Below are some helpful guidelines to consider before submitting your videos for consideration of posting on BMW MOA’s video page. If you have further questions or concerns, feel free to contact our BMW MOA video page editor, Rick Klain or Wes Fleming. We look forward to seeing and sharing your videos!
For starters, you’ll have to first post your video where we can see it; YouTube provides a free hosting service that allows videos to be "embedded" in other web pages. Just let us know, via email, your YouTube video web link so we can review your video. We'll also need to know your BMW MOA member number, information about the video, i.e. headline, and the five Ws and one H -- who, what, when, where, why and how, and a little about yourself. Also remember to keep your video short, i.e. less than five minutes in total length.
Copyright, Fair Use and Community Guidelines
BMW MOA must steer clear of videos that infringe "Copyright," test the bounds of "Fair Use," or fall outside of "Community Guidelines." In addition, MOA will not consider a video that denigrates other people, government institutions or commercial enterprises. You can appear in your own video, but not if it's in bad taste, or you are promoting a non-BMW-related product or service. If you are creating and posting your video from outside the U.S.A. you will also need to comply with your country's laws.
A computer, video (capable) camera and internet is all you need
Making and posting a video is surprisingly easy to do. If you've got a reasonably modern computer and internet connection you’re almost there. Many point-and-shoot still cameras also have built-in video. Many computers come bundled with simple-to-use video editing software. So do some smartphones and tablets. And many of these video apps make it easy to "upload" your finished videos to YouTube from your computer, phone or tablet.
You don’t have to buy an expensive camcorder, either. Your cellphone (AKA smartphone like an iPhone, Android or Windows phone) can probably shoot video, edit and send the video to YouTube once you've signed up for your own FREE YouTube account.
I'm not an MOA member. Can I contribute?
Not usually, unless your are a BMW MOA member. We give members preference. Please consider joining the BMW MOA if you would like see your video "published". Also, don't forget, as a member you can have your print stories published and receive the BMW ON (Owners News) magazine.
NOTES: Video submissions accepted only from current members of the BMW MOA and assume granting of permission for posting on the BMW MOA Web site. No payments will be made. The BMW MOA reserves the right to refuse, or suggest edits or modifications of submissions.
Links to technical terms and issues:
YouTube Community Guidelines
Create Your Own YouTube Account
How to create your own YouTube video