YouServe Guidelines

YouServe Video Guidelines
Participating in the YouServe video contest to help the Archdiocese of Washington welcome Pope Francis? Here are the guidelines.

Do I have to submit a release form?
Yes. This is part of the requirements for this contest. The form will be available when you submit your video.

What should the video be about?
First, find a way to serve. Try checking our list of service ideasThen, create a video telling us how you served.

What are the requirements for my video?
One entry per individual or group and one prize per winning entry. The video must be two (2) minutes or less, a .MOV file type and 1GB or less. 

Can I enter more than one time?
No. There is one entry per individual or group and one prize per winning entry.

Can we enter the contest as a group, class, parish or business?
Yes, entering as a group, class, parish or business is allowed and is a great way to participate. However, only one prize will be awarded per entry.

When is the deadline to submit my video submission and release forms?
The deadline for submitting your video is Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Entries can be submitted at beginning July 22.

I don’t live within the borders of the Archdiocese of Washington. Am I still eligible to submit a video?

I’m not Catholic. Am I eligible for the contest?
Yes, all are welcome and are encouraged to participate.

What are the prizes?
Three prize winners will be awarded their choice of an iPad Air 2 OR a GoPro HERO4 Black and four tickets to the Papal Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The winning entries will be featured on our WashArchdiocese YouTube channel.

When will winners receive their prize?
Winners will be contacted after the judging process is complete. Be sure to use an email address you check frequently in the registration process.

How do I upload my video and submit my forms?
Videos and forms must be submitted through the contest website at (Open on July 22)

What will I need to do after I submit my video?
Check in often at the WashArchdiocese YouTube Channel to see staff picks and contest updates. Encourage your friends and family to do the same. Please consider subscribing to our channel in order to receive our latest videos. We will also send announcements, updates and “Staff Picks” of selected videos throughout the length of the contest to registered entrants.

How are the videos going to be judged?
The videos will be judged by a jury according to a list of criteria: Overall Impression, Enthusiasm/Spirit, Creativity, Clarity of Message, Audio Quality, and Picture Quality.

I don’t have a video camera. What do I do?
Consider borrowing a camera or asking a friend, school, or local church to help create the video.

What software should I use to edit my video?
Windows Movie Maker and iMovie, along with other inexpensive or free software, are good options for editing.

Can I include copyrighted music or film clips in my video?
Please follow all U.S. copyright and public domain laws. 

I can’t get the video onto my computer. What do I do?
If you’re working from a video camera, it should come with a cable to connect itself to your computer. If you’re working from a cell phone, you may be able to email the video to yourself. Consider reaching out to a family member or friend who may be able to assist you and also consider searching online for help.

I am having trouble exporting my video as a .MOV or trouble making the size 1GB or less.
Consider reaching out to a family member or friend who may be able to assist you. Also, consider searching online for “video encoding”, “video compression”, or “video exporting” in order to find help.