Digital Library Recording Requirements

Updated September 2018

Recording, File Format, Permission and Submission Requirements for Conference Video/Audio Recording and Streaming for Inclusion in the ACM Digital Library


To record one or more presenters

  • Use a single stationary camera
  • Use a Picture-in-Picture capable video mixer to display both presenter and slide content. This video mixer should allow the capture of a direct video feed from the source that is feeding the projector, or as an output from the projector. Approximately ¾ of the final image should be occupied by the projector source and ¼ by the camera feed. The final image can vary slightly based on slide content.
  • Output recorded material on any standard media (DVD, digital)
  • Label all media clearly with date, time, and session information
  • Equipment should be ordered through the conference AV provider or the video production vendor the conference is utilizing


  • Convert each recording to a Quick Time Movie format (.mp4 or .m4v) optimized for streaming. The Video Codec is H.264 and the Audio Codec is AAC+ or AAC. MPEG4 PART 10 or AVC. The final file size should be at least 400 x 300. However, ACM can accept larger files.
  • Generate each presentation as its own separate file - that is, each video file should contain one presentation only.
  • Place the ACM logo at the opening of each video. ACM logos can be found in our style guide at the link:
  • A spreadsheet (see Page 2) containing information about all videos must be submitted along with the files. For each video, it should list the filename, title of presentation, name of presenters/authors, duration (in seconds), and DOI/object ID of the corresponding paper in the proceedings Table of Contents (TOC). If the video is not related to a proceedings article, instructions must be provided on where the video is to be placed in relation to the articles within the proceedings TOC. Video submissions that do not include this spreadsheet will be returned to sender.
  • Submit 2-3 sample videos for file format approval by the ACM Publications Manager prior to completion of the videos


  • Authors opt in or out of video recording when they complete the ACM eRights Form. This form is distributed to the authors by ACM's eRights system shortly after paper acceptance. The Conference Chair is required to request from the ACM Rights Form contact a list of authors and corresponding proceedings articles that have opted out of video recording. This list should be provided to the Videographer.
  • The Videographer must secure a signed Permission and Release Form for any individual (presenter, moderator, panelist, keynote speaker, etc.) appearing on media who is not an author of a paper.


All content captured is owned by ACM and may not be distributed by other means, unless express permission is given by ACM.


Files can be submitted via the ACM ftp server, or on DVD(s) or disk drive(s)

To upload videos to the ACM server:

Go to:
uid: public
pw: a!g%#hj

Collect all files (including required spreadsheet) into one zip file and upload.
Once the upload is complete, send notification emails to Craig Rodkin, ACM Publications Manager:, and to Anna Lacson, Bibliographic Processing Coordinator:

DVDs or disk drives must be mailed to:

Anna Lacson, Bibliographic Processing Coordinator
Association for Computing Machinery
1601 Broadway, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10019-7434

Video files submitted via snail mail must be accompanied by the required Release Forms. This separate packet should be addressed to Barbara Ryan, Intellectual Property Rights Manager.

Scans of release forms may also be emailed to

Sample Template for Video File Spreadsheet

File Name Presentation Title Name(s) of Presenters/Authors Duration (in seconds) DOI or Object ID

*This spreadsheet must be submitted along with the video files.

*A copy must also be sent electronically to Craig Rodkin and Anna Lacson, at the email addresses indicated above.

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