submit a video?
Good question. Your video will most likely be too big to email, so shoot an email to telling us that you have a video you'd like to submit, and we'll tell you how to do it.
What kind of information should I include when I send an email about my video?
Tell us your name, where you work/go to school, your job title/student level, and brief description of your video.
Are there certain video specs I need to follow?
So glad you asked. Yes, here they are:
- Preferred Aspect ratio: 16x9 (not mandatory)
- Dimensions: 512x288 (16x9) or 640x480 (4x3)
- Accepted file formats: Quicktime, MP4, AVI, WMV, VOB
- Videos must be in the NTSC standard (the European PAL standard is not supported)
- Videos should be no longer than 10 minutes in length
Do I need to look like Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie to be in a video?
Absolutely not. Be yourself. This is not Hollywood. (But if Angelina or Brad is reading this, then yes, please, send us a GEN video!)
What if I have more questions about submitting my own video?
If there's anything else you need to know, write to and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Have fun making your videos—we look forward to watching!


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